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Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Job Description

Title: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Department: Executive

Reports to: Board of Directors

Salary Level:


The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for all day-to-day functions and operations of
the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (“HSSA”). While the CEO is the leader of the
organization, s/he serves various constituencies including, without limit, the animals in HSSA’s
care, HSSA’s employees, the community, HSSA’s benefactors, and the HSSA Board of Directors.
The CEO is responsible for ensuring all work and business performed by HSSA is undertaken in
a judicious, fair, and ethical manner, consistent with HSSA’s policies and procedures, in
compliance with law, and serves all HSSA’s stakeholders to the greatest extent possible. The
CEO position requires long and flexible hours (including during weekends and holidays) and,
ultimately, is primarily tasked with directing and steering HSSA towards achieving its objectives.

  • Must express and demonstrate a sincere compassion for animals and passion for animal
    welfare issues
  • Supervises and assists direct reports with the execution of their job functions, maintains
    familiarity with job functions and work of direct reports
  • Ensures all employees adhere to HSSA’s policies and procedures, reasonably assists
    direct reports with the enforcement of same
  • Fosters and maintains a work environment that is fair, welcoming, and attracts and
    retains diverse and top-quality employees, ensures good and professional relationships
    amongst employees
  • Responsive to issues/concerns that may arise at any time, including outside of office
    hours and weekends/holidays
  • Typically acts as the spokesperson / representative of HSSA to the community,
    represents HSSA in a positive light
  • Engages benefactors and community partners in a meaningful manner and strongly
    supports HSSA’s education and fundraising efforts, as well as its overall objectives
  • Fosters and maintains good relationships with the media, government agencies, animalwelfare
    groups, and any other persons/entities who may assist HSSA in achieving its
  • Accurately reports on a monthly basis to the Board of Directors the general status of
    HSSA and any pending or upcoming concerns, issues, and events
  • Works with direct reports to ensure HSSA’s care of animals is beyond reproach
  • Supports and promotes the advancement and enforcement of animal anti-cruelty
    measures in law
  • Works with other employees and advisors to establish appropriate short and long-term
    financial forecasts and budgets, ensures HSSA adheres to same
  • Willingly assists the public and HSSA staff in all HSSA programs and events
  • Executes on the instructions and direction of the HSSA Board of Directors

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions or qualifications associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change,  for example, emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological breakdowns in departments.

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