Job Opportunity: Executive Director, Chicago, IL

Nov 27, 2017 / Alumni Job Board

Since its founding in 1971, Tree House has created innovative and progressive approaches to animal welfare that not only enhance the lives of companion animals in the community but also bring a greater awareness of animal welfare issues to the public. Therefore, in advancing its mission, Tree House opened its new 15,000 sq. ft. shelter and clinic on the north side of Chicago this past July. This modern, progressive and attractive building allows the cats in its care to live in a cage-free, comfortable and cozy environment while awaiting forever homes. The primary mission of Tree House is unique in that it centers around the rescue, rehabilitation, adoption of sick, injured, abused, and neglected cats. Since its founding, Tree House has rescued and adopted more than 25,000 cats.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the oversight of Tree House, which includes administration of all programs and services. The Executive Director will develop and oversee a budget of $2.5M. Additionally, the Executive Director is responsible for the strategic processes of the organization, managing and developing a talented paid staff of 40 and more than 150 volunteers.

The ideal candidate will bring strong and successful leadership of an animal welfare/control agency or from another nonprofit organization if there is a demonstrated level of both passion for, and involvement with, an animal welfare organization. The person we seek 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. Qualified candidates will have exceptional interpersonal skills and will be able to relate to all constituencies. An understanding of business principles applied to a nonprofit enterprise, including a background of good budget management, 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.

Applications and nominations are being received by Noetic Search, please visit to submit credentials. For more information, please see visit Noetic’s website at or Tree House’s website

Tree House Humane Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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