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Freedom Service Dogs

Job Description

Our client, Freedom Service Dogs of America (FSD) transforms lives by partnering people
with custom-trained assistance dogs. FSD’s clients include veterans with PTSD, children and
teens with autism and other neurocognitive disabilities, and individuals with physical
disabilities such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries,
and traumatic brain injury. FSD also provides therapy dogs to serve as partners for clinicians,
therapists, law enforcement and more. Since its founding in 1987, FSD has graduated
hundreds of client-dog teams and provided lifetime support to nearly 200 active teams at no
cost to its clients.

FSD is proud to be an accredited member of the Assistance Dogs International (ADI) and has
passed regular on-site inspections to ensure compliance with strictly defined ADI standards
for assistance dog training. ADI is the nonprofit organization that sets and promotes standards
and ethics for assistance dog training organizations around the world.* FSD* is a voting
member of ADI.

FSD embraces the following Mission, Vision, DEI stance and Values:

We transform lives by partnering people with custom-trained assistance dogs.

We envision a world where individuals have the freedom to live their lives to the fullest
with a custom-trained assistance dog by their side.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

EFL Associates
Metropoint 1
4600 South Ulster Street, Suite 900
Denver, CO 80237
Ph: 303.779.1724

We believe in harnessing the power of diversity to create a culture of belonging where
individuals are celebrated and valued for their unique ideas, perspectives, and
strengths as a means to achieving personal excellence and organizational success.

EFL Associates
Metropoint 1
4600 South Ulster Street, Suite 900
Denver, CO 80237
Ph: 303.779.1724

Lead the Pack – Commit to excellence in all we do.

Be the Person Your Dog Thinks You Are – Demonstrate integrity to build trust.

Work Together, Wag Together – Achieve shared goals while having fun.

Keep Our Dogs in a Row – Steward all resources efficiently and effectively.

Unleash the Power of Diversity – Foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive
organizational culture.

In year’s past, FSD has sourced dogs to be trained from shelters. In 2019, in order to increase
graduation rates and more effectively meet the needs of the 80+ clients on the waiting list,
FSD made significant changes to its operating model. The Board and FSD staff leadership
made the decision to shift organizational focus, expertise and resources to:

o Sourcing FSD service dog candidates from a select group of carefully vetted partners,
including reputable breeders with suitable puppies and adult dogs, guide dog
organizations with career-change dogs, and organizations that donate purpose-bred
puppies to nonprofits such as FSD.
o Placing more emphasis on puppies in its program because of the ability to shape their
behaviors very early in the training process, thereby improving chances for success.
o Initiating a small-scale breeding program that will give FSD control over the genetics,
health, and temperament of the dogs in its program, allowing FSD to produce more
reliable dogs and graduate more client-dog teams in a timelier manner.
o Supporting the critical early development and training of puppies in its program with
the help of neonatal volunteers and volunteer puppy raisers who provide basic
obedience training and socialization to its pups in their homes – a program that has
proven successful and has been expanded to meet graduation goals.
o Implementing a new behavior evaluation program for puppies and dogs that will help
FSD more effectively evaluate and select potential service dog candidates in its
training program.

As part of this strategic and operational shift, as mentioned above, FSD relies on a cadre of
volunteers that: raise puppies in their homes from ages 2-4 months until the puppies are 13-
14 months old; foster dogs for weekend stays; and, finally, work alongside FSD’s kennel
technicians to care for its hardworking adult dogs in training and to keep their kennels in tip-
top shape.

EFL Associates
Metropoint 1
4600 South Ulster Street, Suite 900
Denver, CO 80237
Ph: 303.779.1724

FSD is governed by a 14-member committed and dog-loving Board of Directors. FSD
operates both its offices and kennel operations from the suburb of Englewood in the southeast
Denver metro area.

For more information about FSD, please see www.freedomservicedogs.org.


The President & CEO serves as the chief executive of the organization. Reporting to the
Board of Directors, the President & CEO is responsible for providing direction and leadership
toward the achievement of the organization’s vision, mission, strategic plan and its annual
goals and objectives. This position is also responsible for overall day to day management, in
collaboration with the director positions, including but not limited to administration, fund
development, human resources, programs, communications and marketing, and board and
community relations. The President & CEO will lead a staff complement of approximately 54
through 6 direct reports to include the Director of Philanthropy, the Director of Finance and
Administration, the Director of Communications, the Associate Director of Dog Training, the
Associate Director of Health and Reproduction, and the Associate Director of Client Services.
This role will oversee an annual operating budget in excess of $5.3 million.

This role operates in a professional office environment while working in close proximity with
all types and breeds of dogs to help socialize dogs in training. Occasionally, this role will
involve operating in dog kennels and surrounding areas.

Essential Functions
The essential functions listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of
work that may be performed; the omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude
them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to be completed
by the position:

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Responsible for overall staff leadership in the development and implementation of
strategic plan and annual goals and objectives. Assures plans align with the
organization’s mission and driving progress towards attainment of this mission.

Provide overall leadership to 50+ staff members.
*Fiscal Management

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Responsible for the financial management of the organization, including the
development and implementation of the annual budget. Oversees all financial

EFL Associates
Metropoint 1
4600 South Ulster Street, Suite 900
Denver, CO 80237
Ph: 303.779.1724

practices and functions including those necessary for auditing, budgeting, financial
analysis and reporting, capital asset and property management, and payroll in
accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and other rules and
regulations. Ensures that adequate funding is available for the organization out
carry out its work.
*Strategic Planning
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Works with the Board Chair and Board of Directors in setting strategic goals for the
organization. Provides leadership in the development, implementation and
accomplishment of the annual plan as approved by the Board.

*Fund Development

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Oversees all fundraising planning and implementation to include major donor
identification and cultivation by taking an active role in personally developing
relations with major donors. Identifies resource requirements, develops strategies
to approach funders including proposals and grant applications, fundraising
events, direct mail, planned giving and other fundraising revenue streams. Ensures
accuracy and propriety of fundraising records and documentation.

*Board Relations

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Provides information, advice and counsel to the Board Chair, Board committees,
and Board as a whole in the creation of policies, programs, and strategic direction
for the organization. Ensures the Board is kept fully informed on the condition of
the organization and all-important factors influencing it. Recruits new members to
the Board with the skills needed to further the goals of the organization. Facilitates
the work of the Board and its committees by developing resource materials,
providing appropriate information and reports, and assisting committee chairs as
necessary. Recommends new policies, programs and action plans consistent with
the mission of the organization and ensures compliance with all approved Board
policies. Schedules Board and Board committee meetings and develops
appropriate agenda items.

*Human Resources

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Oversees all aspects of human resource management for employees, including
but not limited to, hiring and termination, developing position descriptions, setting
compensation, applying Board-approved employee policies and benefits, and
supervising management staff. Leads the management team with appropriate
provisions for succession. Encourages staff development and education in

EFL Associates
Metropoint 1
4600 South Ulster Street, Suite 900
Denver, CO 80237
Ph: 303.779.1724

recognizing how their individual roles contribute to the mission of the organization.
Maintains a workplace atmosphere which attracts, retains and motivates a diverse
staff of top-quality candidates.*


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Promotes active and broad participation by volunteers in appropriate areas of the
organization’s work.

Program Expertise

  • Work with Associate Directors to ensure Assistance Dogs International (ADI)

standards, Animal Assisted Intervention International (AAII) standards and Colorado
PACFA regulations are adhered to, and all program and administrative staff have
knowledge and understanding of standards and regulations.

  • Work with Associate Directors to develop, implement, and monitor strategies in

genetics and reproduction, puppy development, animal care, and dog training
designed to improve dog graduation success.

  • Work with Associate Director of Health and Reproduction to grow and maintain FSD

breeding colony; maximizing genetics and lineage to meet the needs of clients.

  • Work with Associate Director of Dog Training to ensure robust puppy raising and adult

dog training programs designed to improve dog graduation success rates.

  • Work with Associate Director of Client Services to ensure creation and continuation of

successful client dog partnerships.

  • Leads ADI and AAII accreditation process.
  • Maintains a solid working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the

assistance dog and animal assisted intervention fields.

  • Actively participates in Assistance Dogs International work and AAII work as


*Public Relations
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Serves as the public face of the organization and ensures that FSD and its mission,
programs, products and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive
image to relevant stakeholders and the public.

*Community Partnerships
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Responsible for establishing and maintaining sound working relationships with
community and nationwide partners and encouraging collaboration.

