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Redwings Horse Sanctuary (RHS) began in May 1991 as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. Redwings holds a full accreditation through the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and our mission is to eliminate the causes of equine suffering through educational and community outreach programs. We rescue abused, abandoned, and neglected equines and provide permanent sanctuary or selected adoptive homes for those equines. Last year Redwings opened a brand-new facility in Paso Robles, California and we are now in search of a unique professional to join our intimate staff of dedicated individuals in a full-time role as Executive Director.

In collaboration with our Equine Care Manager, the Executive Director will oversee all our day-to-day operations. The ideal candidate is an outstanding leader, who constantly pursues growth and will work with our staff and board of directors to achieve our mission statement.


Roles and Responsibilities

Leadership & Strategy

• Ensure the organization understands and is following best practices in nonprofit management and
• Support operations and overall administration by serving as a liaison between the Board and staff, as   

   well as supporting the Board of Directors to fulfill its governance function.
• Work in conjunction with the management team to develop and deliver effective and efficient programs.
• Maintain a working knowledge of significant development trends in the field.
• Promote active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization’s functions.
• Facilitate effective Board participation in transformative planning, financial oversight, community 

   outreach, and fundraising.
• Ensure organization's transformational action steps are monitored and implemented.
   Staff Management & Operations
• Oversee all recruitment, employment, and release of personnel, including both paid staff and         

• Cultivate an effective management team with an appropriate provision for succession.
• Ensure that job descriptions are developed, regular performance evaluations are held, and sound   

   human resources practices are in place.
• Encourage staff and volunteer development and education, then assist program staff in relating their

   specialized work to the total program of the organization.
• Maintain a culture of high employee engagement and morale.
• Work with staff to ensure that programmatic work grows and adapts to meet RHS needs.

Financial Management & Resource Development

• Managing all financial matters of RHS including budgeting, trusts and all other fundraising efforts, with 

    an emphasis on grant writing, to ensure the sustainable fiscal health of RHS.
• Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local 

• Jointly, with the president and secretary of the Board of Directors, conduct official correspondence of 

   the organization and execute all legal documents in conjunction with designated officers.
• Oversee and partner with the Development Officer in creating and implementing a robust and diverse
   fundraising strategy, inclusive of major donors, corporations, foundations, events, and other creative 

    revenue streams.
• Spearhead fundraising campaigns and events, including annual block party.
• Serve as the main spokesperson for RHS, seeking out opportunities for public speaking engagements

   and a web presence that advances strategic goals and reputation with nonprofit partners, government 

   relations, and community members.


• Vision for long-range strategic and creative planning while focusing on the day-to-day needs of the
• Preferred minimum of 5 years of supervisory experience in a non-profit organization, using creative 

   problem solving in an operational environment.
• Preferred minimum of 5 years of experience with other nonprofit, educational development, and 

   community agencies.
• Experience with balancing a budget.
• Proven success in writing and securing grants.
• Skill and experience in diversified fundraising and major donor development.
• Experience managing wills and trust files and all necessary reporting related to them.
• Demonstrated leadership and management skills, as well as abilities with team building and creating 

   trusting relationships with a variety of stakeholders.
• Strong public speaker with excellent writing skills to effectively communicate the organization's mission,

   vision and accomplishments to donors, volunteers, supporters, board members, and the general 

   community. Must also be an effective listener.
• Familiar with technology necessary to lead the organization toward implementation of improved 

   services, administration, communication, fundraising capacity, and measurement of strategic planning 

   and program impacts.
• Experience developing, measuring, and evaluating programs through effective metrics.


Annual salary range: $55,000-$105,000, commensurate with experience. The office has an open, friendly and professional environment. The nature of this position requires both regular and special in-person hours.


To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Applications without a cover letter may not be reviewed. Applications with be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until February 31, 2023. Candidate interviews will be conducted in March 2023, with a target of filling the position in late March. Selected candidate will participate in several rounds of interviews with members of the Board of Directors, including 1-2 virtual interviews and a final round on-site interview at RHS with our Board members and staff. 


RHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any person because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, political affiliation or citizenship.

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