Employment Opportunities

Assistant Animal Care Manager

The Assistant Animal Care Manager serves as the Animal Care Manager on Duty during the Animal Care Manager’s days off by overseeing the overall health and welfare of the all the animals at the Rescue and Recovery Center and the successful transport of animals from the Rescue and Recovery Center to the Adoption Center in order to maximize capacity and Intake. The rest of the week, the Assistant Animal Care Manager owns several core responsibilities including managing inventory/ordering for all critical supplies in Animal Care (e.g. cleaning supplies, cat/dog supplies, etc.), reporting daily animal inventory, dog pairing, and training and directing volunteers.

Duties and Responsibilities

Team Leadership/Volunteer Management

  • Embrace and support the PAWS Chicago mission — ensure an environment of education, leverage volunteers to maximize efficiency, all in an effort to help make Chicago a No Kill Community
  • When serving as Animal Care Manager on Duty (when Animal Care Manager is off), direct and motivate the Animal Care team/volunteers and ensure the Animal Caregivers are following all required protocols/processes, working efficiently & safely, taking required breaks, and working within the budgeted/scheduled hours (minimizing overtime)
  • Ensure staff and volunteer morale remains high through a positive and inspirational work environment, keeping the staff and volunteers focused on the life-saving goals of PAWS Chicago

Animal Care, Cleaning Protocols & Safety

  • Ensure the health and welfare of all animals and ensure they are getting proper care as needed (food, water, shelter, meds, behavior stimulation, etc.)
  • Learn all cleaning/disinfecting protocols and ensure they are followed consistently, including all rooms in animal care corridor, animal suites, playroom, as well as some deep-cleaning and general cleaning tasks.
  • Ensure medical protocols are followed consistently.
  • Ensure all animals are closely observed and monitored to assess/report any signs of sickness or abnormalities in behavior.  Ensure any concerns are communicated to all the required teams of people, e.g. Management, CVT, DVM, observation sheets.
  • Coordinate transport of animals to the Adoption Center based on capacity and expected adoptions flow, and manage the housing of animals from the Adoption Center of animals back to the Rescue and Recovery Center if any become sick, stressed out, show aggressive behavior, etc.
  • Drive a “no bite” and safe environment, reducing safety risks in any ways possible
  • Serve as “back-up” Animal Caregiver, should there be a gap/no show in the Caregiver schedule
  • Create behavior plans for identified dogs and manage an “activity board” to communicate to Caregivers and senior volunteers the requested activities for specific dogs
  • Ensure proper waking cards are up and that all door signage is correct for all Internal Animals.
  • Monitor Animal Care area for any needed repairs (e.g. faulty equipment, light bulbs out, damage to doors/walls, etc.) and report needs to Adoption Center Director to coordinate quick resolution

Animal Inventory & Behavior

  • Work with Animal Care Manager and Lead Caregivers to determine best placement of all animals (includes pairing of animals), as well as extra signage/comments communicating limitations.
  • Ensure daily animal inventory and capacity report are completed and distributed to key players involved in managing animal population.

Animal Files/Administration

  • Help ensure all animals sent to the Adoption Center have complete files including all medical paperwork, working with the Shelter Medicine team to resolve any gaps discovered.
  • Help ensure all animals returned from the Adoption Center have files sent back with them on transport.  If there are missing files or medical/behavior information in the file you will work with the Adoption Center team to ensure the files and information are sent to the Rescue and Recovery Center in a timely manner.

Supply Inventory

  • Ensure all critical supplies are in stock at all times – never let critical items run out
  • Manage ongoing system for ordering all food needed for animals, ensuring budgets and vendor partnerships (e.g. Science Diet) are fully leveraged
  • Manage ongoing system for ordering all cleaning supplies needed to clean animal suites and common animal areas, ensuring budgets and vendor partnerships (e.g. Earth Friendly donated supplies) leveraged
  • Manage ongoing system for ordering all other Animal Care supplies (e.g. leashes/collars, scrubs, etc.)
  • Ensure a clean, sanitized and organized Animal Care area is always maintained (desks, medical, laundry, housekeeping closets, hallways, playroom, suites) leveraging space effectively.

