Animal Shelter Director - Montclair Township Animal Shelter

March 28, 2015

Job Title: Animal Shelter Director

Summary: The Animal Shelter Director provides executive level oversight and management of shelter and Township animal control services including intake, adoptions, spay/neuter and other medical services; safety compliance, shelter operations and animal control, health and welfare; oversight of shelter and animal control staff and schedules; oversight of outsourced services provided to other towns, facilities and program management, satellite adoption events and customer service. Responsible for a high level of service, development, and implementation of all shelter operational objectives, including responsible animal care and effective outreach services to the community; serves as a facility spokesperson in the community.

Duties: Develop and document appropriate standards of procedure for all core functions of the shelter and animal control; develop long-range plans and strategies and ensure that all policies plans and programs are regularly and efficiently reviewed and modified; provide administration of and guidance for organizational programs and activities; report as directed on the fiscal and operational status of the organization; ensure effective management of the annual budget and be accountable for budget expenditures on an on-going basis.

Monitor animal welfare and control issues and ensure compliance with laws and regulations; network with other local applicable entities; lead development of community educational and outreach programs; maximize hours that the shelter is staffed and open to the public to increase adoptions. Oversee and direct wellness programs for shelter animals; ensure animals remain content, healthy, and enriched through daily exercise, play, and socialization periods; provide oversight for humane euthanasia based upon established protocols; handle animals and make determinations regarding their disposition together with the veterinarian.

Ensure that an effective sanitation plan is in place and train all employees on the proper implementation of the plan; prevent/control disease outbreaks in the shelter by identifying common risk factors for contagion; train staff and ensure execution of periodic emergency drills; develop and implement emergency preparedness protocols for coordination of the timely placement of animals into foster care, shelter transfers and rescue organizations, should the need arise.

Maintain a whole-facility inventory and develop a proactive approach to facilities upkeep; document and make recommendations/requests for facility upgrades, maintenance and repair; manage inventory; ensure that appropriate feed is available for all animals; identify and work with pharmaceutical companies that provide animal shelters with significant, ongoing discounts on market-leading medications and vaccines.

Recruitment and orientation of staff; training of supervisors to efficiently fulfill their roles; meeting with shelter and animal control team on a regular basis to review reports, procedures, problems and discuss new strategies; present reports and apprise upper management, committees, and governing body of important issues, problems and new ideas.

Cultivate and maintain donors and prospective donors; develop, implement, and oversee fundraising projects (i.e., special events, grant-writing, funding requests, direct solicitations, etc.); actively participate in writing and in grant development.

Assure that the shelter’s mission, programs, and services are consistently presented with a strong, positive image; identify and implement effective community-friendly policies/practices that encourage and increase adoptions; develop an animal surrender prevention program to give people the information they need before they relinquish their pets to the shelter; develop and publicize humane education programs; provide education and outreach on effective methods for reducing pet overpopulation.

Help community animals through emergency relief, spay/neuter programs, and vaccination fairs; develop active feral cat programs, including regularly scheduled trap/neuter/vaccinate/release (TNVR) clinics.

Ensure that appropriate data management tools (for data collection, storage, and back-up) are in place to meet reporting needs; develop and implement an automated inventory control system for feed, supplies and routine maintenance that allow vendors to automatically replenish stock and schedule maintenance appointments.

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree highly preferred; applicable experience may be considered in lieu of degree.

Five (5) years of management and/or supervisory experience, preferably with an animal welfare agency. Demonstrated supervisory knowledge to include knowledge of principles and techniques of supervision, motivation techniques, and basic training methods.

Knowledge of animal control and humane shelter issues and standards; knowledge of state and federal laws that affect the care, adoption and treatment of shelter animals and animal control; knowledge of government structure and processes and the various State and Federal agencies that have jurisdiction over areas of animal welfare and environmental concern.

Ability to identify animal species, breeds, ages and sexes; ability to identify signs of animal illnesses and injuries; knowledge of the care and handling of animals, common diseases affecting animals, breed identification, animal first aid and CPR and experience in the principles of animal welfare. Ability to developing policies and procedures (SOPs, training modules, checklists, duty rosters, etc.) to enhance the health and welfare of the sheltered animals.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, veterinarians and other employees, and to make rational decisions and use good judgment in every situation; ability to build alliances with community organizations and agencies. Experience in fund raising, grant writing and grant development; developing and writing policies.

Ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced unpredictable environment. Must have effective telephone and computer skills, effective interviewing techniques, public speaking and the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Must be able to attend Governing Body and Board meetings as necessary; working hours vary depending on scheduling of programs and may often include evenings, weekends, and holidays in addition to daytime hours.

Salary: DOQ, plus full benefits.

Apply: Send cover letter detailing experience and qualifications, resume and salary history to: Braedon Gregory, Project Specialist, Human Resources Department, Township of Montclair, 205 Claremont Avenue, Montclair, New Jersey 07042.

Closing Date: April 2, 2015

The Township of Montclair is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.