Employment Opportunities

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


 Maddie’s® Deputy Development Director

The Maddie’s® Deputy Development Director will work with Austin Pets Alive!’s (APA!)  Development Director to map out a new strategic fund development plan, with shared responsibility for implementing the extension of fundraising beyond APA!’s historical base.  APA! is at a critical inflection point, on its way to becoming a national influence and ready to transition its fundraising to support this move.  In 2018 and beyond, the organization will begin supporting a major new initiative, the Maddie’s®Lifesaving Academy, which will bring students from across the country to APA! to learn our unique lifesaving model as hands-on apprentices in our programs.  The Maddie’s®Lifesaving Academy is funded by a start-up grant for the next three years, with successively larger annual cost-sharing by APA!.  Alongside this new initiative, APA! will launch a major 3-5 year capital campaign to rebuild our current facility, while also sustaining the lifesaving operations that have already made Austin and APA! nationally recognized as leaders in animal welfare.  A major challenge will be in coordinating and integrating these fundraising challenges through strategic fund development planning and implementation.  The Maddie’s® Deputy Director will work alongside the Development Director in this and will focus primarily on building and sustaining funding for the interdependent functions of lifesaving operations and of the Maddie’s®Lifesaving Academy.

This is a creative opportunity to collaborate in supporting and building the No Kill movement in Austin and help bring about a large-scale change for shelter animals across the country.  The Deputy Director will be a self-starter who is well organized, and professionally motivated to develop and implement goals and will have a flair for effective high-level strategy.  S/he 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 in fundraising.  The Deputy Director will work closely with a skilled and dedicated team of paid staff, large volunteer base, and committed board of directors in an amazing community of animal lovers.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Work with the Development Director first to produce a written strategic fund development plan, integrating and coordinating the funding of operational, educational and capital needs.  The plan will include a 1-year strategy for 2018 and for the next 3-5 years of development.  In subsequent months and years, assist with reviewing and revising the plan as best opportunities for supporting each funding need are identified, bringing the plan’s focus to bear on those opportunities.
  • Be responsible for identifying new sources of funding from beyond Austin among corporate and individual supporters (while grants will be the responsibility of the Development Director).  Create campaigns to bring in funding from them in the short-term for 2018, as well as initiate efforts to create the long-term funding that will sustain APA! and the Maddie’s®Lifesaving Academy in years ahead.
  • Play a key role in implementing the plan, with primary responsibility for building support from new statewide, regional and national corporate and individual supporters.
  • Assist with strategically matching potential resources to best funding targets – operations/program costs, academy activities, or capital needs.
  • As best opportunities for new funding become apparent through prospecting and relationship-building, shift from a focus on strategic planning to negotiation of partnerships and stewardship, in collaboration with team members responsible for major individual and corporate gifts.
  • Work with the Major Gifts Officer to identify existing individual donor interested in supporting the Maddie’s®Lifesaving Academy and create a plan for bringing in funds for it from this base.
  • Work with Marketing and Communications to create content for promoting the Maddie’s®Lifesaving Academy to higher level corporate and individual supporters, aligning with the Development Director’s work on grants, to support the Academy.
  • Work with the Development Director to manage the flow of prospective funding, coordinating Development staff time and resources to ensure all needs are met, strategically assigning best prospects for each funding target, with an eye towards building long-term sustainability for operations and the Maddie’s®Lifesaving Academy.
  • Work with the Marketing & Communications team to coordinate fundraising through marketing beyond Austin.
  • Build reports and analytics for assessing and improving on fundraising initiatives
  • Oversee long-term relationships with non-local major supporters.
  • Maintain timely contact reports, stewardship tracking, and forecasting.
  • Create monthly reports on progress in relationship-building and gifts to share with the Development and Executive Directors .
  • Meet specific performance measures for short-term funding needs as well as movement towards and fulfillment of longer-term, sustained resources.
  • Create and carry out effective means to recognize, acknowledge and honor major donations.
  • Recruit and manage high-level volunteers to assist with prospecting, networking and stewardship, and other functions related to the Deputy role.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least 8 years’ fundraising experience, with a substantial background in effective, high-level strategic planning and evidence of success in fund development
  • Exceptional people skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Must have a track record of success in consistently inspiring funding for a cause
  • Proven project management skills.  Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively, work well under pressure, and manage details of several concurrent projects
  • Experience with multi-million annual revenue budgets
  • Experience in non-local fundraising – statewide, regional or national–essential
  • A substantial background in prospecting for, qualifying, and cultivating new major funding resources–whether with corporate partners, foundations or major donors
  • A history of effective proposal writing, whether for major gifts, corporate partnerships or foundation grants
  • Proven and measurable track record of successful face-to-face interactions with prospective donors – an ability to build strong, sustained relationships and to follow through with effectively bringing in funds through them
  • Experience in donor communications through e-solicits and direct mail marketing would be a plus
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other Development and Marketing staff
  • Working proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite  
  • Experience with recording data in and reporting from CRM/donor management systems. Familiarity with Little Green Light a plus
  • Self-motivated to meet performance measures and always reach for excellence
  • Ability to work well and lead volunteers
  • Must be able to troubleshoot effectively through roadblocks, and focus on the big    picture at the same time as the daily challenges and opportunities
  • Must be available to work occasional evenings or weekends, and to travel, when needed
  • Commitment to working courteously and cooperatively, with a focus on civility, with the Austin Pets Alive! community of staff, volunteers, fosters, adopters, and donors
  • 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.
  • Compassion – must have affection for all animals, concern for their welfare, and willingness to accommodate animals in the workplace.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and levels of work to be performed and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties.   

