This is a unique opportunity to lead one of Northwest Indiana’s largest and premier non-profit organizations and our mission to care for pets, find them homes and save lives. You will work closely with a well-connected and committed Board of Directors, a skilled and experienced team of staff, and a dedicated group of volunteers.
If you have a track record of successful leadership we invite you to apply for the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Humane Indiana (HI). Animal welfare or shelter experience is NOT required, but preferred.
Qualifications and Duties
The CEO of HI is responsible for overseeing the organization's consistent achievement of its vision, mission, and financial objectives. The CEO is responsible for planning, organizing, and supervising all aspects of HI operations, directing the development and implementation of a strategic plan for the long-term growth and success of the organization, and ensuring sustainable financial stability.
The ideal candidate for the CEO of HI will have:
Substantial experience that includes demonstrated past successes in leadership and fundraising
Strong knowledge of the Northwest Indiana communities
Passion for pets and the mission of HI
Important areas of demonstrated past experiences and skills include:
Leadership of organizations in the non-profit or for-profit business sector with demonstrated success in establishing and achieving goals
Community engagement and donor relations
Effectively working with boards of directors
Community and government relations experience that demonstrated success in interfacing with officials, government bodies, and citizens within different communities
Excellent communication skills; able to speak to a variety of audiences
Strong organizational skills that ensure smooth operations
Management experience both with staff and budgets of equivalent size and complexity
Desire and ability to absorb and apply new information including a solid commitment to keeping up with the latest industry best practices
Budget and Finance
Developing and maintaining sound financial practices including the preparation of financial reports, budgets, and summaries, submitting budgets for approval, and monitoring compliance of expenditures within approved budgetary constraints
Fundraising and Donor Relations
Putting into place and maintaining successful and sustainable giving programs and events and actively developing and enhancing relationships with donors. This comes with assistance of the CDO.
Staff Management and Development
Maintaining a climate which attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality employees. Overseeing human resources (both paid staff and volunteers) including recruitment, employment, direction, management, and release of all personnel. Ensuring that job descriptions are maintained, that regular performance evaluations are conducted, that motivation systems are utilized, and that sound human resource practices are in place that abide by local, state, and federal law. This comes with assistance of the HRM.
Community and Government Relations
Working with government agencies, officials, and staff in the communities where HI has a strong presence. Managing and negotiating contracts. Working with the Indiana Legislature on animal-related legislation.
Compliance with Laws, Regulations, Policies, and Guidelines
Understanding and ensuring operational compliance with current federal, state, county, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines that affect operations. Overseeing record-keeping practices for legally compliant animal tracking and veterinary care, adoptions, staff personnel files, budgetary accountability, and all other functions. Maintain official records and documents.
Strategic Plan Implementation and Execution
Creating a comprehensive development plan to advance HI’s strategic plan and key initiatives and effectively executing it to ensure adequate resources for the work of HI.
Animal Care Standards
Overseeing the care for all animals that come under the protection of HI and ensuring their humane treatment. This includes implementing short- and long-term strategies which responsibly reduce admissions, increase adoptions, improve animal care, provide enrichment and medical rehabilitation, encourage spaying and neutering, help pets stay with their responsible caregivers, and enforce animal cruelty laws. This comes with the assistance of the COO.
The planning, execution, and evaluation of programs providing animal care services to the general public and other animal welfare agencies as well as adoptions, outreach, and animal welfare education. Assuring that the organization has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission and toward which the programs make consistent and timely progress.
Overseeing marketing and publicity for the organization’s activities, programs, and goals. Working with local businesses, community groups, other animal welfare and non-profit organizations, the news media and the general public to convey the mission and work of HI and to develop and implement collaborative programs and services, and raise alternative sources of funding to aid in overall HI goals.
Bachelor’s degree is strongly preferred.
Minimum of five years in a senior leadership position with strong and transferrable skills.
Residence in or relocation to Northwest Indiana.
About Humane Indiana
Humane Indiana is a non-profit organization that has been located in northwest Indiana for over 75 years. HI is committed to the safe and humane treatment of animals within our communities. Each year our organization houses nearly 2,500 animals in our shelter where they receive high quality food, loving care, and proper medical attention.
Our dedicated team of staff and volunteers are trained how to evaluate animals for behavioral and medical issues, and they work diligently to find each a proper home.