- Participate in the development of unique, inspiring, and engaging mission-aligned programs that address the animal welfare needs of our community and that create and support mutually beneficial connections between people and animals.
- Ability to work effectively with current and prospective ambassador animals including handling, transportation, maintenance training, and husbandry needs
- Assure operational excellence in the delivery of information and the deployment of programs & services
- Manage budgets and written protocols for assigned Community Engagement programs
- Review existing Community Engagement programs for opportunities to expand or enhance their effectiveness or eliminate them if they are no longer relevant
- Assure all presentation materials (print and electronic) are high quality and engaging
- Track the number of engagements across all activities and develop data points for tracking to determine if those engaged take “call to action” next step
- Work cooperatively on cross-functional organizational programs, projects, and fundraising events
- Other duties as assigned
- Self-starter, able to work independently, and in partnership with volunteers and co-workers, as needed
- Always treat all animals humanely and with compassion, regardless of the situation or circumstance
- Promote a humane and caring attitude toward all animals to the public, staff, and volunteers
- Work a flexible schedule of non-standard hours to grow the program and benefit the organization
- Attend all department and company-wide staff meetings
- Confident in public speaking, with a warm approachable demeanor and relaxed delivery; can clearly communicate both verbally and in written form
- Exhibits an outgoing, participatory work style with an openness to learn new things
- Experience in animal welfare preferable; high level of comfort and willingness to engage with domestic animals as well as a variety of wildlife species required
- Experience in curriculum development preferrable
- Bilingual Spanish fluency a plus
- Strong time management skills; can multi-task and redirect efforts when priorities change
- Shows support of Anderson’s mission, its future, and a desire to advance the organization
- Models a professional behavior; remains calm and pleasant to diffuse stressful or high-emotion situations; asks appropriate questions to gather pertinent information
- Is emotionally mature with life experience, attentive, reliable, honest, and encompasses integrity with decisiveness
- Relates to and appreciates differences in people; superior interpersonal communication skills exuding warmth and inclusion
- College education preferred; minimum high school diploma (or equivalent) required
- Can communicate effectively in-person, on a phone, while video conferencing, and in e-mail
- Must have a valid IL driver’s license
- COVID-19 considerations:
All employees, staff, interns and volunteers are required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or provide a valid exemption.
- Work Environment:
Willingness and able to work with domestic animals of all temperaments and species. Exposure to high noise levels; potential exposure to zoonotic diseases, animal bites and scratches.
- Physical Activities:
Ability to drive, stand, bend at the waist, squat, walk, and talk for up to eight hours a day; lift at least fifty pounds with assistance. Work a flexible schedule with regular weekend and evening shifts; weeknight and some holiday shifts will be required.
- All volunteers and staff of Anderson Humane must understand and accept that, even though all reasonable accommodations are made to support our shelter animals’ physical and emotional health, there are situations in which animals must be euthanized.