Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Job at Emancipet, Austin, TX

  • Emancipet
  • Austin, TX

Job Description

Position Snapshot

*Full position details may be viewed at  :// emancipet-ceo

Emancipet, the leading nonprofit provider of affordable and accessible veterinary healthcare in the U.S., seeks a visionary Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to assume leadership of the organization after a period of unprecedented growth and innovation. The new CEO will build upon decades of success and a strong foundation, created in partnership with the community by its long-standing CEO following her intentional transition.

This moment in Emancipet’s lifecycle is marked by positive change and introspection, driven by the commitment of an outstanding team, an involved Board, and engaged community. The new CEO will steward the next evolution of the organization that focuses on strengthening organizational effectiveness and operational excellence. The CEO will lead efforts for strategic planning, financial health, and sustainability; invest in the success and wellbeing of Emancipet’s dedicated, hardworking team and foster a culture of optimism and compassion along with results and accountability; advance the organization’s reputation as a social innovator and thought partner in the sector; and reinforce consistent and dependable service delivery that ultimately readies the organization for future expansion.

As Emancipet enters the next iteration of its work, it will rely on the new CEO to maintain organizational and operational excellence, allowing for effective decision making and consistent, high-quality service delivery. They will work with the Board and senior leaders to explore financial models that increase financial sustainability and make future scaling possible. The next leader will elevate Emancipet’s public profile to raise awareness and attract new partners and funders, and make further investments in people, culture, and systems that support Emancipet’s highly capable team to care for their own wellbeing and deliver on their mission more fully.

We seek a human-centric, results-oriented, and inspirational leader and manager with a passion for making a difference in the lives of families and their pets, a commitment to equity and social justice, demonstrated aptitude for fundraising, and experience leading organizational management to enhance and bolster the organization and its people before advancing to the next growth period.

Select Desired Qualifications
  • A shared belief that people love their pets and will choose to do what’s best for them when given the opportunity.
  • 15+ years of related work experience in the social sector including animal welfare, human services, or service-based operations that address access to healthcare, high-volume/low-cost care, or proximate issues for disenfranchised populations or youth.
  • Prior executive leadership experience in a complex organization is necessary; experience in multi-site operations and/or multi-layered staff environments is helpful.
  • Comfort raising significant funding from private sources including individuals and corporations; ability to think strategically in partnership with the development team to build, nurture, and sustain relationships with key donors and partners.
  • Excellence in organizational management with experience leading and inspiring change in a diverse, mission-driven environment; proven capacity to develop systems and decision making that foster participation, mutual accountability, and growth.
  • Success managing mid-stage organizational growth, comparable budgets and staff through the shifts needed to sustain ongoing organizational health and mission focus.
  • Demonstrated experience in building strong leadership teams and guiding their efforts as enterprise leaders contributing to organization-wide strategy efforts.

About  Emancipet
Pets are family. They bring joy and unconditional love to our lives, and they deserve a lifetime of health and well-being, regardless of their families’ financial circumstances. 

As the nation’s largest non-profit network of low-cost veterinary clinics, Emancipet exists to make veterinary care affordable and accessible for everyone. We know that people love their pets and will do what’s best for them when given the opportunity to do so. Today, there are 60 million pets across the country whose families cannot access or afford veterinary care. Emancipet is here to change that.

Our growing network of clinics in Texas and Pennsylvania provides low-cost and free veterinary care to hundreds of thousands of pets in need. To ensure our services are easily accessible to the families who need us most, we locate our clinics in the most socially vulnerable neighborhoods in the country. We use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Social Vulnerability Index to find the areas in the greatest need.

Emancipet clinics provide quality veterinary care at the lowest possible price. To ensure even the lowest income families can afford to care for their pets, we make sure our prices are low and transparent, with no hidden or surprise fees. And we never turn anyone away for an inability to pay.

To maximize impact and manage costs, we select services based on population-level health needs and community resources. Emancipet clinics have welcomed over 1.6 million patient visits since 1999.

Emancipet has grown from $1M to $30M in revenue and from <30 to 260 employees; opened nine brick and mortar clinics in two states, and recently added a Dental & Surgical Center while maintaining two mobile units; launched Emancipet New School ; and helped establish the Access to Veterinary Care field through the thought leadership and social innovation of Emancipet staff.

Salary & Benefits Snapshot
The salary range for this CEO position is $250,000 to $275,000. Emancipet offers a comprehensive benefits package including 100% employer-paid health, dental, vision, telehealth coverage for you, your partner, and your children with no co-pays or deductibles, and much more. At Emancipet, we believe in taking care of our team every step of the way.

Application Information
To express interest in the position or learn more, visit

Pearl Street Collective , the search firm with purpose, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Adele Mezher, Maeve Clifford, Dianne Moody, and Carolyn Ho are leading the search. Pearl Street is an award-winning, retained executive search and talent strategy firm serving the nonprofit, education, and healthcare sectors. Women-owned and led by a diverse group of talented professionals who are deeply committed to equity in search, Pearl Street seeks to disrupt traditional search dynamics by practicing radical empathy; listening and learning from others’ unique perspectives, lived experiences, and identities; and committing to transparency for all stakeholders. This purposeful approach informs every facet of Pearl Street’s comprehensive search process that identifies exceptional talent, builds real relationships, and delivers an unparalleled, values-driven service that honors the whole person. For three consecutive years, Women of Color in Fundraising & Philanthropy (WOC) has named Pearl Street one of the Top Search Firms for Women of Color, Forbes has named Pearl Street to their 2024 list of America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms, and Hunt Scanlon has included the firm in their 2024 shortlists of top recruiters for nonprofits and higher education.

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