Executive Director

Website Ohio Wildlife Center

The Opportunity
Founded in 1984, the Ohio Wildlife Center (OWC), located in central Ohio, is the state’s largest, donation-supported wildlife center. Through conservation, education, and care, OWC fosters appreciation for native species, and teaches Ohioans to live with their wildlife neighbors respectfully and compassionately. The Executive Director (ED) will build the capacity of the Wildlife Hospital to treat more injured, sick, and orphaned animals and expand programs and activities at the Center that educate individuals about the inter-connected health of humans, animals, and the environment. Under the direction of the ED, Ohio Wildlife Center will become a model for wildlife rehabilitation in Ohio and wildlife centers throughout the country.

About the Position
The Executive Director is responsible for the overall administration and management of Ohio Wildlife Center.

  • Guide short-term and long-term strategic planning for growth, increased philanthropic support, and financial stability.
  • Lead and develop teams to effectively provide education programs to the public at its Center and quality care at the Wildlife Hospital.
  • Ensure best practices are implemented that enable OWC to fulfill its mission.
  • Advocate for native wildlife and expand OWC’s influence throughout the state.

Key Responsibilities

  • Leadership and Management—Provide ongoing leadership to individuals and teams both inside and outside OWC. Lead continuous improvement in business operations.
  • Strategy and Culture—Develop strategies and plans for OWC’s growth. Create a culture of accountability and collaboration to achieve OWC’s mission.
  • Communications and Marketing—Ensure communication and collaboration across OWC’s functional teams. Serve as liaison with media. Build strong relationships with volunteers, donors; establish partnerships with other organizations and institutions.
  • Board relations—Develop, maintain, and nurture the Board of Trustees by implementing best governance practices.
  • Fiscal —Direct and oversee OWC financials; identify new resources to sustain and grow the organization; maximize earned revenues through existing and new programs.
  • Programs and Services—Oversee and lead the development of current programs and services; lead the innovation of programs and services that create OWC as a premier organization.
  • Volunteer Relations – Develop and maintain strong volunteer relations.
  • Fundraising—Build the philanthropic support of OWC. Maintain and steward current donor relationships and identify new opportunities for long-term philanthropy.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum qualifications include:
    •  Bachelor’s degree in appropriate field
    • Experience in managing and leading teams
    • Appreciation for wildlife and the environment
  • Desirable qualifications include:
    • Experience with volunteer leadership, board governance, nonprofit leadership
    • Fundraising experience
    • Experience with change management, strategy development, process improvement

Ohio Wildlife Center offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. OWC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


To Apply

Benefactor Group is pleased to assist Ohio Wildlife Center with this search. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. All applications are considered highly confidential. To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to:

Benefactor Group Recruitment Team

[email protected]

To view the full position profile, please visit bit.ly/OWC-EDposition

Candidates are urged to visit Ohio Wildlife Center website at: www.ohiowildlifecenter.org

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