Work at HSCI!

Organizational overview

Founded in 1984 the Humane Society of Central Illinois (HSCI) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit animal welfare organization serving the Bloomington-Normal community and surrounding areas.

Working in partnership with our community, we care for, house, and provide adoption services for animals who are looking for their forever homes. Over 1,000 animals are helped annually due to the support of individual donors and volunteers who dedicate countless hours to support our mission.

At HSCI, all animals are treated with compassion and respect. The shelter serves as a haven for homeless animals and an uplifting destination for all pet lovers and their families, providing services dedicated to the public including adoption, education, and outreach programming. HSCI has taken a leading role in driving a regional response to the crisis of unwanted and homeless animals by establishing formal relationships with local animal shelters and other rescues, accommodating animals for adoption that might otherwise be euthanized.

Thank you for your interest in joining our team and making a difference in the lives of animals.

To apply for a position:

Please send your resume, salary expectations, and at least 3 references by email, noting which position you are applying for.

Position: Executive Director

Role Status: Exempt (salaried), full-time

Standard hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Work arrangement:  In-office

Salary:  Starting salary will be negotiated based on prior experience, references, and education.


  • Paid Time Off
  • SIMPLE IRA plan (Savings Incentive Match Plan)

Position Summary:

The Executive Director (ED) upholds the mission of HSCI, supports its goals, and works closely with the Board of Directors to provide informed decision-making.

The ED is responsible for the cost-effective, sanitary, and humane operations of the organization; the health and welfare of animals in its care; the screening of potential adopters; the development of new programs; and the selection, training, supervision, and deployment of shelter staff and shelter volunteers.

The ED serves as a dynamic liaison between the staff, the Board of Directors, the community, and government entities. The ED will be the shelter’s visible spokesperson and will have a unique opportunity to positively influence the community at large.

The ED works closely with the Operations Manager(s) to oversee all aspects of animal care, ensuring that their welfare is a top priority.


The ED’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:


Personnel Management

  • Oversee the management of all employees and volunteers including hiring, scheduling, conducting performance evaluations, promotions, and terminations.
  • Work with the Operations Manager(s) regarding animal health issues, animal transport, and euthanasia decisions.
  • Maintain the operation manual and employee handbook.
  • Oversee shelter programs with other community organizations

Shelter Operations

  • Ensure high-quality animal care. Oversee and participate in intake, medical care, behavioral enrichment and adoption services, and programs such as spay/neuter.
  • Provide exceptional customer service and ensure animal placement with nurturing adopters.
  • Manage effective systems to track progress and regularly evaluate program components, measuring successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, staff, donors, and other constituents.
  • Supervise the shelter’s veterinarian services and maintain strong relationships with other local vets.
  • Oversee maintenance of the facilities and property.
  • Oversee ordering of supplies and manage retail inventory.
  • Rotate through reception desk and other duties as needed to maintain effective operations.
  • Attend continuing education programs on shelter management and animal welfare.

 Financial Management

  • Manage and record cash receipts, cash disbursements, accounts receivable and accounts payable.
  • Prepare employee payroll information and coordinate payroll processing.
  • Produce monthly financial statements.
  • Work with the Board of Directors to develop the annual operating budget.
  • Prepare reports for monthly Board Meetings, including financial reports, and information on shelter intake and adoptions.
  • Develop the annual report in cooperation with the accountant and the Board of Directors.
  • Work with the Board of Directors to develop new programs.

    Fundraising and Pet Adoption Events

    • Build and maintain relationships with funders and donors.
    • Oversee and assist with the research and writing of grants and manage donor appeals.
    • Develop and assist the Board of Directors with fundraisers and community events.

    Community Outreach and Public Relations

    • Develop and manage community outreach initiatives, marketing, and public relations.
    • Create and distribute the annual newsletter.
    • Manage and expand educational and volunteer programs.
    • Foster good relationships with local veterinarians and animal-related businesses, as well as local newspapers and other community organizations.
    • Oversee and manage online marketing including social media, E-mail distribution, and the shelter website.

