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Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind - America's Vetdogs (Chief Executive Officer)

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With the current CEO of 28 years scheduled to retire in January, 2018, the GDF/AVD Board seeks in its next CEO, a dynamic leader who will continue to build on the vision and strategic direction of this mission-driven organization. The CEO is accountable to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Board. He/she will manage a team of professionals with designated responsibilities as needed to fulfill the organization’s mission and implement its vision. The CEO’s direct reports include the CFO, the Chief of Training Operations, Chief Canine Care Officer, Director of Administrative Services, Director of Service Dog Programs, Director of Marketing, and Director of Development.

The CEO is tasked with ensuring that GDF/AVD is recognized as a national leader in producing the highest quality guide and service dogs along with strong support services for consumers. He/she is responsible for ensuring superior standards of care and service delivery, progressive service growth and sound business execution and expansion, a positive reputation with stakeholder groups and ethical conduct throughout the organization.

S/he must have an entrepreneurial mindset in looking for growth and service opportunities. With growth and service a key organizational focus, the CEO will be expected to ensure that the organization’s current resources and structure are optimized to support efficient and effective expansion. The CEO must be a data-driven executive able to design an infrastructure that is responsive to client need and marketplace realities.

The Board expects the CEO to be an active participant and leader in driving a diversified fundraising program. While the organization has a strong annual fund and planned giving program, the CEO will work with the Director of Development and executive team to build and solidify additional revenue streams.

Lastly, in this highly visible role, the CEO must be a strong communicator with both internal and external audiences. An effective CEO must be able to harness the energy of dedicated staff, volunteers, and Board in such a way where there is clarity and transparency of purpose followed by the need for action.