The Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc. in Des Moines, Iowa is seeking a full time Director of Legal and Strategic Initiatives. This position will have strategic and program development and direction of ARL programs in relation to execution of its mission. Working closely with the CEO, the Director of Legal and Strategic Initiatives will have and continue to develop a deep knowledge of field and core programs and operations of the shelter. The perfect candidate would have a law degree and/or strong and proven supervisory and/or human resources background.
The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
Ensure ongoing success and growth of ARL programs in the areas of Therapets, Humane Education, Community Outreach, Animal Welfare Intervention, Barn Pet Program and others to be developed or determined by CEO/Director of Legal and Strategic Initiatives. This position will have responsibility for the day to day supervision of the programs and lead and oversee program coordinators of these programs. Oversee legal contracts and agreements of the organization; ensure effectiveness of programs; work with outside HR company on benefits, personnel policies, other. Work with CEO and legislative personnel on legislative efforts in animal welfare. Other duties as assigned by the CEO.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Law degree preferred; masters or bachelor's degree, 3 to 5 years of experience in the workplace; or advance degree preferred with at least 2 years of management experience
Proven past success working with CEO or other high-level manager or leader
Persuasive and passionate communication skills
Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission driven and self-directed
Experience in animal welfare or non-profit experience preferred
If licensed attorney, must be in good standing with the Iowa Bar
SKILLS or RELATED KNOWLEDGE
Must have excellent oral and written communication skills, be computer literate, have the ability to balance multiple projects, be a self-starter with the ability to work independently, have excellent interpersonal skills, have enthusiasm and the ability to be a team player and work with a variety of people, have the ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with others, have proven organization and planning skills, have ability to meet deadlines, be able to effectively and positively work with volunteers, must process maturity, good judgment, professional manner; must have strong and proven leadership and management skills; must be a self-starter, facilitator and innovator of new approaches to programs relating to furthering the ARL mission, must have a valid driver's license with acceptable driving record and be able to provide proof of vehicle insurance, must have affection for animals, concern for their welfare and a willingness to accommodate shelter animals in the workplace, must be comfortable and skilled working with a culturally diverse staff and community, must have a commitment to treat people and animals with respect; contribute to effective teamwork; promote intro- and inter- department cooperation; and foster public relations beneficial to the ARL.
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc. is a progressive and award winning shelter in Iowa; visit our website at www.arl-iowa.org?/careers for information about benefits offered and more information about the ARL. Competitive salary and benefits for a non-profit organization. The ARL is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
About Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc.
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is Iowa's largest nonprofit animal shelter, caring for many thousands of pets each year.
The ARL serves people and pets from across the state of Iowa through its programs, which include pet adoption, humane education, pet behavior training, spay/neuter, animal cruelty intervention and much more. The Animal Rescue League is dependent on individual and corporate contributions to care for its animals.
•The ARL receives no state, federal or United Way funding.
•The ARL takes seriously the investments of its donors and supporters for the care of the animals.
•The ARL, governed by a volunteer board of directors, adheres to standard accounting practices; conducts an annual independent audit; and carefully and frugally manages its resources in order to care for as many animals as possible for decades to come.
•The ARL is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
•The ARL is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity, meeting all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability