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Chief Executive Officer

Retrieving Freedom, Inc. (“RFI” or “Retrieving Freedom”) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that changes the lives of Veterans with disabilities and children with Autism through the placement of exceptionally well-trained service dogs at no cost to the recipient! RFI is a growing organization in need of a dynamic and engaging leader to help steer its future growth and success by building on its core principles.  Retrieving Freedom has a national client base connected via one of two facilities in Sedalia, MO or Waverly, IA.


In general, the CEO is responsible for the overall organization leadership, active management and execution of its strategic plan including resource development, operations, and finance initiatives.  The CEO is responsible for all aspects of Retrieving Freedom and will implement the policies and resolutions of the Board of Directors. The CEO will work collaboratively with the Board in setting the vision and culture for Retrieving Freedom.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Implements all policies and directives of the Board. 
  • Ensures that a strategic plan is developed and implemented. 
  • Ensures that RFI is financially viable and operates according to the best financial practices. 
  • Develop and lead a highly effective team of directors and managers creating a strong cohesive team environment that enables individual career growth and high functionality.  
  • Works cooperatively with staff and ensures that they are integrated into, and have active involvement in, RFI activities and initiatives. 
  • Leads prospect outreach and donor communication in accordance with the developed RD Plan. 
  • Manages the relationship with communities in which we are located as well as supporting organizations and businesses to ensure strong support for RFI.
  • Ensures that RFI is in compliance with all Federal, state, and local regulations. 
  • Ensures that high quality services are provided. 
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of leading a 501(c)(3).
  • Knowledge of and experience with financial, quality improvement, human resources, and strategic planning processes. 
  • Ability to motivate individuals and groups to work together at an elevated level to achieve RFI goals.
  • Ability to effectively communicate in a positive manner with diverse groups and individuals including public speaking.
  • Ability to organize resources to meet targets and achieve goals. 
  • Physical Requirements 

    • Must be able to sit for a majority of work tasks.
    • Must be able to lift 25 pounds occasionally. 
    • Intermittent standing and walking. 
    • Occasional lifting and bending. 
    Qualifications, Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in business administration or equivalent, preferred. 
  • Minimum of ten years’ experience in a leadership position in organizations that provide services to the public. 
  • Experience working with individual constituents, recipients and in groups. 
  • Licenses and Credentials

  • All accreditations required to keep RFI in good standing within the industries we serve 
  • Work Environment 

    This position is primarily stationed in a controlled-temperature environment.  The position may require occasional and limited exposure to natural weather elements. The position will have frequent contact with dogs.  Travel requirements can be as high as 50% of your time in any given month. 

    Job Type: Full-time 

    Salary: From $90,000.00 per year 


      401(k)  401(k) matching  Dental insurance  Employee assistance program  Flexible schedule  Flexible spending account  Health insurance  Health savings account  Life insurance  Paid time off  Parental leave  Professional development assistance  Vision insurance 
    Schedule: Monday to Friday (occasional weekends, as needed)

    Supplemental pay types:   Bonus pay 

    Ability to commute/relocate:  Sedalia, MO 65301: Reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (Required) 

    Education:    Master's (Preferred) 

    Experience:     Senior leadership: 10 years (Required) 

    Work Location: One primary location, but oversight and travel between facilities is expected. 

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