Suncoast Humane Society has the following job openings:


Executive Director

Suncoast Humane Society

Englewood, Florida

Job Description

Summary:  The Suncoast Humane Society (SHS) located in Englewood, Florida is seeking an Executive Director (ED).  We are a private 501(c)(3) non-profit community supported animal welfare organization. We are supported by individual donations, corporate sponsorships, events, wills, bequests and grants from foundations.  It exists to reduce the number of homeless animals and improve the quality of life. Suncoast Humane Society operates one of Florida’s few “open admissions” animal shelter.  We serve Charlotte County, Sarasota County, the Boca Grande portion of Lee County and beyond.  No animal in need is every turned away.

We have many services which impact animals and the public in our communities.  For example:

  • Pet Adoption Program – provides homeless animals their forever home.
  • Lost and Found Service – to reduce the number of unclaimed lost and straying animals.
  • Preventive Health Care Clinic – encourages all residents in the community to properly care for their pets, regardless of income.
  • Shelter Angel Program – helps animals with special needs, regardless of cost, through generous donations.
  • Foster Care Parents – offers temporary sick, injured and under age animals with special care and attention so that they can be restored and prepared for adoption.
  • Pet Food Pantry – offers temporary assistance to pet owners so their pets do not suffer.
  • A variety of volunteer opportunities along with offering humane education presentations to service clubs, schools and organizations.
  • Fido Fixers Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic – works to provide low cost spay/neuter, vaccinations, flea/tick prevention, deworming, heartworm prevention, microchipping and nail clipping to pets in economically distressed areas.


Essential Functions: This is a full-time position, hired by and directly accountable to the Board of Trustees (BOT) through its elected Board Chair.  The ED oversees and works closely with all directors and managers, including the staff veterinarian.

  • Work to achieve the mission, ensure the long-range strategy of the organization.
  • Accountable for the overall administration and management of SHS, including all service programs, fundraising, business operations, management of staff, financial forecasting and budgeting.
  • Meets or exceeds revenue goals, ensuring that adequate funds are available for the organization to carry on its work.
  • Develops and executes ambitious fundraising plans along with Capital Campaign knowledge, which we are currently engaged in.
  • Serves as an effective spokesperson for the SHS, representing the program and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations and the general public.
  • Establishes sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations.
  • Supervises and evaluates staff directors and managers. Ensures that all additional staff are adequately trained, supervised and provided periodic evaluations.
  • Provides leadership in developing program and organizational plans with the BOT.
  • Ensures fiscal management and legal compliance of the organization.


Responsibilities:  The ED will report to the BOT on a regular basis and keep them apprised of strategy’s being implemented to achieve our long-term and short-term goals so that we adhere to our mission. 


  • Will oversee all SHS fundraising programs both Operational and Capital Campaign.
  • Assist the BOT with developing a long-term plan for financial stability and achievement of mission-derived goals and objectives.
  • Ensure donor records are maintained and donors are properly recognized. Oversee efforts to seek new donors and retain existing donors.
  • Research grant sources. Ensures that grant proposals and applications are developed and sent.

Leadership of Staff/Volunteers:

  • Ensure personnel policies and procedures conform to current laws and regulations.
  • Sets the standard for staff behavior, attitude and customer service.
  • Regularly report to the BOT on the organization’s human resources, staff and volunteer status. Makes appropriate recommendations for necessary actions to balance needs and resources with the budget.
  • Develops and maintains internal communications.
  • Oversee hiring and supervision of staff and conduct performance evaluations for staff and key volunteer leadership.
  • Create an environment in which volunteers feel welcome and are given constructive feedback when working in the animal areas.
  • Ensure staff and volunteers understand the vision and direction of the shelter and maintain the highest professional standards and practices.


  • Monitors, records, files and provide statistics for animal population, adoptions, transfers, euthanasia, spay/neuter; prepares monthly ED reports for the BOT.
  • Meets regularly with the BOT and committees as needed and keeps them informed of important issues or problems, keeping communication open.
  • Stay aware of current animal welfare issues as well as the changing needs of the community.
  • High priority given to seeking out and maintaining community contacts with government officials, civic groups, community organizations and the media, promoting SHS’s mission and services.
  • Maintains a professional relationship with others in the animal welfare industry.
  • Seeks out and maintains relationships with patrons, businesses and foundations.
  • Responds to complaints about employees, volunteers and shelter procedures; takes appropriate action, maintains records of outcome.
  • Promotes SHS’s mission and services via all available media and responds to community concerns related to animal issues.
  • Monitors revenue and expenses, disbursing funds as directed by the budget. Assists the Finance Committee in preparing the annual budget.  Primary signing authority for checks and other accounts.
  • Makes adjustments as necessary and reports rationale for deviations to the BOT.

Specialized Skills and Abilities:

  • The ED must agree with and be committed to the mission, policies and goals of SHS.
  • Must understand and respect confidentiality, be assertive, able to think strategically, prioritize, focus and be customer oriented.
  • Must have organizational, budgetary, and public and employee relations skills as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills and be an effective public speaker.
  • Must be able to relate and confer with the BOT, staff directors, managers, staff and volunteers in a positive and constructive way.
  • Must be self-motivated.
  • Requires patience and tact in dealing with difficult, emotional or angry people.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in shelter management experience.
  • Minimum three years related experience in management/leadership in a non-profit setting.
  • Minimum three years of financial/budget planning experience as well as demonstrated accomplishments in fundraising, including gifts from individual donors, foundations, and corporations.
  • Minimum 2 years experience working with community groups, volunteers and other nonprofit programs and organizations.
  • Must be able to secure various licenses or permits required to fulfill your duties and pass background checks.


The position requires the ability to work safely around unruly, sick, injured, or potentially dangerous animals.  While working with shelter animals there is a risk of exposure to parasites and infectious disease.  Any allergic conditions, could be aggravated when handling or working with animals or cleaning supplies.  Work can occur in an office setting, animal areas or on the grounds of the facility and throughout the community.

The intent of this job description is to provide a representation for the level of types of duties and responsibilities that will be required for the position given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position.  Employees may be required to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Review of applicants will begin on September 16, 2019

End date – November 1, 2019

Please do not call.

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