Position Overview
Columbia Second Chance is nonprofit (501c3), privately-funded, no-kill
animal welfare
organization located in mid-Missouri. We
seek an energetic and visionary Executive
Director to lead our organization to new levels of financial growth, community impact,
volunteer involvement, and positive public visibility. In particular, we seek a director with
fundraising experience who enjoys interacting with volunteers and donors alike, bringing
enthusiasm, innovation and initiative to this role. The Executive Director will operate as
the public face of Second Chance, with responsibility in three primary areas: organizational
leadership, development and fundraising, and public relations. The Executive Director
must be able to promote Second Chance’s mission passionately and articulately. Strong
verbal and written communication skills, a collaborative approach to leadership, an
outgoing demeanor and a warm, diplomatic interpersonal style are vital attributes. Equally
important are a commitment to animal welfare and the ability to develop and achieve
goals independently. This position is full time and reports to the Board of Directors.
About Second Chance
The mission of Second Chance is to advance and support relationships between people
and companion animals, specifically cats and dogs, through the acts of rescue, adoption,
prevention, and education.
Founded in 1985, Second Chance currently adopts out more
than 800 cats and dogs a year, with a goal of exceeding 1000 adoptions annually in the
near future. In 2010, Second Chance purchased a 6,000 square foot building in Boonville,
MO that houses cats and is open to the public on weekends. Kittens, cats, and dogs of all
ages are also housed in private foster homes providing them the best environment to
prepare for their forever families.
Future organizational goals include expansion of our
physical facilities. In addition to rescuing and adopting pets, Second Chance programs
include: a
growing trap neuter release (TNR) effort, pet ownership assistance
with the Agency on Aging, and animal welfare education.
Essential Duties
of the Executive Director include:
Organizational Leadership
• Model passion, dedication and professionalism to inspire all Second Chance staff and
• Serve as a persuasive advocate for animal protection and care; ensure that Second
Chance’s mission,
programs and services are always presented with a strong, positive image.
• Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field of
animal rescue.
• Work cooperatively with a dedicated Board of Directors to develop and implement goals,
objectives and
priorities for Second Chance.
• Oversee the hiring, management and evaluation of the Operations Coordinator and other
• Work with the Treasurer to prepare annual budgets for Board approval.
• Oversee preparation and approval of audited financial statements and annual form 990.
Development and Fundraising
• Offer new ideas for fundraising events and opportunities.
• Create, implement and evaluate an Annual Development Plan and Annual Development
Budget and
meet stated fundraising goals and objectives, monitoring and reporting on progress
• Meet face-to-face with donors for cultivation, recognition and solicitation, focusing on
both attracting new
donors and moving current donors to larger and/or planned gifts.
• Develop donor strategy, conduct donor research, and track donor engagement.
• Make reports to the Board of Directors in an accurate and timely manner.
• Manage and ensure accuracy of fundraising systems, databases and reporting.
• Ensure that donors are acknowledged in a timely manner.
• Create and coordinate fundraising and donor-facing events.
• Secure corporate sponsorships.
• Lead and coordinate Second Chance’s direct mail efforts and online fundraising
• Write grants and serve as project manager for grant administration.
Public Relations
• Develop programs, events and presentations for the strategic recruitment of new
• Expand awareness and increase the public visibility of Second Chance within local and
regional communities
through events and marketing efforts.
• Improve and manage Second Chance’s website and expansion of social media use.
• Direct the development of public relations and monitor/approve all media exposure with
regard to radio,
television, print, online and social media.
• Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
• Demonstrated track record of successful fundraising activity, donor cultivation and event
planning required.
• Nonprofit experience preferred.
• Passion for animal rescue and care required, rescue or shelter experience preferred.
• Strong interpersonal and written communication skills required.
• Ability to take initiative and work independently required.
• Ability to interact productively with Second Chance’s Board of Directors and a diverse
volunteer base required.
Additional Requirements
Valid Driver’s License, vehicle, and auto insurance.
• Three professional references.
Work Environment
• Second Chance does not maintain a dedicated office space. Work will occur in a variety
of settings including
from home, at our Adoption Center in Boonville, MO, in outdoor settings and in other
venues as events and
activities require.
• Entails direct exposure to and interaction with companion animals.
• Requires work on some evenings and weekends.
Starting salary range is from $42,500-55,000 annually, commensurate with experience.
Opportunity for performance-based raises and bonuses based on successful fundraising
How to Apply
Interested applicants should email a cover letter outlining particular qualifications for this
position and a current resume no later than
July 25, 2019
to Lori Garrett, Board President,