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Dakin Humane Society

Executive Director

Dakin’s guiding philosophy is that animals cannot be helped without helping people. The organization recognizes that providing our fellow humans with tools and resources is the best way to help save animals. The ideal candidate has a true passion for community service and connecting people and pets; they are invigorated by the work of the organization, serving as an effective champion for the mission and community.

The executive director serves as the primary example and resource for all constituents in upholding the vision, mission, values, and philosophies. They are responsible for the administration of all programs and services and have the capacity to develop a strategic vision and execute it.

The ideal candidate will excel at working with individuals and teams whether they are the board of directors, staff, volunteers, or others who are working on behalf of Dakin. They must demonstrate a high degree of integrity in all aspects of performance and interactions with all stakeholders and be able to deftly manage difficult and confidential situations.

They must possess strong people skills and emotional intelligence, and can work up, down, across the organization to achieve goals in a way that inspires and engages others. They have experience working with a board of directors, staff and volunteers, and the capacity to develop and nurture relationships with key stakeholders both inside and outside the organization.

A visionary leader will build upon Dakin’s history as an innovator in animal welfare nationally and regionally. The organization is progressive in its practices and is focused on serving the community’s greatest needs, which includes providing wellness and veterinary services to those in need. Working with their team and a variety of stakeholders, the ED will be the chief architect responsible for determining how the organization will respond to today’s community’s needs.

A full description and profile can be found here

Experience Required

Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a substantial leadership role, either reporting directly to or working closely with a Board of Directors.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter summarizing your qualifications as they relate to the position description to

Dakin Humane Society
171 Union Street
Springfield , MA 01105

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