Executive Director

Columbia Second Chance
June 26, 2019
Columbia, Missouri
Job Type
Contact Name (not public)
Anne Myers



Position Overview

Columbia Second Chance is nonprofit (501c3), privately-funded, no-kill animal welfare organization located in mid-Missouri. We seek an energetic and visionary Executive Director to lead our organization to new levels of financial growth, community impact, volunteer involvement, and positive public visibility. In particular, we seek a director with fundraising experience who enjoys interacting with volunteers and donors alike, bringing enthusiasm, innovation and initiative to this role. The Executive Director will operate as the public face of Second Chance, with responsibility in three primary areas: organizational leadership, development and fundraising, and public relations. The Executive Director must be able to promote Second Chance’s mission passionately and articulately. Strong verbal and written communication skills, a collaborative approach to leadership, an outgoing demeanor and a warm, diplomatic interpersonal style are vital attributes. Equally important are a commitment to animal welfare and the ability to develop and achieve goals independently. This position is full time and reports to the Board of Directors.

About Second Chance

The mission of Second Chance is to advance and support relationships between people and companion animals, specifically cats and dogs, through the acts of rescue, adoption, prevention, and education. Founded in 1985, Second Chance currently adopts out more than 800 cats and dogs a year, with a goal of exceeding 1000 adoptions annually in the near future. In 2010, Second Chance purchased a 6,000 square foot building in Boonville, MO that houses cats and is open to the public on weekends. Kittens, cats, and dogs of all ages are also housed in private foster homes providing them the best environment to prepare for their forever families. Future organizational goals include expansion of our physical facilities. In addition to rescuing and adopting pets, Second Chance programs include: a growing trap neuter release (TNR) effort, pet ownership assistance partnership with the Agency on Aging, and animal welfare education.

Essential Duties of the Executive Director include:

Organizational Leadership

  • Model passion, dedication and professionalism to inspire all Second Chance staff and volunteers.
  • Serve as a persuasive advocate for animal protection and care, ensure that Second Chance's Mission, programs and services are always presented with a strong positive image.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field of animal rescue.
  • Work cooperatively with a dedicated Board of Directors to develop and implement goals, objectives and priorities for Second Chance.
  • Oversee the hiring, management and evaluation of the Operations Coordinator and other staff.
  • Work with the Treasurer to prepare annual budgets for Board approval.
  • Oversee preparation and approval of audited financial statements and annual form 990.

Development and Fundraising

  • Offer new ideas for fundraising events and opportunities.
  • Create, implement and evaluate an Annual Development Plan and Annual Development Budget and meet stated fundraising goals and objectives, monitoring and reporting on progress monthly.
  • Meet face-to-face with donors for cultivation, recognition and solicitation, focusing on both attracting new donors and moving current donors to larger and/or planned gifts.
  • Develop donor strategy, conduct donor research, and track donor engagement.
  • Make reports to the Board of Directors in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Manage and ensure accuracy of fundraising systems, databases and reporting.
  • Ensure that donors are acknowledged in a timely manner.
  • Create and coordinate fundraising and donor-facing events.
  • Secure corporate sponsorships.
  • Lead and coordinate Second Chance’s direct mail efforts and online fundraising initiatives.
  • Write grants and serve as project manager for grant administration.

Public Relations

  • Develop programs, events and presentations for the strategic recruitment of new volunteers.
  • Expand awareness and increase the public visibility of Second Chance within local and regional communities through events and marketing efforts.
  • Improve and manage Second Chance’s website and expansion of social media use.
  • Direct the development of public relations and monitor/approve all media exposure with regard to radio, television, print, online and social media.


  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated track record of successful fundraising activity, donor cultivation and event planning required.
  • Nonprofit experience preferred.
  • Passion for animal rescue and care required, rescue or shelter experience preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal and written communication skills required.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently required.
  • Ability to interact productively with Second Chance’s Board of Directors and a diverse volunteer base required.

Additional Requirements

  • Valid Driver’s License, vehicle, and auto insurance.
  • Three professional references.

Work Environment

  • Second Chance does not maintain a dedicated office space. Work will occur in a variety of settings including from home, at our Adoption Center in Boonville, MO, in outdoor settings and in other venues as events and activities require.
  • Entails direct exposure to and interaction with companion animals.
  • Requires work on some evenings and weekends.


Starting salary range is from $42,500-55,000 annually, commensurate with experience. Opportunity for performance-based raises and bonuses based on successful fundraising efforts.




How To Apply

Interested applicants should email a cover letter outlining particular qualifications for this position and a current resume no later than July 25, 2019 to Lori Garrett, Board President, bod@columbia2ndchance.org.

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