Executive Director

Morro Bay, California
$60,000 - $75,000 a year, depending on experience and qualifications
Sep 24, 2020
Oct 24, 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Experience Level



Pacific Wildlife Care (PWC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, in Morro Bay, CA is seeking an Executive Director (ED) who is a dynamic, experienced individual, motivated to lead the organization to the next level. We seek a strong leader and manager with excellent interpersonal communication skills, strong organizational and problem-solving skills, enthusiasm for working with people (public, staff and volunteers), is passionate about wildlife preservation and engaging the public about living in peaceful co-existence with wildlife.  

This individual is a self-motivated team player capable of multi-tasking, meeting deadlines, prioritizing conflicting demands and shows strong interest in growing with this highly respected organization. The ED will provide leadership for a capital campaign, and construction of a new facility, while overseeing operations. 

PWC is one of the premier wildlife rehabilitation centers in California, and the only organization in San Luis Obispo County licensed by California Fish & Wildlife & US Wildlife Services. PWC is qualified and medically trained to provide treatment and rehabilitation services for injured, orphaned, sick and pollution-damaged birds, land/air mammals, and reptiles/amphibians. The facility treats 2,500 – 3,000 wildlife patients each year and responds to 10,000 to 15,000 wildlife-related phone calls. 

PWC is also a member of and a primary care facility for the Oiled Wildlife Care Network. In the event of a catastrophic oil spill between Monterey and Santa Barbara, PWC staff and volunteers are trained and poised to provide technical and hands-on support. 

PWC offers an open and inviting work environment where passion for native and migratory wildlife and connecting people with nature is shared by all. 


The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of PWC. This position reports to the Board of Directors; provides leadership, direction and guidance to ensure consistent achievement of its mission, goals and financial objectives; and serves as liaison between the Board, staff and volunteers. 


This is a full-time, exempt position with an expected salary range of $60,000 - $75,000 a year, depending on experience and qualifications. The ED will be eligible for twelve (12) days of vacation and three (3) sick days annually.  

Essential Job Functions

The ED’s stewardship includes broad oversight of the Director of Animal Care (wildlife veterinarian); the Center Director/Volunteer Coordinator; four or five full-time, part-time, and seasonal Rehabilitation Technicians; temporary interns, and approximately 175 volunteers. The ED will ensure that the following essential functions are carried out as we transition from a volunteer-led organization to one with leadership by an ED working in collaboration with staff, working board and volunteer team leads. 

In program development and administration, the Executive Director will

  • Assure that the organization has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission, and it makes consistent and timely progress. 
  • Provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff, and carry out plans and policies authorized by the board. 
  • Promote active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization’s work. 
  • Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations. 
  • Ensure that a business continuity plan is in place in the event of financial setback, and be prepared for possible disaster and liability risk management. 
  • Maintain a safe, professional working environment at all times.
  • Ensure compliance with all MOU provisions of California Department of Fish & Wildlife and US Wildlife Services and Oiled Wildlife Care Network. 

In communication, the Executive Director will

  • Serve as the public “face” of the organization, understand and advocate the mission. 
  • Ensure that the board is kept fully informed on the fitness of the organization and all-important factors influencing it. 
  • Publicize the activities of the organization, its programs and goals. 
  • Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations. 
  • Represent the organization’s programs and point of view to agencies, organizations, and the general public.  
  • Jointly, with the president and secretary of the board of directors, conduct official correspondence of the organization, and jointly, with designated officers, execute legal documents. 

In relations with staff, the Executive Director will

  • Be responsible for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers. 
  • Ensure that job descriptions are developed, regular performance evaluations are held, and sound human resource practices are in place. 
  • See that an effective management team, with appropriate provision for succession, is in place. 
  • Encourage staff and volunteer development and education, and assist program staff in relating their specialized work in the total program of the organization. 
  • Maintain a climate which attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top-quality people. 

In budget, finance, and fund raising the Executive Director will:  

  • Lead the development efforts by creating and implementing a comprehensive fund-raising strategy to sustain and build programmatic and organizational capacity, including benchmarks for success.  
  • Be responsible for developing and maintaining thorough budgeting financial practices. 
  • Work with the Finance Committee, staff and the board in preparing a budget; assure that the organization operates within budget guidelines.  
  • Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work. 

Qualifications / Experience:  

  • Four-year advanced college degree and/or three or more years professional experience in a management position providing leadership for an organization with staff and volunteers. 
  • Exhibit a strong proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite; donor management databases; virtual meeting technology; and social media platforms. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to create a dynamic approach to fundraising, resource development and donor relations. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan, implement and evaluate all annual and capital giving programs, including campaigns and bequests.   
  • Experience with raising capital and building a new facility with related transition planning and change management, a plus. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to delegate appropriately, according to skills and abilities of staff and volunteers. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, comfortable with public speaking.  
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with staff, volunteers and the public, and work as an essential part of a team. 
  • Ability to maintain enthusiasm and a professional demeanor while working under pressure and when dealing with conflicts. 
  • Must have a current California driver’s license. 

Working Conditions: 

Initially the ED may work from home, especially for confidential needs, or in the multipurpose room at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Eventually, there will be dedicated, on-site office space. 

Varied and irregular hours, including evening and weekends, to accommodate meetings and events. 

May require long periods of sitting/standing at a desk while using a computer or other office equipment. 

Stays current with nonprofit and industry trends; attends pertinent workshops and seminars; maintains membership in professional organizations; and networks with other nonprofit leaders.  

PWC provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, political affiliation or non-disqualifying physical or mental handicap or disability. 

Like all employment at PWC, this individual will be employed for an indefinite period and “at-will,” meaning employment may be terminated at the will of either party on notice to the other.  

Evaluation by the Board after a six-month period, annually thereafter. 

To apply, please send the following: 

Employment application and current resume with a cover letter detailing experience and qualifications to https://apply.workable.com/pacific-wildlife-care/j/2C78DEC205/  

This position is open until filled.  PWC will begin review of applications immediately with screening of applicants to begin as early as Oct. 13. The position will likely begin in early/mid-December.  Preliminary interviews, likely including semi-finals will be completed remotely. We plan for finalist candidates to visit PWC in person depending on local/regional restrictions and travel guidelines at the time. This visit will include a tour of the site; an introductory meet and greet with board, staff and volunteer leads; and a final Q & A with the board. 

Note:  Please do not call to inquire about the position. This is an animal hospital. Please email questions or inquiries to the email address above. Thank you!