Employment Opportunities

Read below for a list of current job openings for employment with Austin Pets Alive!

Harvey Help – Temporary Cat ISO Technician – Full Time

Temporary employment needed to care for the influx of cats in our care from Hurricane Harvey. This position will be assisting in our Critical Care Cat Isolation wards that house sick or injured cats undergoing medical treatment. The job will require medicating (both oral and injectible medications), administering vaccines, syringe feeding, as well as basic cleaning, feeding, and care of hospitalized cats. Position requires considerable cleaning, lifting, bending, and stooping. Candidate should have experience administering medications and giving injections and be comfortable working around cats of all temperaments and medical conditions. email hidden; JavaScript is required.


Harvey Help – Temporary Cat Caregiver – Full Time

Temporary employment needed to care for the influx of cats in our care from Hurricane Harvey. This position will be cleaning, feeding, and medicating hurricane refugee cats at our Town Lake headquarters and assisting the adoption and foster team with transfers of cats to foster homes or APA! adoption centers. Position requires considerable cleaning, lifting, bending, and stooping. No experience necessary but must be comfortable working around cats of all temperaments and cats who may be under medical treatment for a variety of illnesses. email hidden; JavaScript is required.


Dog Program Manager

Seeking an individual with a strong commitment to saving the sheltered dogs’ lives that are most at risk in the community, strong interpersonal skills and leadership, as well as a willingness to be part of a robust team of individuals making a difference for the animals in the largest No Kill city in the U.S.

Position Summary

The Dog Program Manager of Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) will continuously innovate new, progressive ways to ensure that APA!’s life-saving dog programs fulfill the needs of our mission. Austin Pets Alive! is committed to saving the lives of the community’s most at-risk dogs, and the Dog Program Manager will ensure all programs work cohesively to achieve this goal, and all practices and policies are aligned with the organization’s mission. The Dog Program Manager will oversee the organization’s consistent achievement of maintaining and increasing the city’s canine save rate through the continual push for cutting edge programming as well as a firm commitment to community safety.  This requires taking responsibility for specific aspects of program implementation, planning, supervision, as well as achievement of life-saving goals. This position reports directly to the Director of Lifesaving Operations.

Background

Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) is a nationally recognized leader in No Kill efforts and was instrumental in moving the city of Austin from a 50% save rate to a >90% save rate in 4 short years.  Austin is now the largest No Kill City in the USA.  APA! serves as the city’s backbone organization and created programs that save the animals most at risk including a large scale foster and volunteer program, a bottle baby kitten nursery program, a parvo puppy ICU, a ringworm treatment ward, a medical triage center, and a large scale dog behavior program.  APA! is seeking a full time Dog Program Manager to oversee and improve the organization’s dog-related lifesaving programs.

This is a unique opportunity to become a key player in a leading No Kill organization and to work closely with a skilled and dedicated team of paid staff and a large volunteer base in an amazing community of animal lovers.

Responsibilities

Primarily the Dog Program Manager will be expected to:

  • Work with the Dog Marketing Team, Dog Adoption Team, Dog Behavior Team, and Dog Foster Team to increase adoption rates, reduce length of stay, and ensure all dogs within the Program are receiving appropriate placement, enrichment, and care.
  • Perform duties in a manner which encourages attainment of goals, contributions, and good community relations with the shelter and its dog programs.
  • Work courteously and cooperatively, with a focus on civility, with staff, volunteers, fosters, adopters, and donors to ensure that all established procedures and policies of APA are followed and new ones implemented where there are gaps. Demand civility from all staff and volunteers.
  • Learn all major aspects of managing every dog sub-program well enough to fill in for any absence of lower level managers.
  • Act as Dog Program Manager on Duty, including decision making in regard to adoptions, urgent intake, returns, and customer service.
  • Assist with personnel and administrative tasks including scheduling, website updates, customer service, daily reports and EODs, payroll, and other directives.

Additionally, the Dog Program Manager’s job responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:

Humane Care and Shelter for Animals in Need

  • Ensure quality care and humane treatment for the dogs owned by APA!.
  • Implement short and long term strategies to fill but not overfill capacity, increase adoptions especially of target animals, improve animal care and enrichment, provide behavior and medical rehabilitation and management, and increase foster assistance for target animals.

Program Development and Administration

  • Plan, organize, coordinate, review, evaluate, and direct the implementation of all dog programs providing animal care.

Communications

  • Communicate with and work closely with APA! team leaders and managers regarding people  service (including customers, volunteers, fosters, staff, donors, and the public), animal care, shelter management, and improvements in a positive and effective way to be successful.
  • Manage relationships with and provide assistance to partner shelters and the public.
  • Assist with marketing and publicity for the organization’s programs.
  • Provide adoption and customer service assistance as needed, in person, by phone, and email.

Staff Management and Development

  • Recruit, manage, and direct all dog sub-program managers and assist them in recruiting, managing, and directing their employees and effectively using the volunteer workforce.
  • Maintain a climate that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff and volunteer corps of people who are eager to achieve the organization’s goals and promote the mission.

