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Working Professionally with Friends of the Animal Shelter

The mission of Friends of the Animal Shelter is to support the programs at the Jackson County Animal Shelter.  Our employees do not work directly with animals, but with our most important asset, our volunteers.  Volunteers are the life-blood of our organization.

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit.  Unfortunately, we do not offer healthcare benefits at this time.  Paid Time Off is accrued over time, based on the number of hours you work.  Helping to save hundreds of animals’ lives every year, while providing a premier volunteer experience are our top priorities, and we are looking for employees that will help!

Available jobs at FOTAS:

August 6, 2020:


Friends of the Animal Shelter, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Jackson County, Oregon is seeking a half time  Executive Director for the organization. Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS) is the volunteer arm of Jackson County Animal Services. The Executive Director has no responsibilities with the animals at the Shelter or the Shelter Staff. FOTAS involves volunteers working with adoptable animals. Our programs primarily concern saving the lives of homeless animals brought to the Shelter.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications: 

  • Two years of supervisory or managerial experience with a nonprofit organization.
  • A successful record of fundraising, donor development, grants writing, marketing, and outreach.
  • Experience working with volunteer boards.
  • The ability to work effectively and collaboratively with volunteer boards and committees.
  • The ability to plan, monitor, and evaluate budgets.
  • The ability to work with diverse volunteers and the public.
  • The ability to manage employees.
  • The ability to organize, plan, and implement activities appropriate to further organizational goals.
  • Experience working in a small organization with limited staff support.
  • Communicates effectively and consistently inside and outside the organization.
  • Writes and speaks clearly and succinctly in a variety of styles appropriate for various audiences.
  • Creativity in program development.
  • Ability to multi-task and meet agreed-upon deadlines.
  • Is a careful listener and provides direction while seeking input from appropriate people.
  • Appropriate skills and comfort with technology tools, such as Word, Excel and donor management, .
  • It is desirable that the candidate have at least an Associate degree or above.

 The position of Executive Director (ED) reports to the Board of Directors through its President.  The individual will work with sub-committees of the Board as appropriate and be available to guide the Board in areas that are the responsibility of the ED.  The ED handles public relations, client relations, and interagency-related functions for Friends of the Animal Shelter and oversees development functions.


  • Assist the Board in their Strategic Planning efforts and assist them in evaluating planning efforts.
  • Recommend policies to the board and/or assist in the formation of effective policies by the Board.
  • In collaboration with the Board, develop and assist in the implementation of the Board recruitment, orientation, and training process.
  • Work with the Board to develop ad hoc and subcommittees of the Board/organization to carry out the work of the organization.
  • Has chief staff responsibility for oversight of all FOTAS committees to ensure they have the necessary resources to accomplish their tasks and to ensure that they are within the scope of the organization’s mission and strategic plan.


  • Provide overall control and direction for the personnel functions of FOTAS including participation in or approval of personnel actions.
  • Supervise and direct staff in the performance of their duties.
  • Evaluate the performance of staff members and collaboratively develop performance goals.


  • Coordinate and cooperate with Jackson County Animal Shelter staff, through the Shelter Manager, for the benefit of animals in Jackson County. Share information and resources as appropriate.
  • Research and interpret trends (as appropriate) in our field of service and develop programs to keep up with changes at the Shelter and in the County.
  • Recommend and/or provide input on proposed new programs and evaluate the services being provided in relation to specified goals and standards. Where appropriate, recommend modifications.


  • Prepare FOTAS Budget for review by the financial subcommittee, chaired by the Treasurer. Accountable for monitoring resources once they are approved.
  • Primary responsibility for donor development, cultivation, and retention.
  • Research and write grants in line with the FOTAS and Shelter missions.
  • Participate in fundraising actives with the Board of Directors.
  • Ensure that the legal obligations of the agency are met. Work with the Board President or designee, as necessary.


  • Oversee communication and outreach efforts.
  • Interpret the function of the agency to the community through direct involvement and through public relations programs, including personal contact, descriptive program literature, and work with the media.
  • Coordinate public relations activities, outreach to the public, civic organizations, governmental agencies, businesses, media, and other interested or important constituents.
  • Maintain open and positive interagency relations with partner organizations.

The Executive Director position is a half time exempt position.

The salary is $35,000 a year with two weeks of paid vacation after one year of service.

All Shelter holidays are considered holidays for this position.

There are no other fringe benefits.

The process:

  • Candidates must submit a resume, a letter outlining how the individual meets the qualification of the position and three letters of recommendation for individuals we can contact regarding the candidate.
  • The position is open until filled. The first application review date is August 15th, 2020.
  • Applicants invited for an interview will be notified shortly after August 20th, 2020
  • Finalists will be invited to interview with a Board committee or the full Board of Directors
  • The targeted start date is October 1st or before.
  • Send information to president@fotas.org
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Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS) is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1990 to support the programs of the Jackson County Animal Shelter. Our vision is for all adoptable animals at the Jackson Country Animal Shelter to find a loving home. Our mission is to recruit and train volunteers who will save lives by increasing pet adoptions at the Jackson Country Animal Shelter, improve the quality of life for the Shelter’s animals, promote spay and neuter, and facilitate outreach and educational activities about the humane treatment of companion animals throughout Jackson County. Our values are: Service, Compassion and Generosity.

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