Job Description

SUMMARY: The Animal Shelter Assistance Program (ASAP Cats) located in Santa Barbara, CA seeks an Executive Director. We are a private non‐profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to save the lives of cats in Santa Barbara County by providing shelter, veterinary care, behavioral support, adoption and foster services, education, and community outreach. The Executive Director is responsible for managing and developing the organization, which includes paid staff of 8 full‐time employees and 1 part-time employee, 150+ volunteers, including some in management/leadership roles, and oversight of an approximately $1.3 million annual budget.

The ideal candidate is an experienced leader, relationship builder, and manager. Crucial skills include leadership experience; knowledge of and commitment to accepted shelter animal care standards; fundraising experience; the capacity to work with the Board of Directors to develop and execute a strategic plan; emotional intelligence; and the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and stakeholders. An understanding of basic business principles, including a background of good budget management, is necessary.
The Executive Director is responsible for the oversight, program development, and accountability for best practices over all operational areas of a full-service cat shelter, including intake, behavior, animal care, foster care, adoptions, volunteer policies and procedures, and partnerships with other animal welfare organizations to provide the necessary infrastructure to achieve ASAP’s mission. The Executive Director provides high level coordination across all program service areas to provide a quality of care and service that matches the ASAP Cats mission.
The shelter receives 75% of its funding from individuals and businesses in the local community, and the Executive Director is an important liaison in our effort to raise funds to ensure the ongoing financial sustainability of the shelter. Demonstrated accomplishments in fundraising, including developing new relationships, successful cultivation, solicitation, and acquisition of donations is essential. In addition, demonstrated success in grant writing is required.

REPORTS TO: Board of Directors
Development Director
Marketing Director
Shelter Operations Supervisor
Wellness & Facilities Supervisor
Business & Human Resources Manager
EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS: A Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year college or university is preferred; applicants with commensurate relevant experience will be considered.
• 3-5 years of supervisory experience within an animal shelter or program/service delivery setting.
• Minimum of 2 years of experience working with community groups, volunteers, and other nonprofit programs and organizations.
• Minimum of 3 years of financial/budget experience, as well as demonstrated accomplishments in fundraising, including gifts from individual donors, foundations, and corporations.
• Demonstrated record of successful grant writing experience.
• Proven ability to work with, evaluate, coach, and supervise staff and volunteers. Experience developing staff and volunteers into a cohesive team while holding individuals and work teams accountable for their results. Oriented to performance by objectives for individuals and teams.
• Demonstrated record of strong, collaborative, and inclusive leadership with open communication to harmonize staff, the Board, volunteers, and other constituents with whom the director will interface.
• Past experience in a senior leadership role where he/she has either reported directly to or worked closely with a Board of Directors is desirable.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including experience speaking with the media in a variety of situations.
• Demonstrated understanding of business principles applied to a nonprofit enterprise, including a background of good budget management.
• Proficiency in computer applications, i.e., Microsoft office, Excel, google documents/forms, databases; understanding of web based applications and their utilizations, as well as experience with shelter data software and record keeping.
• Ability to work independently with managers, staff, and volunteers in order to accomplish daily tasks as well as execute strategic plans, and to support and contribute effectively as part of a team.
• Effective written and verbal communication skills, ability to communicate with the public, volunteers, and co-workers in a friendly, pleasant, courteous, and tactful manner at all times.
HOURS: FLSA Status: Exempt Position Minimum of 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week. Daily hours and days of the week may vary according to the needs of the department schedule. May include weekends, night, and holidays.
SALARY RANGE: $95,000 -$130,000, DOE
BENEFITS: Benefits include employer sponsored medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and a retirement plan match. Also included are paid-time-off and holidays.
TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter and resume to No phone calls.


This is a full time job

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Stacey Matson
Business & HR Manager

Closing Date: Sunday, April 10, 2022

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