The President/CEO reports directly to the Board of Directors, which is comprised of a group of 8 individuals with professional backgrounds in a variety of fields including business, accounting, finance, healthcare, real estate, human resources and non-profit management. All share a passion for the mission of Dogs for Better Lives.
The CEO has responsibility for working with the Board:
Defining and implementing the strategic visionof the organization
Managing all aspects of the affairs of Dogs for Better Lives
Carrying out resolutions of the Board of Directors.
Keeping board leadership fully informedof key issues, negotiations and progress being made in achieving DBL objectives and/or problem resolution
Reporting to the President/CEO is a leadership team including the Finance Director, Development Director, Operations Director, Training Director and HR Coordinator.
The position requires approximately 30% travel to promote DBL's mission through conferences, national events and development.
The position offers a highly competitive compensation, generous benefits and an outstanding work environment.
Dog for Better Lives is based near Central Point, Oregon in the heart of beautiful Southern Oregon. Located on the I-5 corridor approximately twenty-five miles north of the California border and seventy-five miles from the Pacific Ocean, Central Point and a variety of nearby communities including Medford, Eagle Point, Ashland, Jacksonville and Grants Pass comprise the commercial and tourist hub of Southern Oregon and far Northern California. Portland is readily accessible to the north, as are Sacramento and San Francisco to the south. With a local population of 200,000 and a service area population of almost 500,000, the area is home to a robust business and regional medical community as well as a series of highly regarded nonprofit organizations.
The Rogue Valley offers a variety of excellent family communities offering outstanding public and private education alternatives and an abundance of youth activities. Nearby Ashland is home to Southern Oregon University. The Rogue Valley’s temperate climate and spectacular terrain offer world-class outdoor recreational opportunities including fishing, boating and river rafting, skiing, road and mountain biking, hiking and camping. Crater Lake, one of the deepest and most spectacular freshwater lakes in the world, is a short ninety-minute drive away.
The region also supports an abundance of arts and cultural venues, including Britt Music Festivals, one of the best outdoor performance settings in the Northwest, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the largest repertory theatre company in the nation.
Education and Experience
A Bachelor’s degree is strongly preferred
Preference will be given to an Advanced Academic degree
A minimum of 5 years of demonstrated progressive leadership
A minimum of five years of successful management in a nonprofit organization with donor-designated funding
Other Preferred Qualifications
Demonstrated passion for helping others by using dogs to accomplish such assistance.
Internal Number: 002
About Dogs for Better Lives
Dogs for Better Lives (DBL) is a national award winning 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been rescuing and professionally training assistance dogs since 1977. DBL depends solely on individuals, businesses and groups for funding and does not receive any government funding. United Way funding comes solely in the form of designated gifts by individuals.
Annual revenues of DBL are just over $3 million and the organization has assets of approximately $15 million. Charitable giving through bequests constitutes a significant funding source. DBL employs 35 staff members and is supported by a separate group of approximately 30 volunteers and 78 ambassadors throughout the nation.
The past two years DBL has been named a Top 100 Best Non-Profit to Work For in Oregon by Oregon Business. Every year since 2013 DBL has earned a 4 Star Rating from Charity Navigator recognizing their financial health and accountability. DBL’s standards of excellence in training and placement of dogs exceeds Assistance Dogs International standards.
DBL offers three different Assistance Dog programs which include Hearing Dogs, Program Assistance Dogs and Autism Assistance Dogs. Part of the appe...al and value of DBL is the rescue of homeless dogs from shelters, combined with specialized training by highly skilled professionals in a nurturing setting. This is coupled with a careful evaluation of each applicant’s disabilities and challenges that supports a matching of each dog to the best possible applicant for that particular dog. Inherent in this is a lifelong commitment to clients and dogs.