Budget and Finance

  • Ensure all financial policies and procedures are followed by dog program staff.
  • Participate in budgeting process for dog programs and adhere to board approved budget.
  • Conserve finances whenever possible.

Compliance with Laws, Regulations, Policies, and Guidelines

  • Understand and implement operational compliance with current federal, state, county, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines that affect operations.
  • Ensure accurate record keeping practices for adoptions, HR, financial and other functions.
  • Maintain database and files.

Training and Experience

APA! is looking for an innovative, quick thinking, dynamic individual who brings animal handling and people pleasing skills, enthusiasm for No Kill, and accountability to their work.  It is not essential that the candidate have senior management experience at an animal shelter.  We are looking for someone who can work well with a team, troubleshoot effectively through roadblocks, and focus on the big picture at the same time as the individual animals in our care.

The ideal candidate will have excellent management skills and the ability to develop and build a cohesive and positive team, which will be customer service, performance metric achieving, and animal oriented. He or she will be a self starter who is well organized, innovative, and professionally motivated to develop and implement the goals, objective, and policies for APA!.  He or she must be an effective communicator with the ability to speak to different audiences, must be firmly committed to No Kill, and able to quickly and effectively solve problems in the pursuit of continual improvement.  Candidates who do have animal shelter experience must be able to demonstrate a record of lifesaving success in their tenure.

  1. Education/Experience- A bachelor’s degree in a related field of study or a minimum of 3 years experience in a management position from a field with transferable skills such as veterinary services, sheltering, training/boarding, or other related areas.
  2. Physical Requirements- ability to work with and around animals (including diseased, injured, and/or potentially aggressive animals), loud noises, chlorine or other chemicals, inclement weather, and evening, weekend, and holiday work.  Allergic conditions which may be aggravated when handling animals or in the course of the operations of APA! may be a disqualification.
  3. Licenses and Certificates – must have valid Texas driver’s license and satisfactory driving record.
  4. Compassion – must have affection for all animals, concern for their welfare, and willingness to accommodate animals in the workplace.

Compensation

The salary range is dependent on experience.  After a period of employment, the Dog Program Manager is eligible for medical insurance and paid PTO.

Nature of Employment

The Dog Program Manager reports to the Director of Lifesaving Operations. It is an exempt position, which generally requires a minimum of 40 hours per week during open business hours and will include weekend, evening, and holiday work. The Dog Program Manager will also be on call for 24-hour shelter related emergencies.

There is no minimum period of employment guaranteed or implied by acceptance of an offer of employment.  It is the policy of APA! that employment for this position is at will, which means that employment is for no specified term and the employee or the agency may terminate that employment at any time without cause.

No job description can cover all the facets of operations or the demands of the position.  This is merely a guide.  If you have any questions or concerns, please bring them to our attention.

Send only a single page resume and a single page cover letter to:

Mike Kaviani at email hidden; JavaScript is required

No exceptions to the one page limit. Submissions that do not follow these guidelines or meet the minimum requirements will not be considered or responded to.

Deadline for submission is October 2nd, 2017.


 

Cat Adoption Counselor – Part Time

A Cat Adoption Counselor facilitates cat adoptions through our Austin-area offsite catteries, many located in Petsmart/PETCO locations. The Counselor provides assistance to adopters, ensuring the home is the right match for an animal,  adheres to APA! adoption guidelines, and completes all aspects of the adoption process. The Counselor is also responsible for providing quality animal care to the feline residents, including feeding, cleaning, and observing and reporting any health concerns. This position is 16-29 hours per week and the pay is $9.50/hr.Apply here!


Medical Technician

We are accepting resumes for a 40hr/wk salaried position (pay based on experience) to work as a full time technician. This includes ALL aspects of shelter medicine and surgical work. You will work 4 days a week and be on-call 1 night a week.
Requirements:
– Shelter medicine and/or emergency clinic experience is preferred because of the high-paced, technical skills required!
-Must have knowledge of basic medications, vaccines, drugs.
– At least 1 year experience as a veterinary technician in a vet hospital REQUIRED. Please do not email if you don’t have a minimum of 1 years experience in a vet clinic as a technician.
– Must be able to give injections SQ, IM, IV, and draw blood; microscopy including fecal floats/directs and skin scrapes; post-anesthesia monitoring of pulse-ox and vital signs; drug dosage calculations; working knowledge of standard small animal illnesses; client communication
– Must be able to work in a high volume, fast-paced, high stress environment. Self motivated, great attitude, team-oriented a must!
– Must be reliable and dedicated – the medical team is very small and all members must be on time, ready to work hard, for every shift.

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Maddie’s Research Fellowship at Austin Pets Alive!

Seeking an individual with a strong commitment to saving the sheltered pets’ lives that are most at risk in the community, strong interpersonal skills and leadership, as well as a willingness to be part of a robust team of individuals making a difference for the animals in the largest No Kill city in the US.

