Executive Director - Animal Shelter

We Care Animal Rescue - Saint Helena, CA (30+ days ago)4.5

Located in the beautiful Napa Valley, We Care is looking for an Executive Director who is a dynamic, proven leader with non-profit management experience and passion to lead our animal welfare organization through the next phase of our growth.

The Executive Director will plan, execute and enhance programs that will meet the objectives of We Care Animal Rescue and seek opportunities to improve services and direct the day-to-day operations within the framework of policy and authority established by the Board of Directors. As the Leader, you will oversee all aspects of animal care, staff and financial management and fundraising efforts. Experience in developing donor relationships including individual, foundation and corporate giving, is vital. As Executive Director, you represent the image of We Care through public relations and act as a liaison with the community, civic organizations and other animal welfare groups.


Founded in St. Helena in 1982, We Care is a no-kill animal rescue, shelter and adoption organization. We work with both cats and dogs, with the large majority of our focus on cats. Our mission is to take in both stray, domesticated, and feral cats, sheltering, caring and seeking permanent homes. We Care currently shelters approximately 200 animals; in 2017, we arranged the adoption of 57 cats and dogs. The shelter facility is predominantly no-cage, with animals grouped in open indoor and outdoor settings according to their health and life status, and special needs. Learn more about us at: www.wecareanimalrescue.org



  • Serves as an effective advocate for animal protection and care; ensures the mission, programs, and services are consistently presented with a strong, positive image
  • Manages the consistent and timely progress of the strategic plan to achieve the organization’s mission
  • Expands awareness with the greater community and the public; networks with school districts, partners, civic groups, animal welfare groups to build coalitions
  • Develops and implements goals, objectives and priorities for programs such as: adoption, foster, and volunteer programs: ensures all programs maintain high quality delivery
  • Role-models passion and high standards and inspires all employees, contractors and volunteers
  • Maintains a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field


  • Responsible for ensuring the mental and physical health, well-being, and adoption of shelter animals veterinarians and consulting with them on general and specific matters, as necessary.
  • Maintains professional, working relationships with other animal welfare organizations in an effort to further our cause and realize our mission statement.
  • Interprets and enforces local ordinances, State statutes, regulations, and policies governing animal control and protection; maintains official records and documents records
  • Recommends and administers processes, policies, and procedures to all staff and volunteers
  • Ensures staff performs duties and responsibilities in a safe and prudent manner
  • Responsible for facilities maintenance, repairs, security and safety measures
  • Hires and manages all vendors and outside services for completion, quality and within budget

Staff Relations:

  • Creates a quality team through excellent hiring, training and management; fosters a climate of supportive collaboration and problem solving; facilitates regular staff meetings to gather input, train and update
  • Directs and coaches the Shelter Manager and Team Leaders in their efforts to support all staff
  • Manages work performance standards, coaches, inspires and course corrects; implements HR functions including compliance, hiring, onboarding and offboarding

Development, Outreach and Community Relations:

  • Acts as the Shelter’s chief outreach advocate and fundraiser to ensure the organization meets
  • Sets fundraising goals, strategy and progress with the Board; guides and mentors Board members’ active involvement in the organization fundraising activities
  • Develops, cultivates, and maintains relationships with individuals, donors, foundations, and corporate funders to obtain funding
  • Researches, submits, obtains and manages grants to support programs, general operating expenses, and special projects; tracks funds, writes reports and updates
  • Builds awareness of donation opportunities through promoting active volunteerism and participation
  • Engages in community educational programs, local town and Valley events to broadcast the Shelter’s programs and mission
  • Guides Team and Social Media Leader in the messaging and content of newsletters, website and digital / social media
  • Provides and publicizes information to media outlets on Shelter services, programs, goals, events, and newsworthy incidents; coordinates radio and television appearances; assists in preparing materials for their use

Budget and Finance:

  • Oversees the financial management of the organization
  • Collaborates with the Board to coordinate annual budgetary planning and tracking, monitoring budgets, keeping records, preparing reports, managing financial statements and reconciliations
  • Participates in preparing and submitting annual reports summarizing operations with quarterly performance measures; preps for and supports the annual audit

Board Relations:

  • Works with the Board of Directors to design and implement strategic plan; identifies short- and long-term objectives and requirements, policies, program goals and objectives
  • Maintains communication with the Board President on all critical issues related to the organization
  • Assists in identifying and recruiting new Board members, whose talents, backgrounds, commitment, and fundraising abilities are congruent with the needs and mission of the Shelter


  • BA or BS degree, or higher degree
  • Five or more years as an executive director or the equivalent with progressively increasing career leadership and management success sufficient to oversee and direct an animal shelter
  • Strong commitment to the mission of We Care Animal Rescue; passionate about animal protection
  • Current working knowledge of companion animal care and adoption issues, preferred
  • Experience in non-profit management, fiscal administration, and financial management
  • Experience managing a team of 8 or more staff members
  • History of success in fund raising development and revenue generation
  • Able to establish, articulate and maintain effective organizational priorities
  • Experience working with local government agencies, educators, businesses and community-based organizations; easily relates to a wide range of constituencies; understand the importance of compliance issues with federal, state, and local regulations
  • Human resource management skills, including policy compliance, recruiting, hiring, development, and performance management
  • Able to reach and work well with diverse groups and individuals providing a venue for discussions of divergent ideas and opinions
  • Strong motivational, management, and interpersonal skills with staff, volunteers and the public
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate, resolve conflicts and solve problems
  • Passion, enthusiasm, focus, creativity, and a positive outlook


Please email your cover letter addressing your interest in our mission and relevant experience, your resume, and compensation expectation to us: please put "Executive Director" in the subject line.

We Care Animal Rescue is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Type: Full-time


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