About Hero Dogs
Hero Dogs, Inc. is a Maryland 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation which improves quality of life for our nation’s heroes by raising, training, and placing service dogs and other highly skilled canines, free of charge and with lifetime support of the partnerships.
Hero Dogs was founded in November, 2009. We have an annual budget of $850K and a staff of six full-time employees, as well as over 125 dedicated volunteers working to advance our mission. To date we have accepted 59 puppies into the program. We have matched and trained 16 service dog teams. We have also placed three full-time facility dogs and four skilled home companions to veterans and military families. We have thirteen dogs participating in animal-assisted therapy and therapeutic visitation. Sixteen puppies are currently in various stages of training.
We serve veterans and first responders living in the greater Washington, DC and Baltimore metropolitan areas. We are headquartered on a leased property in Laytonsville, MD. The property has four buildings: our kennel which houses dogs in advanced training, our classroom and office building, a cabin for our resident kennel manager, and a cabin for our clients during training. The facility and property is wheelchair accessible, with paved paths through many wooded areas.
As Hero Dogs enters its eighth year of operations, we seek major growth in our ability to provide our programs and services. On a continuing basis, Hero Dogs will provide exceptionally well-trained service dogs to meet the needs of our nation’s deserving heroes. We plan to grow our program to approximately 25-30 dogs in training at any one time, with 12 teams graduating per year. We will continue to provide other skilled canines to perform animal-assisted therapy in other environments. We will expand our public outreach and educational efforts, as well as build strong post-graduate client support systems, expand our facilities, and implement a breeding program.
About the Position
Hero Dogs seeks an exceptional addition to our leadership team who shares our vision and has the skills and experience to shepherd the organization through a major growth phase. The Executive Director will be expected to provide business leadership, administrative management, and operational oversight to the organization. S/he will work with the Board of Directors to further develop the strategic vision, create policies, set goals, and implement strategies. The Executive Director is expected to have the ability to significantly advance the financial position of the organization. The Executive Director will be the key spokesperson for Hero Dogs, dramatically increasing the organization’s visibility to our target constituent groups of veterans, their families and supporters, financial supporters, volunteers, and the community at large.
This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic leader who knows how to raise charitable dollars, create stakeholders, and effectively manage the business functions of a nonprofit to dramatically influence the growth and future direction of a stable and respected organization. This is a full-time position which reports to the Board of Directors and serves as an ex-officio member of the Board. Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include 15 days paid time off, health insurance, and 403(b) savings plan. Relocation assistance is not provided.
The Executive Director acts as the chief liaison to the Board of Directors, and provides support for all activities associated with the Board of Directors. Working closely with the Board, the Executive Director will be responsible for:
- The creation and execution of long and short-range strategic plans.
- Ongoing development of organizational policies and procedures.
- Ensuring organizational compliance with all legal and fiscal requirements.
The Executive Director will be expected to significantly advance the financial position of Hero Dogs. Our goal is to double our current receipts over the course of the next two years so that Hero Dogs can continue to grow to meet the demand for its programs and services. The Executive Director’s responsibilities in resource development include:
- Creation and implementation of a fundraising plan with short and long-term goals to meet the program, capital, administrative, and contingency needs of the organization.
- Cultivation and acquisition of major gifts from individuals and foundations.
- Acquisition of high-level corporate sponsorships for program goals, capital needs, and special events.
- Stewardship of major donors.
The Executive Director is expected to be the organization’s chief spokesperson. Through written communications, speaking engagements, and personal contact, the Executive Director will represent Hero Dogs to the community, the media, and our target constituent groups. S/he will be expected to:
- Widely publicize the activities of the organization, its programs, and its goals.
- Greatly increase Hero Dogs’ representation in traditional and online media.
- Establish strong relationships with both governmental and non-governmental persons and organizations with complementary goals.
- Establish strong working relationships with businesses and community organizations that can help Hero Dogs further its goals.
The Executive Director will ensure that continuing financial, legal, and contractual obligations of the organization are being fulfilled. Working with the Treasurer and the Budget and Finance Committee, the Executive Director will be responsible for:
- Development and implementation of the annual budget.
- Ensuring that financial statements, an annual report, all tax returns, and other financial documents are prepared in an accurate and timely manner.
- Critically reviewing all financial statements and required returns and reporting results to the Board of Directors.
- Holding the organization to the highest standards of accuracy and ethical behavior in all financial policies and procedures.
The Executive Director is responsible for recruiting, retaining, and developing top-notch employees and volunteers and building a culture of engagement of all staff, whether paid or volunteer. Responsibilities include:
- Supervision of administrative and operations staff; planning, assigning, and directing of work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
- Overseeing the administration of all employee benefits.
- Ensuring that the organization’s insurance needs are met.
Location/Region: Gaithersburg, MD (US - 20882)