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Rising to the Top

Humane society and animal control staff often wonder what skills and qualifications are needed to move their careers along and rise from their current positions to become the executive director or chief executive officer. Regardless of where you are in your career, acquiring knowledge and experience in some of the rudiments of business will help you attain that dream job.

These days, boards of directors are increasingly seeking candidates who have solid business skills. Not only do they look for people who have experience within the humane field, but for people who have knowledge in budgeting, investments, fundraising, and leading a team. In fact, agencies are increasingly looking outside the animal welfare field when seeking their next CEO. Why? Because many see their organizations as businesses that should be run in much the same manner as those in the private sector.

So if you are an aspiring president and CEO, what should you be doing to prepare for those positions? The following tips should help you proceed on your path.

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