     Qualifications and skills:

    • Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, business administration, or a related discipline, or equivalent work experience.
    • Passion for animal welfare; current working knowledge of companion animal care and adoption issues.
    • Current understanding of compliance issues involving pertinent federal, state, and local regulations.
    • Experience with strategic and operational planning.
    • Understanding of financial management and accounting principles.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong public speaking skills.
    • Ability to set clear priorities, delegate, and guide investment in people and systems; keen analytic, organization, and problem-solving skills, which support and enable sound decision-making.
    • Strong motivational skills, management skills, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to provide staff and community leadership.
    • Strong commitment to the professional development of staff and a successful track record of recruiting and retaining a diverse team. Ability to encourage staff to share ideas and take appropriate initiative.
    • Ability to be flexible and able to adapt to immediate or unforeseen challenges.
    • Proficiency in the use of computers, particularly email, the internet, MS Word, and Excel; QuickBooks experience is a plus.
    • Demonstrated proficiency across multiple social media.

    Please submit your application by email, including your resume, salary expections, and at least 3 references.

    Position: Operations Manager

    Role status: Exempt (salaried), full-time

    Standard hours:

    • Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesdays – Fridays 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Saturdays 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (may vary based on need)

    Work arrangement:  In-office

    Salary:  Starting salary to be negotiated and will be based on prior experience, references, and education.


    • Paid Time Off
    • SIMPLE IRA plan (Savings Incentive Match Plan)

     Position summary:

    The Humane Society of Central Illinois (HSCI) is seeking interested candidates for an Operations Manager position. HSCI is a not-for-profit (501(c)3) animal welfare organization. HSCI operates one limited intake Animal Shelter in Normal IL. HSCI intakes approximately 1,100 animals annually.  The shelter accepts cats, dogs, and small animals (guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, rats, etc.) from animal control facilities, other rescues, and the general public.

    HSCI is seeking a professional and knowledgeable individual with a passion for animals and bettering the lives of homeless animals. The person hired will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the shelter and will report to either an Executive Director or the Board of Directors. Responsibilities include safety, animal care (housing, feeding, medical, enrichment, cleaning protocols), adoptions, and fostering for the HSCI animals, as well as supervising staff and volunteers. The manager will also be responsible for championing the HSCI vision, contributing toward setting and achieving operational goals, maintaining records, developing/following HSCI policy & procedures, and compliance with all state/federal laws. 

     Primary responsibilities

    • Supervises operations team members (e.g., animal care team, adoption counselors), including hiring, training, development, coaching, performance management, and salary administration.
    • Creates an environment and experiences for staff (employees and volunteers) that fosters engagement and commitment to the organization.
    • Oversee the population of animals to ensure the shelter population numbers are consistent.  Work with other rescue groups to coordinate the intake of animals.
    • Coordinates with veterinary clinic staff on medical care and medical issues. Oversees the administration of vaccinations, medications, and treatments of animals as prescribed by the veterinarian.  Coordinates with the medical staff to schedule spays/neuters, medical visits, and emergency care.
    • Coordinates the euthanasia discussion for shelter pets that have been determined to be aggressive (cannot be rehabilitated) or have no quality of life due to an advanced medical condition.  Provides animal care staff with information regarding the disposition of animals ahead and after the euthanasia with clear and thoughtful communication.
    • Develops and maintains staffing plans for the shelter, ensuring the facility is adequately staffed and supported by paid (direct hire), vendor, and volunteer staff at all times.
    • Develop a budget for Shelter Operations and execute the approved budget.
    • Develops and maintains positive, professional relationships with the public, staff, vendors (including veterinarians), donors, local businesses, volunteers, animal control, and other enabling partners.
    • Prepares reports, develops operational procedures, promotes adoption events, interacts with donors and volunteers, gives tours, and represents the shelter at community events.
    • Partners with other staff members to share accurate information (e.g., photos, descriptions) for adoptable animals on the HSCI website and other marketing outlets.

