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Senior Director Lifesaving Programs

Position Title: Senior Director Lifesaving Programs
Reports to: Chief of Staff
Location: Kanab or suitable remote location
FLSA status: Exempt
Position Summary:
Work with the Chief of Staff and Senior Leadership Team to set strategic direction for the Sanctuary and our Lifesaving City Centers.
Communicate with staff all executive decisions; communicate to the Senior Leadership Team all local developments, strategies, plans and results.
Maintain strong and functional inter-departmental communications and relationships.
Provide leadership and management guidance to the Best Friends executive leader of each of the Lifesaving Center cities and for operating effective management of each of those leaders.
Responsible for planning, organizing, developing and directing the start-up and operation of new Lifesaving Center Cities that are called for by the Best Friends Animal Society Strategic Plan.
Responsibilities:
Existing Lifesaving Center Cities
Represent the Sanctuary and the Lifesaving Center Cities strategy in periodic updating of the Strategic Plan of the Best Friends Animal Society. This involves understanding the role of this strategy in helping the organization achieve its Strategic Vision, Vision 2020 and goal of no kill by 2025. This also involves staying abreast of external (i.e., outside the organization) changes in the system of governmental organizations (including animal shelters) and nongovernmental organizations (No Kill shelters, rescue organizations, foundations, etc.) that participate in the community animal welfare systems in those cities.
Deliver thought leadership to the BF executive leader for the Sanctuary and each of the existing Lifesaving Center Cities on their business planning (this includes strategic planning, operational planning and resource planning).
Achieve alignment with the BF executive leader for the Sanctuary and each of our Lifesaving Center Cities on their Key Performance Goals for each year during the Strategic Plan, including the budget assigned them.
Review and approve the operating and capital budgets for the Sanctuary and each Lifesaving Center City for recommendation to the Senior Leadership Team.
Coordinate with the Director of Animal Care and the Best Friends Medical Director to ensure that Lifesaving Center animal care and clinic operations support the delivery of exemplary standards for sheltering care.
Manage the BF executive leader for the Sanctuary and each of the existing Lifesaving Center Cities to ensure that:
The management teams know their performance goals, why they got that performance, and what changes--if any--should be made.
The management teams know their actual financial results, why they got those financial results, and what changes--if any--should be made.
The management teams know its progress on closing gaps in organizational capability that were identified in the operational plan, identifies obstacles to closing those gaps, and acts to overcome those obstacles.
The management teams understand and uphold the Best Friends brand and consistently expresses the "what we stand for" of any local initiatives (such as, No Kill Los Angeles and No Kill Utah).
The management teams build and sustain a culture of organizational effectiveness through achievement of results and stewardship of resources, and continuous alignment with the Best Friends brand.
New Lifesaving Center Cities as Part of Our Expansion
Represent the expansion strategy in periodic updating of the Strategic Plan of Best Friends Animal Society by the Senior Leadership Team. This involves understanding the role of this strategy in helping the organization achieve its Strategic Vision, Vision 2020 and goal of no kill by 2025. This also involves staying abreast of external changes in the system of governmental organizations (including animal shelters) and nongovernmental organizations (No Kill shelters, rescue organizations, foundations, etc.) that participate in the community animal welfare systems in those cities.
Plan, organize and oversee the community assessment and relationship-building work of the start-up phase for each of the next Lifesaving Center cities that will serve as the Lifesaving Center City for their region. This includes:
Allocating the tasks of the start-up workplan to Best Friends staff and external resources to achieve effectiveness and efficiency of execution (i.e., select the best operating model).
Determining the number of additional Best Friends staff needed and describing their roles.
Recruiting individuals for those roles with the necessary qualification and experience.
Developing the performance expectations with direct reports to this role and with external resources that will be managed directly by this role.
Overseeing, guiding and directing direct reports and external resources to enable their successful completion of the tasks.
Coordinating with other Best Friends staff whose future work is dependent on the scale and timing of these start-up projects.
At the appropriate time in the start-up phase, begin the planning, organizing, staffing and further development of the animal-saving programs in each new Lifesaving Center City.
Ensure that the Lifesaving Center City Programs operation works in close coordination with the Marketing and Communications staff, Development staff, the No More Homeless Pets Network staff, and all Best Friends support staff (i.e., Accounting, Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal, etc.) so as to achieve overall Best Friends organizational effectiveness in the Regional Center community.
Experience and Qualifications:
This is a senior leadership position requiring at least 10 years of experience directly related to the key responsibilities describe above.
Strong experience in program design, development, activation and management is required.
Strong experience with project or engagement management is required.
Experienced and skilled in strategic thinking and strategic planning.
Experienced and skilled in written and oral communications.
Experienced and skilled in researching, obtaining, organizing, analyzing, interpreting and communicating on qualitative and quantitative information.
Experienced in employee development and performance management.
Experienced and skilled in starting and maintaining effective relationships with customers, clients, partners and fellow staff.
Experienced and skilled in working in business situations that cannot be totally planned and that contain periods of ambiguity.
Other Requirements:
Proficient in Microsoft Word Excel and Powerpoint. Comfort with learning new software
Out-of-town travel for the job is expected to range from 30% to 50% depending on the location of the jobholder and the specific responsibilities and tasks assigned.
Best Friends Animal Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.

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