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Executive Director

Job Description

ORGANIZATION: Athens Area Humane Society

POSITION AVAILABLE: Executive Director


The Athens Area Humane Society (AAHS), a no-kill facility, was established 24 years ago and is a private, nonprofit organization that spays and neuters over 3,000 animals annually with a full time surgeon on staff, receives no government funding and is not a United Way agency. AAHS receives no funding from, and is not affiliated with, any national humane  organization - not the ASPCA or the Humane Society of the United States, or any other agency.

AAHS offers safe, low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for pets owned by people who may not otherwise utilize the services of veterinarians. The goal is to reduce the number of unwanted animals and thus the euthanasia rate in our community. AAHS also offers a host of other services, including rabies shots and other vaccines, all at low cost, for the benefit of cats and dogs owned by people who may not otherwise utilize the services of veterinarians.

AAHS works in cooperation with, and not as competition for, veterinarians who work in the greater Athens area. AAHS offers surgery services to animal control agencies in several Georgia counties. The Society's services to these facilities not only cuts down on the rate of unwanted animals, but also helps increase the likelihood that the animals waiting in these facilities will be adopted as the new owners will have the minimum services to provide on their own before being able to take an animal home.


The Executive Director of the Athens Area Humane Society (AAHS) oversees and directs daily functioning of the organization as well as conceives and coordinates new projects for the Society’s growth. There are FOUR (4) crucial tasks whose thoughtful and efficient execution by the Executive Director will ensure the long-term health of the Athens Area Humane Society as well as the people in the area who rely on our services and the thousands of animals who annually receive our care and protection. Short and long term goals will be provided to applicants under serious consideration.


Lead AAHS Staff

  1. Provide strong leadership, inspiration, and direction for the staff.
  2. Foster a supportive and healthy work environment where staff is encouraged to grow professionally and personally through incentives, feedback, high expectations of achievement, as well as a carefully fostered awareness of the importance of the tasks we are all performing.
  3. Conduct job performance reviews for all staff annually.
  4. Identify and correct problems experienced by staff including tensions that arise among employees and underperformance.
  5. Instruct and inspire staff to maximize the number of animals we adopt out to qualified owners as well as the number of Spay/Neuter surgeries the Society can perform while maintaining our outstanding success and safety record.

Excellent Steward of AAHS Resources

  1. Cultivate and grow the financial well-being of the organization  
  2. Continually monitor performance against budget and make needed adjustments in a timely and responsible fashion.
  3. Provide quarterly updates on AAHS' financial status and projections to the Board
  4. Process payroll, manage cash flow, and ensure that checks and balances are in place to minimize financial risk to AAHS.
  5. Effectively manage with expectation of financial growth.
  6. Ensure that AAHS meets short and long-range financial goals – aside from funds coming from Spay/Neuter and adoption fees
    Oversee annual campaign strategy and, in cooperation with the director of fund development, maintain and increase current donor involvement.
    The Face of Our Organization: The Executive Director will be a strong presence in the greater Athens community and will continue to raise our profile as a beneficial and crucial partner in statewide and national efforts to improve animal welfare. We expect that continual and positive contact with the community will have a direct effect on donations, fundraising, and numbers of clients who purchase our services. The successful E.D. will  succeed in informing the public of crucial aspects of our Society:
    Strategic Planning: The successful E.D. will develop short-range (1-3 year) and long-range (5-10 year) strategic plans to steer the course of AAHS to grow revenues and endowment. S/he will share these plans with Staff and Board for consultation and team support. He or she will develop concrete, actionable plans for future expansion (physical plant as well as business design) so as to adopt out more cats, develop and run a highly successful dog adoption program, and offer more surgery and pet health care services to our clientele. Upon approval of the Board, the Executive Director will successfully implement his or her strategic plans and ensure the following:
    Track local, regional and national trends in sheltering/animal welfare/nonprofit management/fundraising that does/could affect and impact AAHS.
    Government Advocacy-Building and maintaining relationships with elected officials. Communication with elected officials regarding AAHS’ mission, goals, and activities. Serving as an advisor on initiatives that impact or influence animal welfare.
    Maintain Positive Board Relations-Serve as primary contact for Board and meet regularly with the full Board, officers and committees . Regularly inform Board of initiatives and issues affecting AAHS.  



  • At least 3 years managing operations and staff of an animal shelter of comparable size
  • Demonstrated passion and track record of statewide support for goals of no-kill shelters
  • Bachelor's or Associate's degree in related discipline, or relevant professional training
  • Self-starter focused on execution, with ability to manage multiple projects
  • Demonstrated ability to bring advocacy perspective to community dialogues  
  • Demonstrated project management & business planning skills with attention to detail
  • Effective oral and written communication skills for external and internal audiences
  • Sound judgment, sensitivity to diverse constituencies and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team and take collaborative approach to working with others
  • Ability and willingness to travel as needed to accomplish duties  
  • Proficient with word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, and e-mail.




Review website at  to become familiar with the Athens Area Humane Society (AAHS), before applying. Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to  stating how they learned of this opportunity and put “AAHS ED” in subject line of e-mail.

AAHS  is an equal opportunity employer and seeks qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Date Posted 8/16/2014 6:39 pm 
Location Watkinsville, GA 30677 
Compensation $60K-65K 
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