About Homeward Bound Cats

Founded in 2007, Homeward Bound is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, driven and run almost entirely thanks to volunteers. We do not receive funding from national groups to sustain our efforts, but rather rely entirely on the generosity of individuals and local businesses to help pets in need.

Homeward Bound transitioned from foster-based rescue to a modern, free-roaming adoption center early last year. This environment minimizes the stress experienced by relinquished cats and optimizes the opportunity for adoption. When owners are no longer able to care for their pets, we offer an alternative to taking them to a traditional shelter or leaving them to face the perils of survival on the streets. The projected admissions and adoptions for 2020 is approximately 1000 cats.

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Associate Director

Position Description

The Associate Director of Homeward Bound Cat Adoptions (Homeward Bound) is responsible for assisting the Executive Director (ED) in overseeing the organization's consistent achievement of its vision, mission, and financial objectives. This includes taking responsibility for specific aspects of organizational planning, program implementation, and operational supervision, as well as the achievement of fundraising and lifesaving goals.

The Associate Director is a crucial member of the leadership team of Homeward Bound and reports to the ED.

Job Responsibilities

The Associate Director will learn all major aspects of the management of the various functions of the organization and be able to act as the Executive Director in her absence. The Associate Director is expected to:

  • Perform duties in a manner which encourages attainment of goals, contributions and positive community relations with the adoption center and the organization’s programs.
  • Work courteously and cooperatively with staff and volunteers to ensure that all established procedures and policies of the adoption center are followed.
  • Learn all major aspects of managing the organization so that he or she is able to fill in for the Executive Director in his/her absence.

The Associate Director’s job responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

General Management

  • Operations: Oversee the daily operations, programs and services of Homeward Bound. Periodically review and assess policies, processes, programs, and work within the organization to make needed changes that meet the needs of the animals and the community.
  • Walk-throughs: Perform daily walk-throughs of the adoption center to ensure proper sanitation, care, feeding, and disposition of the animals and to ensure that animals are moving through the system and made available for adoption in a timely manner.
  • Culture: Cultivate a culture of excellence, efficiency, and urgency across the organization while creating and maintaining high standards of customer service.
  • Plans and goals: Assist the ED with planning and budgeting. Analyze data and make adjustments to processes and programs to achieve organizational goals.
  • Record keeping: Ensure that appropriate records are accurately created, maintained, and reported during the daily operations of the organization.
  • Legal compliance: Follow all local, state and federal laws with regard to animal housing, care, admission, disposition, and employee work related matters. Ensure compliance with Homeward Bound contractual agreements.
  • Perform duties in a manner which encourages attainment of goals, contributions and positive community relations with the adoption center and the organization’s programs.
  • Work courteously and cooperatively with staff and volunteers to ensure that all established procedures and policies of the adoption center are followed.
  • Learn all major aspects of managing the organization so that he or she is able to fill in for the Executive Director in his/her absence.

Humane Care and Shelter for Cats in Need

  • Ensure quality care and humane treatment for the cats that come under the protection of Homeward Bound and in accordance with industry best practices.

  • Implement short and long-term strategies which responsibly reduce admissions, increase adoptions, improve animal care, provide behavior and medical rehabilitation, encourage spaying and neutering, and help pets stay with their responsible caretakers.

Program Development and Administration

  • Plan, organize, coordinate, review, evaluate, and direct the implementation of specific programs providing animal care and community services to the general public and other animal welfare agencies.

  • Assist in the administration of such programs including, but not limited to, adoption center management, adoptions, fundraising, veterinary services, and animal welfare education.

  • Assist in the refinement and achievement of the organization’s long-range strategy to achieve its mission and ensure that it makes consistent and timely progress.


  • Work with representatives of other animal welfare organizations, non-profit organizations, businesses and community groups to develop and implement collaborative programs and services and raise alternative sources of funding to aid in achieving Homeward Bound goals.

  • Oversee and maintain the ongoing partnerships with Petco and PetSmart to maximize adoptions and overall lifesaving.

  • Confer and work closely with staff and volunteers regarding development, customer service, and operating procedures in a positive and effective way to achieve the organization’s goals.

  • Manage relationships with and provide assistance to community and volunteer groups, animal welfare organizations, and the general public.

