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Executive Director

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation's largest animal advocacy organization, is seeking an Executive Director for the South Florida Wildlife Center (SFWC) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The primary purpose of this position is to provide leadership, oversight, and direction for the Center.

This position will be responsible for:

  • The Executive Director (ED) will provide leadership, oversight, and direction for the SFWC and promote the mission of the Center as its primary spokesperson in the community as well as cultivate donors and constituents;
  • Specifically, the Executive Director will provide leadership to the staff and volunteers associated with the Center; provide supervisory oversight of the SFWC directors/center managers/supervisors; serve as the spokesperson for SFWC with community groups and media;
  • Providing direction for optimum facility management, maintenance of assets, procurement of supplies and materials, and maintenance of necessary licenses and permits;
  • Developing and implementing  facility polices and standards; assisting with cultivation of major donors; be actively involved in all levels of fundraising;
  • Providing expertise/collaboration to other HSUS departments as needed; and prioritize resource needs;
  •  Assisting in budget formulation, manage budget, and approve all expenditures.


  • Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology/zoology or related field preferred or equivalent experience;
  • Minimum of ten years of professional experience in wildlife biology/zoology,  animal husbandry or related field  is required for this position;Must have prior supervisory experience with 5 or more direct reports;
  • Must have prior experience with budget development and oversight of a $1 million organization and with non-profit management;
  • Experience with rehabilitation/release programs and organizations also required;
  • Strong business-acumen and ability to foster relationships with demonstrated high standards of tact and diplomacy;
  • Excellent communication skills to include public speaking skills and delivering presentations;
  • Must have knowledge of and commitment to animal protection issues.
  • Strong project management and proficiency with MS Office applications including Access or other database software.

Please submit a cover letter and resumé using this form or fax to 301-548-7701. This position is located in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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