Executive Director 

The Executive Director of Animal Harbor is responsible for overseeing the organization's achievement of its mission and financial objectives. The E.D. will plan, organize, and supervise all aspects of Animal Harbor operations within the framework of policy and authority established by the board of directors, leading the development and implementation of a strategic plan for long-term growth and success, and ensuring quality animal care and services to the community.

The ideal candidate for the E.D. of Animal Harbor will have:

  • Passion for and a deep commitment to the mission of Animal Harbor.
  • A history of responsible pet ownership.
  • Substantial experience that includes demonstrated past successes in leadership, fundraising and animal welfare.

Important areas of demonstrated past experience and skills include:

  • Leadership of organizations in the non-profit or for-profit business sector with demonstrated success in establishing and achieving goals.
  • Extensive fundraising experience.
  • Community engagement and marketing.
  • Effectively working with boards of directors.
  • Excellent communication skills; able to speak to a variety of audiences and write clearly and professionally. 
  • Strong organizational skills. 
  • Management experience both with staff and budgets. 
  • Desire and ability to absorb and apply new information and a solid commitment to keeping up with the best practices in the field.


Organizational Development and Administration

  • Create a comprehensive development plan and effectively execute it to ensure adequate resources for the work of Animal Harbor. Oversee all development and fundraising effort. 
  • Cultivate and manage existing individual, corporate, and foundation relationships, and identify, cultivate, and solicit new sources of major gifts.
  • Lead and oversee all donor engagement; provide ongoing donor engagement training for board, staff and volunteers.
  • In collaboration with the board of directors, ensure that the organization has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress.
  • Provide leadership in developing programs and plans with the board of directors and staff, and carry out plans and policies authorized by the board.
  • Promote active participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization's work.
  • Actively engage and energize Animal Harbor board members, event committees, volunteers, partnering organizations, and donors.
  • Work with the board of directors to ensure the maintenance and further development of a balanced and committed board.
  • Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.


  • See that the board is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it.
  • Publicize the activities of the organization, its programs and goals.
  • Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with local government and community organizations.
  • Promote and maintain a favorable image in the community at large through effective public relations at all levels and by responding to the community's needs through educational and other outreach programs.
  • Represent the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public.

Budget and Finance

  • Be responsible for maintaining sound financial practices. 
  • Work with the staff and board in preparing a budget; see that the organization operates within budget guidelines.
  • Conduct official correspondence of the organization, and jointly with designated officers, execute legal documents.

Animal Welfare

  • Implement short and long term strategies that promote life-saving measures, increase adoptions, improve animal care, provide behavioral and medical rehabilitation, encourage spaying and neutering, and help pets stay with their responsible caretakers. 
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field and ensure that current best practices are in place across the organization’s operations.

Management and supervision

  • Be responsible for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel.
  • Ensure that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are in place.
  • Ensure that essential policies and procedures are developed, maintained, and followed.
  • Directly supervise senior shelter staff; provide leadership and direction to all shelter staff.
  • Encourage staff and volunteer development and education, and assist all staff in relating their specialized work to the total program of the organization. 
  • Maintain a climate which attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.
  • Direct the maintenance of buildings, equipment, vehicles and grounds.


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree or higher is strongly preferred, but not mandatory.
  • Experience: Minimum of three years experience in management, preferably of a non-profit organization.
  • Ability to work with and around animals. This includes working with and around diseased, injured and/or fractious animals, loud noises, chlorine and other chemicals, and inclement weather. Allergic conditions which would be aggravated when handling or working with animals may be a disqualification.
  • Valid driver’s license. Maintaining a satisfactory driving record and valid driver’s license are ongoing conditions of employment. 

Nature of Employment

The ED reports to the President of the Board of Directors. It is an exempt position, which requires a minimum of 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week and may include weekend, night and holiday work.
There is no minimum period of employment guaranteed or implied by acceptance of an employment offer. It is the policy of Animal Harbor that employment for this position is at will, which means that employment is for no specified term and the employee or the agency may terminate that employment at any time without cause.


The salary is commensurate with the level of experience. Relocation costs, if needed, are negotiable.

How to Apply

E-mail your cover letter, resume, and three letters of recommendation (employment related) to: The Animal Harbor ED Search Committee c/o Patricia Dover at patricia.dover@animalharbor.org . Acknowledgement will be e-mailed upon receipt of your materials.  Closing Date: November 26, 2016

About Animal Harbor
The Franklin County Humane Society, dba Animal Harbor, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide health care and temporary shelter for lost and homeless companion animals, find new loving homes for these pets, reduce pet overpopulation by promoting spaying and neutering, prevent cruelty to animals, and educate the community about animal welfare. The shelter opened in 2003 and relocated to its new facility in 2014. Animal Harbor takes in about 600 pets per year. 

About Franklin County Tennessee
Franklin County is a mostly rural county in southern middle Tennessee with seven cities or communities, great natural beauty and outdoor opportunities, a diversified manufacturing base, a thriving business community, quality educational opportunities, and a rich history. It is a good place to live, work, and raise a family. More information can be found at http://www.franklincotn.us/