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Chief Executive Officer
Save Our Seabirds in Sarasota, Florida
Date Posted 05/14/2021
Executive-President and Chancellor
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Save Our Seabirds, Sarasota, Florida seeks a Chief Executive Officer as its organization's principal leader. SOS is a non-profit whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release, sick and injured birds. Over 5,000 calls a year are received about sick and injured birds. Birds that are unable to be released may be given permanent homes in the educational Wild Bird Learning Center, which is essentially a Living Museum, open to the public every day.

The CEO's responsibilities include: engaging, leading, and managing the organization in meeting its strategic mission; oversight and active major fundraising; developing and cultivating a community presence; operational & fiscal management; and advancing board relations.

We are proud of our highly skilled and dedicated staff, including a licensed veterinarian leading our avian hospital team.

Qualifications should include a minimum of five years of management as a non-profit executive, with community relations and business development, and five years of major direct fundraising, sales, and marketing.

  • Successful fund-raising experience, especially the demonstrated ability to obtain donations and financial support from high net-worth individuals.
  • In-depth knowledge of non-profit finance, governance, and general management best practices
  • Ability to work with, lead and inspire a highly competent staff and dedicated volunteers.
  • Demonstrated experience writing successful grant proposals.
  • Experience working with social media.
  • Excellent presentation and public speaking skills
  • Strong business ethics and a commitment to wildlife and environmental issues


  • Work with Save Our Seabirds Board of Directors to create and fulfill the Board's Strategic Plan
  • Establish appropriate goals for financial and operational performance, including an annual budget.
  • Oversee all operations and business activities to ensure they produce the desired results and are consistent with strategy and mission.
  • Increase revenue by engaging new and lapsed donors and creating new revenue streams.
  • Initiate contacts and develop relationships with high net-worth individuals, leading to increased donations and financial support
  • Initiate contacts/develop relationships with Charitable Foundations, leading to increased revenues.
  • Manage all advertising and PR; oversee content productions and distribution of marketing materials.
  • Manage media relations and help maintain a positive image of SOS in the community.
  • Represent SOS at local venues, engaging business, education, and community leaders.
  • Manage a high-performance team, in a positive work environment, with open communications and in compliance with employment best practices and regulations.
  • Participate in related industry events and associations.
  • Adhere to legal guidelines and in-house policies.
  • Ensure that all licenses and permits are up to date.
  • Conduct the official correspondence of the organization; execute legal documents with designated officers.
  • Establish effective working relationships and cooperative agreements with potential partnering organizations.
  • Complete other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.
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