Executive Director

Hi-Tor is a private 501(c)3 animal shelter that contracts with the municipalities in Rockland County, New York, about 25 miles northwest of NYC. The mission of Hi-Tor Animal Care Center is to preserve and improve animal life, to promote responsible pet adoption and ownership, and to provide humane treatment for all animals in our care. We are an open admissions shelter that handles care and placement of a large variety of animals, but mainly dogs and cats. Our community is in the middle of a major grassroots effort to raise the funds for a new facility. Our current facility is outdated and overcrowded but we anticipate constructing our new building in 2014.

The successful candidate will therefore be joining our team during a challenging, but exciting time and will have the opportunity to make a major difference in the welfare of the animals of our community and in the future of our organization.


  • Provide executive level leadership of all management, staff and volunteers;
  • Promote the development of skills of staff and strive to accomplish Hi-Tor goals and fulfill the Hi-Tor Mission;
  • Implement the strategic goals and objectives of the organization and provide leadership toward the achievement of the organization’s philosophy, mission, annual goals, objectives, and growth;
  • Ensure effective management of the annual budget and be accountable for budget expenditures on an on-going basis;
  • Establish effective working relationships with Board members, managers, staff, volunteers, and vendors;
  • Build and maintain relationships with donors and public officials;
  • Oversee the transition from our current facility into the anticipated new construction;
  • Provide administration of and guidance for all organizational programs and activities and staff responsible for them (i.e., program and facility management, fiscal management and fundraising, community and public relations/advocacy and human resources);
  • Report to the Board monthly as to the fiscal and operational status of the organization;
  • Develop and document appropriate standards of procedure for all core functions of the organization; and
  • Possess a positive, will-do attitude.


  • Possess an abiding respect and compassion for animals;
  • Monitor animal welfare issues and ensure the humane treatment of all animals in our care as well as compliance with all applicable laws and regulations;
  • Work with Hi-Tor BOD in developing positions and policies concerning these issues consistent with the organization’s mission, HSUS standards and state and federal law;
  • Promote, oversee and maintain adoption efforts;
  • Oversee behavioral evaluations and animal rehabilitation and training where possible;
  • Network with other local animal shelters, and animal welfare and rescue groups establishing coalitions; and
  • Lead the development of community educational programs promoting animal welfare.


  • Ensure sufficient annual operating revenue is available and that development evolves to support needed growth;
  • Supervise the accountant and/or bookkeeper in performance of payroll and accounts receivable/payable functions;
  • Develop and recommend the annual budget for Board approval and manage the organization’s resources within those budget guidelines; and
  • Develop and maintain sound financial practices.


The Executive Director liaises between the Board and employees, effectively managing the human resources of the agency according to authorized personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations.

  • The Executive Director ensures implementation of the following:
    • recruitment and orientation;
    • hiring and termination;
    • training supervisors to efficiently fulfill their roles;
    • health and safety, workers’ compensation;
    • development of work schedules;
    • personnel policy development and enforcement; and
    • development of job descriptions and regular performance evaluations.


  • Cultivate and maintain donors and prospective donors;
  • Work with the BOD to develop, implement, and oversee fundraising projects (i.e., special events, grant-writing, funding requests, direct solicitations, etc.); and
  • Participate in writing and in grant development.


  • Provide oversight and direction for all communications representing the organization;
  • Maximize public relations opportunities to enhance the image of Hi-Tor and increase community support for the organization;
  • Represent (with the BOD) Hi-Tor before agencies and the public in delineating these positions affecting public policy; and
  • Assure the organization’s mission, programs, and services are consistently presented with a strong, positive image.


Bachelor’s degree highly preferred, applicable experience may be considered in lieu of degree.

Must have experience (preferably within a shelter or other non-profit environment):

  • supervising (for a minimum of 5 years) 5 or more staff, including managers;
  • training supervisory staff;
  • implementing personnel policies including health and safety practices and workers’ compensation;
  • developing and writing policies;
  • developing and working within a budget;
  • fundraising; and
  • computer experience, including social media.

Must have demonstrated:

  • good communication skills, both orally and in writing;
  • success in leading a complex organization;
  • ability to organize and motivate staff;
  • ability to make decisions in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities;
  • initiative to work independently, set and accomplish goals and meet deadlines;


  • knowledge of humane shelter issues, HSUS standards, state and federal laws that affect the care, adoption and treatment of shelter animals, government structure and processes, and the various State and Federal agencies that have jurisdiction over areas of animal welfare and environmental concern;
  • knowledge of current applicable state and federal human resources laws and regulations;
  • capital campaign experience;
  • grant writing experience;
  • success in non-profit development; and
  • bonded.

Working Conditions:

  • Working hours vary depending on scheduling of programs and include a Saturday or Sunday and may include evenings and holidays in addition to daytime hours.
  • Must be able and willing to work with sick, injured or potentially dangerous animals.
  • Must be able to tolerate hectic and loud working conditions.

email cover letter and resume

Pomona, New York
Hi-Tor Animal Care Center i

65 Firemen's Memorial Dr.​, Pomona, New York, 10970​, United States