June 30, 2022

Executive Director

Type: Full-time Position

FLSA Status: Exempt

Reports to: House Rabbit Society Board President

Send Resume & Cover Letter describing your nonprofit leadership and animal welfare experience to [email protected] by July 23, 2022

About Us

House Rabbit Society (HRS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to improve domestic rabbit lives by elevating their living standards, quality of care, and legal status as indoor animal companions through education, rescue, and awareness. Our headquarters is located in Richmond, CA.

Rabbits are social, intelligent, individual beings. Through our website at, we share our philosophy that all domestic rabbits are worthy of the same quality of care as dogs and cats and that the safest place for domestic rabbits is indoors, as part of the family.

About the Role

The Executive Director is responsible for all operational and administrative functions of the HRS, which has local, national, and international programs. This individual provides oversight for a broad assortment of organizational initiatives and is responsible for implementation of the strategic plan. The Executive Director is responsible for the management and development of a dedicated team of staff members and volunteers, ensuring the fundraising objectives are met, and the community outreach efforts are both in alignment with and guiding the organization’s mission. This position reports to a volunteer Board of Directors.

The Executive Director is the public face of HRS to members, funders, government agencies, and the general public.

Position Details

This position is located at House Rabbit Society’s headquarters in Richmond, California, with the possibility of remote work. If working offsite, there would be periodic travel to Richmond (in the Bay Area). Travel to conferences and out-of-state chapters would be required.


Benefits include medical and dental insurance; two weeks of paid vacation; retirement plan; 25% employee discount in the Hop Shop; discounted onsite veterinary care for personal rabbits, when available.


Leadership & Management

  • Provide leadership and strategies for organization, program excellence, financial planning, communication and fundraising with the Board of Directors and staff.
  • Support Board and staff in executing the strategic plan.
  • Oversee the effective day-to-day operations of HRS headquarters and international programs.

Board Relations

  • Establish and maintain productive working relationships with the Board of Directors, to include budget development, progress reports, program development and strategic planning.

Programs, Development, & Communications

  • Manage existing and develop new programs to support organizational priorities.
  • Create new opportunities and new partnerships with individuals, businesses, and organizations while enhancing existing donor relationships.
  • Develop and implement marketing and communications strategies to create a strong HRS brand.


  • Develop, manage, and execute fiscal responsibilities to include budgetary, auditing, tax, legal, and reporting obligations.

Human Resources & Administration

  • Working with an external vendor, direct Human Resources practices to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Oversee recruitment, orientation training, supervision, and ongoing professional development of a diverse body of staff and volunteers.


  • Bachelor’s degree with at least five years of relevant nonprofit leadership and experience in the animal welfare sector.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and develop teams.
  • Documented experience with fundraising.
  • Passionate about working for and with rabbits.
  • Ability to positively interact and build networks with staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to set and achieve strategic objectives and manage a $500,000+ annual budget.
  • Strong public speaking skills.

Disclaimer: The above statements describe the general nature and level of work and are not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills.

House Rabbit Society has a non-discrimination policy regarding both the hiring of staff at our headquarters in California, regarding our volunteers around the world, and regarding those whom we serve. We do not discriminate against anyone regardless of sex, gender identity, race, color, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, and any other protected classification.