Position Summary

Maddie’s Research Fellowship is a one year position in Austin for an individual with a background in research and animal sheltering. Maddie’s Research Fellow will be responsible for working on a list of research projects to include uncovering the gaps within the Austin Community that still need to be addressed to have a truly humane shelter system and community at large. These topics will include assessing the efficacy and success of the change from “intake” at AAC to “Pet Resource Center”, attitudes about No Kill in Austin, community perception of large breed dogs and the challenges to finding them homes, free roaming dog population census, and other data that helps to tell the whole picture of lifesaving in Austin. Other projects include collecting data on programs already in place so that their success can be more readily shared and acquired by other shelters and communities.
This position reports directly to the Austin Pets Alive! Executive Director, and involves collaboration between a leadership team comprised of representatives from Austin Pets Alive!, Austin Animal Center, and Maddie’s Fund.

Background

Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) is a nationally recognized leader in No Kill efforts and was instrumental in moving the city of Austin from a 50% save rate to a >90% save rate in 4 short years. Austin is now the largest No Kill City in the USA. APA! serves as the city’s backbone organization and created programs that save the animals most at risk including a large-scale foster and volunteer program, a bottle baby kitten nursery program, a parvo puppy ICU, a ringworm treatment ward, a medical triage center, and a large-scale dog behavior program. Austin Animal Center is a cutting edge municipal agency creating the path for lifesaving at phenomenal speed. They have a robust field program as well as adoptions and foster. APA! is seeking a full-time Maddie’s Research Fellow to document the success and outline any gaps left in our community lifesaving.

This is a unique opportunity to become a key player in a leading No Kill city and to work closely with skilled and dedicated teams of paid staff, large volunteer bases, and committed leadership in an amazing community of animal lovers.

Responsibilities

The Maddie’s Research Fellow specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Plans, organizes, and conducts research upon approval of and in coordination with the Leadership Team; designs, tests, and evaluates methods and protocol for research projects; analyzes, summarizes, and organizes collected data; together with Leadership Team, publishes/shares results of investigations internally or externally. Recommend purchase of new equipment for research projects as needed; under the direction of the Leadership Team, generally responsible for implementation of the research, may supervise research volunteers.

Specific examples of work (duties):

  • Researches other community practices in lifesaving and reports to the Leadership Team relative to feasibility, quality, and benefits of such new developments.
  • Adapts procedures or methods relative to changes in research projects.
    Manages workflow and deadlines.
  • Designs and implements research protocols with guidance from Maddie’s Fund research team.
  • Collates and analyzes complex data with guidance from Maddie’s Fund research team. Maintains microcomputer database backed up to APA!.
  • Summarizes and creates reports completed protocols and studies.
  • Supervises the safe handling of equipment and pets if necessary; coordinates purchasing requests and writes specifications and justifications for any purchases.
  • Supervises, recruits, and trainsany volunteer workers involved in the project.
  • Monitors progress of research projects and coordinates information between departmental sections.
  • Prepares any and all reports for grant.
  • Performs duties in a manner which encourages attainment of goals, contributions, and good community relations with the shelters and the community.
  • Works courteously and cooperatively, with a focus on civility, with staff, volunteers, fosters, adopters, the public, and donors to ensure that all established procedures and policies of APA are followed and new ones implemented where there are gaps. Demands civility from all staff and volunteers.

Qualification Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a basic or health science, plus two or more years of relevant experience OR Master’s degree in a basic or health science.
  • Proven ability to effectively manage multiple projects against established milestones and deliverables
  • Experience in sheltering, veterinary medicine, or behavior is strongly preferred as well as knowledge of data analysis software such as Stata, R, and SPSS.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be able to work independently as well as collaborate with team members and consultants.
  • Physical Requirements- ability to work with and around animals (including diseased, injured, and/or potentially aggressive animals), loud noises, chlorine or other chemicals, inclement weather, and evening, weekend, and holiday work.  Allergic conditions which may be aggravated when handling animals or in the course of the operations of APA! may be a disqualification.
  • Licenses and Certificates- must have valid Texas driver’s license and satisfactory driving record.
  • Compassion- must have affection for all animals, concern for their welfare, and willingness to accommodate animals in the workplace.

Training and Experience

APA! is looking for an innovative, quick thinking, dynamic individual who brings excellent research skills and people pleasing skills, enthusiasm for No Kill, and accountability to their work. It is not essential that the candidate have experience at an animal shelter. We are looking for someone who can work well with a team, troubleshoot effectively through roadblocks, and focus on the big picture at the same time as the daily challenges and opportunities.

The ideal candidate will have excellent project management skills and the ability to develop and build a performance metric achieving and animal oriented position and team. He or she will be a self starter who is well organized, innovative, and professionally motivated to develop and implement the goals, objective, and policies for APA! He or she must be an effective communicator with the ability to speak to different audiences, must be firmly committed to No Kill, and able to quickly and effectively solve problems in the pursuit of continual improvement.

Compensation

The salary is $45,000 depending on experience and includes basic health and PTO package.  Job is a fellowship, for one year only.

Send a resume and a single page cover letter to:
Ellen Jefferson at email hidden; JavaScript is required
Position is open until filled