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Have a passion for animals and a knack for nonprofits? The Humane Society of Northeast Georgia is looking for a new executive director
Julie Edwards, then-executive director at the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, talks about Noodle's disabilities at the Humane Society in Gainesville. Edwards departed from the role in late July of this year. - Times file photo

The Humane Society of Northeast Georgia is on the search for a new executive director to lead the nonprofit’s animal-saving efforts.  

Chuck Keathley, vice chairman of the organization’s board of directors, said a committee made of board members will select the person for the role after a series of interviews and careful review.  

The Humane Society has hired The Chason Group, a third party, to help them look for applicants fit for the role. Keathley said the ideal candidate would have a “passion for animal welfare.”

“Somebody who has experience in the nonprofit world and knows how fiscals operate,” he said. “Somebody who is a strong charismatic leader that can be the public face of the organization with proven skills, and staff and volunteer development.” 

The job description — which was published in a press release — explains that the role entails leadership over fiscal planning and budgeting, employing training and development, marketing, fundraising and more. The executive director would work collaboratively with the board of directors and be responsible for the organization’s overall mission, goals and financial objectives.  

The position opened after Julie Edwards’ departure from executive director in late July 2020. Bob Martin, the operations director, is temporarily filling the role until the nonprofit hires a replacement.  

Keathley said he would not discuss why Edwards no longer works at the organization. 

Edwards is now devoting her time toward running her new business, Julie Edwards Consulting. She said the firm helps nonprofits around the country “take their operations and fundraising to the next level.” 

Although her time at the Humane Society has come to an end, Edwards said she is proud of the nonprofit’s growth during her years as executive director, including building the Healthy Pet Clinic, remodeling the spay/neuter surgery suite, adding full-time veterinarian staff and doubling the budget.  

“I’m also incredibly grateful to the supporters who made these successes possible,” she said. “I hope the new leadership will be able to capitalize on the momentum of these milestones to further the organization’s life-saving mission.” 

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