*Legal & Regulatory Compliance

EFL Associates
Metropoint 1
4600 South Ulster Street, Suite 900
Denver, CO 80237
Ph: 303.779.1724

Maintains all official records and documents and ensures compliance with federal,
state and local regulations.


FSD seeks a solid strategist that can formulate and articulate a vision for the organization
and lead/motivate/mentor a team of dedicated staff members consistent with the
organization’s strategic goals. The successful candidate must be a results-oriented,
experienced and highly mission-driven leader. Other qualities sought include:

  • An undergraduate degree in Business, Nonprofit Management, or closely related field of

study; an advanced degree will distinguish the most attractive candidates.

  • Significant (ideally 10 or more years) of progressive experience in the nonprofit sector

with at least five (5) years of demonstrated success in staff leadership, fundraising,
partnership development and financial management.

  • Prior experience in dog breeding and training operations is a plus, but not required.
  • A demonstrated track record of success in acquiring organizational financial support

including major donors.

  • Previous experience with a significant capital campaign is a plus.
  • Experience with facilities design and expansion planning and execution is a plus.
  • Demonstrated skills in leveraging prominent office technology applications to include the

Microsoft Office Suite. Familiarity with Salesforce is a plus, but not required.

  • Experience with stakeholder marketing, communications, and public relations to

successfully engage stakeholders that include foundations, donors, corporations, policy
makers, the media and general public.

  • Working knowledge of public policy and health issues faced by veterans and individuals

with disabilities.

  • Demonstrated acumen in driving and successfully shepherding organizational change

and strategic evolution, creating a welcoming and inclusive culture focused on excellence.
Examples will be sought.

  • Demonstrated experience in financial reporting, budget management, and organizational


  • Prior experience working for and/or closely with board members or trustees.
  • Demonstrated staff management and development experience.
  • Proficiency in public speaking.
  • A passionate personal alignment with the vison and mission of FSD.


  • An energetic, hands-on, strategic and confident yet down-to-earth leader who embodies

FSD’s core values.

EFL Associates
Metropoint 1
4600 South Ulster Street, Suite 900
Denver, CO 80237
Ph: 303.779.1724

  • Able to collect and research data and analyze diverse information to make

recommendations to improve programs

  • An inspirational leader: proven ability to support the leadership team and diverse groups

of staff members to reach agency goals.

  • Results-oriented and driven to move things forward; strives toward continuous

improvement and measurement against goals.

  • A “people person” who is compassionate, operates with humility and effectively integrates

into the FSD culture and environment, rapidly gaining the trust and respect of colleagues
and team members throughout, even as he/she simultaneously drives change and
operational process improvements.

  • A relationship builder who is able to develop strong relationships with donors, external

partners and stakeholders.

  • Oral and written communication abilities – strong presentation skills; persuasive and

articulate; diplomatic and open style; a good listener; credible.

  • Impeccable ethics and highest integrity.
  • A proactive leader; intellectually curious; regularly investigates and brings new ideas to

the organization, especially with regard to operational best practices and staff leadership;
skilled in critical and creative thinking to identify the strengths and weaknesses of
alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to issues.


FSD will offer the successful candidate compensation of $145,000 to $185,000, dependent
on experience and qualifications. FSD also offers a comprehensive benefits program that
includes Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life insurance coverage, 401k retirement savings plan
with organizational match and immediate vesting, a generous PTO policy, and the ability to
work remotely 1-2 days per week.

EFL Associates, an executive search firm, is assisting FSD with this important search. All
calls and inquiries should be made through the search firm representatives listed below.
Referrals and applications will be held in confidence. Review of applications will begin
immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Our client and EFL Associates firmly support the principle and philosophy of equal opportunity
for all individuals, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, creed, national origin,
disability, veteran status or any other protected category pursuant to applicable federal, state
or local law.

EFL Associates
Metropoint 1
4600 South Ulster Street, Suite 900
Denver, CO 80237
Ph: 303.779.1724

4600 South Ulster Street, Suite 900
Denver, CO 80237 Phone: 303-779-1724

Daniel J. Cummings, EVP & Managing Director
Phone: 720-200-1765

Tamara Wesely, Talent Acquisition Consultant
Phone: 720-200-7023

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $145,000.00 - $185,000.00 per year

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