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POSITION TITLE: Executive Director

ACCOUNTABLE TO: Board of Directors


Position Title   FLSA Status  No. of Incumbents
Veterinarian     Exempt  2
Clinic Director     Exempt  1
Director of Finance and Strategic Planning   Exempt  1
Director of Development  Exempt  1
Director of Marketing and Communications   Exempt  1
Director of Shelter Operations       Exempt  1
Investigator          Exempt  1



Founded in 1960 with the mission of eliminating pain, fear, and suffering in all animals; the Humane Society of Utah (HSU) is the largest, private, 501(c) 3 non-profit animal shelter in the state of Utah. In 2017, HSU saved 11,141 lives and maintained “no-kill” standards for dogs and cats with a combined live-release rate of 90.54%. HSU is an open-admission facility serving the state of Utah, meaning that we welcome any dog, cat, rabbit, or other small pet in need of finding a new loving home. HSU is a multifaceted organization with other programs including a low-cost spay/neuter/vaccination clinic; coordinated entry admissions system; humane education; foster care; and advocacy initiatives. HSU has 81 full-time and 13 part-time employees and over 2,000 volunteers; people with a passion for animal welfare are at the heart of our organization and we are currently seeking an experienced leader, relationship builder, fundraiser, spokesperson, and manager to join our team as Executive Director.



Orchestrates the future of the organization, working closely with the Board of Directors. Oversees the many programs that HSU has implemented and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization. Advises the Board of Directors on issues related to the organization and serves as the liaison between the staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors.  Guides the hiring, management, and development of a professional staff. Serves as the primary spokesperson for the organization. Has specific knowledge of low-cost spay/neuter clinics as well as finances, fundraising, and public relations as it pertains to a humane society. Has an unwavering commitment to animal welfare and HSU’s mission.



HSU offers a competitive total compensation package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. Employees earn sick and vacation time, plus several recognized holidays. HSU provides the opportunity to plan for the future and invest in a 403(b) plan. As a non-profit organization, HSU does not currently match employee contributions to retirement savings. Employees also have access to discounted clinic services and adoption fees. Salary $110,000-$125,000 DOE.


  • Extensive and innovative operational experience with a humane society or animal control, including but not limited to, familiarity with coordinated entry admissions systems and the Adopters Welcome program.

  • Experience in strategic planning for an organization.

  • Experience in a senior leadership position that reports directly to a Board of Directors.

  • Exceptional communication skills with a successful background in external relations, including talking to the media in a variety of situations.

  • Knowledge of animal advocacy on both the state and local level.

  • Good business acumen applied to a non-profit organization and the ability to create and manage a $5-10 million budget.

  • Demonstrated accomplishments in fundraising, including developing new relationships in the community.

  • Experience in marketing and public relations with a humane society or animal control.

  • Experience in administration of many departments, including Shelter Operations, Clinic, Development, Marketing and Communications, and Finance.

  • Ability to assess and maintain policies and procedures for moving an organization to a new level of excellence.

  • Ability to sustain effective partnerships with other organizations.

  • Ability to communicate and collaborate with a variety of people and personality types.

  • Experience in Human Resources.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, communications or related area required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years of executive level experience working with a non-profit organization preferred.

  • Experience managing a budget of $5-10 million.

  • Animal welfare experience strongly preferred.

  • Ability to pass a background check and provide proof of excellent credit and any EEOC Adverse Actions upon request.



  • Leads HSU in a manner that supports and guides HSU’s mission and vision as defined by the Board of Directors.

  • Provides the Board with agendas, reports, financials, budgets, audits, department and program statistics, and other information as requested.

  • Signs all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of HSU.

  • Implements all of HSU’s programs and ensuring that each one delivers the organization’s mission.

  • Strategically plans to ensure that HSU can successfully fulfill its mission into the future. Stays abreast of current animal welfare issues as well as the changing needs of the community.

  • Conducts ongoing research and forms program objectives for HSU.

  • Oversees the hiring and retention of a competent, talented and qualified staff.

  • Meets with the shelter management team on a regular basis to review reports, procedures, problems, and discuss new strategies. Attends meetings of employees as necessary.

  • Oversees all of HSU’s departments to ensure efficiency, quality, service, and cost-effective management of resources and plans, develops, and implements strategies for generating resources and revenues for the organization.

  • Attends animal welfare national conferences and keeps current in all facets of animal welfare and humane society management.


  • Ensures the integrity of all operations, including the timely reporting of operational and financial activities to the Board of Directors.

  • Develops a financial budget with the assistance of the Director of Finance and Strategic Planning.

  • Ensures fiscal management by operating within the approved budget and maximizing resource utilization to maintain a positive financial position.

Marketing, Development, and Advocacy

  • Enhances HSU’s image by being active and visible in the community by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations.

  • Serves as the primary spokesperson of HSU, representing the organization at the legislature, in the media, at fundraising events, and at any other public relations events.

  • Assists HSU in fundraising efforts through participation in events, presentations, site visits, donor meetings, solicitations, etc.

  • Communicates with various constituencies, always representing HSU in a professional, knowledgeable, and compassionate manner.

  • Works directly with the Government Relations specialist and the Humane Society of the United States’ Utah State Director during the legislative session and throughout the year to pass laws and ordinances promoting animal welfare in the state.


Please submit a resume and cover letter detailing why you think you are qualified and what you will bring to the Humane Society of Utah to jobs@utahhumane.org.

This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position.  Employees will be required to follow any other job-related duties required by management. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” relationship.

The Humane Society of Utah is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment and advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.