Requirements

  • Bachelors Degree or Associates Degree
  • At least 5 years experience in animal care, ideally in a shelter setting
  • At least 5 years experience managing people
  • Strong knowledge and experience with dog behavior
  • Passion for animals and animal welfare
  • Comfort and confidence observing, detecting, communicating medical concerns
  • Flexibility and ability to multi-task and work well under pressure in a dynamic, team environment
  • Proven, strong team leadership skills
  • Proven organizational skills with attention to detail
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Initiative for continual process improvement and proactive problem-solving skill
  • Positive attitude and desire to instill same in others
  • Vet Tech/Assistant experience, a big plus
  • Past experience managing volunteers, a big plus

Please forward resume, cover letter, and salary history to recruiting@pawschicago.org . Please reference Assistant Animal Care Manager and website position was found in the subject line. Thank you.

Director of Communications

The Director of Communications at PAWS Chicago works closely with the CEO and Executive Director to lead all PAWS Chicago branding, messaging and communications.  Communicating with and engaging the public is what has differentiated PAWS Chicago since the organization’s inception.  By motivating and inspiring people to get involved in helping homeless pets, PAWS Chicago has been able to grow into a national model in less than two decades.  Preserving and enhancing this conversation with the public and inspiring them to action is one of the most critical ingredients for PAWS Chicago’s continued success and growth.

The Director of Communications is responsible for designing and implementing comprehensive communications strategies for PAWS Chicago.  This strategy should build upon the success of the existing communications forums and programs while developing new ways of reaching new constituents, as well as developing and engaging current PAWS Chicago supporters in innovative ways.

The Communications Director leads the marketing strategies for PAWS Chicago’s core programs:

Adoptions:  The Communications Director will formulate and implement strategies on how to reach more potential adopters to save more lives, increasing adoptions at both the Lincoln Park and future North Shore Adoption Centers.  Strategies will also be needed to enhance the foster network.

Spay/Neuter:  The Communications Director will formulate and implement strategies on how to reach targeted demographics to encourage spay/neuter.  These strategies are important for both the Lurie Clinic and the GusMobile.

Outreach & Humane Education:  The Communications Director will ensure all public facing messaging is consistent with PAWS Chicago’s mission, brand and approved messaging, with responsibility for: PAWS Chicago Magazine; PAWS Chicago’s website and social media; e-mailed and mailed communications; and outreach and education materials.

Volunteers:  The life force of PAWS Chicago, volunteers leverage resources and make the magnitude of lifesaving work possible. The Communications Director will formulate and implement strategies on how to communicate to and engage volunteers throughout the organization.

The Communications Director is also responsible for overseeing all media relationships at PAWS Chicago, optimizing PAWS Chicago’s visibility as a national leader.

As PAWS Chicago develops its national brand to spread the progressive No Kill movement to communities across the country, the Communications Director will be instrumental in developing a national communications strategy and outreach.

Leadership Duties & Responsibilities

1.  Work closely with organizational leadership—specifically the CEO, Executive Director and Co-Founder—to build thought leadership, understand nuances of industry and maintain consistent voice across PAWS Chicago channels and platforms.

2.  Design, establish, align goals and targets, and successfully implement and deliver an overall PAWS Chicago communications strategy (annually and long-term) with focused plans for digital, email, and print/mail.

3.  Oversee and actively performance manage the communications team, responsible for PAWS Chicago’s branding; all written, audio and visual communications; media relations; public relations; PAWS Chicago magazine; website and social media communications; program marketing; interfacing with and supporting the development team with direct mail strategies and donor communications.

4.  Coordinate closely with peer colleagues—in the organization who have separate responsibility for donor development and engagement, corporate partnerships and sponsorships and events management to ensure alignment and coordination of communications.

Communications Duties & Responsibilities

1.  Manage graphic design and writing resources to guide PAWS Chicago’s branding; written, audio and visual communications; media relations; public relations; PAWS Chicago magazine; website and social media communications; program marketing; interfacing with and supporting the development team with direct mail strategies and supporter communications as needed; explore enhancing strategy for other platforms like Twitter, Linked-In and blogging.

