Job Title: Executive Director

SUMMARY: Directs the day-to-day operation of the interests and facilities within the framework of policy and authority established by the Board of Directors, including but not limited to public relations, personnel management, liaison with government and civic organizations, and financial management. Plan, organize, and develop programs that will meet the principles and objectives of the organization. Duties may be delegated to appropriate members of the staff, but Executive Director will retain responsibility for their accomplishment.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Prepares Monthly operating reports for the Board of Directors including shelter, animal control, fundraising, and education activities, and attends monthly board meetings.
  2. Oversees all personnel matters, including hiring and termination decisions.
  3. Administers and implements policies and procedures established by the Board.
  4. Initiates and replies to general correspondence.
  5. Represents Animal Rescue League at meetings and conferences.
  6. Reviews and approves all invoices for payment.
  7. Countersigns all checks for the ongoing expenses of the organization.
  8. Plans, organizes, and develops programs which will meet the principals and objectives of the Animal Rescue League under the policies set by the Board of Directors.
  9. Works with the Board and committees to develop and implement policies
  10. Attends committee meetings as appropriate.
  11. Maintains liaison with veterinary associations and other professional organizations.
  12. Maintains liaison with Board President and Berks County Board of Commissioners, City and County officials, and other community agencies.
  13. Together with Director of Development and Community Relations, maintains liaison with members of the media and other community agencies. Monitors/approves all media exposure including, but not limited to digital, radio, TV, and print.
  14. Assists the Board of Directors in membership fundraising activities and maintaining contact with members and donors, assisting with capital campaigns, and applying for grants from foundations, trusts, etc., in conjunction with the Director of Development and Community Relations.
  15. Seeks our and maintains community contacts and represents the Animal Rescue League through various types of organizations.
  16. Directs the development of public relations and educational materials in conjunction with the Director of Development and Community Relations.
  17. Participates with other agencies in cooperative endeavors.
  18. Handles special problems with private citizens and responds to emotionally charged situations with professionalism and sensitivity.
  19. Delegates responsibilities to other employees as conditions warrant.
  20. In conjunction with Finance Committee, prepares/oversees the operating budgets and proposed capital and extraordinary expenditure programs for presentation and approval to the Board of Directors.
  21. Directs, supervises, and instructs personnel in the well-being and human treatment of animals; the maintenance of buildings, equipment and grounds.
  22. Stays abreast of current animal welfare issues, state and local laws and sheltering standards.
  23. Monitors, evaluates and improves services provided by the Animal Rescue League.
  24. Coordinates the construction and facility improvement efforts.
  25. Continually observes conditions within the organization and makes suggestions and recommendations for change and improvements to the Board.
  26. Oversees and supports the development, design, and delivery of program initiatives, assuring that the goals and objectives are aligned with the Animal Rescue League’s overall strategic plan.
  27. Oversees and supports the administrative components of all program services, including contract negotiations, contract and grant reporting and contracted work.
  28. Provides for quality assurance monitoring all of the Animal Rescue League programs, assuring correction of any deficiencies in program services.
  29. Ensures the adherence to all policies and procedures as approved by the Board of Directors.
  30. The Executive Director has primary accountability for the accomplishments and fiscal integrity of the Animal Rescue League.
  31. Any other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty in a satisfactory manner. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Strong organizational skills, human relations, and communication skills.
  2. Knowledge of state and local humane laws and practice.
  3. Ability to work on own initiative and meet deadlines.
  4. Knowledge of animal protection issues and commitment to the objectives of the organization.
  5. Innovative leader who can motivate and inspire people, while holding them accountable.

WORK HOURS: This is a salaried position. Typically, work hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m ; however incumbent shall work during regular shelter operating hours including scheduling of presentations, programs and shelter demands. This position is not eligible for overtime.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: BA/BS required with seven to 10 years of business experience in a leadership role, both managerial and supervisory, preferable within a nonprofit organization.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. Strong public speaking, writing, grammar and editing skills are required.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Must possess a valid and unrestricted driver’s license. Individual will complete the requisites necessary to obtain certification as an Animal Control Officer within a reasonable time from date of employment, as deemed by the Board of Directors.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are a representative of those that must b met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable disabilities to perform essential functions.

  1. Typically, work hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m; however incumbent is expected to be present during regular shelter operating house including scheduling of presentations, programs and shelter demands. This position is not eligible for overtime.
  2. May require lifting animals and equipment over 50 pounds.
  3. Work is conducted in an office setting, outdoors, and in kennel areas.
  4. May involve exposure to sick or dangerous animals.

Qualified and interested individuals are invited to submit a cover letter and resume, including salary requirements to Any questions may be directed to the same e-mail address.

Review of applications will begin October 9, 2017 and will continue until a candidate is selected.

Thank you for your interest in this position.