WHS: Hiring for an Executive Director!

March 25th, 2022


Job - Full Time

Job Description

We are looking for a leader with strategic, creative, and financial acumen, as well as strong business intellect.

For more than 50-years Watauga Humane Society (WHS) has promoted animal welfare in the High Country. The Executive Director will be responsible for managing all aspects of the Humane Society.

WHS is a no-kill, private, non-profit organization that serves about 1600 animals per year, has an operating budget of around $900,000, 15 staff members and 200 volunteers. The adoption center is an 18,000 -ft2 facility opened in 2011 that can house about 270 animals at a time.

WHS improves the lives of companion animals by rehoming abused, abandoned, and neglected pets while fighting for their wellbeing through vigorous fundraising, outreach activities, and community education.

In this role, no two days are the same! A positive attitude and ability to adapt are essential. If you are an experienced leader who enjoys working in a collaborative environment and are passionate about animal welfare, the Watauga Humane Society is the place for you.


Must Have:

A bachelor’s degree or higher.

3- 5 years experience in a senior administrative role in a non-profit organization

Experience managing resources and people across multiple business units.

Demonstrated success in fundraising, grant seeking, donor relations.

Critical thinking skills and the ability to establish and monitor strategic plans that support the Watauga Humane Society’s long- term vision.

A positive “coach mentality” and commitment to helping staff grow and thrive.

Outstanding ability to cultivate business and political partnerships.

Enthusiasm for the WHS mission and passion for promoting it in our community and beyond.


You will be Successful in this Position if You Can:

Enhance community awareness of the WHS mission and activities that make us a leader in animal welfare.

Develop and execute strong business plans which maintain and enhance WHS effectiveness and financial stability.

Maintain and build a strong fundraising network.

Motivate WHS team members in all units to work together to achieve common goals.

Communicate in an open and transparent manner to build trust and achieve results.

Act with responsibility, transparency and honesty.



Salary $60,000 + potential for performance-based bonuses.

Benefits package negotiable.

Position open until filled, applicant review will begin on 4 April 2022


How to Apply

Email cover letter, a resume, and contact information for 3 professional references to kristanc.whs@gmail.com