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Executive Director

Organizational Summary

Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats.

An engine for social change, Alley Cat Allies was the first organization to introduce and advocate for humane methods of feral cat care, particularly Trap-Neuter-Return, in the American animal protection community. By establishing and promoting standards of care, our organization has brought humane treatment of cats into the national spotlight, now embraced by major cities and animal protection organizations coast to coast.

Today, more than 500,000 supporters look to Alley Cat Allies for leadership in the movement to protect cats’ lives. We promote progressive policies for cats in communities all over America and we work towards a world that values the lives of all animals. Our two decades of experience in grassroots organizing, hands-on activism, and education has empowered policymakers, veterinarians, nonprofit and volunteer groups, activists, and caregivers nationwide with the tools and knowledge to practice, teach, and advocate for humane care for cats in their own communities. From a headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, Alley Cat Allies’ staff of over 40 people provides the national voice for cats and the millions of Americans that value cats’ lives.

Job Summary

The Executive Director is responsible for the impactful transformation and management of Alley Cat Allies and its mission. The Executive Director reports to the President while keeping the Vice President and Board of Directors informed regarding the operations of the organization. The Executive Director is responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives as they relate to the strategic plan approved by the Board of Directors.

The Executive Director oversees all aspects of the organization, ensuring coordination across all functional areas (e.g. Administrative, Development, Programs, Communications, and Research, Law & Policy). An Administrative Director responsible for all Administrative functional areas (e.g. Human Resources, Technology, Finance) will be named at a later date.

Roles and Responsibilities


  • Provide inspired and motivating leadership that mirrors the adopted mission and core values of the organization, cultivating a strong, team-oriented culture with an emphasis on clear results, accountability, and a culture of excellence.
  • Collaborate with the management team in a cross-functional manner to develop and implement plans for the operational infrastructure of systems, processes, and personnel designed to accommodate the rapid growth objectives of the organization.
  • Provide leadership in developing programmatic, organizational and financial plans with department heads, the President, Vice President and Board of Directors, and carry out plans and policies authorized by the Board.
  • Measure the effectiveness of all processes, providing timely, accurate and complete reports on the operating condition of the company, creating plans and recommendations for improvements as necessary.
  • Foster a climate that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of high-quality, high-performing talent. Recruit vacant positions. Provide mentoring as a cornerstone to management development.
  • Keep the President and the Board fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors which influence it. Build a communication structure with these partners that allows for ease in communication.


  • Act as a fully-engaged, trusted strategic partner with the President, founder and visionary of the organization to improve current plans and programs, while developing plans for continued growth and success.
  • Work with the President and the Board to ensure that the organization has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent, measured and timely progress.
  • Establish credibility throughout the organization and with the Board as an effective developer of solutions to business challenges.


  • Work with department heads and ultimately the Administrative Director responsible for all Administrative functional areas (e.g. Human Resources, Technology, Finance) to manage the financial, technological and people resources of the organization in order to enable growth and provide predictability and accuracy.
  • Work with the Administrative Director, President, Vice President, staff, and the Board in preparing the annual budget and prudently manage resources to see that the organization operates within budget guidelines according to requirements, laws and regulations.
  • Manage all relationships with consulting firms and third-party consultants.
  • Ensure that official records and documents are maintained by administrative departments in compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
  • Direct the preparation of all financial reports, including income statements, balance sheets, reports to the Board, tax returns, and reports for government regulatory agencies.
  • Oversee and support Administrative Director’s collaboration and partnership with the accounting firm in response to budget preparation and audit functions.

External Communications

  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the non-profit and animal advocacy field and understanding of where Alley Cat Allies can best make an impact.
  • Serve as an organizational spokesperson with media outlets. In addition, will guide assignments and internal organizations' spokespersons.
  • Always represent the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public, ensuring the organization and its mission and programs are consistently presented with a strong, positive image by all staff members.
  • Represent the organization’s interests, processes and integrity in all activities and relationships, through a unified message of the mission and a commitment to organizational standards, and leadership by example.

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Minimum of 10 years of professional experience reflecting achievement in a complex, mission-driven, grassroots organization, at least 5 years in an executive/supervisory capacity
  • Experience in animal rights or strong advocacy background. An enthusiastic commitment to advocate for the mission of the organization
  • Conveying deep desire for social change
  • 4 year college degree from an accredited institution
  • Proven ability to manage and remain accountable for all aspects of a day-to-day operation, instituting best practice processes and concepts while weaving that growth and efficiency into the broader strategic plan in a balanced, collaborative manner
  • Well-rounded knowledge of all aspects of non-profit organizational management with considerable amount of focus having been spent in the areas of communication, media, program development, community building and strategic implementation of overarching organizational goals
  • Knowledge of strategic planning, leadership methodologies, human behavior, and coordination of people and resources in the context of building, managing and developing a high-performing team
  • Experience with an evolving, transformational organization
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to bring people together using a balance of diplomacy, flexibility, conviction and influence to achieve consensus and organizational excellence. Addressing constituencies spanning from executive leadership (including the President) to the Board to staff to donors to activists to third party vendors and consultants
  • Keen decision-making, critical reasoning and implementation skills
  • Natural relationship builder with proven, exceptional skills in mentoring and coaching staff, and the innate ability to inspire passion and confidence in others
  • High level of proficiency in non-profit fiscal management
  • Strong public speaking skills with the ability and interest in representing the organization before the larger public, including speaking to donors, reporters and experts in the field
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to engage and inspire varied audiences.
  • Forward-thinking strategist, motivated and capable of remaining in tune with current trends and research and use that information to make quick, reasoned recommendations to the President and the Board.

How to Apply

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