Under general supervision, the Foster Program Coordinator is responsible for developing and administering the foster program for shelter animals. This is a part time, hourly position funded by a grant for a period of one year. The Friends of Oakland Animal Services (FOAS) intends to continue the program after one year but this may be dependent on continued grant funding.
The position reports to the FOAS Board of Directors for employment matters and the OAS Director or his/her designee for daily job operational needs.
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Job Duties and Responsibilities
- Recruits and trains foster care providers
- Coordinates movement of shelter animals into and out of foster care; orders/provides supplies as needed
- Assists with planning and conducting onsite and offsite adoption events
- Coordinates and assists with veterinary care for animals in the foster program
- Maintains regular contact with foster care providers; provides support for behavior and medical issues
- Maintains meticulous records of animal care, status and location using the shelter database software
- Provides regular reports to shelter management and the FOAS board regarding program status, successes and challenges
- Other duties as assigned
Qualifications and Education Requirements
- Associates degree or equivalent from an accredited college or technical school
- Veterinary Technician training and experience desirable
- Two years of experience working or volunteering with an animal care, rescue, or shelter organization
- Valid Driver’s License
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Commitment to the mission, goals and success of Oakland Animal Services
- Knowledge of basic animal health care and safe animal handling practices
- Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office and database systems
- Ability to establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relations with the public and other employees.
- Flexibility, adaptability, aptitude for effectively prioritizing multiple tasks and a strong work ethic
- Ability to recognize symptoms of common animal diseases; ability to lift and handle cats and dogs (including large breeds).
- Knowledge of dog training and cat socialization methods desirable
- Primary work location in an animal shelter environment
- Exposure to loud noises in the kennel areas
- Potential for exposure to animal feces, blood, and zoonotic diseases
- Potential for exposure to animal bites and scratches
- Must be able to work a flexible schedule which may include evenings and weekends
- Must be able to tolerate the emotional aspect of work in an animal shelter environment, including the use of euthanasia
- $18 – $24 / hour DOE
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