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Chief Executive Officer (Paws With A Cause)

Company: Paws With A Cause
Location: Grand Rapids Region, MI
Chief Executive Officer

Paws With A Cause® enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities through custom-trained Assistance Dogs, while increasing awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dogs through education and advocacy. Since its founding in 1979, PAWS has placed more than 2,800 assistance dogs and currently has 450 clients throughout 35 states.  

The Chief Executive Officer will manage an operating budget just over $4 million and a staff of 49. The successful candidate will provide executive management of board relations, program delivery, resource development (including fundraising), external collaboration, finance and budgeting, and advocacy.  The CEO will invest in and retain a long-serving and diverse team and build a positive culture in a challenging fiscal environment. 

PAWS seeks a candidate with management experience at a nonprofit organization of similar or larger size and a track record of involvement in both civic and professional communities and associations. The ideal candidate should have experience working with the disabilities community (or other historically marginalized communities) and be knowledgeable of their unique history, specific challenges and an understanding of the current national conversation. The successful candidate will have skill in product development and innovation to increase the financial strength of the organization and its services.

Proven success in fundraising, with an emphasis on major gifts solicitation and/or capital campaigns, is a key requirement.  The ideal candidate will demonstrate fundraising success, as part of his or her responsibilities or as a volunteer, through active solicitation of contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations and through development of a supportive, diverse board of directors.  

The successful candidate should have the ability to build a board based on a model of organizational sustainability and to meaningfully engage board members. Although the CEO does not have to be from the dog industry, industry knowledge or experience would be ideal.  PAWS’ next leader should be one who respects, acknowledges, and invests in the knowledge of others, including those who lead PAWS departments. He or she must be curious and open to learning about dog training philosophies to collaborate on related policies and decisions.

To apply, please send a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at https://www.kittlemansearch.com/news/current-searches/paws-with-a-cause/

For more information about Paws With A Cause, visit www.pawswithacause.org