Chief Executive Officer (CEO) - Seattle Humane Society

  • Seattle, Washington
Full Time Executive Nonprofit

Job Description

The Organization

Since 1897, Seattle Humane has dedicated its full energy and resources to saving and serving pets in need. Located across Lake Washington from Seattle in Bellevue, Seattle Humane is housed in a state-of-the-art facility, which was completed in 2017 at the end of a successful $30 M capital campaign. It is a national leader in the animal welfare field whose $11 M annual revenue is derived from donations (76%), investments (16%) and fees for services (8%).


The Role

Seattle Humane is seeking a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead this this well-respected, successful organization. Now that Seattle Humane has concluded its capital campaign it is eager to focus more of its resources on community outreach in veterinary deserts and on increased efforts to help low income households and seniors keep their pets. Reporting to a highly engaged and supportive Board of Directors, the CEO will begin their tenure by collaboratively creating a new strategic plan that focuses on an expanded vision and organizational growth.


Seattle Humane seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial leader who is passionate about animal welfare. The ideal candidate will have proven success in a large, complex organization where they demonstrated sound fiscal management. They will be a confident leader who drives business strategy from a people and pet perspective. The CEO will be a people and culture champion who will capitalize on the collective intelligence within the organization and the strength of the external partnerships.


The ideal candidate can calmly lead and engage in a dynamic, fast-changing, emotionally demanding environment. The CEO must be committed to openness, transparency, idea sharing, constructive feedback. Strong emotional and cultural intelligence is crucial to communicate effectively and respectfully with staff, volunteers, the board of directors, people from other shelters, and the pet owners Seattle Humane serves, all of whom bring diverse backgrounds and experiences. The CEO must model mature and empathetic behavior. Compassion, integrity, accountability, and credibility are key attributes for success, as is an unwavering commitment to the welfare of the animals in Seattle Humane’s care.


The successful candidate will be confident and comfortable having a public persona with major donors, foundations, current and future partners, and media. They will be a natural relationship builder with success as a champion of partnerships and collective impact.


Minimum Qualifications

Candidates should have prior experience as an executive leader or chief executive in a similar sized organization. Experience with or willingness to learn animal welfare and the major organizations in this arena is crucial for success in this role. Familiarity with social enterprises and nonprofit fundraising is an asset. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required.


To be considered candidates should submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume at

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree