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Executive Director

NH Humane Society

NH Humane Society

Founded in 1900 by M. Jennie Kendall, the NH humane Society was formerly known as the Women’s Humane Society. Originally located in Nashua, NH, the mission of the organization revolved around the welfare of women, children and animals. The organization moved to Laconia in 1935 and in 1968 its mission changed and the focus was exclusively animal welfare. In May 2006 the NHHS opened its brand new, state-of-the-art facility to the public. Since that time, adoption rates have increased dramatically, with an adoption rate hovering at or above 90%. NH Humane Society has the 4th highest adoption rate in New England, demonstrating the power this new facility holds.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for NH Humane Societies staff, programs and execution of its mission. He or she will initially develop deep knowledge of field, core programs, operations, and business plans. Other key responsibilities include fundraising, marketing, financial management and community outreach.


The ED will be thoroughly committed to NH Humane Society's mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.

Specific requirements include:

  • Advanced degree, ideally an MBA, with at least 10 years of senior management experience
  • Track record of effectively leading a performance- and outcomes-based organization and staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people

Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed


Leadership & Management:

  • Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals.
  • Actively engage and energize NH Humane Society volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders.
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; serve as ex-officio of each committee; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for ongoing local operations.
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain NH Humane Society's high-performance senior management team
  • Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.
  • Oversee human resources, administration and programs. Participate in team and staff meetings with the goal of improving communication, efficiency, effectiveness, and performance.
  • Provide oversight/support for staff, encouraging personal growth and job satisfaction.
  • Recruit and retain capable staff.
  • Assures mandatory staff training and opportunities for professional development.
  • Hires, evaluates and supervises all staff. Directs all staff in the performance of their duties.
  • Directs administrative staff in their assignments and duties.  


  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of the NH Humane Society, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization
  • Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position
  • Works closely with NHHS wealth management advisor to manage endowment
  • Responsible for fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support the NH Humane Society’s mission
  • Oversee current grants, research and submit new grant proposals and oversee all reporting to granting agencies
  • Establish and maintain relationships with individual, government, foundation and corporate funders


  • Assure that all appropriate legal, insurance, security and medical requirements for the operation of veterinary services are met. Assure compliance with all regulations, laws, licenses, and annual inspections. 
  • Ensures the shelter has appropriate technological, legal, security, clinical and office resources and equipment.

Fundraising & Communications:

  • Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and regional expansion while simultaneously retiring building debt.
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand.
  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.

Planning & New Business:

  • Initiate a strategic business planning process to validate and revise existing plan.
  • Begin to build partnerships in new markets, establishing relationships with the funders, and political and community leaders within our current service area.
  • Be an external local and national presence that publishes and communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes of the local program as a model for regional and national replication.


  • Provides an annual report and other reports, as requested, regarding progress toward organizational objectives, financial status of the organization and other issues of concern to the board of directors.
  • Assures orientation and training of the board of directors together with the board president.
  • Leads the board in visioning and planning.
  • Leads the board in their fundraising role.
  • Keep the Board informed on the condition of the organization and all-important factors that influence it.
  • Provide support to board committees.
  • Maintain board records.
  • Functions as the liaison between the board and staff.
How to Apply:

Please send your resume with cover letter to: Attn Tony Matos, Board President, NH Humane Society, PO Box 572, Laconia, NH 03247; or email

Salary Range:

$70K - $85K

Job Location:


Date Added: March 1, 2019

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