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Anti-Cruelty Society

Anti-Cruelty Society


Anti-Cruelty, located in Chicago, IL is seeking a highly experienced and compassionate leader who will continue providing the BEST CARE for all animals coming through its doors. As it celebrates its 125th year of service, the commitment of being an “Open Door to Compassion” continues as Anti-Cruelty will not turn away any animal in need and will strive to provide the best outcome for each and every animal in its care.
The new President will provide vision and direction for the future growth of programs, policies, and procedures for Anti-Cruelty. This person should demonstrate a balance between creative thinking and management acumen as well as the ability to assess and maintain policies and procedures for moving an organization to a new level of excellence. The new President needs to be someone who can build a culture of openness, stability, trust, respect, and inclusivity. They must be able to guarantee that staff is well informed of decisions that affect them and Anti-Cruelty and ensure that those policies are explained and communicated clearly and concisely.
Reporting to the 16-member Board of Directors, the President will oversee a budget of $16 million. Executive Staff currently reporting to the President are the Chief Financial Officer, the Vice President of Mission Advancement, the Vice President of Quality and Best Care, the Vice President of Mission Impact and the Vice President of People and Culture. Anti-Cruelty has a total staff count of 158 team members and more than 200 volunteers a month. Anti-Cruelty has no animal control contracts.
We seek a highly experienced, compassionate leader and manager with demonstrated vision and passion for the humane and ethical treatment of animals. A successful track record of strong, innovative and inclusive leadership, which will facilitate open communication to harmonize staff, the Board and the other constituents with whom they will interface, is sought. Experience in a senior leadership role where they have either reported directly to or worked closely with a Board of Directors is expected. The ideal candidate is an executive from a humane society or animal control facility. However candidates with experience aligned with other social service organizations will be considered. The successful candidate will have significant financial management experience as well as demonstrated accomplishments in fundraising, including securing major and planned gifts from individual donors, foundations and corporations. Success leading a capital campaign is also desirable.
Personnel management skills that include an ability to work collaboratively, listen, demonstrate humility, provide feedback, build morale, resolve conflict, delegate, “roll up one’s sleeves” and make decisions are essential. The candidate should be motivated by the best interests of the organization and will bring high emotional intelligence to effectively continue the organization’s highly effective operation.  Demonstrated success managing change, planning, forecasting and determining courses of action is needed.
A minimum of ten years in a senior leadership role is necessary. An undergraduate degree from a four-year college or university is desired. However demonstrated experience leading an organization will be considered. CAWA credential is helpful. This person will be expected to be on site during the work week.
         Anti-Cruelty is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to Apply

Applications and nominations are being accepted by Jane M. Luiso, Board Member, Anti-Cruelty. Please submit a resume and cover letter to  For the full Position Guide,  please visit Anti-Cruelty’s website at: 

Anti-Cruelty Society
157 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654

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