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Humane Society Seeking Executive Director


The Avery County Humane Society Board is seeking a dynamic person with leadership abilities to serve as executive director in developing and leading an aggressive fundraising program to sustain and grow the organization’s mission of responding humanely to the needs of animals in Avery County.


Humane Society Board chairman Nancy Morrison says, “We are not looking for someone to run the Shelter. Our Shelter manager, Charlene Calhoun, has done a great job of running the Shelter for over 14 years now and she will continue to do so. The executive director will be primarily a fundraiser/grant writer, with the ability and desire to become a community leader and the public face of the Avery County Humane Society.”


Requirements for the position include a bachelor’s degree in a related field (preferred would be communications, public relations, non-profit management, or journalism), exemplary communication abilities and outgoing personality, strong leadership skills, excellent organizational abilities and attention to detail, and at least one year (preferred would be two years in addition to managerial experience) of fundraising experience.


The Avery County Humane Society (ACHS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit private charitable organization. ACHS has been operating since 1978 and celebrates 40 years this year. The new Shelter facility opened in Newland in 2012. The Shelter places about 900 dogs and cats in forever homes each year and provides spay/neuter services to about 1000 animals. The Shelter has 1500 visitors each year. Funding comes from a variety of sources, including adoption fees, membership drives, donations, grants, sales from Happy Paws Boutique in the Shelter, sales from Paws & Claws Resale Store adjacent to the Shelter, and events held by the Shelter.


The Shelter provides many services to the community including adoption services, low cost spay/neuter services, a trap/neuter/release program for feral cats, low cost shot clinics, low cost euthanasia for suffering pets with a terminal illness, and a lost and found service.


Interested in being the Avery County Humane Society’s new executive director? Send inquiries to:  humanesocietysearch@gmail.com for job description and to request an application.  You can also call Nancy Morrison at 423-552-0350 or Charlene Calhoun at the Shelter during operating hours at 828-733-2333.


Animal Caretakers

At times we hire part time animal caregivers with a passion for animal care. Some of the responsibilities would include daily feeding and care of animals, and assisting guests with adoptions, and working along side volunteers. Must have enthusiastic attitude, a willingness to work hard, and be a team player. Hours will vary and must have own transportation. Must be available to work weekends and holidays. Will have a background check and drug test before hire and applicants should be 18 years of age or older. If you are interested, come on by and fill out an application.