Executive Director

Position Status: Exempt, Full-time
Reports to: President, APF Board of Directors
Revised: May 2020


The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management and leadership of the Animal Protective Foundation (APF). The Executive Director serves as the key spokesperson and a visible leader who demonstrates a passion for the mission of the APF. The candidate will be a strategic, knowledgeable and innovative leader, who can connect the goals of the Board of Directors (Board) with the day to day needs of the employees / volunteers, animals and the communities APF serves. More specifically, the Executive Director is responsible for ensuring performance and compliance in the following key areas:

Financial Management
Human Resources
Strategic Planning
Fund Development
Board Administration
Facilities Management
Operations & Administration
Public Relations
Regulatory Compliance


  • Work with the Board and execute decisions, directions and strategies with the required energy and enthusiasm to make them operational. Work with the APF staff to define measurable short and long-term goals to ensure positive and effective change in the organization as needed. Provide for review and evaluation of the programs initiated in an effort to make improvements.
  • Implement and direct programs and documented procedures, which provide for the operation of the Foundation’s animal shelter facility and spay/neuter clinic in accordance with goals, core values, position statements and objectives of the Foundation.
  • Oversee development, fundraising and communication program areas, including creation and assessment of annual development plan, coordination of annual fund, major donor work, grants, events, direct-mail/ social media programs, and ensure compliance with gift acknowledgement procedures.
  • Oversee daily accounting activities, financial reporting, bank relationships, investments, yearly audit activities, internal controls, preparation of financial reports for the Finance Committee and Board, and staff assigned to carry out these activities. Work with Treasurer as needed.
  • Develop a three to five-year facilities plan and review it periodically with the Board.
  • Seek direction from the Board by communicating with the Board and Committees concerning the overall operations, issues for review, direction, and animal issues which impact on the APF.
  • Supervise, mentor and measure the overall performance of the APF staff compensated and uncompensated. Assure other professionals supervise, monitor and measure appropriately including responsibility for their staff annual performance reviews.
  • Maintain communications with management staff. Provide for the exchange of ideas and information between all staff.
  • Promote the mission, values and goals of the APF through services and programs internally and externally.
  • Negotiate and manage service contracts with those municipalities seeking to secure Foundation sheltering services.
  • Lead staff in the development and implementation of various fund raising and grant writing activities.
  • Be informed of local and state laws affecting animals and their impact on the APF and solicit changes as appropriate.
  • Represent the Board and Foundation with a variety of regulatory agencies, to maintain compliance with local, state and federal rules and to act as an agent for the use and control of various controlled substances.
  • Communicate directly to the President of the Board with respect to the needs of the Foundation.
  • Ability to build alliances with community organizations, establish and maintain relationships with donors, community and business leaders, other humane organizations, volunteers and elected leaders
  • Possess well-developed interpersonal and group skills, a collaborative nature, and excellent communication skills (verbal, written, presentation, computer/ social media).
  • Other duties/ responsibilities as assigned.


  • Demonstrated experience and passion for animal welfare and/or rescue programs.
  • Bachelor’s degree with an advanced degree or equivalent experience strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of five (5) years nonprofit leadership experience with evidence of increasing responsibility and success.
  • Proven experience and ability in fundraising, nonprofit fiscal management and budget preparation for an organizational budget of $1.5MM+.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage and supervise individuals and experience leading a staff of at least 30 employees.
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To apply, please email your cover letter, resume, and telephone or email contact information for three professional references to laviolette@animalprotective.org, or mail them to:

Animal Protective Foundation

Attn: Gina LaViolette

53 Maple Avenue
Glenville, NY 12302

Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and hiring will take place as soon as great candidates have been identified.

The Animal Protective Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, familial status, genetic information, citizenship, domestic violence victim status, prior arrest record, or prior criminal conviction.