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Chief Operating Officer- Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League

4 Jun 2019 9:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League is seeking a dynamic, energetic, and experienced leader and manager with a track record of innovative and inclusive leadership.  Demonstrated accomplishments in shelter operations, personnel management and financial oversight are needed.  Personnel management skills that include an ability to work collaboratively, listen, have a positive attitude, provide feedback, delegate, make decisions, build morale and develop a cohesive team are essential. 

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, located in West Palm Beach, Florida, is a managed-admission humane society with 124 staff and a $10 million operating budget providing services to more than 30,000 cats, dogs, puppies and kittens each year. Operating continuously since 1925, Peggy Adams has benefited the lives of more than 1 million animals. Peggy Adams plans to open a new, state of the art Adoption and Humane Education Center in 2020 to better serve the community and help save twice as many lives as it can today.


The Chief Operating Officer (COO) is responsible for the direction and supervision of shelter operations, programs, procedures and resources as determined by the Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Directors. Areas of direct oversight and management include, but are not limited to, animal admissions, sheltering, adoptions, behavior evaluation and training, client communications, retail sales, facilities management, and emergency/disaster preparation and response. The COO is responsible for the effective hiring, training, supervision and evaluation of staff in these areas. In conjunction with the CEO, the COO develops and implements strategies that support the Peggy Adams mission. The COO ensures a safe and operational working environment. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Continual progressive development of innovative lifesaving programs
  • Provide day-to-day leadership and management to accomplish organizational goals and objectives
  • Motivate, coach and lead a high performance team
  • Foster an environment of teamwork, respect, empathy, innovation and accountability
  • Leads the process of creating, updating, maintaining, disseminating and compliance to related standard operating procedures
  • Ensures appropriate staff training opportunities are available
  • Respond to program related public complaints
  • Create and foster partnerships with outside agencies
  • Oversee personnel related tasks including new hires, work schedules, work assignments, evaluations, termination and leave requests for supervisory staff
  • Manages budget development and oversight for areas of responsibility
  • Monitor the safety and appearance of the campus and facilities; coordinate improvements as needed
  • Represent the organization with clients, donors, board members and media as required
  • Actively participate in other department programs and projects including fundraising, marketing, volunteer and community outreach
  • Attends Board meetings
  • Work with staff to effectively integrate and manage volunteers wherever appropriate
  • Perform other duties as assigned


To perform this job successfully, and individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must support Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League’s mission, policies, and practices
  • Must have an extensive background in animal welfare and shelter operations
  • Must be able to provide accurate information to the public at all times
  • Must have a strong focus on, and commitment to, customer service
  • Must maintain professional dress and appearance standards
  • Must have detailed knowledge of all operations and departments of organization including, but not limited to, all systems (security, computers, telephone)

Must have excellent oral and written communication abilities as well as interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate and work effectively with the public and staff

  • Experience in working with governmental agencies, community groups, volunteers and other animal welfare organizations
  • High degree of competence with computers and shelter software
  • Ability to operate independently with little to no guidance if necessary
  • Considerable knowledge of applicable federal, state, county, and city animal welfare regulations
  • Considerable knowledge of shelter and office practices and procedures
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate both in written and oral form; to plan, organize and direct the work of others; to gather, assemble, correlate and analyze facts and devise solutions or plans
  • Must have the ability to multitask, delegate work and supervise staff
  • Flexibility in work hours and schedule with the ability to work occasional evenings, weekends and holidays
  • Ability to travel to attend meetings and animal welfare related conferences


  • Working knowledge of Chameleon shelter database
  • Working knowledge of Crystal Reports
  • Certification from courses associated with animal welfare and sheltering.


  • Bachelors degree (business management or related field preferred)
  • Minimum of three years of professional experience in animal welfare and in a senior management role
  • Must have supervisory experience
  • Must have progressive career record


  • Microsoft Office
  • Outlook Express


  • Computer
  • Telephone system


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is consistently required to stand and move.  
  • In addition the employee is constantly required to talk, hear and use hands for grasping, reaching and other operative tasks. 
  • The employee is required to stand and sit frequently.  
  • The employee will also be required to bend neck and twist body. 
  • The employee will be required to consistently lift an animate or stationary object of up to 20 pounds.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to an indoor office environment climate condition. 
  • The employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions. 
  • The employee is occasionally exposed to animal odors and animal fur.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

To apply, submit application, resume and cover letter at


Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations


Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization

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