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Executive Director ~ Lawrence (KS) Humane Society

The Opportunity:  The Lawrence Humane Society in Lawrence, Kansas is seeking a dynamic, enthusiastic professional to become its next Executive Director.  This Executive Director position is an outstanding opportunity to join a progressive animal welfare organization that is a recognized leader in animal sheltering across the region. This leader will oversee all aspects of the organization which is committed to placing 100% of adoptable animals into new homes by offering robust medical and behavior programs aimed at providing animals under care the resources needed to be happy, healthy, and ultimately secure new homes.  The organization serves 4,300+ animals annually with a 96% live release rate through adoptions, lost pet reunions and strategic transfers.  In late 2018, LHS completed a successful capital campaign for the  construction of a new shelter which opened in June, 2019 generating excitement and pride within the community.  The shelter's spacious, bright and open design allows for improved operational efficiencies and provides a safe, healthy environment for animals under care along with a welcoming space for individuals and groups to engage with the animals.  The new shelter will allow LHS to expand its impact in the community in a variety of ways including designated meeting space for volunteer orientations and foster training; staff training; field trips; humane education classes; community meeting space and beyond.  A state-of-the-art veterinary clinic that meets the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) standards quadruples the space of the old clinic to provide the best medical care possible.  For more information on the newly constructed shelter, including photographs, please view the article from the Lawrence Journal World announcing its opening:

The Organization:  LHS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides shelter, care and advocacy for homeless and abused animals along with resources to nurture the human-pet bond for the pets and people in Lawrence and Douglas County. LHS has 30 employees, operates under sheltering best practices and is an animal welfare leader in the region that envisions a humane community where every pet has the chance for a loving home, and every pet parent has access to the resources and support they need to keep their pets in their home for life.  The organization is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors and has an annual operating budget of $1.9 million generated through contributions, adoption fees, donations, grants and bequests.  The organization also receives funding from the City of Lawrence Animal Control and Douglas County to execute operating agreements for services provided. LHS benefits from key community partnerships across the private, public and nonprofit sectors and is located in the middle of a geographic region known as the Animal Health Corridor which is home to more than 300 animal health companies offering unprecedented opportunities for collaboration.  More information about the Lawrence Humane Society can be found on its website:

The Community of Lawrence, Kansas:  Located in northeast Kansas, Lawrence is the sixth-largest city in the state with a population of approximately 94,000 and is the county seat of Douglas County, population 120,000.  Home to the 28,000-student University of Kansas, Lawrence is a unique and progressive university town that benefits from a diversity of thought and opinion and a great quality of life.  Lawrence offers a family-friendly atmosphere with affordable homes, safe neighborhoods, short commute times, excellent medical care and a diverse business climate and its public schools are ranked among the best in the state. Residents enjoy outstanding arts and cultural attractions, numerous galleries and museums, an active live music and concert scene and university athletic and performing arts events.   Outdoor recreational activities include award-winning golf courses, area lakes, public aquatic centers, and active parks and recreation offerings with an abundance of year-round youth and adult sports leagues.   Ample greenspace includes 54 parks, including two-off leash dog parks, and miles of hiking and biking trails and paths that earned the city recognition from the League of American Bicyclists as a top “Bicycle-Friendly Town”.   Downtown Lawrence is truly unique and many have called Massachusetts Street – or “Mass Street” to the locals – one of the most beautiful main streets in America.  As the main drag in the historic downtown district, Mass Street is home to a variety of one -of-a-kind boutique shops, outstanding dining options, cafes, pubs and live music and entertainment venues.  With capital city Topeka 20 minutes west and Kansas City 30 minutes east, living in Lawrence provides residents access to all the attributes of a large metropolitan area -- such as professional sports and an international airport -- while retaining the advantages of a small-town atmosphere and charm of a Midwest town. 

Position Charter:  The Executive Director reports to the chair of the 11-member Board of Directors and directly manages the Chief Veterinarian, Director of Development & Community Engagement and Director of Operations with a total staff of 30.   This leader is the chief paid administrative executive of the LHS and will provide leadership by directing the operations, financial, managerial and supervisory activities necessary to carry out the policies, mission and goals of the LHS.  In addition to Board and staff at all levels, other important interactions include:  representatives of other animal welfare organizations on a local, regional, state and national basis; elected officials and their representatives in communities served; community partner organizations; volunteers; other friends of the LHS; local veterinarians; members of the media; and the public at large. 

The Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a minimum five to ten years progressively responsible experience, including minimum of two years management experience, working as the top executive within a progressive animal welfare environment such as an animal shelter, humane society, animal rights, wildlife rehabilitation center or related organization.  Candidates with experience as a "#2" or other senior-level executive at a larger like-enterprise as noted above also encouraged to apply.  A proven track record of success in creative fund development along with Board interaction and experience leading volunteers is required.   It is also expected that the candidate will bring significant knowledge of a progressive shelter operations environment and demonstrated experience establishing public and private sector partnerships within communities served.  Desired interpersonal skills include: dynamic staff leadership; visionary; strong written and verbal communication; critical thinker; team-orientation; energetic and strong commitment to mission.   A Bachelor's degree is preferred.

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This Executive Director position is an outstanding opportunity for an enthusiastic and committed executive to lead an organization focused on animal welfare that is proud of its history, yet not satisfied with the status quo and ready to move to the next level of impact.  A dedicated group of community partners and volunteers combined with a highly successful capital campaign are strong evidence of the passion for animal welfare within the community.  The organization’s new, state-of-the-art facility is generating a great deal of excitement and forward momentum that the new Executive Director, working in conjunction with the Board and staff, can capitalize on to move the organization to even higher levels of impact within the community.  LHS is already viewed among peer organizations as a leader in the shelter field and this role is an excellent opportunity to network with other mission-focused animal welfare partners in a cooperative effort dedicated to improving the lot of animals within the community and region in the years to come.

To request a full Position Profile, or for immediate and confidential consideration please send resume and cover letter to:

Debbie Galbraith
Managing Director, Waverly Partners


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