We are looking for a new team member with the right talents and a strong desire to help support and further our mission of saving lives and alleviating suffering by providing free veterinary care to the pets of people experiencing homelessness or living in extreme poverty.

Executive Director

Reports to: Board of Directors
Classification: Exempt, At-will
Hours per week: 40 (1.0 FTE)
Weekly Schedule: M-F 9am to 5pm
Pay rate: $40,000 - $45,000 annually (2 weeks paid vacation)


Portland Animal Welfare (PAW) Team is in search of a new executive director. PAW Team’s mission is to save lives, alleviate suffering, and keep pets and people together by providing free veterinary care to the pets of people who are experiencing homelessness or living in extreme poverty. PAW Team has experienced significant growth over the past year and we expect the new executive director will continue to move the organization in an upward trajectory.

We fulfill our mission by hosting at least seven free veterinary clinics every month and a quarterly drop-in clinic. We work with roughly 15 volunteer veterinarians and over 40 other volunteers to be able to provide free medical care to the pets of those experiencing homelessness or living in extreme poverty. In addition, we have a pet food bank that is open to our clients three days a week. PAW Team’s annual budget is roughly $200,000 with 4 employees (3.5 FTE). The ED directly supervises three employees. PAW Team provides care for over 700 companion pets every year.

As our new executive director, you will champion our mission, cultivate a supportive and positive organizational culture, and serve as the primary face of our organization. You will also be in charge of ensuring the organization functions in an efficient and effective manner. You will foster a culture of change and encourage staff to find innovative and creative ways to better meet the needs of our community.

PAW Team’s core values include:

  • We demonstrate respect for the dignity of people and their pets through our professional practice model.

  • We are honest in our work and communications, recognizing that, sometimes, there are limitations to the care we are able to provide.

  • We serve with integrity—setting and adhering to standards of safety and professionalism.

  • We provide care with compassion for people and their pets, and without judgment.

  • We prioritize collaboration and flexibility—Policies, Procedures, and Partnerships are aimed at all pets having access to basic veterinary care, regardless of their owners’ income.

Summary of Primary Job Functions

The Executive Director (ED) works closely with each staff member and the board of directors (Board). At times, the ED participates in daily programmatic activities when staff need support.

  • Fundraising – The ED is a member of the Fundraising Committee and provides staff support for other committees. The ED is charged with supporting the Board in carrying out its fiduciary, governance, planning, and board development duties.
  • Board and committee development Provide support, assistance and leadership development to strengthen the Board and board committees. The ED is a member of the Fundraising Committee and provides staff support for other committees. The ED is charged with supporting the Board in carrying out its fiduciary, governance, planning, and board development duties.
  • Staff management and supervision – Provide management and supervision of PAW Team’s staff including development of job descriptions, work plans, and evaluations. The ED spends a significant amount of time each week meeting with staff members and ensuring staff are sufficiently supported. This includes managing weekly team meetings and weekly individual meetings with each staff member.   
  • Organizational Development – Grow organizational capacity, guide strategic planning and implementation, and ensure equity, justice and inclusivity are integrated throughout the organization and across all programs.
  • Financial management – In concert with staff and Board, develop the annual budget and cash flow projections, operate within the approved annual budget, coordinate timely submittal of tax and financial reports to IRS and State. 
  • Public relations and collaborations – Serve as the key spokesperson for PAW Team’s mission and vision, build support among key stakeholders to advance PAW Team’s agenda, and facilitate close collaboration with other animal welfare and social service organizations.
  • Program Management – Develop policies and procedures to ensure efficient and effective program implementation.

Required Skills and Experience

  1. Nonprofit management and leadership, including fundraising, staff management, strategic planning, and budgeting.

  2. Bachelor’s degree in non-profit management, social work, or business administration.

  3. A demonstrated commitment to those experiencing homelessness and the importance of the human-animal bond.

  4. Ability to work and collaborate with others, including listening, empowering others to create and implement solutions, and be self-reflective.

  5. Excellent interpersonal verbal and written communication skills and ability to build relationships within a diverse community; can authentically and compellingly voice PAW Team’s mission.

  6. Strong organizational and time management skills and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced and often chaotic environment.

  7. Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Word, Google platforms, QuickBooks, and fundraising databases.

  8. Knowledge of basic veterinary principles is desirable but not required.

How to Apply:

Please e-mail as one attachment, in PDF format, to juliadoty@pawteam.org:

  1. A cover letter describing your experience with nonprofit management and leadership, including long-term strategic planning; your experience with budgeting and fiscal oversight; your experience with fundraising; and why you are committed to the mission of PAW Team. Please answer the following question in your cover letter: People often say that people who can’t afford a pet shouldn’t have one. What is your thought on that statement?

  2. Your resume

  3. Three professional references

Position closes November 29th at 5pm and interviews will be scheduled for mid-December. Must pass background check. No phone calls please. PAW Team does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, national origin, disability, political belief, marital status, age, sexual orientation, class, housing status, veteran status, physical size, or other legally protected status. PAW Team complies with all Equal Employment Opportunity and Americans with Disabilities Act laws and regulations in the areas of hiring, compensation, benefits, and job assignment.