Lioness Elza at FELIDA

Country Director USA (m/f/d)

Hybrid | Full-time | 40 hours per week | Boston, USA 


FOUR PAWS is the global animal welfare organization for animals under direct human influence, which reveals suffering, rescues animals in need and protects them. Find out more about our sustainable campaigns and projects on

Would you like to contribute to something meaningful and work with us along our mission? This is your chance. We are looking for dedicated people to enrich our team.

Your contribution will be

  • Leading the implementation of strategic plans, ensuring alignment with global FOUR PAWS´ priorities.
  • Executing strategic development plan, recommending timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals.
  • Managing overall operations, overseeing the development and evaluation of programs, and ensuring operational excellence across fundraising, finance, administration, and communications.
  • Working in collaboration with FOUR PAWS International in Vienna, Austria to translate the global program's priorities to the local context, executing fundraising operations as well as the national communications strategy.
  • Spearheading and expanding fundraising initiatives, including donor development, major gifts, and corporate partnerships, to support our mission.
  • Enhancing communication strategies across online and offline channels, strengthening our brand presence, and leveraging external relations to open new opportunities.
  • Acting as the external facing presence of FOUR PAWS in the US.
  • Ensuring adherence to State and Federal regulations, maintaining our 501(c)3 status.
  • Collaborating with the US National Board and FOUR PAWS’ Chief Officers to align USA operations with organizational priorities.
  • Executing contracts with all FOUR PAWS International vendors and service providers.
  • Overseeing the completion and timely filing of the annual audit.
  • Fostering a culture of excellence, mentorship, and continuous learning.
  • Leading, developing, recruiting, and retaining a high-performing team committed to the mission of FOUR PAWS.
  • Working directly with HR on all employee issues, policies, procedures, and compliance on both state and federal levels.
  • Designing the national expansion and completing the strategic business planning process.
  • Identifying key topics and campaign/programmatic opportunities for FOUR PAWS USA.
  • Building partnerships exploring new markets, and establishing relationships with service providers, funders, and fellow non-profits in the field.
  • Being an external local and national presence who publishes and communicates program results with emphasis on the campaigns and successes of FOUR PAWS USA.


Your profile ideally illustrates

  • Bachelors degree; Masters degree preferred, or combination of Bachelors and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in a senior leadership/management role.
  • Experience in animal welfare, non-profit, or another similar environment.
  • Proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience preferably with a non-profit.
  • Ability to effectively lead and expand a performance- and outcomes-based organization and staff.
  • Understand how to develop and operationalize strategies to take an organization to the next stage of growth.
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience.
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • A persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.
  • Willingness and ability to travel abroad.
  • Ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
  • Great affinity to animal welfare and FOUR PAWS vision and mission.


Our offer includes

  • The opportunity to truly contribute to global animal welfare
  • Hybrid work schedule
  • Modern leadership culture and promotion of training measures
  • Flexible and family friendly working arrangements
  • Accessible downtown Boston location
  • Generous benefits and time off programs


FOUR PAWS works towards a world filled with respect, empathy and understanding for animals and believes in the same values for people: we strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences to apply as we welcome everyone who wants to support our mission. Please contact if you require assistance applying to this position. 

Be part of a good cause and apply for your next professional challenge with your CV in English to

Kristen Rose ( / 617-512-2217) or Rebecca Paquette (401-741-4265 /

All interested individuals are invited to submit their applications for the position. Please note that in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, having a valid work permit for the respective country or being eligible to obtain one is a requirement for this position prior to commencing employment.



Rebecca Paquette, KLR Executive Search Group

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