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Executive Director Filled

Dartmouth, NS

Founded in 1969, Bide Awhile is an animal shelter that provides support for homeless animals while they await their permanent home. As a no-kill shelter, they create a humane community for animals and provide education on pet guardianship, spaying and neutering, and other animal welfare issues.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are seeking an experienced and respected non-profit leader to serve as Executive Director.

What qualities are needed as Executive Director?

As the Executive Director, you will serve as the face of the organization to its many stakeholders and promote the welfare of animals from a place of compassion, dignity, and professionalism.

With a successful track record of accomplishments, you are skillful at building and maintaining relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders, including donors, sponsors, volunteers, board of directors, media, government, and the community at large. Operationally, you have well-developed skills in finance, human resources, revenue development, public relations, marketing, strategic planning and community engagement.

You have excellent communication skills and are known for motivating people to meet sometimes difficult and challenging objectives.

In this role, you will report to the Board of Directors. As such, you must have a full understanding of governance models and processes and always provide sound advice on strategic, operational, and policy matters.

You are a highly empathetic individual with a practical and transparent approach to leadership and have experience in a not-for-profit environment. Specific experience in animal shelter management is preferred, although not essential. 

Is this you? If so, please forward your resume and a letter explaining how your background and experience will meet the needs of the Bide Awhile Animal Shelter. Applications can be emailed to Gerald Walsh Associates Inc. at, quoting project number 1878 in the subject line.

We encourage applications from all qualified candidates including Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, and persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity.