Executive Director

Position Title:   Executive Director

Reports To:      Board of Directors

Status:             Full-time, Exempt, Salaried

Position Description: Verona Street Animal Society is seeking a dynamic, inaugural Executive Director to lead the organization in partnership with a supportive and engaged board of directors and in conjunction with the City of Rochester – Animal Services. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall fiscal, programmatic and administrative operations of Verona Street Animal Society, and will serve as its lead development officer and spokesperson.



Provide direction and support to the Development committee in identifying, cultivating and soliciting financial support from individuals, corporations, foundations, government and other sources to successfully meet and/or exceed set fundraising goals.

Consistently cultivate and raise funds from individuals who can support Rochester Animal Services and maintain a quality stewardship for those donors.

Provide direction consistent with our mission, vision and core values for all of the Society’s capital improvement projects in the areas of vision, design, animal welfare, funding, communication, coordination, Board/City/community relations and fiscal responsibility to our donors.

Financial Management and Legal Compliance

Oversee adequate control and accounting of all funds, including developing and maintaining sound financial practices, including monthly reporting and annual budgets.

Meet revenue goals, ensuring that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work.

Program Development and Delivery

Provide leadership in developing program and organizational plans with the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers.

Ensure the Society has a long-range strategy that achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress.

Maintain and utilize a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field of animal welfare.

Administration and Human Resource Management

Provide creative, professional leadership to show measurable success and growth for Verona Street Animal Society.

Maintain a climate that attracts, retains, and motivates top-quality staff and volunteers, and ensures volunteers are effectively integrated into the organization.

Assume a leadership role, which often includes the role of liaison, on committees of the Board of Directors and Volunteer Committees.

Provide direction and support for the Volunteer Coordinator to ensure volunteers are managed consistent with Rochester Animals Services’ guidelines, as necessary.

Provide direction and support to all department directors or committee chairpersons to establish annual goals with clear outcomes that are measurable for tracking success.

Maintain and encourage open communication with the Board of Directors, Committees, Rochester Animal Services administration and both staffs (City of Rochester and Society) to foster a productive working environment and to promote our messages in a positive light.

Community Relations

Serve as an effective spokesperson for the agency; represents the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations and the general public.

Provide direction that includes clear, timely communication of information to internal and external audiences about matters of importance and interest. Ensure our message is consistent and adheres to our mission, vision, and core values.


Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Master’s degree desirable, but not required.

Minimum 5 years of relevant experience required. Previous experience in a management or administrator position at a not-for–profit or animal welfare organization is preferred.

Demonstrated experience in any of the following areas:  fundraising, public relations, communications, marketing, finance, human resources, strategic planning, community outreach.

VSAS has retained Cochran, Cochran, and Yale Executive Search to conduct the search. Interested applicants should contact/send a letter of interest and resume to:

Cheryl Yawman, Practice Director – Non-Profit Leadership Search, Cochran, Cochran & Yale, cheryl@ccy.com, 585-785-5724

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement
The Verona Street Animal Society (VSAS) is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a respectful and diverse work environment.  VSAS does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, parental status, military service or veteran status, any other non-merit factor, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.