Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League is seeking a creative and dynamic individual to develop and lead a new humane education program to be launched in conjunction with the Fall 2020 opening of a new, state of the art pet adoption and education center on its campus in beautiful West Palm Beach, Florida.
Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League is the premier animal welfare organization in Palm Beach County with a wide array of programs and services benefiting the lives of more than 35,000 animals each year.
If humane education is your passion and you are dedicated to teaching today’s and future generations of animal advocates, we encourage you to consider this exciting opportunity.
Learn more and submit your application, resume and cover letter at PeggyAdams.org/career-opportunities
Job Title: Humane Education Manager
Reports To: Director of Information Systems and Outreach
FLSA Status: Exempt
The Humane Education Manager oversees all functions of the Education Program. Responsible for promoting humane interactions between pets and people. Designs, coordinates, implements and oversees all Education Department activities related to teaching and promoting humane attitudes towards animals including animal welfare, responsible pet ownership, animal rights, and animal behavior. Recruiting volunteers and providing ongoing support, managing Education Program data. Ensures goals and financial responsibilities of Education Program are met.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Develops and monitors departmental expense and revenue budget to ensure positive net revenue to support other organization programs.
- Responsible for accurate and up-to-date website, social media, newsletter and other marketing content.
- Adheres to the department’s financial goals.
- Attends managerial and board meetings as needed.
- Attends professional association meetings.
- Responsible for coordinating use and maintenance of education facilities.
- Develops and implements curriculums for audiences of varying ages and backgrounds.
- Seeks alternative, non-regular free or fee-based education or other programming (could be a speaker, book signing, corporate meetings/retreats).
- Coordinates and oversees the education programs and educational community events.
- Coordinates and oversees promotional tours, conferences, and other associated activities.
- Oversees and develops partnership programs (schools, pet clubs, etc).
- Develops brochures and educational materials.
- Stays current with progressive teaching methodology and advancement and child development.
- Pursues continuing education related to humane topics and maintains a strong network of professional humane educators.
- Works with animals of varying size and temperament, handling individual animals in a caring and respectful manner.
- Manages the Education Department’s social media presence.
- Ensures that educational programs are culturally sensitive and applicable to the needs of the community. Addresses sensitive issues within the education setting with highest degree of discretion, judgement, empathy and professionalism.
- Adheres to the shelter disease management and safety precautions on an ongoing basis.
- Responsible for teaching members of the public how to interact with animals in a compassionate and considerate way.
- Reports issues needing immediate attention to the Director of Information and Outreach.
- Provide support and information to other departments, as needed.
- May be required to work, nights, weekends, holidays or during emergencies.
- Supervisory Responsibilities:
- Directly trains, leads, motivates, assigns and supervises Education personnel and volunteers in performing daily duties in accordance with the Education department policies, on campus and at offsite events.
- Carries out management responsibilities in accordance with policies and applicable laws, including but not limited to, hiring, terminations, performing periodic evaluations and annual evaluations, counseling, disciplinary action on an ongoing basis with Education personnel and volunteers as needed.
- Assures that employees and volunteers assigned to the Education department are complying with operational and personnel policies.
- Oversees training made available to Education personnel and volunteers.
- Provides leadership to resolve disputes and mediates complaints at the lowest possible level.
- To perform this job successfully, an 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.
- Ability to work in a team oriented and frequently changing environment.
- Must support the Animal Rescue League’s mission, policies, and practices.
- Ability to work courteously and cooperatively with volunteers, staff, and the public.
- Work as a team player, supporting the overall goals of the organization.
- Strong interpersonal skills – outgoing, patient, professional, and able to get along well with variety of people.
- Ability to handle multiple tasks and work in a fast-paced environment under sometimes tight deadlines.
- Ability to orchestrate large events, while interacting with all levels of society.
- Maturity, good judgment and a professional personal appearance.
- Ability to show compassion and empathize.
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to read, write and understand English.
- Ability and initiative, working with minimal supervision and direction.
- Well organized.
- Respect for people and animals.
- Familiarity with animals, animal care, knowledge of animal behavior, and experience working with animal welfare.
- Comfort and ability to work with animals of unknown disposition and those who may exhibit medical and other problems, as well as aggressive tendencies.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Windows and Office, especially Word, Excel, and Outlook; comfortable learning and using online information systems.
- Must adhere to the company’s dress code and have the ability to deal tactfully and effectively with the public.
- Ability to maintain personal boundaries in the face of highly emotional situations.
- Possession of a valid Florida driver’s license.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
- Certification from courses associated with animal sheltering and behavior.
- Bilingual (English/Spanish)
- Certifications: The Humane Society of the United States offers a Certified Humane Education Specialist (CHES) program to enhance the humane educator’s credentials.
- Bachelor’s degree in Child Development, Education, Humane Education, Non-Profit Management, Communications or related field. (Professional level work experience may be substituted for Bachelor’s degree requirement.)
- One year of professional level work experience may be substituted for each year of required education, up to a maximum of four years.
- A High School Diploma or GED is required when substituting professional level work experience for the Bachelor’s degree requirement.
- Three (3) to five (5) years related work experience, including lesson plans, designing curriculum and teaching children.
- One (1) to three (3) years experience in a supervisory capacity in Humane Education, Education, Animal Shelter or related non-profit organization.
- Knowledge of business and management principles planning, human resources, resource allocation, leadership, and coordination of people, projects, and resources.