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Executive Director

Melissa’s Second Chances is a non-profit animal rescue located in Shawnee, Kansas founded in 2019. We find homes and safe refuge for animals in need of a second chance at being a beloved family pet. We are governed by a Board of Directors, but run by an incredible management team of staff and volunteers. This position will report to the board and act as a liaison between the board and managers.


Responsibilities of our Executive Director


  • Fundraising

    • Recruitment of corporate sponsorship

    • Planning and execution of fundraising events 

    • Grant writing, management, and reporting

  • Overall shelter operations

    • Supervise, hire, and train employees

    • Maintain professional working relationships with vets, donors, and other animal welfare organizations

    • Interact with the public for adoptions and events

    • Assist with animal intake decision making

    • Ensure adequate shelter inventory and management of supplies and donations

    • Write and implement shelter policies and procedures to keep things running smoothly

  • Financials

    • Day to day accounting

    • Drafting annual budgets in conjunction with the board of directors

    • Payroll and timecard reports for staff



  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills

  • Must possess leadership qualities and a growth mindset

  • Animal care experience preferred

  • Small business or nonprofit leadership experience

  • Experience with Quickbooks, Microsoft Office, and Google Suite



  • Some work from home opportunity (sweatpants required)

  • Flexible work hours

  • Regular interaction with adorable baby animals

  • Two weeks paid vacation

  • Opportunities for bonuses


Interested applicants should email their resume and cover letter to with the subject header Executive Director Application. Applications where the cover letter is not specific to the position will not be considered.


MSC is an equal opportunity employer that considers all applications without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation or preference, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We believe that the best decisions are made by diverse and inclusive teams.

Job Type: Full Time

Salary Range: $30,000 - 49,999