2.   Oversee content development, ensuring consistency with the PAWS mission and brand; generating new content daily to keep digital platforms fresh; developing PAWS Chicago’s thought leadership in the space; and supporting revenue generating opportunities as needed.

3.  Lead the cultivation of programmatic content, ensuring prioritization and accuracy of messaging and consistency of branding and voice across all platforms, including print, web, social media and public relations.  Oversee and actively performance manage the program managers’ cultivation of mission-related content, tapping into volunteers to support the collection of information.

4.  Oversee strategy, writing and design for PAWS Chicago Magazine, ensuring content engages readers and is a conduit of communicating PAWS Chicago’s mission and achievements, while retaining the brand and image.

5.  Generate mission-related pitches for media partners, optimizing PAWS Chicago’s visibility as a national leader.

6.  Design, establish, align goals and targets, and successfully implement and deliver an overall media strategy to pitch and obtain substantive news stories on the organization’s mission and results.

7.  Oversee media strategy, enhancing relationships with all media outlets to communicate PAWS Chicago’s messaging, help media train PAWS Chicago representatives to be effective and on point when being interviewed and serve as a PAWS Chicago spokesperson as directed by the CEO.

8.  Support development team with content to properly thank and recognize all donors, communicating the results and impact of their gifts and guide content for support solicitations.

9.   Help develop curriculum for No Kill Academy.

10.  Oversee PAWS Post (news portal) strategy and execution.

11.  Other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Extensive background in performance managing teams of talented people.
  • Excellent writing skills in both old and new media.
  • Professional communications experience and evidence of strong and effective strategic vision and execution.
  • Evidence of excellent spoken and written communications skills, across a wide variety of areas of communications.
  • 8-10 years of experience in communications, particularly an emphasis and expertise in written communications and messaging.
  • Public relations and direct mail experience desired.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Love of animals and knowledge of and commitment to PAWS Chicago’s No Kill model.

Please forward resume, cover letter, and salary history to recruiting@pawschicago.org . Please reference Director of Communications and website position was found in the subject line. Thank you.

 

Part Time Animal Caregiver – North Shore Adoption Center

This position is part-time (with a potential for full-time in the future). Playing one of the most crucial roles in the direct care of all PAWS Chicago internal animals, Animal Caregivers are responsible for the daily care and cleaning of all animals in the adoption program within PAWS Chicago. This includes: daily feeding, medicating and cleaning of all animal areas (both dogs and cats).  Also may require walking of dogs if no volunteers available.

Animal Caregivers must be willing to work closely with volunteers/staff. Animal Caregivers are responsible for closely monitoring and following through with the medication and medical/behavior observation logs to ensure each animal is receiving the PAWS Chicago care standard. They must obey any animal exercise restrictions.

In addition to caring for all of the internal animals at PAWS Chicago, Animal Caregivers are also responsible for ensuring that common areas that are a part of the rescue and recovery area are clean and maintained. This includes: vacuuming, mopping and taking out trash for all kennels and common areas (playroom, walkways dog bathing room & laundry areas).

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for ensuring the checklist items are done on a daily basis as assigned.
  • Ensuring the housing areas are organized and presentable. The cat room should have matching (as best as we can) blankets, towels, and bedding. The dogs should have a dog house and/or Kuranda bed, a blanket, toys, etc.
  • Animal Supplies Inventory. Notify appropriate individual to replenish stock with adequate notice to maintain a stocked position.
  • Animal Health. Coordinate with Animal Care Manager – Intake or Team Lead Animal Caregiver on any changes observed and as policy directs.
  • Prepare Animals for Sx procedures. Ensure food and/or water is withheld when necessary and proper notice is displayed as requested.
  • Animal Behavior. Ensure information on health or behavior changes are communicated to Animal Care Manager – Intake or Team Lead Animal Caregiver and as policy directs.
  • Cleaning Supplies Inventory. Notify appropriate individual to replenish stock with adequate notice to maintain a stocked position.
  • Be able to drive transport van and assist with transport of animal’s offsite.
  • Other duties as requested or needed by supervisors.