The salary range is dependent on experience.  In your cover letter, please state your salary requirements.  

TO APPLY:  Send a résumé and cover letter (not in an email) to the Development Director, Maggie Lynch, email hidden; JavaScript is required  with the subject line “Maddie’s Deputy Director.”  Deadline for submission is January 20, 2018. 


Marketing and Communications Manager for the Maddie’s® Lifesaving Academy

Background

The Maddie’s® Lifesaving Academy Marketing and Communications Manager will support the Maddie’s® Lifesaving Academy, an exciting and rapidly evolving No Kill educational opportunity with national reach. The Academy will focus on the “Austin Method” of lifesaving developed by Austin Pets Alive! (APA!), the regional nonprofit shelter organization, and Austin Animal Center (AAC), the municipal shelter.

APA! is at a critical inflection point, as it has officially hit the national animal welfare stage as a key player and innovator while still functioning as a shelter at a regional level. Moving forward, the organization will be supporting and developing this new major initiative, the Maddie’s Lifesaving Academy, which will bring students from across the country to Austin, where they will learn our unique lifesaving model as hands-on apprentices embedded in our programs – which they can then bring back and integrate into their own regions.

The Marketing and Communications Manager will work with and under the supervision of the Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) Director of Marketing and Communications to: develop and manage the Academy’s brand identity nationally and in communities across the country; build awareness and recognition of this first-of-its-kind institution; support and share joint responsibility for aggressive operational fundraising goals with the Development staff; and create integrated marketing campaigns aimed at acquiring Academy applicants and supporting organizational goals.

The Academy is funded by a start-up grant for the next three years. This is a creative opportunity to collaborate on building and magnifying the No Kill movement in Austin and beyond, helping No Kill solutions become more accessible and employed in communities across the country. The Marketing and Communications Manager will be instrumental in inspiring large-scale change for shelter animals across the country and will be held to high standards of accountability.  

This person will be a self-starter who is exceptionally organized and professionally motivated to develop and implement the new goals, objectives, and protocols for the Lifesaving Academy. S/he will be responsible for implementing a wide range of successful and new marketing/communications campaigns with a laser-focus on overall objectives. 

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Marketing/Fundraising
    • Joint responsibility for achieving the Academy’s progressively ambitious annual fundraising goals.
    • Recruit, train department interns/volunteers for tactical support, as needed.
    • In collaboration with the Marketing and Communications Director, develop and maintain accountability for an integrated strategic marketing plan to support the Academy’s fundraising goals, broaden awareness of the programmatic opportunities and solicit applicants.
    • Oversee the full scope of marketing activities, from strategy development to tactical implementation, in support of both fundraising and Academy application initiatives. Efforts include (but not limited to): email marketing campaigns, social media and community management, direct mail campaigns, website updates and SEO.
    • Oversee development of content strategy for all marketing and communications efforts, across variety of owned channels: email, website, social media.
    • Manage social media presence, strategy and voice, focusing on building a base of engaged supporters, interested attendees and dedicated donors.
    • Create systems to measure effectiveness of efforts and track progress to goal, including a cadence of monthly reporting to be shared with the Director, APA! executive team and Board of Directors, as appropriate.
  • PR/Communications
    • Manage local, regional and national media relations, capitalizing on creative opportunities to build Academy recognition.
    • Effectively own day-to-day management of hired agency support.
    • In collaboration with the Marketing and Communications Director, develop a strategic communications plan to solidify and advance the Academy’s brand identity, generate awareness of the organization’s priorities, and increase visibility of the Academy’s executive thought leaders and initiatives across key audience targets.
    • Build a dedicated audience base across key stakeholder segments on a regional and national level.
    • Lead and manage the development and execution of communications campaigns, specifically related to sector-based awareness.
    • Lead clear, consistent and sophisticated messaging targeting donors, media, communities and partners in the field and/or in affiliated industries.
    • Develop crisis and issues management protocols in collaboration and consultation with the Director.
  • Branding
    • Develop high-level organizational content, guidelines, and necessary branded materials.
    • Assist in management and development of organizational website redesign/build.
    • Work in close collaboration with the executive staff, granting organization (Maddie’s Fund®), and hired agency to manage brainstorming sessions, condense ideas, and create a cohesive and effective organizational image.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and levels of work to be performed and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties.  

Qualities we’re seeking:

  • Forward-thinker and quick learner who thrives in fast-paced environment, ready to take initiative. Thrives with highly autonomous work as well as being part of a broader team.
  • Flexible and able to pivot rapidly, manipulate and adjust strategies as needed.
  • Sharp communicator, avid media mind and dynamic innovator.  
  • Seasoned marketer and/or communicator who marries savvy communication skills with decision-making rooted in analytics. Process and data-driven with excellent interpersonal relationship development, creative writing, and proofing skills.
  • Scrappiness and ability to work within set resource boundaries.
  • Willingness to roll up sleeves and get hands dirty. While this position will require significantly high-level thought and direction, it will also rely on flawless tactical execution.
  • Detail-oriented while maintaining ability to keep an eye on the big-picture prize.
  • Exceptional organizational, time management and customer service abilities
  • Creative thinker, problem solver, relationship-builder.
  • Ability to remain positive and passionate in a high-intensity work environment.
  • Excited about the opportunity to get in on the ground level of a fast-paced, quickly advancing, actively evolving educational initiative that is the first of its kind in the nation and focus on the “Austin Method” of No Kill practice.
  • Love of animals that helps keep the mission close to heart and a commitment to the No Kill cause is essential!

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Relevant Bachelor’s degree required; relevant graduate degree a plus.
  • 5-8 years of relevant marketing, PR/communications, or advertising experience is required, including management of an agency and/or consultants, contractors.
  • Demonstrated success in strategic development of marketing and/or communications campaigns and campaigns in support of new/growing programs, market entry, and/or advocacy programs.
  • Expertise with a wide range of related practices and skills, including writing, editing, content and integrated digital marketing, social media management, public affairs and media relations, audience segmentation and cross-platform communications management.
  • Proven ability to effectively manage multiple projects against established milestones and deliverables.
  • National media relations experience/relationships preferred.
  • Advertising experience a plus.
  • Must be available to work occasional evenings or weekends, and to travel, if needed.
  • Commitment to working courteously and cooperatively, with a focus on civility, with the Austin Pets Alive! community of staff, volunteers, fosters, adopters, and donors.
  • 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.  Severe allergic conditions which may be aggravated when handling animals or in the course of the operations of APA! may be a disqualification.

TO APPLY: Email resume and cover letter documents to the Marketing and Communications Director, Mary Mattia-Heerwald, at email hidden; JavaScript is required. Please state compensation requirements in your application. Deadline for submission is January 20, 2018.


Offsite Cat Adoptions 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.

TO APPLY: Interested applicants should fill out this questionnaire!


 Dog Adoption Counselor – Part and Full Time

Austin Pets Alive! is accepting resumes for both part time and full time Dog Adoption Counselors! This position requires you to be at least 18 years old, to work 3 days a week, 13 hour days in nearly any weather condition. Availability to work nearly any day of the week including weekends is required. Pay starts at $12/hour. Full time positions come with insurance benefits which apply after 90 days. This position requires compassion, stamina, willingness to work strongly on your own and a passion for rescue. If you are tired of having a desk job and want an active job of SAVING *adorable* LIVES this job is for you!

TO APPLY: Please email your resume and a brief description of your dog experience to Dog Program Manager, email hidden; JavaScript is required.


Full-Time Dog Matchmaker

Austin Pets Alive is hiring a new Matchmaker. Position is full time 5 days a week from 11-7 with access to benefits after 90 days. Must be available weekends and holidays. Being a Matchmaker is all about being a representative for the dogs. It’s an intense customer service environment and experience with dogs is a must. But there is nothing like the feeling of seeing a dog walk out the door to its forever home. We use our knowledge of the dogs and the rescue field to develop cutting-edge initiatives that help the dogs connect with the right people. And we work with APA leadership to launch and maintain these initiatives. Our primary goal is to reduce the average length of stay for all the dogs, so we are constantly developing our methods and practices to push that number lower and lower. Join the Matchmaker Team and help these amazing animals find their homes!

TO APPLY: Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to email hidden; JavaScript is required.