  • Assist with marketing and publicity for the organization’s activities, programs, and goals.
    Function as a spokesperson for the organization as needed.

Staff and Volunteer Development and Management

  • Assist with the recruitment, employment, direction, management and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.

  • Oversee and grow the volunteer program that includes foster care. Homeward Bound is a mostly volunteer run organization so volunteers perform critical roles.

  • Maintain a climate which attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people who support and promote the mission and goals of the agency.

Budget and Finance Development

  • Coordinate the organization’s development and fundraising efforts, taking responsibility for specific aspects of development.

  • Monitor compliance with sound financial practices.

  • Review financial reports, budgets, and summaries, submit budgets for approval, and monitor compliance of expenditures within approved budgetary constraints.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Sound judgment: Maturity, good judgment, and a professional personal appearance.
  • Commitment to animal welfare: Affection for all animals and concern for their welfare and a willingness to accommodate animals in the workplace.
  • Strong interpersonal skills: Outgoing, personable, professional, and able to get along well and communicate successfully with a variety of people. Able to remain pleasant and calm even in stressful situations and to turn people down, firmly, when necessary without becoming aggressive or unpleasant.
  • Communication skills: Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Results-oriented: Able to set goals, plan and carry out projects.
  • Decision-making: Strong decision-making and implementation skills.
  • Flexibility: Ability to manage multiple tasks and to embrace change.
  • Organization: Strong organizational skills.
  • Technology-savvy: Comfortable and proficient with computer technology, including Windows, Word, and Excel. Ease at working with databases, but programming ability not required. Knowledge of shelter management databases preferred.
  • Learning-agile: Willingness and ability to learn new things quickly.
  • Solution-oriented: Strong problem-solving skills, able to find ways to make things work.
  • Detail-oriented: High level of accuracy with data. Able follow through and meet deadlines.
  • Initiative: Self-directed, works well with minimal supervision and direction.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: College degree preferred.

  • Location: Residence in or relocation to greater Las Vegas area.

  • Management experience: Minimum of three years of management experience preferred.

  • Sheltering experience: Minimum of three years of experience in animal sheltering and familiarity with animal welfare issues preferred.

  • Animals: Ability to work with animals of unknown disposition and those who may exhibit medical and behavioral problems.

  • License: Valid NV Driver's license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license shortly after employment commences and ability to pass Nevada Motor Vehicle Report criteria which includes having or obtaining current auto insurance.

Physical Requirements

  • Physical ability to walk and/or stand on your feet throughout a normal workday.

  • Physical ability to engage in repetitive motions of legs, arms, and hands, to hear, and to see.

  • This is largely a sedentary role, however, it could require the ability to lift and move objects up to 20 pounds and bend or stand as necessary.

  • Allergic conditions, which would be aggravated when handling or working around animals, may be a disqualification.

Nature of Employment

The Associate Director role is an exempt position, which requires a minimum of 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week and may include weekend, night and holiday work. The ability to be on call for emergencies on a 24-hour basis is important.

There is no minimum period of employment guaranteed or implied by acceptance of an employment offer. It is the policy of Homeward Bound that all employment is at will.


The annual starting salary range is $55,000 - $60,000. Starting salary is dependent upon experience. Relocation costs, if needed, are negotiable.

Closing Date

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Applications received after 3-15-20 may not be considered.

How to Apply

Email your one-page cover letter and current resume to: The Homeward Bound Search Committee c/o Diane Blankenburg of Humane Network at Acknowledgement will be emailed upon receipt of your cover letter and resume.

About the Community

Homeward Bound is located in sunny Las Vegas, Nevada, The Entertainment Capitol of the World. A world-class tourist and convention destination, Las Vegas is home to more five-star hotels than any other city in the world and a tremendous variety of restaurants and dining options. The city attracts countless concerts, shows, and events.

There are plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities including golfing, hiking, biking, and boating. Lake Mead, Valley of Fire State Park and Zion and Death Valley National Parks are all short drives from Las Vegas. Lake Tahoe and Reno are a short flight away. Las Vegas McCarran Airport is one of the top ten airports in the country, offering easy connections to other destinations.

Las Vegas is the county seat of Clark County and the largest city in Nevada. The community boasts a positive economic outlook. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas has become a thriving research university.

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