Best Friends Animal Society
  • 300- HR & Safety Admin
  • Kanab, UT, 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, Staff Discounts, Best Friends Wellness Center, and Flex Work Policy. Further, we also have some very unique perks, such as discounted veterinary care and the opportunity to bring pets to work. Our onsite cafeteria serves healthy vegetarian food.

Position Title:  Chief People Officer

Reports to:  Chief Operating Officer

Location:  Kanab


Position Summary:  

The Chief People Officer position is a critical role in the senior leadership of the organization.  You are ultimately responsible for ensuring that the People service needs of the managers, staff and Board members are effectively met both now and as the organization evolves.  You are ultimately responsible for building commitment within the organization to the value of operating with sound planning and operating practices with regard to the organization's staff.  As a member of senior leadership, you will contribute to the evolution of our strategic plan and you will represent the organization on people matters to our donors and key third-party partners and service providers.  We need you to live in Kanab, which is an opportunity to experience the advantages of a smaller community and to enjoy some of the most beautiful landscape and natural settings in the U.S and the world.  This position is a very unusual position through which you can use your motivation, knowledge, competencies and experience to do amazing good:  to help Save Them All.


About Best Friends Animal Society: 

Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 1,800 rescue groups and shelters across the country; regional centers in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Salt Lake City; and the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals.

Founded in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters nationwide from 17 million per year to about two million. That means there are still nearly 5,500 dogs and cats killed every day in shelters, just because they don't have safe places to call home. We are determined to get that number to zero by the year 2025. Working together with you, we will end the killing and Save Them All. For more information, visit

 Key Responsibilities: 

  1. Understand the People needs of the Best Friends managers, staff, Finance Committee members, and Board of Directors.
  2. Ensure the delivery of effective services to meet those needs, including particularly in the areas of:
    • job and organizational design; workforce planning
    • recruiting, onboarding and employee relations
    • performance planning and effectiveness
    • learning and development
    • sustaining and leveraging of culture
    • compensation and benefits
  3. Develop and implement a program that continually generates improvement in the delivery of the services.
  4. Champion and support the professional and personal development of your direct reports and the entire People staff.
  5. Maintain effective relationships with other members of the senior leadership team, the Board of Directors, and outside service providers and partners.

 Experience and Qualifications: 

  1. Must be personally committed to the Mission and Guiding Principles of the Best Friends Animal Society. Please refer to
  2. At least 10 years in the CPO or equivalent position in a non-profit or for-profit organization.
  3. Bachelor's degree required in Human Resource Management or an equivalently-relevant area of study. Advanced degree preferred.
  4. Broad experience with the People services delivered in a non-profit organization, including direct experience with three or more of the services described in #2 under Key Responsibilities and working knowledge of the remaining services plus human resources information systems.
  5. Experience with performance management systems and staff professional development.
  6. Effective oral and written communication skills.
  7. Experience in working with the founders of a business is a plus.
  8. Strong interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations. The ideal personality characteristics for this position would be a team player who is positive, pro-active, personable, energetic, collaborative and tactful.
  9. Must be able to work in a dynamic environment and have the ability to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands.
  10. Capability to provide a positive approach to managing change and challenging situations.
  11. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  12. Ability to professionally advocate Best Friends' position on key animal welfare and No Kill issues.
  13. Valid driver's license with access to transportation to travel on organization business.

Physical Requirements: 

  1. Extended periods of time working on the computer with repetitive typing, arm and hand motion.


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, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.

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