Best Friends Animal Society
  • 579- Regional Centers Start-Up
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

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, Staff Discounts, Best Friends Wellness Center, and Flex Work Policy. Further, we also have some very unique perks, such as discounted veterinary care and the opportunity to bring pets to work. Our onsite cafeteria serves healthy vegetarian food.


Reports to: Senior Manager, Regional Programs  

Location: Houston, Texas

Position Summary: This position supports the work of researching and initiating programing for Best Friends Animal Society. Primary responsibilities include; research, program identification, partner relationship cultivation, program launch and direct operation of programming. This position does require the ability to work independently on delegated tasks and the initiative to seek improvements for the project. The work performed in this position is significant and critical to the success of launching new programming in a community.

Responsibilities:

  • Serve on a cross-divisional team that will conduct advance work in communities.
  • Perform or oversee the completion of the advanced work plan.
  • Coordinate the work of the Senior Manager of Regional Programs, other Best Friends staff and/or outside resources in order to accomplish specific tasks in the new program city work plan.
  • Document the findings from the performance of all tasks in the new program city work plan in a manner such that they can be shared with those key representatives as deemed useful and can be used by the Best Friends team that will activate any local animal-saving or other program actions going forward.
  • Using discretion create new and maintain existing relationships with key representatives of the major stakeholders in the city's "animal welfare system" (for example, the governmental shelters, the high-volume spay/neuter providers, the animal rescue organizations, and others).
  • Interview those key representatives to obtain their insights on the city's shelter death problem, what is being done currently to try to solve that problem, and identify current gaps.
  • Represent Best Friends and our brand while building and maintaining these critical relationships.
  • Assist the Senior Manager of Regional Programs with planning and execution of group meetings of those key representatives as may be useful.
  • Maintain regular contact with key representatives and current knowledge of their operations.
  • Taking a leading role, while supporting Best Friends leadership, in developing coalition building in the community.
  • Using independent judgement, analyze data and compile feedback from key stakeholders to identify gaps and recommend programs to close the gaps.
  • Use knowledge of the existing organizations and your relationship with them to help in the determination of how programs shall be distributed.
  • Assist with event planning and execution.
  • Using knowledge of the community perform location scouting for different types of facilities.
  • Assist with local permitting process for both events and facility uses.
  • Direct operation of any programming launched prior to full scale entry into the community that may include direct work with handling of cats / dogs with varying levels of temperament and size.
  • Regular work in shelters of various intake levels that have not achieved no-kill status.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Senior Manager of Regional Programs.

Skills and Experience:

  • BA/BS from Accredited Undergraduate College (substitution of work experience for education will be considered).
  • Must be committed to Best Friends' Mission and Vision.
  • Prior work in non-profit companion animal welfare (either government shelters, private rescue groups and/or high volume spay/neuter clinics).
  • Experienced and skilled in written and oral communications.
  • Experienced and skilled in researching, obtaining, organizing, analyzing, interpreting and communicating on qualitative and quantitative information.
  • Experienced and skilled in starting and maintaining effective relationships with customers, clients, partners and fellow staff.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to handle confidential and sensitive information. The ideal person for this job would be a team player, personable, professional, upbeat, and energetic, takes initiative, flexible, uses tact and diplomacy.
  • Demonstrates personal accountability to ensure that all responsibilities are completed effectively and in a timely manner.
  • Ability to be regularly exposed to animals in a shelter setting.  
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint with the ability to learn new software.    

Physical Requirements:

  • Work at a computer for extended periods of time with repetitive typing, arm and hand motion.
  • Primary duties will be performed in a combination of a home office setting, at local government shelters, and local rescue organizations.
  • Overnight travel for the job is expected to range from 10% to 20% depending on the location of the jobholder and the specific responsibilities and tasks assigned.
  • Valid driver's license with access to transportation.
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