Best Friends Animal Society
  • LP-Lifesaving Programs- 554-Regional Coalition - Pacific
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Join Best Friends and turn your career into a labor of love. The benefits package is one of the best! Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic and Supplemental Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability, Child Care reimbursement, Pet Sitting reimbursement, Flexible Spending Account, Health Savings Account, PTO, Paid Holidays, Employee Assistance Program, 401k and Staff Discounts.


Location:  Los Angeles or Remote in Pacific Region

Best Friends Animal Society is dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters, and we're looking for a passionate, committed Regional Director to help us Save Them All.  A national leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends brings together the compassionate efforts of individuals, policy makers, advocates, animal rescue organizations and animal shelters across the country to support homeless pets and ultimately save lives. 

The Regional Director oversees the building and general management of regional programming and coalitions in the Pacific region which includes the states of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii.  Emphasis is on building relationships with key shelter partners in the region, growing activity in targeted communities and providing key community awareness of the shelter death problem, how key stakeholders in the region are currently trying to solve the problem, and building the strategies through which Best Friends Animal Society can collaboratively help the region achieve and sustain no kill success. Once those strategies have been determined, this position helps to lead the implementation of Best Friend's lifesaving efforts within the region. 

Responsibilities/Essential Duties:  

  • Align with the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and Sr. Director of National Programs on the Pacific Regional goals for Best Friends and the definition of what success looks like by the end of 2025 and the interim milestone goals.
  • Lead the execution of Best Friends Regional programs and coalitions within the region through general management of any adoption, spay/neuter, mentorship and partnering programs implemented by Best Friends.
  • Develop in-depth no-kill state and regional plans and develop strategies for top killing communities identified by the national data set.
  • Oversee strategic granting in the region and leverage outside resources through collaboration and grant-matching to increase impact of programs.
  • Help identify gaps in shelter operations of key partners in order to increase and speed up lifesaving in areas identified to have potential for high impact.
  • Create written recommendations on how the shelter or rescue can fill those gaps and how they can work collaboratively with others outside the shelter system to achieve no kill by 2025 (or sooner) in that community.
  • Lead the development of strategies for what must be done to achieve animal-saving goals for each strategic planning period.
  • Coordinate with the leaders of National Programs, Mission Advancement and National Events to determine which of these programs and events to execute in the region and at what scale.
  • Provide shelter consulting when requested to key partners in other regions of the country
  • Provide ongoing mentorship when requested to leadership at key partners in other regions of the country.
  • Perform other duties as requested. 

Skills and Experience: 

  • Strong leadership skills and management experience: 5+ years of proven successful experience, including overseeing strategy, operations, budgeting and staffing.
  • 5+ years of experience working for or with a humane organization strongly preferred.
  • Experience with reviewing statistical information to inform program direction.
  • Excellent communication skills and professionalism are necessary for this position. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations.
  • Able to understand and manage a large budget.
  • Proven attention to detail with advanced organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to professionally advocate Best Friends' position on issues.
  • Experience with overseeing large scale events.
  • Experience working with volunteers and donors.
  • Public speaking and presentation experience.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Windows and Office applications,
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time in various forms of transportation.
  • Valid Driver's License with access to transportation to travel on organization business. 

Physical Requirements: 

  • Extended periods of time working on the computer with repetitive typing, arm and hand motion. 
  • Ability to be in a shelter environment and handle dogs of all sizes and cats when necessary.
  • Able to drive a Best Friends vehicle when necessary.

Thank you for your interest in pursuing a career at Best Friends Animal Society.  Best Friends Animal Society is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition. 

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