Shelter Director


Job Title:                                Shelter Director

Reports to:                             APS Board of Directors

Positions Supervised:          Assistant Shelter Managers, Shelter staff and volunteers

Position Overview:

The Shelter Director is responsible for the overall management and leadership of shelter operations, promoting the shelter’s mission and ensuring the humane care of the animals at the shelter. The director reports to the Board and provides supervision of employees, program administration, volunteer coordination, facility management, fundraising support, financial management and community outreach and education.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Animal Shelter Management

  • Ensure the welfare of all shelter animals, including proper intake procedures, necessary veterinary care, compliance with animal welfare regulations and appropriate adoptions.
  • Oversee maintenance of buildings and grounds and ordering of all shelter supplies and equipment.
  • Ensure safe interaction between public and shelter animals. 

Staff/Volunteer Management

  • Hire, train, mentor and schedule employees to ensure operational needs of the shelter are met.
  • Foster a team environment by working collaboratively and professionally with co-workers, volunteers, board and the public to accomplish organizational goals and objectives.
  • Plan and coordinate regular training programs to ensure that staff and volunteers have necessary skills and abilities to accomplish required tasks.
  • Supervise the performance of staff at the shelter, develop/update job descriptions, conduct annual staff reviews/evaluations and manage any performance issues.

Financial Management

  • Work with Treasurer to develop and manage annual budget.
  • Coordinate grant planning, application and reporting process.
  • Work with the Treasurer and Bookkeeper to manage accounting, payroll and cash management systems.

Communication & Public Relations

  • Collaborate with other shelters and rescue groups to facilitate adoptions.
  • Supervise the shelter’s public relations and social media activities, including the website, Facebook, print media and the newsletter.

Fundraising, Development and Donor Relations

  • Work with Board to coordinate fundraising events, capital campaigns, grants and bequests.
  • Assist the board in cultivating potential donors and maintaining contact with existing donors.

Board Relations

  • Coordinate and communicate with Board and its committees to implement programs and services that accomplish the shelter’s mission.
  • Attend Board meetings and provide monthly Director’s reports.

Working Conditions

Normal working environment in an animal shelter.  Direct contact with dogs and cats with exposure to animal smells and sounds, exposure to animal dander, bites and scratches. Requires lifting and bending. 



  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Proven leadership and managerial experience
  • Computer skills with solid knowledge of MS Office Suite
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to hire, supervise, train and evaluate staff
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to work collaboratively with community partners


  • Skills in multi-tasking and managing multiple roles in fast-paced environment
  • Experience managing a nonprofit organization
  • Undergraduate degree in related field
  • Experience in fundraising, donor outreach and grant-writing
  • Skills in teambuilding, problem-solving and decision-making
  • Knowledge of animal welfare, animal behavior and animal care
  • Experience working with government agencies, community groups and animal welfare organizations  


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Salary range: $35,000-45,000

This position is full-time and exempt. 

If interested in applying, send your resume and cover letter to:

Sally Hodson, Board President, Orcas Animal Shelter, 84A Hope Lane, Eastsound, WA 98245

Review of applications begins April 8th and will continue until position is filled.

Duties listed above are examples of the various types of work that may be performed by the person holding this position.  Other duties may be required or assigned.  This document does not create an employment contract implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.

OAPS is an equal opportunity employee.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or protected veteran status.

Happy New Year

We are excited for another awesome year at the OAPS. There will be a number of fundraising events and activities happening at and for the shelter this year so make sure to check the website each month so you don’t miss anything!

We started off 2018 by taking in another 3 dogs from Texas to help with the continued relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Ginger, Jetta and Quincy are all sweet dogs who are sure to find good homes soon.

If your New Years resolution was to get in shape you can always come down to the shelter to walk the dogs. Or spend some quiet time playing with the cats. We hope to see you at the shelter soon!

Holidays at the Shelter

See all our animals for adoption

Happy Holidays from every one at the shelter! It has been an exciting year and December is no exception.

Our Christmas tree at Rosario

The dogs coming to us as part of the Hurricane Harvey rescue are finding homes on island and on the mainland. Tanner joins another Texas rescue dog and is now a city dog in Seattle. Milo joins a small pack of little dogs here on Orcas and fits perfectly in with his new companions. The only Hurricane Harvey dog still waiting for a home is Freddie.  He’s adorable, high energy and loves people.  If only we could convince him to like other dogs! If you are looking for that one and only dog in your life, Freddie would be a perfect choice.

We are excited to say that recently the large and handsome Sampson was adopted to a wonderful home, where he will have lots of critters to hunt outside but a warm bed to share with his person at night. Also, the fluffy Dolly  will go to her new home.  She’s a senior, like many of our cats, so finding a special place for her makes our day. Our brother and sister duo of Andre and Chai can now be found wondering the lobby. Andre strolls past the mini cat rooms and the shy ‘girls’ come out to greet him.  I guess, in the cat world, he’s considered a hunk.

Our Christmas tree is up at Rosario! Take your family and friends to see all the beautiful trees and vote, vote, vote!

Hurricane Harvey Animals

We have a fund set up with the Orcas Island Community Foundation to help cover the costs of transportation and veterinary care for the dogs coming to Orcas from the Hurricane Harvey disaster.  The relief effort will be ongoing for weeks to come and Orcas APS will continue to help as long as we can and until the area is stabilized.  Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated.  We’ll be posting photos of our first group of dogs soon.  Both dogs and cats will be taken in as our space permits.

Donate Here


Check out another of our awesome Painted Pets. This is Prince, he was created by Barbara Wixom. This funky purple dog will help you remember the late, great musician. Pick out your favorite as a wonderful gift for yourself or a loved one. All proceeds will go to the animal shelter.

The Cat’s Pajamas

Today’s featured Painted Pet is the adorable, Cat’s Pajamas. This charming piece was created by Debi Secor. Check out The Cat’s Pajamas and all the painted pets at Rosario in August. Pick out your favorite as a wonderful gift for yourself or a loved one. All proceeds will go to the animal shelter.


We are pleased to introduce Pansy! This beautiful dog was painted by Paula Capitano. Check out Pansy and all the painted pets at Rosario in August. Pick out your favorite as a wonderful gift for yourself or a loved one. All proceeds will go to the animal shelter.

Painted Pets are Back

For the second year in a row the animal shelter is doing our Painted Pet fundraiser. We are so excited about all the beautiful animal sculptures that our local artists have painted. Come back every week to see a spotlight post about each piece we will have for sale.

Starting in August you can visit Rosario to see all the animals on display and pick a favorite to buy for your garden, children’s room or anywhere else you want a little joy.

A wonderful evening

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2017 Wine Dinner and Auction

It was a wonderful night and a huge success for the Animal Shelter.

Have You RSVP’d Yet?

Will you be joining the Orcas Animal Protection Society for our annual Wine Pairing Dinner & Auction?

Thursday, June 22nd – 6pm

In the Victorian Room of the Outlook Inn

Featuring a five course French menu created by: Chef Steve Debaste

Wine pairings introduced by: Sommelier Cole Sisson

$150 Per Person ~ RSVP NOW – 360-376-6777

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