Requirements

  • Passion for animals and animal welfare
  • Animal Caregivers must be able to work one weekend day and holidays.
  • Animal Caregivers must be able to lift 40 lbs and walk/hold large dogs on outdoor walks and on stairways.
  • Animal Caregivers are expected and relied upon to work the hours scheduled and to directly notify their supervisor by telephone or in person 2 hours in advance of schedule start time if they will not be able to work their scheduled hours.

Please forward resume, cover letter, and salary history to recruiting@pawschicago.org . Please reference Animal Caregiver and website position was found on, in the subject line.  Thank you.

 

Surgical Prep Tech – Part Time

Put your unique skills to great use in a rewarding and challenging position. Come join the No-Kill movement and help save lives!

The PAWS Chicago Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic, located on the West Side of Chicago, is looking for an experienced part time Surgical Prep Technician. We are the Midwest’s largest low-cost, high volume spay/neuter and vaccine clinic, averaging 85 spay/neuters and 26 vaccine clients per day.

The Surgical Veterinary Technician is responsible preparing dogs/cats for their spay/neuter surgeries. Duties include drawing & administering IV meds, intubating, vaccinating as needed and client interaction.

Preference will be given to applicants who are CVT, although a candidate with a minimum of 3 years technician experience will be considered.

Ideal four-day work week (including one weekend day) with consistent schedule and competitive hourly compensation. Potential for advancement, full time employment and cross training in other departments.

Please submit cover letter and resume to sgillen@pawschicago.org

Experienced Spay/Neuter Surgeon – Part Time 

Put your unique skills to great use in a rewarding and challenging position. Come join the No-Kill movement and help save lives!

The PAWS Chicago Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic, located on the West Side of Chicago, is looking for an experienced part time Spay/Neuter Surgeon. We are the Midwest’s largest low-cost, high volume spay/neuter and vaccine clinic, averaging 85 spay/neuters and 26 vaccine clients per day. To date, PAWS has performed 140,000 spay/neuter surgeries and counting!

Enjoy the benefits of experienced support staff in both prep and recovery, opportunity for additional “special op” procedures with occasional emergency surgeries. Potential for interdepartmental work in the Shelter Medicine program.

Flexible schedule to include one weekend day. Requirements include a minimum of 2 years surgical experience required, with emphasis on spay/neuter surgery on cats and dogs, and must hold a current IL vet license.

Please submit cover letter and resume to sgillen@pawschicago.org

Part-Time Animal Caregiver – Rescue and Recovery Center

This position is part-time (with a potential for full-time in the future). Playing one of the most crucial roles in the direct care of all PAWS Chicago internal animals, Animal Caregivers are responsible for the daily care and cleaning of all animals in the adoption program within PAWS Chicago. This includes: daily feeding, medicating and cleaning of all animal areas (both dogs and cats).  Also may require walking of dogs if no volunteers available.

Animal Caregivers must be willing to work closely with volunteers/staff. Animal Caregivers are responsible for closely monitoring and following through with the medication and medical/behavior observation logs to ensure each animal is receiving the PAWS Chicago care standard. They must obey any animal exercise restrictions.

In addition to caring for all of the internal animals at PAWS Chicago, Animal Caregivers are also responsible for ensuring that common areas that are a part of the rescue and recovery area are clean and maintained. This includes: vacuuming, mopping and taking out trash for all kennels and common areas (playroom, walkways dog bathing room & laundry areas).

