Senior Director

S.A.F.E. Haven for Cats
S.A.F.E. Haven for Cats
Desired Location: 
North Carolina
Organization Type: 

Title: Senior Director

SAFE Haven for Cats


Founded in 1994, SAFE Haven for Cats is a nonprofit No Kill animal shelter and low cost spay/neuter clinic. The mission of SAFE Haven for Cats is to ensure the well-being of every cat through adoption, affordable spay/neuter services, community outreach and adherence to No Kill principles. The organization is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. With a small professional staff (nine full-time, three part-time) and more than 300 volunteers, SAFE Haven for Cats is serving over 4,000 animals annually.
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Position Overview
This is a varied, fast-paced leadership position requiring excellent organizational skills and a gift for developing authentic, warm interpersonal relationships. They will be responsible for finance, human resources, organizational planning and administrative/facilities management. Reporting to the President, this position’s primary responsibility is to collaborate with the President and staff ensuring organizational effectiveness through strategies, policies and practices.  The Senior Director fulfills the duties of the President in her absence.

This position will be filled by a candidate with previous non-profit experience, proven leadership, top-notch communication skills and a commitment to animal welfare. Experience is required in management (organizational, fiscal, and human resource). Experience in fundraising, community outreach, special event planning, and public relations/marketing is highly desirable.

The Senior Director oversees a paid staff of nine and manages an annual budget of $1,000,000.

Job Description and Responsibilities

Strategic Planning
With the President, board of directors and staff, the Senior Director drives an annual strategic planning process to improve decision making, promote strategic thought and action, and work out agreement on what programs and policies best resolve key issues facing the organization.

Management of Finances
The Senior Director will maintain a documented system of accounting procedures, and internal control policies. They will supervise a part-time bookkeeper. Additional tasks include: developing and monitoring the annual operating budget; staff liaison to the finance committee and treasurer of the board of directors, supervising daily and month-end general ledger activities, including reconciliations and journal entry adjustments; responsibility for timely and accurate tax filings; accurate payroll administration through QuickBooks (online); and coordinating annual audit activities.

Human Resources
The Senior Director is the primary point of contact for personnel matters. Responsibilities include: develop, maintain and implement HR policies, practices and procedures that improve the efficiency and/or operation of the organization and that fulfill all legal requirements of Federal and State Labor laws; recommend changes in staff, or organizational structure; develop effective recruiting strategies to provide qualified sources of candidates for vacant positions; counsel employees, mediate disputes, work with supervisors and employees to resolve conflicts; responsible for ongoing professional development and training of staff; and maintain an ongoing, open discussion performance process throughout the year.

Facilities Management
The Senior Director will oversee general shelter operations including facilities/equipment repair and maintenance. Additional responsibilities include: risk assessment and management; ensuring adequate and suitable insurance coverage; computer maintenance with an outsourced company; and phone/internet maintenance with an outsourced company.

Qualifications Required
As a prerequisite, the successful candidate must believe in the core values of SAFE Haven for Cats, be driven by the mission and demonstrate a passion cats.

Prior experience leading an animal welfare organization or other nonprofit is required.

Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, finance, business, human resources, organizational development or a related field is required.

Proven and demonstrable proficiency with QuickBooks accounting software (Online & Desktop), Excel, PowerPoint and Microsoft Word.  Ability to quickly learn industry specific database management software such as Clinic HQ and Shelter Manager. 

Work Conditions/Physical Demands: Work is performed in an animal shelter for cats only, which operates seven days a week. There will be exposure to dust, heat, cold and temperature changes, occasional wet floors, and animal noises, odors and dander. Work is performed sitting for long periods, working on a computer, standing, walking, driving and lifting up to 25 pounds. Most time will be spent in a typical air conditioned and heated office environment. A typical workweek is Monday through Friday and may include weekends for special events or activities.

Career Level: 
Senior Management
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Salary Range: 

Compensation: This is an outstanding opportunity for a qualified individual to help lead a 24-year-old nonprofit. SAFE Haven for Cats will offer a salary of $55,000-$60,000 based on experience, plus a compensation package including paid time off and a stipend for health insurance.

How to Apply: 

To Apply
Send your resume, cover letter and references to Pam Miller, President, SAFE Haven for Cats, 8431-137 Garvey Drive, Raleigh, NC 27616, by December 31, 2017. Or email them to No phone calls please.