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The Friends of the Tri-City Animal Shelter is searching for an Executive Director to help lead our initiatives which directly benefit the Tri-City Animal Shelter & Adoption Center.  This shelter serves (unfortunately) over 7,000 animals a year.  


The Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter is a 501 © 3 non-profit committed to supporting the animal shelter to improve the welfare and outcomes for the homeless, neglected, and lost animals from the Cedar Hill, Duncanville, and DeSoto Texas communities.

The work and fundraising the Friends do helps support multiple shelter programs.  These include: a robust spay/neuter initiative, emergency surgeries and medicines, transport initiatives, providing adoption support and educational programs and other shelter needs as they arise.  

In August of 2021, upon the completion of a ½ Million Dollar Capital Campaign, the Lifesaving & Learning Center (LLC) was opened on the Tri-City Animal Shelter Campus.  In 2022, the Friends raised an additional $50,000 to install a state-of-the-art digital X-Ray machine.  The LLC is the hub of medical care for shelter animals.  



Our next leader will partner with the Board of Directors to develop a vision and strategic plan for the next season in our growth as an organization and a community resource. As the sole employee of the non-profit, the ideal candidate is a self-starter who excels at determining what needs to be done, developing a strategy, locating the resources needed, and executing the plan. Our Executive Director will have a wealth of fundraising experience, close ties to the communities of Cedar Hill, Duncanville and DeSoto, and be known for their ability to develop trusting, transparent relationships with donors and stakeholders.



  1. Support the Board of Directors in their efforts to carry out the mission, vision, and strategic plan of the organization 

  2. Establish and maintain a collaborative relationship with the animal shelter leadership team, staff and volunteers

  3. Participate in the Board’s development of a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization and accomplish its mission 

  4. Identify and pursue funding opportunities in the form of grants, major gifts, corporate sponsorships, and individual donations 

  5. Cultivate and manage donor relationships with individuals, corporations, and foundations 

  6. Support the planning and execution of fundraising events 

  7. Prepare a comprehensive annual budget, monthly financial statements and tax related filings, with the support of the Board Treasurer and the Friends CPA

  8. Administer the funds of the organization and ensure the accuracy, integrity and timeliness of all financial accounting and reporting 

  9. Manage the organization’s programs and partnerships 

  10. Communicate the organization’s mission, values, and achievements to donors, partners, and other stakeholders 

  11. Manage the organization’s website and social media presence. (This could potentially be outsourced.) 

  12. Manage the organization’s donor database and donation processing systems. (This could potentially be outsourced.) 

  13. Attract and manage volunteers to support the Friends 

  14. Drive the organization’s advocacy work for animal welfare issues within the community and governing bodies. 

  15. Maintain official records and documents in compliance with federal, state, and local regulations 

  16. Carry out any other day-to-day operations of the organization as necessary



  1. At least five (5) years of experience in non-profit management, fundraising, communications, marketing, or related field preferred 

  2. Deep understanding of best practices and demonstrated success with fundraising 

  3. High degree of professionalism with strong interpersonal skills 

  4. Strong verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking and presentation skills 

  5. Ability to independently manage multiple priorities 

  6. Strong financial management skills 

  7. Strong technical skills and the ability to learn and master new technologies

  8. High degree of accuracy and accountability for data management and reporting

  9. Ability to handle and maintain the integrity and confidentiality of highly sensitive material and information


While a commitment to improving the health and well-being of shelter pets is crucial, professional experience within the field of animal welfare is not required. 


Qualifications & Skills

  1. Fluent with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  2. Fluent with Google Suite (Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Google Drive)

  3. Experience with donor database management (Little Green Light)

  4. Event planning skills, including live/silent/virtual auction components (ClickBid Online)

  5. Strong knowledge of social media, including as a fundraising platform (Facebook, Instagram, etc,)

  6. Fluent in basic website design and management (Wix) (Could be out-sourced)

  7. Graphic design skills for meaningful graphics for social media posts, flyers, newsletters, and other digital/print materials (Canva)

  8. Experience with marketing and email platforms (MailChimp)

  9. Experience managing various financial platforms (Donorbox, Stripe, PayPal)

  10. Demonstrated grant writing skills, especially in the animal welfare field


Please note in your application if you have prior experience with any of the organization’s current (or comparable) technologies that are listed above in parentheses. 


Additional Requirements

  1. Ability to pass a comprehensive background check

  2. Current Driver’s license and use of personal vehicle to attend meetings and run errands

  3. Ability to lift, carry, and move 20 pounds 

  4. Authorized to work in the United States


This is a Part-Time, Exempt position.


The Executive Director should anticipate working, on average, 20-25 hours per week. This role has a cyclical nature and may require additional hours during peak fundraising seasons.


The Executive Director is expected to participate in evening and weekend meetings, events, and other commitments, including monthly board meetings, as needed. Daytime schedule offers much flexibility, including the ability to work from home on a regular basis when the nature of the work allows. 


Salary Range: $30,000-$35,000, depending on experience, qualifications, and skills

Benefits: Two (2) weeks paid vacation after one (1) year of service


Please send your cover letter and resume to Mary White, Board President, at

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