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for ensuring the checklist items are done on a daily basis as assigned.
  • Ensuring the housing areas are organized and presentable. The cat room should have matching (as best as we can) blankets, towels, and bedding. The dogs should have a dog house and/or Kuranda bed, a blanket, toys, etc.
  • Animal Supplies Inventory. Notify appropriate individual to replenish stock with adequate notice to maintain a stocked position.
  • Animal Health. Coordinate with Animal Care Manager – Intake or Team Lead Animal Caregiver on any changes observed and as policy directs.
  • Prepare Animals for Sx procedures. Ensure food and/or water is withheld when necessary and proper notice is displayed as requested.
  • Animal Behavior. Ensure information on health or behavior changes are communicated to Animal Care Manager – Intake or Team Lead Animal Caregiver and as policy directs.
  • Cleaning Supplies Inventory. Notify appropriate individual to replenish stock with adequate notice to maintain a stocked position.
  • Be able to drive transport van and assist with transport of animal’s offsite.
  • Other duties as requested or needed by supervisors.

Requirements

  • Passion for animals and animal welfare
  • Animal Caregivers must be able to work one weekend day and holidays.
  • Animal Caregivers must be able to lift 40 lbs and walk/hold large dogs on outdoor walks and on stairways.
  • Animal Caregivers are expected and relied upon to work the hours scheduled and to directly notify their supervisor by telephone or in person 2 hours in advance of schedule start time if they will not be able to work their scheduled hours.

Please forward resume, cover letter, and salary history to recruiting@pawschicago.org . Please reference Animal Caregiver and website position was found on, in the subject line.  Thank you.

 

Certified Veterinary Technician- Full-time and part-time

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Certified Veterinary Technician will work at PAWS Chicago Rescue & Recovery Center (3516 West 26th Street, Chicago). The individual will work closely with veterinarians providing daily care, treatment, and support of the shelter animals.

Education:  Associate degree or Bachelor’s degree from an AVMA accredited Veterinary Technology program or equivalent experience.

Experience:  2+ years’ work experience in a veterinary practice or shelter preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

The candidate must be credential-eligible in Illinois.  Ability to be flexible, work independently, demonstrate sound judgment, understand the importance of deadlines and work in a dynamic collaborative team environment necessary.  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Clinical Services

Provide technical assistance to shelter veterinarians and communicate regarding changes in patient condition, results of diagnostic tests and procedures and treatment questions. Position responsibilities include shelter animal intake and evaluation procedures; diagnostics; health assessment of shelter animals; care of shelter animals including emergency and intensive care as required; restraint; patient and equipment preparation for diagnostic procedures, monitoring, and evaluating shelter animals; administration of medication; catheter placement; maintenance of IV’s.  Perform quality control of shelter technical services such as disinfection procedures, in-house diagnostic services and animal selection and intake.

Miscellaneous

Provide clinical instruction to veterinary and veterinary technician/technology students as needed. Responsibilities include demonstration of proper usage of equipment/instruments and patient procedures, including completing treatments and taking and submitting laboratory specimens. Instruct in routine nursing care of shelter animals and shelter procedures. Other duties as assigned or as the dynamics of the population change.

This is a position at the PAWS Chicago Rescue and Recovery Center, 3516 W. 26th Street in Chicago. Please forward resume and interest to kjahnke@pawschicago.org or fax to 773 521-1142.

Part-time Shelter Medicine Veterinarian

PAWS Chicago Rescue and Recovery Center seeks an experienced part-time Shelter Medicine Veterinarian.  This person is responsible for ensuring the highest quality of care for in-house animals; including but not limited to physical exams, diagnosis, treatment and management of animals for routine or critical care.   We are looking for a detail oriented, dependable, committed person that wants to make a difference in animal’s lives.  Shelter experienced preferred, please forward CV to kjahnke@pawschicago.org

Relief Shelter Medicine Vet Tech

Experienced Vet Tech to assist in animal exams, bloodwork, vaccines, administering medications. Working with DVM and independently. Must have Vet assist or Vet Tech experience.  Competitive hourly pay, please forward resume and interest to kjahnke@pawschicago.org or fax to 773 521-1142.

PAWS Chicago Adoption Program Internships

PAWS Chicago offers internships for individuals seeking academic credit. These positions are unpaid and operate within the guidelines of each university.  Interns can engage in a variety of volunteer responsibilities including, but not limited to, interaction/socialization with and care of dogs and cats, showing animals to potential adopters, assisting with a wide variety of administrative functions, participating in or leading animal adoptions, hosting training classes, etc.  Students in this position can also learn database management, psychology of matching people with animals (adoptions), special events planning and more. Students will experience the wide diversity of the operations of an animal rescue organization, what goes into making it work and succeed each day. Duties can be tailored to fit into different educational majors and requirements as much as is practically possible.

