Job Description

Join Best Friends and turn your career into a labor of love. The benefits package is one of the best! Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic and Supplemental Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability, Child Care reimbursement, Pet Sitting reimbursement, Flexible Spending Account, Health Savings Account, PTO, Paid Holidays, Employee Assistance Program, 401k and Staff Discounts.

Location: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas

Position Summary: This position will work on further developing and executing the state level strategic plans by working on projects and initiatives that bridge resources gaps, bring awareness and rally communities and other stakeholders to support community lifesaving. This position will also work with shelters and communities to identify programming, resources and strategies to increase lifesaving on a shelter or community level in key locations. Additionally, this position supports the South Central region through gap analysis, implementation of lifesaving strategies and coalition building to advance no-kill across the region.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

- Work with the regional director and regional team to identify key lifesaving strategies, partnerships, and tactics to reduce shelter death in the South Central region with the goal of having all shelters and all communities achieve a 90% or better SR by the end of 2025.

-Take an active role in developing, implementing, and evaluating regional strategies and plans to increase lifesaving within region and stay abreast of trends and current events that may create new opportunities, unforeseen barriers or otherwise prompt a change in priorities or strategy in assigned areas.

-Develop and lead projects, campaigns and initiatives that further state level strategies to increase lifesaving in the region, which may include developing, managing and leading coalitions. Day to day work may include analyzing collected shelter data, identifying and collaborating with key stakeholders and working with multiple divisions within Best Friends to create operations, communications and fundraising tactics to support the plan.

-Cultivate and manage meaningful relationships with assigned strategic and targeted partners in the region to increase lifesaving and engagement within targeted communities. Targeted communities will primarily consist of those with shelters on the Top 100 list but may include others deemed of strategic value by the regional team.

-Provide technical support and mentorship to assigned shelters and groups and skillfully leverage Best Friends internal resources in order to aid groups in implementing lifesaving programming identified through gap analysis, engagement, and/or reviews and assessments.

-Work with lifesaving centers and other outside groups to leverage transport work within region as a whole. Manage dedicated transport budgets if available.

-Develop innovative and creative strategies to build and leverage resources outside of Best Friends that directly support and impact a reduction in shelter deaths in the South Central region with focus on state and regional levels. This may include identifying, recruiting, and supervising volunteer positions.

-Participate as requested and as appropriate with national initiatives and events like the Best Friends National Conference to support the organization's goals.

-Ensure employees and volunteers understand the Best Friends organizational culture and act in accordance with it to achieve optimal results and employee engagement and to live and represent the Best Friends brand

-Ensure that direct reports and volunteers understand the Best Friends brand and the role that they play in building, sustaining, and communicating that brand to external constituencies.

-Support and inform the establishment of annual program goals and manage team performance in the achievement of goals.

-Work within budgets and meet revenue goals as planned and delivered with program managers.


-Proven ability to promote a positive, professional work environment.

-Ability to problem solve and work with minimal supervision. Affection for animals and concern for their welfare.

-Knowledge of contemporary shelter maintenance techniques and accepted sanitary practices.

-Ability to accommodate varied work assignments and schedules. Ability to provide leadership and direction to managers, employees and volunteers.

-Ability to communicate skillfully and effectively with a culturally diverse staff, volunteers and community in a professional, pleasant, respectful, courteous and tactful manner at all times. Maturity, good judgment and professional personal appearance including the wearing of neat and clean uniforms.

-Engaging and friendly interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with the public and various forms of media outlets on behalf of the organization.

-Ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations.

-Strong management, leadership, facilitation and coaching skills.

-Minimum of 3 years supervisory experience.

-Ability to professionally advocate Best Friends Animal Society positions on issues.

-Ability to travel frequently throughout the south central region to meet with partners.

-Experience working in a municipal shelter or collaboratively with municipal shelters a plus.

-Familiarity with animal welfare issues nationally and within region; with particular knowledge of community engagement around shelter issues and lifesaving programs, policies, and protocols within municipal animal services organizations

-Proficiency with a variety of computer tools such as word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, database, internet research, etc...

-Valid driver's license with access to transportation for travel on organization business.

-Experience with financials, budgets, ordering a must.

Physical Requirements:

-Valid driver's license with access to transportation to travel on organization business.

-Ability to drive a van/commercial vehicle.

-Ability to effectively interact with and handle all animals including cats and dogs.

-Work at a computer for extended periods of time with repetitive typing, arm and hand motion.

-Must be able to lift up to 60 pounds.

-Will be required to visit off-site Best Friends programs and events.

-Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions, with temperatures ranging from below freezing to above 100 degrees.

-Must be able to perform strenuous physical activity on a daily basis, including but not limited to: walking, hiking, bending, lifting, carrying, twisting, reaching, stooping and squatting.

-Ability to effectively and safely handle a variety of animals and spend extensive periods of time with those animals in close quarters.

Thank you for your interest in pursuing a career at Best Friends Animal Society. Best Friends Animal Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.

This is a full time job

Contact Information

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Jessie Miller
Recruiter, Talent & Culture

Closing Date: Monday, November 9, 2020

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