Job Title: Animal Shelter Program Manager
Animal Protection of New Mexico, Inc. (APNM), a 33-year-old non-profit animal advocacy organization, is seeking a full-time Animal Shelter Program Manager. This is a one-year position - made possible through a generous grant from the ASPCA® - reporting to one of APNM’s Program Directors. The Animal Shelter Program Manager is responsible for developing and implementing APNM’s statewide animal shelter assistance program, aimed at expanding APNM’s existing shelter resources program. The program’s ultimate purpose is to increase New Mexican animal shelters’ capacity to humanely care for companion animals, increase adoptions and spay-neuters, reduce euthanasia rates and lead to more meaningful public and private support of shelters.
Conduct a thorough needs assessment via an updated statewide shelter survey. Obtain current information about needs, challenges, successes, opinions on and experience with animal cruelty laws and enforcement, collaborations with agencies, animal relocation efforts, strategic planning and disaster preparedness.
Collaborate closely with the Program Director and Animal Relocation Coordinator to analyze and prioritize assessment data for optimal assistance across shelters and communities for the benefit of the most animals (focusing on two to three shelters for in-depth assistance, and providing lower-level assistance for other shelters requesting it).
Establish and promote a dedicated “clearinghouse” that will provide shelters with community-specific information, resources, training, technical assistance, and fundraising and capacity-enhancement assistance.
Research, document and respond to assistance requests, with appropriate follow-up.
Create and submit monthly reports on program as directed.
Schedule and facilitate meetings with shelter management, local government officials and community members in focus locations – and others as assigned – to identify needs, opportunities, barriers, assets, challenges, and resources.
Establish and maintain positive relationships with shelter employees and community stakeholders.
Build community support for shelters’ missions, foster inter-agency collaborations, promote best practices, emphasize and promote ASPCA® shelter resources.
Produce/develop/collect stories and photos of shelters and animals assisted through the project for use by APNM and the APSCA® in accordance with grant requirements and guidelines.
Develop long-term plans with detailed timelines for focus areas/shelters.
Begin to implement specific in-depth shelter assistance.
Other duties as assigned to support the fulfillment of grant provisions and advancement and success of desired project goals.
• Knowledge of current animal welfare, protection and sheltering policy issues
• Knowledge of sheltering operations, standards and best practices
• Knowledge of local governmental procedures and local/state policy-making processes
• Knowledge of New Mexico and its communities
• Ability to work with a diverse constituency
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Highly detail-oriented and thorough
• Adept at problem-solving and project management
• Excellent time management skills
• Highly computer, Internet and email literate
• Work well under pressure and be able to manage simultaneous priorities
• Adept at data collection, report writing and public presentations
• Travel, perhaps extensively, within New Mexico is required.
• Evening and weekend work occasionally required.
• Media experience a plus.
• Undergraduate degree required.
• One to three years shelter experience highly preferred.
• History of effective community advocacy work strongly desired.
A competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous health benefits package are
Only qualified applicants should email a cover letter and resumé to Elisabeth Jennings at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30, 2012.
This position is made possible through a generous grant from the ASPCA®.
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