Executive Director

Executive Director · Wildomar, California
Department Executive Director
Employment Type Full-Time (40)
Minimum Experience Executive

Animal Friends of the Valleys (AFV) is looking for a high-performing Executive Director to join our amazing Organization! 


For over 30 years, AFV has been helping animals in need, and we now support our local communities of Canyon Lake, Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Temecula, Wildomar, Menifee and parts of Riverside County.  We provide a safe haven for all animals and provide them quality and affordable care.


The following are the duties and responsibilities for the Executive Director of Animal Friends of the Valleys (AFV) Inc., a California non-profit public benefit corporation. AFV’s Board of Directors may modify duties and responsibilities, from time to time.  Carry out plans and policies authorized by the Board of Directors.


Execute AFV Strategic Plan and ensure core strategies, Initiatives and action items are completed within stated timelines. Establish strategic and functional priorities for use of Shelter’s resources. With the Donor Development position, cultivate donor relationships in one-on-one, group, and public settings. Interact with community and media as Animal Friends of the Valleys representative. Facilitate effective communication and teamwork among departments; create and implement standard policies, procedures, guidelines, job classifications, salary ranges etc.; ensure organizational effectiveness through staff development, performance evaluations, etc. Be accessible to Board members for specific assistance/information. Ensure shelter compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. Undertake fiscal and budget planning with appropriate staff and Board members. Evaluate existing programs with management and Board of Directors when appropriate; make recommendations for changes. Model behavior aligned with AFV Mission Statement, Vision Statement and Core Values. Stay current in working knowledge of significant developments and trends in operating animal shelters, animal control services, clinic operations, and management of non-profit corporations.

In addition to the duties listed above, the shelter expects the following of each employee: adheres to AFV policies and procedures; works in a safe manner; acts as a role model within and outside the shelter; performs duties as workload necessitates; maintains a positive and respectful attitude; communicates regularly with supervisor about department issues; demonstrates efficient time management and prioritizes workload; consistently reports to work on time prepared to perform duties of the position; meets department productivity standards; participates in AFV events as needed or required; and completes other duties as assigned. Demonstrate behaviors aligned with AFV Mission Statement, Vision Statement and Core Values. Supports and executes AFV Strategic Plan as it pertains to employee responsibilities. Facilitates a teamwork environment.

The above declarations are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job described. Rather, they are intended only to describe the general nature of the job.


  1. Assure that the Board of Directors is kept fully informed of the condition of AFV and all-important factors influencing it.
  2. Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors.
  3. Provide leadership in developing policies, organizational plans, and programs that will further the objectives of AFV for Board of Directors' approval.
  4. Execute all decisions/directions of the Board of Directors.
  5. Assure that monthly board reports are submitted to the Board of Directors for review and action.
  6. Conduct Media outreach. As the media relation’s designee of AFV, conduct himself/herself with the upmost dignity and professionalism while representing AFV.
  7. Carryout other such general responsibilities as may be assigned by the Officers and the Board of Directors in order to carry out the mission of AFV.
  8. Executive director oversees recruiting, hiring, training, motivating, promoting, demoting, disciplining, and terminating AFV employees and oversees adult and youth volunteers.


  1. Plan, coordinate and conduct a public relations program to enhance public acceptance and support of the AFV programs, services and work.
  2. Publicize the activities of AFV, its programs and goals.
  3. Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations.
  4. Represent the programs and point of view of AFV to agencies, organizations, and the general public.


  1. Communicate with representatives of various government entities on governmental matters affecting the business and operations of AFV.
  2. Communicate with representatives of various government entities that contract with AFV for services.
  3. Acts as a direct liaison with the governments under contracts with AFV.
  4. Communicate regarding AFV contracts with AFV counsel, subject to direction of the Board of Directors.


  1. Attendance is punctual and regular and established work hours are observed.
  2. Policies offered for consideration by AFV’s Board of Directors are forward-looking and add to the constructive growth and influence of AFV.
  3. Identified goals and objectives have been met.
  4. Volume of work consistently meets or exceeds standards, established deadlines, without wasted time.
  5. Work is accurate and thorough, and there is follow-up.
  6. Initiative is displayed, minimum supervision is required, and responsibilities are accepted.
  7. Duties performed in compliance with all AFV policies, AFV Board of Directors, rules and regulations, applicable federal, state, county, city and other governmental laws, rules, regulations, and policies.
  8. Officers, committee chairs and other leaders of AFV are fully informed as to the activities and plans in their particular areas.
  9. AFV’s operations, facilities and offices are efficiently and effectively organized for the maximum benefit of AFV.
  10. AFV’s programs are well managed by planning, organization, coordination and control.
  11. AFV’s employees and volunteers are of the highest quality possible and are efficiently and effectively utilized to the maximum benefit of AFV.
  12. Committee liaison is timely and effectively supported.
  13. Educational opportunities of AFV are forward-looking and add to the needed expertise of employees and volunteers in their various fields.
  14. Meetings and events of AFV are well planned, organized and effective.
  15. Communication of AFV's purposes, programs, and activities reach the target employees, volunteers, government officials, and members of the public.
  16. Outreach activities on behalf of AFV are effective.
  17. Contact with and support of local government entities is appropriate and effective.
  18. Speaking on behalf of AFV is well received, presents AFV's story in a positive manner, and is effective.


The following is not intended to be a comprehensive list of the essential functions of this position, but rather a general description of some of the requirements necessary to carry out the duties and responsibilities of this position. The employee must be able to perform the following tasks, among others:

Master’s degree or equivalent experience in business management. Minimum 10 years supervisory experience in a not-for-profit is desired. Animal Welfare background and experience preferred. Extensive experience leading development activities, including business development, strategic planning, capital funding campaigns, and program funding required. Strong financial background and demonstrated track record of success in fundraising. Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Employee must demonstrate ability to work effectively with co-workers, customers, public, and others by sharing ideas in a constructive and positive manner; listening to and objectively considering ideas and suggestions from others; keeping commitments; keeping others informed of work progress, timetables and issues; and addressing problems and issues immediately and constructively to find mutually acceptable and practical business solutions. Employee must demonstrate regular and consistent attendance and punctuality.


When a physical requirement is described as “rarely,” it means less than 5% of the shift is spent in this activity; “occasionally” means 6% - 33% of the shift is spent in this activity; “frequently” means 34% - 66 % of the shift is spent in this activity; “continuously” means 67% or more time during a shift is spent in this activity.

Though work assignments may vary from day to day, this position typically requires: Speaking (on the phone and in person) and listening frequently; the ability to walk, climb and bend occasionally; and sitting and standing frequently.


Animal Friends of the Valleys is an office smoke-free environment. Smoking is only permitted in the outside designated area. No smoking is allowed in AFV owned vehicles.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Type: Full-time / Exempt

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  • Location
    Wildomar, California
  • Department
    Executive Director
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time (40)
  • Minimum Experience