Executive Director

Beaver County Humane Society

Center Township, Pennsylvania, United States


US$70-90k (annually)

Executive Director/President/CEO

Full time

Nov 15

For more than 70 years, the Beaver County Humane Society (BCHS) has operated as the local community’s nonprofit animal shelter and provider of animal welfare services. With modern facilities and a dedicated staff, it has made continual progress in areas of animal adoptions and reducing overpopulation; addressing animal abuse; and reducing non-essential euthanasia. BCHS is now looking for its next Executive Director to lead the organization and build on past achievements. In this role, the Executive Director will bring a passion for companion animals and animal welfare; provide operational, organizational, and financial oversight to the organization; and be the leading advocative for the organization and its mission throughout the wider community.

Reporting directly to the BCHS Board of Directors, the Executive Director oversees the principal areas of organizational leadership; strategic planning; operations and administration; financial management; fundraising and donor cultivation; public relations and advocacy; communications; board administration; human resources; facilities management; and regulatory compliance.


1.  Strategic Planning & Leadership

  • In conjunction with the BCHS Board of Directors, develop and set the overall strategic direction as it relates to its mission and trends in animal welfare issues and the changing needs of the community
  • Develop and implement plans and budgets; set policies, procedures, and organizational targets; identify and obtain funding; and hire and develop staff to achieve the strategy
  • Communicate progress against targets, recommendations, and actions on a regular basis to the BCHS Board of Directors

2.  Program & Services

  • Develop, evaluate, and implement programs and services with the BCHS Board of Directors and BCHS staff to advance the BCHS in relation to its mission and the local community. Ensure that animal health-care standards, the shelter facility and all property are maintained in a professional and high-quality manner consistent with the organization’s goals

3. Human Resources/Personnel Management

  • Ensure that BCHS managers, staff, and volunteers maintain, and have the capability to maintain, a high level of animal care
  • Foster a positive employee environment among BCHS staff and volunteers to support a strong, functioning team that is accountable and capable of achieving the BCHS mission and goals
  • Demonstrate and exemplify the BCHS Core Values (Compassion, Integrity, Respect, Teamwork, and Community Focus), while maintaining a professional working environment that attracts and retains staff and volunteers
  • Ensure that all BCHS staff are provided with the necessary direction, motivation, counsel, compensation, support, and training
  • Ensure that the necessary procedural processes are in place for recruiting, onboarding, supervising, training, reviewing, disciplining, retaining, and terminating all BCHS employees
  • Provide updates to the BCHS Board of Directors concerning staffing and volunteers in relation to these functional areas

4. Financial Management

  • Work closely with the BCHS Board of Directors, the Board Treasurer, and the Finance Committee to develop, monitor and report on the BCHS operations budget
  • Ensure sound, ethical and responsible policies, procedures, practices, and records in order to meet the budget guidelines; meet audit requirements; and satisfy tax documentation, timeliness, and reporting requirements (income, IRS, PA Bureau of Charitable Organizations, etc.)
  • Maintain appropriate and adequate property and liability insurance policies for all properties of the organization
  • Prepare and submit for board review and approval recommendations regarding annual performance-related pay and other salary adjustments for BCHS employees and workers compensation and benefit changes
  • Oversee administration of payroll, workers compensation and benefits records and submissions for all BCHS employees

5. Community & Client Relations

  • Serve as principal BCHS spokesperson, advocating and advancing the interests of the organization to members of the media, community officials, and various funding bodies
  • Attend BCHS-relevant events and seminars; maintain professional memberships; and cultivate and maintain relationships with donors, community and business leaders, other humane animal welfare organizations, volunteers and elected officials
  • Ensure that the BCHS website and social media channels effectively communicate and promote the organization’s mission
  • Develop and maintain a customer relations management plan that addresses the community’s programming needs and animal welfare concerns

6. Compliance with Laws, Regulations, Policies & Guidelines

  • Work in conjunction with the BCHS Board of Directors and Associate Director to stay informed and ensure operational compliance with current federal, state, county, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines that affect operations and budgets of nonprofit organizations and animal shelters
  • Ensure BCHS staff and volunteers understand, have ready access to, and comply with, current regulations pertaining to animal control and welfare, and shelter administration
  • Oversee record keeping practices for documents relating to adoptions, governmental contracts, receipts for donations, spay/neuter programs, staff personnel files, shelter expenditures, insurance and taxes
  • Annually review all procedural guides, health and welfare protocols, and property safety procedures for soundness, completeness and relevance

7.  General

  • Ensure necessary employee involvement and support for fundraising activities and events
  • Other related duties as required


  • Demonstrated leadership experience, combined with a commitment to and passion for animal welfare
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution; advanced degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Possess a minimum of five years nonprofit management experience with evidence of increasing responsibility and success
  • Proven experience and ability in fundraising, grant writing, nonprofit fiscal management and budget development for an organization with a $2.7M budget
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage and supervise individuals and experience leading a staff of at least 40 employees
  • Possess strong interpersonal and group skills, a collaborative nature and excellent communication skills (verbal, written, presentation and in the digital arena)


  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs., with the ability to bend, stretch, kneel, push, and pull 
  • Licensed to drive in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; travel will be required


  • Work is normally performed inside, but some outside work is required
  • Exposure to unpleasant odors and noises
  • Exposure to bites, scratches, and animal wastes
  • Possible exposure to contagious animal diseases


  • Salary is commensurate with experience. The BCHS offers a comprehensive benefits package including a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan, 100% employer paid health, dental, and vision coverage, paid vacation and sick leave, and Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Beaver County Humane Society is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer that does not discriminate in employment and ensures equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of their age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided to qualified individuals who require them.

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Beaver County Humane Society

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