    Physical and other work demands

    • May be required to work additional hours outside of the standard schedule, non-standard hours, including varying work shifts, nights, weekends, and holidays, based on workload and as the operation dictates.
    • Physical demands include lifting and moving animals, cages, etc. up to 50 pounds.
    • Exposure to dangerous, diseased, frightened, and injured animals, as well as exposure to potentially harmful chemicals and drugs
    • Indoor and outdoor work in all weather conditions
    • Emotional demands including dealing with issues like euthanasia and animal abuse/neglect

     Qualifications and skills

    • Minimum of 3 years experience in animal care (veterinary or rescue), and/or educational degree (bachelors or associates) in Business, Animal Science, Veterinary Tech, or another closely related field
    • Minimum of 3 years supervisory experience
    • Experience working in a shelter/rescue environment (preferred)
    • Experience in animal behavior and appropriate interventions (preferred)
    • Ability to perform blood draws and fecal examinations.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of local, state, and federal regulations for the workplace, including Wage and Hour laws
    • Demonstrated knowledge of Department of Agriculture and OSHA regulations
    • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills.
    • Strong organization and multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment
    • Ability to receive and apply constructive feedback, manage conflict in a constructive way, and conduct consistent performance management of team members.
    • Proficiency in the use of computer and technology software/programs (e.g., Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint; database management software, intranet, social media, etc.)

    Please submit your application by email, including your resume, salary expections, and at least 3 references.

    Position: Development Director

    Role status: Exempt (salaried), Full-time

    Standard hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Work arrangement:  In-office

    Salary:  Starting salary will be negotiated based on prior experience, references, and education.


    • Paid time off
    • SIMPLE IRA plan (Savings Incentive Match Plan)

    Position summary:

    Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director (ED), the Development Director (Director) will spearhead development efforts of the Humane Society of Central Illinois (HSCI) as it continues to grow and expand its services and its leadership role in serving the community. The Director will have the accountability to build the development function while supporting major campaign efforts and fostering long-term sustainable funding growth. In partnership with the Executive Director, this position has direct accountability to the Board of Directors for demonstrated growth in donation funding from community and corporate sources.

    Key responsibilities:

    • Secures continued financial support from individuals, foundations, and corporations.
    • Leads and supports grant applications for funding including federal, state, and local agencies, plus other identified private sources.
    • Develops and executes HSCI’s annual fundraising.
    • Develops and leads the capital campaign.
    • Builds a donor communications plan that ensures ongoing awareness, education, and support.
    • Stewards major gift donors and builds long-term engagement.
    • Oversees the organization of larger fundraising events.

    Essential functions:

    • Creates and executes a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual donors.
    • Develops and executes HSCI’s annual fundraising plan.
    • Coordinates and facilitates activities that will directly result in prospect identification, qualification, cultivation, engagement, and successful donations, including advising HSCI management and volunteers on the culture and expectations of donor constituents.
    • Leads the major and planned gift cultivation and solicitation process by focusing on prospects under personal management and by supporting and facilitating the cultivation and solicitation of senior leadership and volunteers (where applicable).
    • Recruits and sustains a strong volunteer network and committees to help multiply efforts in prospect identification, cultivation, and solicitation as well as providing expanded opportunities for key prospects to engage.
    • Builds a portfolio of 100+ donors with the capacity to make gifts of $1K and more, with an emphasis on donors capable of making gifts of $5K and more. This will be done through systematic identification, qualification, and relationship management – conducting at least 100 strategic touchpoints with prospects and donors per year.
    • Creates and participates in a minimum of 25 solicitations/campaigns per year to meet annual revenue.
    • Gathers and manages data, assessing prospects and developing strategies to realize the current and lifetime potential of individual prospects; and building approaches that align and intersect with foundation and corporate interests.
    • Researches and applies for grants.


    • Bachelor’s Degree required; CFRE a plus.
    • A minimum of 3-5 years of experience in institutional development at a comparable leading organization with at least 1- 2 years of major gift experience.
    • Demonstrated excellence in organizational and managerial skills.
    • Excellent verbal & written communication skills; strong organizational skills with a penchant for details; solid presentation skills.
    • Demonstrated track record of financial development.
    • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse array of personalities under pressure and in a vibrant multi-purpose environment.
    • Energetic, flexible, and passionate about HSCI and its work.
    • Participation in weekend and evening work/events as needed to meet fundraising goals.  

    Please submit your application by email, including your resume, salary expections, and at least 3 references.