Pasadena Humane Society Engages Nationwide Search Firm for New President

Published : Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 8:42 PM

Pasadena Humane Society former President and CEO Julie Bank suddenly resigned on Friday, September 7, 2018.

The Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA has retained the services of a Chicago-based recruitment firm to start a nationwide search for the society’s next President and Chief Executive Officer after Julie Bank suddenly resigned last September.

In her place, the Society’s Board of Directors temporarily appointed Vice President of Administration, Ruthie Hughes as interim CEO.

The company, Noetic Executive Search, has published an ad saying it is now conducting the nationwide hunt for the next president and CEO, who will be responsible for oversight of the Society, which includes administration of all programs and services.

“The individual is charged with developing and overseeing a budget of $13 million,” the firm said in a statement. “In addition, the leader is responsible for the strategic processes of the organization, managing and developing a talented paid staff of 138 and more than 1,250 volunteers.”

The president and CEO will directly supervise a senior vice president, vice president of development, vice president of communications, vice president of administration and director of human resources, the statement said.

The next PHS leader will also assist the Board of Directors in the review and execution of the 2017-2019 strategic plan as well as the development of strategic directions and policy in the fulfillment of the agency’s mission, said the search firm. The president and CEO is also expected to provide a leadership role in initiating and maintaining community relationships and securing the operating and investment funds necessary to sustain current and future operations, according to the statement.

Among the core competencies that the search will consider include leadership, financial accountability, public relations and community outreach, as well as program and services development.

“The Pasadena Humane Society wants a highly experienced leader and manager with demonstrated vision and passion for the humane and ethical treatment of animals,” Noetic Executive Search said. “A successful track record of strong, innovative and inclusive leadership, which will facilitate open communication to harmonize staff, the board and the other constituents with whom the individual will interface, are key factors for candidates.”

The candidate should also have experience in a senior leadership role where they have either reported directly to or worked closely with a board of directors. Prospects should demonstrate a balance between creative thinking and management acumen, as well as the ability to assess and maintain policies and procedures for moving an organization to a new level of excellence, the firm said.

Qualified candidates must have exceptional interpersonal skills, and be able to relate to all constituencies. The individual should also have demonstrated success in building and sustaining coalitions toward the achievement of goals.

The Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA, founded in 1903, is a donor-supported, non-profit organization that provides animal care and services for homeless and owned animals in the Greater Los Angeles Area. The organization is dedicated to promoting humane treatment and compassion and care for all animals. The animals in its care come from 11 animal control contract cities, as well as partner shelters across the Los Angeles area and beyond.

The Society also offers lifesaving programs and services to the community that support the human-animal bond and keep pets in homes.

To learn more about the Pasadena Humane Society, visit






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