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Executive Director

Position Summary
The executive director (ED) ensures the smooth and successful operation of the organization, allowing AWI to fulfill its mission, while safeguarding its long-term viability and future success. The ED facilitates the hiring and management of staff and consultants, guides the development and operation of its programs, serves as a representative of the organization, oversees the organization’s operational finances, assists with fundraising and donor relations, liaises with the AWI general counsel as necessary, and reports periodically to the AWI president and the board of directors.

Job Location
Washington, DC, headquarters at our suite of historic row houses. Remote work will not be considered for this position; however, any COVID-19 requirements will be followed, and flexible arrangements for a portion of the work week will be considered.

Job Responsibilities

  • Oversee the day-to-day operations with staff and consultants on premises and remote
  • Work with the president, general counsel, and senior program staff to develop and execute policies and activities to fulfill AWI’s mission 
  • Review and approve select external communications, including AWI Quarterly magazine, action alerts, press releases, social media posts, and agency comments
  • Represent the organization while engaging effectively with constituents, other nonprofit organizations, legislators, government officials, scientists, and animal use industries, both domestically and internationally
  • Oversee AWI’s financial recordkeeping, including preparation and execution of annual budget
  • Assist with fundraising, including preparation of grant requests and donor relations as appropriate; analyze relative success of fundraising campaigns
  • Work with general counsel to ensure that the organization operates in compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations
  • Oversee and direct human resources programs, including compensation, benefits, leave, occupational health and safety, and training and development
  • Oversee recruitment, interviewing, hiring, and onboarding of new staff and interns
  • Advance AWI’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative, which aims to improve representation within the organization and the animal protection movement
  • Other duties as assigned by the president and the board of directors

Education

  • Undergraduate degree (minimum), preferably in science, public policy, government relations, or nonprofit management
  • MBA preferred 

Required Experience

  • Minimum three years’ experience as an executive director or other senior executive position with nonprofit organization
  • Demonstrated commitment to AWI’s mission
  • Familiarity with animal welfare issues and laws

Skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including relationship building and ability to work with a diversity of people, cultures, and constituencies
  • Ability to prioritize heavy workload, work independently and strategically, as well as under pressure, in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Fundraising experience with foundations and individual donors 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Word
  • Moderate proficiency with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint 
  • Experience with QuickBooks and donor software such as DonorPerfect considered a plus

FLSA status: exempt

Salary/Benefits
Salary range is in the low to mid one hundreds, and salary is based on experience and abilities. Benefits include medical/dental insurance, 401(k), paid leave, on-site parking, and commuter benefit program. 

AWI is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume by email to jobs@awionline.org and include “Executive Director” in the subject line. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please.


General Counsel

Position Summary
AWI’s general counsel (GC) ensures that the organization remains in compliance with the law in all aspects of AWI operations. The GC protects the organization from undue risk and exposure, helps the organization avoid potential conflicts of interest, formulates and maintains organizational legal policies, and ensures the organization’s sound fiscal management. The GC also provides advice and counsel on litigation and other legal matters that affect the ability of the organization to pursue its mission and maintain sound infrastructure, programs, and fundraising operations. 

Job Location
Washington, DC, headquarters at our suite of historic row houses. Remote work will not be considered for this position; however, any COVID-19 requirements will be followed, and flexible arrangements for a portion of the work week will be considered.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic advice and consultation to AWI leadership on all legal matters concerning the operation of the organization and furtherance of its mission
  • Ensure that all policies, procedures, staff, and functional areas of the organization operate in compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations, including all relevant human resources and employment regulations
  • Advise on corporate transactions, including the drafting, reviewing, and negotiating of service agreements, confidentiality agreements, consultancies, financial transactions, and commercial contracts such as software agreements, leases, and vendor agreements
  • Conduct comprehensive research and analysis on diverse substantive and procedural issues
  • Manage organizational legal risk and educate staff on legal issues and/or risks associated with specific program-related actions and plans
  • Conduct outreach to secure outside counsel able to provide pro bono and low-fee services
  • Work with outside counsel regarding litigation and other relevant matters
  • Other duties as assigned by the president and the board of directors

Reports To
The president and the board of directors

Education & Qualifications

  • JD degree from an ABA-approved US law school
  • Preferred undergraduate or graduate degree in business, finance, or a related field; MBA or equivalent master’s degree a plus
  • Admitted to practice law in at least one US state and/or the District of Columbia

Required Experience

  • Minimum three years’ experience as a general counsel, deputy/associate general counsel, or other in-house counsel or equivalent law firm experience in a corporate/business or nonprofit practice
  • Experience drafting and reviewing contracts, leases, and other legal documents
  • Knowledge of relevant substantive areas of nonprofit corporate/exempt organization law and governance requirements, including compliance with US tax laws and regulations
  • Knowledge of First Amendment law as it pertains to publications  
  • Working knowledge of local, state, and federal labor and employment laws and regulations

Preferred/Beneficial Experience

  • Familiarity with animal welfare, environmental, and administrative law and litigation
  • Prior nonprofit experience, including nonprofit fundraising experience
  • Familiarity with intellectual property law
  • Familiarity with estate planning 
  • Familiarity with DC landlord/tenant law

Skills

  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize heavy workload and work independently with minimal supervision

FLSA status: exempt

Salary/Benefits
Salary range is in the low to mid one hundreds, and salary is based on experience and abilities. Benefits include medical/dental insurance, 401(k), paid leave, on-site parking, and commuter benefit program. 

AWI is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter and a resume by email to jobs@awionline.org and include “General Counsel” in the subject line. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please.

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