Assistant Shelter Manager (One-Year Term)

At the Pembina Valley Humane Society, we are driven by our mission to support humane and sustainable communities for all animals through education, advocacy, respect and responsibility.

We are a primarily volunteer-run Society in Morden, Manitoba, which services more than 40 communities in the Pembina Valley, and we are looking for an Assistant Manager for a one-year term (maternity leave) to help meet the needs of our communities and manage our vast volunteer base. Here, your ideas will contribute to achieving our mission; your voice will be heard and valued. So if you have a love of animals, enjoy collaborating with a team yet are a self-starter, are compassionate and detail-oriented, and looking to gain experience to help further an animal-related career (not required), we could be perfect for each other.

The Assistant Shelter Manager leads our team of volunteers who work together to ensure our animals receive the highest level of care whilst they are waiting for their forever homes. The Assistant Shelter Manager, with the Shelter Manager, coordinates adoptions and follow-ups, as well as arranges and monitors animal foster placements. The Assistant Shelter Manager collaborates with the Shelter Manager and the Board of Directors to assess the needs of the shelter, and helps develop the best methods for achieving exceptional service, adoptions, and operational objectives.

Responsibilities Specific to Assistant Shelter Manager
• Assist with the recruitment of volunteers
• Interview and select volunteers
• Orient and train new volunteers, following the PVHS Volunteer Handbook
• Supervises volunteers in their duties regarding the care of animals and interactions with the public
• Monitor volunteer performance, provide feedback, and forward volunteer successes or concerns to the Board Chair
• Arrange and monitor animal foster placements
• Daily care and observation of animals
• With the Shelter Manager, coordinate adoptions via the PVHS adoption process, and perform timely follow ups
• With the Shelter Manager, handle animal intakes and returns
• With the Board Liaison, manage and coordinate food and supply orders
• Update and manage Animal Records
• Anticipate and proactively address operational issues that could impact the mission of the shelter

Qualifications/Requirements
• High School Diploma or Equivalent, and must be able to read, write, and speak clearly in English so written and verbal instructions can be communicated effectively (fluency in other languages such as French, German, Russian, etc would be an asset)
• Demonstrated ability to motivate and direct others
• Ability to clearly define objectives and expectations
• Excellent animal-handling ability; professional training and certification in the field of animal welfare, control, and services would be an asset, but is not required
• Must be comfortable with or willing to learn techniques for safe handling of animals which may be scared, injured or challenging
• Ability to potentially work varied hours and dates, including weekends, some holidays, and early or late shifts as needed.
• Excellent observational skills and attention to detail
• Ability to stay organized and focused in a distracting and fast-paced environment
• Knowledge of computer programs such as Microsoft Office Suite and WordPress are considered an asset
• Legally able to work in Canada, and resides within the service area of the PVHS
• A desire to seek further employment in an animal related career would be considered an asset

What We Offer
• An inclusive and welcoming working environment, where every day is “Bring Your Pet To Work Day”
• Team work and training
• Experience working with animals and a diverse team
• The opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of stray, unwanted or abandoned animals in the Pembina Valley

To apply, please forward your resume and cover letter in confidence to Selena Ducharme, Interim Chair, to chair@pvhsociety.ca. Application deadline is Sunday, February 28, 2021. We thank all applicants, however only selected candidates will be contacted.

The Pembina Valley Humane Society is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace for all. We recognize that our future success depends on the perspectives and contributions of our employees and volunteers – their diverse backgrounds, abilities and experiences make us stronger. If you are contacted for a job opportunity, please advise us of any accommodations needed to ensure fair and equitable access throughout the recruitment and selection process. All accommodation information provided will be treated as confidential and used only for providing an accessible candidate experience.

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