Executive Director

The Valtas Group | Bainbridge Island, WA

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Posted Date 11/09/2023

The Valtas Group is honored to partner with PAWS of Bainbridge Island & North Kitsap to recruit their next Executive Director.

Since 1975, PAWS of Bainbridge Island & North Kitsap (PAWSBINK) has provided community programming that offers animal companionship through adoption and enhances the relationship between people and their pets with supportive programs designed to increase pet retention.

PAWSBINK serves the diverse communities within the ancestral territory of the Suquamish and Port Gamble S’Klallam tribes. PAWSBINK programs are primarily focused on supporting low-income community members and include:

  • Animal rescue and adoptions.
  • Vet Assist & Spay/Neuter programs provide financial veterinary care support to qualifying families and seniors.
  • Safe Harbor program provides temporary cat boarding for unhoused community members.
  • Pet food bank ensures low-income pet owners have the resources to feed their cat or dog adequately.
  • Last Litter program receives a pregnant cat for foster care, with the mother returned to the owner spayed and vaccinated, and all kittens spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and micro-chipped prior to adoption to loving homes.
  • Online courtesy listings to facilitate adoptions.
  • Trap/Neuter/Return feral cat control.
  • Pets & Loving Seniors (PALS) is a permanent foster program placing senior cats or dogs with low-income seniors.

PAWSBINK continues to develop and nurture strong ties with regional veterinarians, community organizations, and private businesses. These collaborative partnerships are fundamental to the organization’s ability to operate with lower costs, expand and enhance community programs, and serve the Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap communities effectively. As part of the adoption program, PAWSBINK collaborates with other local rescues, transferring animals to alleviate overpopulation and disease control.

You can learn more about PAWSBINK and its programs at www.pawsbink.org.

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The Position:

The Executive Director (ED) oversees a budget of $750,000 with $2 million in reserves; an engaged, respected, and motivated staff of nine; a talented and supportive five-member Board of Directors; and dedicated volunteers. The ED stewards and establishes enduring and trusted community partnerships amongst the culturally diverse communities served.

Accountable to, and in partnership with the PAWSBINK Board, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for PAWSBINK staff, programs, finances, and execution of its mission. Specific areas of accountability include leadership and management, fundraising and communications, strategic planning and execution, budgeting, program management, and community and stakeholder relations.

The ideal candidate will have a strategic mindset to lead future work, aligning the board, staff, volunteers, donors, and community partners under one vision and the ability to roll up their sleeves and support work in the field as needed. The ED will lead development and diversify funding, extend and steward organizational partnerships and relations, increase visibility, and lead and mentor committed staff and volunteers in a semi-rural community.

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced, innovative, inspiring, relational, patient, pragmatic, strategic thinker to lead a community-based nonprofit organization as it evolves to further support community needs and increase organizational impact. Passion for animals and their welfare and understanding and supporting the people-animal connection is required.

What You'll Bring:

Candidates will be evaluated on the full range of their lived and learned experience, professional background, volunteer experience, and direct transferable skills. PAWSBINK is seeking candidates with a compelling combination of demonstrated experience and skills in some or all of the following areas:

  • Experience leading a well-functioning entrepreneurial nonprofit organization, significant department, or division with a $1M+ annual budget and staff of 5+.
  • Successful leadership, development, and relationship management experience.
  • Demonstrated success in raising money from foundations, individuals, corporations, and other funding sources (grants, individual donors, legacy, ...)
  • Technical competency using MS Office suite, social media, and relational databases.

To be Considered: 

The position is open until filled. Candidates are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible.   Candidate materials are reviewed continuously, and initial interviews will begin by mid-November. Please submit a resume and a two-page (or less) cover letter addressed to Board President, Becca Hanson, as a single, combined DOC or PDF.

As an EOE/AA employer, PAWSBINK will not discriminate in their employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification, and/or veteran or disability status. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of all gender identities are encouraged to apply.

This position is subject to reference checks, the completion of a background and credit check, and proof of COVID vaccination. 

Compensation & Benefits: 

This is a full-time, exempt position with a target starting salary of $100,000 plus a performance-based bonus. PAWSBINK offers a generous benefits package, including up to a $500 monthly stipend for health insurance; 3 weeks paid vacation and 2 weeks sick leave; 10 paid holidays per year; and a supportive and hybrid work environment.   


Listing Type
Jobs | Hybrid
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level
Senior Level
Employer Type
Staffing Firm
Salary Type

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