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Executive Director

Lawrence Humane Society

Job Description

**Search - re-opened: Previous applicants need not apply ~ Thank you.**

The Executive Director reports to 9-member Board of Directors and is the chief paid administrative and operations executive of Lawrence Humane Society. He/she will provide leadership to the team by directing the administrative, operations and managerial activities to carry out the mission and goals of the organization.

The ideal candidate will have minimum of five to ten years progressively responsible experience, including a minimum of two years management experience, working as the top executive within a progressive, open admission animal welfare environment, such as a shelter, animal rights, wildlife rehabilitation center or related foundation. Experience as a "#2" or other senior-level executive will also be considered. Proven track record of success in shelter operations, creative fund development (annual, membership, events, planned giving), community engagement along with significant Board interaction and experience leading large numbers of volunteers is required. A sincere and demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the philosophy of animal welfare is expected through career choice or personal volunteerism.

The Lawrence Humane Society is is a 501(c)3 non-profit animal welfare organization that provides shelter, care and advocacy for homeless and abused animals along with resources to nurture the human pet bond for the pets and people in Lawrence and Douglas County. LHS is a a progressive, open admission shelter, operates under sheltering best practices and is an animal welfare leader in the region. Last year 4,300 pets were served with a 96% live release rate through adoptions, lost pet reunions and strategic transfers.

In December, 2018 the LHS completed a highly successful $7.5M capital campaign for the construction of a new shelter. The new, spacious 20,000 sq. foot facility is slated to open in late Spring. The new building will allow the LHS to expand its impact in the community in a variety of ways including designated meeting space for volunteer orientations and fostering; staff training; field trips; humane education classes and beyond. A state-of-the-art veterinary clinic will have dedicated space and equipment to provide the best care possible to animals served.

The Executive Director position is an outstanding opportunity for an enthusiastic and committed executive to lead an organization focused on animal welfare that is proud of its history, yet not satisfied with the status quo and ready to move to the next level of impact. The organization's newly constructed facility is generating a great deal of excitement and forward momentum and the Executive Director will have the benefit of working with a highly committed Board and knowledgeable staff dedicated to expanding the vision and effectiveness of the organization and the animal welfare services and advocacy it provides within eastern Kansas.

To request a full Position Profile or for immediate and confidential consideration, please email resume and cover letter to Waverly Partners, the executive search firm retained by the Board on this search:

This is a full time job.

Contact Information

Debbie Galbraith, Waverly Partners Executive Search
Managing Director
Lawrence Humane Society
Lawrence, KS

Closing Date: June 15, 2019