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Position Profile: Executive Director

Mebane, NC


Paws4ever is an animal welfare organization dedicated to creating and growing lifetime relationships between pets and people through adoption, training, education and care. Located on a beautiful rural property in Orange County, NC, Paws4ever offers a comprehensive array of services to save animals and support pets and people throughout their lives together.

Paws4ever offers a range of services to support pets and people in our community throughout their lifetimes.

  • The Adoption Center is a limited-admission shelter focused primarily on rescuing pets in need at our local county shelters and giving them the time and resources they need to find forever homes.
  • The Dog Training Program offers a comprehensive array of accessible group classes and private lessons using positive and effective methods.
  • The Legacy Care Program provides a loving home for members’ pets when their owners are no longer able to provide care.
  • The 3-acre Dog Park and half-mile Nature Trail offer opportunities for members and their dogs to enjoy the outdoors together.
  • The ReSale Store is a friendly and fun thrift store with the proceeds from the sales of high quality used goods supporting Paws4ever’s work.

Paws4ever believes in treating animals with dignity and respect. We believe that positive reinforcement is the humane and effective way to train animals. Paws4ever commits to our animals for a lifetime and never euthanizes for space. We support our entire animal welfare community, including our open-admission county shelter partners.

The organization has been supporting animals in our community since 1972 under the legal name “The Animal Protection Society of Orange County.” In 2008, the organization was renamed “Paws4ever” to reflect our current mission and programs and affirm our commitment to support pets and their owners through every stage of their lives in order to keep pets in homes and build happy pet-human relationships.


The Executive Director will be a seasoned nonprofit professional, committed to Paws4ever’s mission. As the leader of the organization, the Executive Director will embrace and model our values.

  • Compassion - Each one of us is here because we care deeply about the well-being of the animals and people in our community.
  • Commitment - Our dedication to animal welfare drives us to approach our work with professionalism and to actively pursue excellence in our service.
  • Connection - Relationship-building is the core of our work. We cultivate lifetime connections, not one-time transactions, with our animals, our clients, and our community.
  • Curiosity - Every day, we are eager to learn new skills and discover better ways to support pets and people. Our impact grows as we improve through learning.


The Executive Director serves as the key development, startegy and operations leader of Paws4ever and is responsible for the success and health of the organization. The primary functions for this position include securing adequate funding and resources, ensuring the financial standing of the organization, representing Paws4ever to the community, managing staff and internal relations, overseeing all day-to-day operations, and formulating and overseeing the annual budget. Growing fundraising efforts to meet increasing needs is a priority.

The Executive Director will represent the organization to the local and national community and will identify, solicit and steward corporate and individual donors. The Executive Director must oversee the execution of and regularly evaluate progress on the long-term strategic plan for the organization along with detailed fundraising, events and communications/marketing plans. The Executive Director will hire, train and evaluate all staff and will work to provide the tools necessary to ensure staff success. The Executive Director will work with the Finance Committee to develop and oversee an annual budget, practicing stewardship and sound financial practices.

Principle Functions of the Executive Director:

  • Fundraising and Development: Identify, solicit and steward major corporate and individual donors. Work with development/fundraising staff and the Development Committee to oversee and support all fundraising initiatives, including events, campaigns, donor communication, sale of goods/services and grant writing.
  • Strategic Planning and Program Evaluation: Along with the Board of Directors and staff, develop, oversee and regularly evaluate short-term and long-term strategic plans to ensure the adherence to the Paws4ever mission and the successful growth of the organization. Make adjustments to programs and practices to ensure goals are met.
  • Financial Management: Work with the Finance Committee to formulate and oversee the budget, ensuring compliance with all IRS and other reporting and legal requirements. Ensure effective management of the annual budget and be accountable for budget expenditures on an on-going basis. Ensure sufficient annual operating revenue is available and that development evolves to support needed growth. Supervise the performance of payroll and accounts receivable/payable functions. Develop and maintain sound financial practices.
  • Staff Leadership and Administration: Manage the recruitment, hiring, training, termination and regular evaluation of all employees. Develop and update job descriptions and compensation agreements. Craft personnel policies and ensure enforcement. Provide executive level leadership of all management, staff and volunteers.
  • Communications and Community Relations: Provide oversight and direction for all communications representing the organization to ensure brand standards are met and that the organization's mission, programs and services are consistently presented with a strong, positive image. Represent Paws4ever at local and national events. Establish networks with other local animal shelters and animal welfare and rescue groups. Filter and organize requests from individuals and community organizations. Report to the Board monthly as to the fiscal and operational status of the organization.
  • Operations and Compliance: Create, update and implement necessary policies and procedures with regards to safety, liability and organizational efficiency. Develop and document appropriate standards of procedure for all core functions of the organization. Oversee all day-to-day operations. Monitor animal welfare issues and ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

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