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Forsyth Humane Society

Position Profile: Executive Director

Winston-Salem, NC


Founded in 1941 as a legacy gift and established as a nonprofit organization in 1971, Forsyth Humane Society (FHS) has been committed to changing the future of animal welfare in our community for 80 years.

In January 2018, FHS became a contracted partner of Forsyth County, managing cat and dog intake, medical care, and placement at the Forsyth County Animal shelter in addition to managing the Morykwas Adoption & Resource Center.

In addition to sheltering dogs and cats and providing animal foster homes, FHS also provides animal welfare education and resources to the community. We serve as an advocate and voice for responsible pet ownership, plus community and owner accountability.

Today, FHS is the county’s only open admission animal shelter. We take them all in – the very old, the very young, the lost, and the left behind. Each animal is compassionately cared for and we do our best to create a happy outcome for each shelter cat and dog in our care. Every day, with the help of community partners, supporters, fosters, volunteers and adopters, we work to reach a 90% save rate goal for shelter dogs and cats under the banner #SAVEFURSYTH.


The Executive Director must be a compassionate leader, effective communicator, and innovative problem solver. A seasoned nonprofit professional with proven experience working with a Board of Directors and a passion for animal welfare, the Executive Director represents the organization’s collective voice in the community, serving as an encouraging partner, identifying and leveraging opportunities, and leading fundraising and advocacy efforts.

The Executive Director will build an engaging and inclusive environment through exceptional relationship skills, clear strategic vision, a strong sense of community and a genuine interest in working in support of animals. As the leader of this organization, the Executive Director will sustain and enhance the work of FHS and embrace the values of the organization.


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the organization’s staff, programs, expansion and execution of its mission. The Executive Director provides professional leadership for all activities including program coordination, personnel management, project evaluation and compliance with regulations regarding the organization’s financial and programmatic activities. The Executive Director must exercise initiative and sound judgment in decision-making and delegation of responsibilities and must prioritize and manage multiple tasks requiring follow-up and timely completion.


Board Management and Development
  • Partners with board officers and ensures that the board is kept informed on the condition of the organization and critical factors influencing it.
Leadership, Administration and Management
  • Provides effective leadership in developing program and organization plans with the board of directors and staff. Ensures staff and systems are engaged, prepared, aligned and supported to achieve organizational goals.
Program and Division Management
  • Establishes and ensures the organization meets or exceed program goals. Demonstrates quality of analysis and judgment in program planning, implementation, and evaluation. Supports Medical Director’s supervision of on-staff medical personnel and adherence to medical and procedural requirements.
Human Resources Management
  • Ensures compliance with personnel policies and federal, state, and local regulations on workplaces and employment. Ensures that policies are in place to maximize volunteer involvement.
Community Relations and Advocacy
  • Serves as an effective spokesperson for FHS with the community and the media and develops productive community relationships. Establishes communication and fosters relationships with underserved populations and communities.
  • Establishes and ensures FHS meets or exceeds revenue goals, ensuring that adequate funds are available to permit FHS to carry out its work. Establishes positive, productive relationships with individual donors.
Legal/Regulatory Compliance
  • Maintains office records and documents, and ensures compliance with federal, state, and local regulations and reporting requirements.

The Executive Director will be committed to the organization’s mission and have proven leadership experience. Other qualifications include:

  • Demonstrated senior leadership skills, with preferences given to individuals with prior experience working with a Board of Directors.
  • Exhibit an understanding of animal welfare practices, with preference given to individuals with prior related experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising, program management, budget management, and administration.
  • Strong collaborative leadership skills to provide good team management.
  • Excellent written, verbal and, interpersonal skills with the ability to project a collaborative and professional demeanor with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. Strong organizational skills, including planning, delegating, program and project development, and time management skills.
  • Ability to share the mission and value of the current work of the organization to staff, Board of Directors, donors, and community stakeholders.


The application period has closed. The Search Committee will continue through the process and will notify applicants of their status as the search progresses. If you are interested in being added to the email notification list for future searches, please contact