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National Senior Strategist, Shelter Collaborative

Best Friends Animal Society
Remote, Other
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    185808780
Best Friends recently received a 2022 Top Workplaces USA award from Energage. Visit the Best Friends Animal Society page on the Energage Top Workplaces award winners site here to learn more. Not only do we take pride on cultivating a welcoming and supportive community and culture for our employees, but we also offer competitive benefits that make it easy to see why we were granted such an awesome award! Take a look for yourself! We offer competitive pay, medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, short and long-term disability, dependent care reimbursement, pet sitting reimbursement when traveling for work, flexible spending account, health savings account, generous paid time off, paid holidays, auto insurance discount, and legal and identify theft coverage. For added wellbeing support, we offer Pawternity Leave for employees to have time to care for their personal pets, mental health support, and an employee assistance program. We also offer a generous 401k savings plan. Do you want to love where you work? Look no further and apply online today!

Working Group Summary: The Shelter Collaborative is a strategic working group within the Best Friends Programs division that is a key peer to peer program to help shelters mobilize to assist one another to achieve our 2025 goal. Best Friends Program work prioritizes organizations who have the most animals at risk to save the most lives.

Location: Remote (Must be able to travel 50% of the time)

Hiring Range: This position will start at $78,000 annually, depending on experience.

Position Summary: The Senior Strategist is responsible for key aspects of the Shelter Collaborative Program including but not limited to: goals, strategy, grants, budget and partnerships. The Senior Strategist develops new relationships and maintains existing relationships. Will consult with partners on proven practices and strategies, as well as recruitment.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

Treat people around you as our most valuable resource by leading with compassion and kindness in all your actions, build trust by demonstrating authenticity and following through on your commitments, encourage self-care and work-life balance through your own example, and work to build strong relationships with your team by creating communication loops to share and receive honest feedback. You are responsible and accountable for the culture of your team.

Provide thought leadership, strategy, business planning, and tactical guidance ensuring shelter collaborative maximizes value towards Best Friends strategic plan and goals; stay abreast of external changes in animal welfare and community support systems; work with leadership to support the Sanctuarys value and contributions to organizational objectives.

Lead strategic cohort for shelter collaborative partners to interact and provide guidance and comradery to support one another short and long term through their lifesaving evolution.

Lead key relationships for mentors and fellows in collaboration with Best Friends road map, strategy and priorities including drafting and oversight of partnership grants and agreements, identifying gaps where other Best Friends programs support are needed.

Develop and oversee budget and partner costs; support the coordination between partners and program.

Ideal candidate is comfortable working alone and with a team; can lead projects independently when needed. Comfortable working along side shelter directors and in a fast paced, shelter environment.

Lead by example through direct and impactful personal and organizational contributions towards Best Friends no-kill 2025 goal; act with urgency and efficiency on behalf of animals still at risk of being killed in shelters across the region and the country; lead teams in their important role as ambassadors representing Best Friends mission and in achievement of its no-kill goals.

Participate in the development of lifesaving goals as well as any other quantitative and qualitative measures of success; lead the execution strategies and programs to achieve those lifesaving goals through general management of the Shelter Collaborative.


Skills and Experience:

  • Previous senior level management experience in animal shelter operations required
  • Comfortable creating and driving forward big picture strategy to connect with more shelters faster
  • Strong interpersonal skills, a team player, upbeat, energetic, tactful, and diplomatic, able to get along with people from diverse backgrounds, as well as the ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations.
  • Excellent communication skills, public speaking, and presentation experience.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products including Trello.
  • Ability to travel 50% of the time
  • Valid driver's license with a 3-year clean driving record.


After applicants accept an offer of employment in writing, they will be asked to provide Covid-19 vaccination status information pursuant to any applicable policies in place at the time of hiring.

Thank you for your interest in pursuing a career at Best Friends Animal Society. Best Friends Animal Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, or domestic partner status.

Applicants for employment in the US must have valid work authorization that does not now and/or will not in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the US by Best Friends Animal Society.





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Posted: 2022-07-15 Expires: 2022-08-16

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