Kitsap Humane Society - Executive Director

Silverdale, Washington, United States | Full-time


Comprehensive Position Profile


Vision - Every adoptable companion animal has a home.

Kitsap Humane Society (KHS) is an independent 501 (c) 3 nonprofit committed to providing positive life changing solutions to people and animals in need. KHS does so by:
• Accepting, sheltering, and rehabilitating companion animals in need.
• Providing humane rescue, protection, prevention, adoption, and education services.
• Implementing progressive lifesaving and life-affirming programs.
• Collaborating and partnering with supporters and others in the region to build a model humane community.

The Organization
Kitsap Humane Society is a nonprofit, charitable organization that depends upon the kindness and generosity of its community to find homes and care for homeless pets. KHS spays/neuters thousands of animals each year to prevent animal overpopulation and reduce the number of future homeless pets. Sheltering animals since 1908, Kitsap Humane Society envisions a time when all adoptable pets have loving homes.

Governed by a 17-member Board of Directors, KHS has over 50 staff members, and a core group of 125 dedicated volunteers and foster homes during COVID-related reduced operations. Pre-COVID, KHS had over 350 dedicated volunteers. KHS rescues more than 6,000 animals per year and has an enviable save rate of 96% for five years running. The organization anticipates a calendar year 2021 budget of approximately $3.2M.

Located on a 6-acre campus, following a highly successful capital campaign KHS opened a brand new adoption center in 2019, and has plans to add a new, expanded veterinary center, large-animal barn, and longer term, a new administration building to the site. Well-regarded in the community, highly respected, and known for innovative programs among other animal welfare organizations regionally and nationally, KHS is one of the flagship nonprofits in Kitsap County.

The Community

Kitsap County is located on the west side of Puget Sound with easy connections to downtown Seattle via the Washington State Ferries from Bainbridge Island and Bremerton, and by highway to Tacoma and Olympia. A peninsula with 236 miles of saltwater shoreline bordered by Puget Sound and the pristine Hood Canal, Kitsap County is the gateway to the Olympic Peninsula, a scenic national recreation area. With a forested and rural landscape, Kitsap County offers the best of Northwest living and recreation, fine K-12 schools, an excellent community college, high quality medical facilities, and friendly, diverse communities.

The population of the county is just over 240,000 and growing. Bremerton is Kitsap County’s largest city, and Bainbridge Island consistently ranks as one of Money magazine’s best places to live. The Kitsap Humane Society is located in the water-front community of Silverdale and adjacent to the area’s shopping hub.

Kitsap County offers residents all the benefits and amenities of proximity to a major metropolitan area coupled with a lower cost of living, affordable home prices, and ready access to an abundance of outdoor activities.

The Position

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) is responsible for planning, developing, and evaluating all areas of Kitsap Humane Society (KHS) per the organization’s animal welfare mission in ways that build on KHS’ reputation for excellence and leadership in the animal welfare field. The ED oversees all KHS programs and services provided to the community; works closely with the Board and senior staff to develop and achieve effective organizational strategy, policies and objectives; ensures proper management of financial and human resources; ensures effective internal/external promotion of the mission, vision and branding of the organization; serves as chief KHS representative in fundraising, marketing and public relations activities, and in the agency's financial and legal affairs; and demonstrates a passion for, and commitment to, the organization’s mission, supporters, employees, and volunteers.

The ED will have direct supervisory responsibility for a Senior Leadership Team of six (6), plus an Executive Assistant.

This is an excellent opportunity for a strategic, results-driven, compassionate, innovative, pragmatic, and experienced leader. Key or essential functions of the ED role include, but are not limited to, strategic and organizational planning; financial planning and oversight; staff leadership; Board leadership and support; fundraising/resource development; community engagement; government relations; fundraising for capital projects; and capital project planning and oversight.

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Compensation and Benefits

This is a full time, exempt position with a target starting salary range of $100,000 - $125,000 depending on experience. KHS also offers a generous benefits package including: employer-paid medical and dental for all employees; a 403 b retirement plan; one free animal adoption per year; and paid time off including, vacation, sick leave, and nine paid holidays per year.

To Be Considered

The position is open until filled with a priority deadline of January 22, 2021. Candidate materials are reviewed on an on-going basis and initial interviews with Valtas consultants will begin by early January. Please submit a resume and a two-page (or less) cover letter addressed to the Search Committee. Please upload the resume and cover letter as a single WORD or PDF document. You may direct questions to Mr. Ed Rogan at or 206.697.8428 or Ms. Amy Burton at or 206.718.5122.

Kitsap Humane Society is an equal opportunity employer committed to dismantling structural racism and creating a welcoming work environment. KHS and the Valtas Group do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, gender identity, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. We are committed to a diverse, socially just, and welcoming work environment and people of color, people with varying abilities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are especially encouraged to apply.