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Executive Director, with a Passion for Pets


Formed in March 2020, the Veterinary Cannabis Society is on a mission to ensure the safe and efficacious use of medical cannabis for pets through education of, and advocacy on behalf of,  the veterinary profession, pet parents and producers of products . We’re looking for a highly skilled executive director to help us fulfill this important undertaking.

Reporting to the board of directors, the executive director will oversee the strategic and operational efficiency of program work and support staff and will help the executives coordinate work for volunteers and externs.

Veterinary Cannabis Society is a startup 510c(3) and requires an experienced Executive Director with proven experience in planning and executing all aspects of fundraising. Prior experience managing and hiring staff is essential, and established relationships with animal welfare organizations, the veterinary profession or the cannabis industry will be a significant value. Above all, he or she will be comfortable in a leadership role that demands clear communication and decisiveness.

Objectives of this Role

·        Work closely with board of directors and Chairs of VCS’s Education and Advocacy committees, informing, assessing, and addressing issues that affect the organization

·        Oversee the daily operations of the organization, providing executive direction of all program strategy, quality assurance, and program efficiency

·        Identify and implement staffing requirements for efficient operations, maintaining a strong culture and work climate that attracts and retains staff, and drives the organization’s mission

·        Ensuring federal, state and local compliance for our 501(c)(3) in conjunction with outside counsel

Daily and Monthly Responsibilities

·        Create complete business plans for the attainment of goals and objectives set working alongside the board of directors

·        Set and meet aggressive annual fundraising goals, in partnership with board of directors, to secure financial support from foundations, corporations, individuals, and government funding sources

·        Work with staff and board on annual benefit and additional fundraising events, and oversee all external communication materials including, website, marketing materials, newsletters and social media content

·        Developing strategic partnerships in order to increase community awareness and expand the program

·        Build and lead an effective team dedicated to fulfilling the organization’s mission through highly successful program implementation, community engagement, and fundraising targets

·        Ensure VCS’s growth embraces diversity and inclusiveness in all aspects of programming and operations to the fullest extent possible

Skills and Qualifications

·        Bachelor’s degree in business, human resources, or finance

·        4+ years of senior management experience, preferably with a nonprofit

·        Strong public relations, marketing, and fundraising experience

·        Knowledge of leadership and management principles related to nonprofits

·        Proven success working with a board of directors

·        Entrepreneurial mindset, with innovative approach to business planning

·        Dynamic and charismatic team player

Preferred Qualifications

·        Experience managing budgets

·        Exceptional verbal, written, and visual communication skills

·        Experience with pet welfare organizations, veterinary profession or cannabis industry in the US

·        Strong working knowledge of donation and program platforms and common technical operational issues


·        Volunteer basis through 2020

·        Competitive compensation package starting Q1 2021 upon completion of fundraising drive 

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