PAWS Chicago staff can provide mentorship to students in their professional capacities and give students hands-on exposure to this highly-rated and well-respected not-for-profit organization. Interns should share our passion for animals, believe in our mission to create a No Kill Chicago, and be willing to take the extra step. Interns will be asked to commit to a regular, mutually agreed upon schedule, for a minimum of 10 hours per week, and a three-to six-month term of service. All applicants must attend a two-hour New Volunteer Orientation and hands-on training for their specific area of interest, as well as possibly two, one-hour Level 1 Training Courses. Interns must also comply with dress code, other center requirements and conduct themselves in a professional manner consistent with the company handbook.

We strive to create an environment for our interns which fosters ethics, learning and development while developing a deeper understanding and practice of community service. This is a wonderful opportunity to make volunteering count twice!

To learn more, please contact recruitment@pawschicago.org.

PAWS Chicago Volunteer Program Internships

PAWS Chicago offers internships for individuals seeking academic credit. These positions are unpaid and operate within the guidelines of each university.  Interns can engage in a variety of responsibilities including, but not limited to, volunteer recruitment, training and retention and a variety of administrative functions including preparation and analysis of volunteer reporting, management of volunteer communication, involvement in our family services and community development programs. Students will experience the wide diversity of the operations of an animal rescue organization, what goes into making it work and succeed each day. Duties can be tailored to fit into different educational majors and requirements as much as is practically possible.

PAWS Chicago staff can provide mentorship to students in their professional capacities and give students hands-on exposure to this highly-rated and well-respected not-for-profit organization. Interns should share our passion for animals, believe in our mission to create a No Kill Chicago, and be willing to take the extra step. Interns will be asked to commit to a regular, mutually agreed upon schedule, for a minimum of 10 hours per week, and a three-to six-month term of service. All applicants must attend a two-hour New Volunteer Orientation and hands-on training for their specific area of interest, as well as possibly two, one-hour Level 1 Training Courses. Interns must also comply with dress code, other center requirements and conduct themselves in a professional manner consistent with the company handbook.

We strive to create an environment for our interns which fosters ethics, learning and development while developing a deeper understanding and practice of community service. This is a wonderful opportunity to make volunteering count twice!

To learn more, please contact recruitment@pawschicago.org.

PAWS Chicago Animal Care Program Internships

PAWS Chicago offers internships for individuals seeking academic credit. These positions are unpaid and operate within the guidelines of each university.  Interns can engage in a variety of responsibilities including the daily care cleaning of all animals housed at PAWS Chicago’s Adoption Center, including daily feeding, cleaning of all animal areas (both dogs and cats), and monitoring and following through with medical and behavior observation to ensure each animal is receiving the PAWS Chicago care standard.

Students will experience the wide diversity of the operations of an animal rescue organization, what goes into making it work and succeed each day. Duties can be tailored to fit into different educational majors and requirements as much as is practically possible.

PAWS Chicago staff can provide mentorship to students in their professional capacities and give students hands-on exposure to this highly-rated and well-respected not-for-profit organization. Interns should share our passion for animals, believe in our mission to create a No Kill Chicago, and be willing to take the extra step. Interns will be asked to commit to a regular, mutually agreed upon schedule, for a minimum of 10 hours per week, and a three-to six-month term of service. All applicants must attend a two-hour New Volunteer Orientation and hands-on training for their specific area of interest, as well as possibly two, one-hour Level 1 Training Courses. Interns must also comply with dress code, other center requirements and conduct themselves in a professional manner consistent with the company handbook.

We strive to create an environment for our interns which fosters ethics, learning and development while developing a deeper understanding and practice of community service. This is a wonderful opportunity to make volunteering count twice!

To learn more, please contact recruitment@pawschicago.org.



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