Best Friends Animal Society
  • 564 - Atlanta Events & Programs
  • Atlanta, GA, USA
  • 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 and Staff Discounts.


Position: Community Cat Program Coordinator, Best Friends - Atlanta

Location: Atlanta, GA

Position Summary: Work for Best Friends' promoting and advocating trap/neuter/return (TNR) programs. Coordinate the public/private partnership with municipal and private partners with the goal of substantially reducing cat shelter deaths and cat intake via the community cat program.  

Responsibilities:

Oversee the Community Cat Project:

  • Work with the Community Engagement and Outreach Manager to create a plan of action for each project and implement it.
  • Update client cases regularly, keeping track of colonies and caregivers.
  • Communicate the benefits of TNR to complainants who have surrendered community cats to the municipal shelter partner.
  • Transport community cats surrendered to animal control to the veterinarian for spay/neuter surgeries and return them, when possible, to their outdoor homes.
  • Manage and ensure proper documentation for all trap loans.
  • Schedule spay/neuter appointments for individual clients.
  • Work with the clinic staff and veterinarians, ensuring that there are no scheduling problems.
  • Directly participate in TNR.
  • Manage volunteer trappers use of the program.
  • Assist in finding and setting up new colony relocation sites.
  • Maintain paper records and database of all surgeries performed and cats pulled.
  • Provide monthly and year-end reports of all spay/neuter done through spay/neuter providers.
  • Insure all program goals are being met.
  • Work with Volunteer and Visitors division to recruit and effectively utilize volunteers to support the work of the program.
  • Act as liaison with the municipal shelter partner and other stakeholders to ensure program goals are met in a collaborative and effective manner.
  • Develop and deliver educational materials and tools designed to increase acceptance of community cat programs, including presentations for workshops and/or conferences
  • Provide consultant work, including training, support, mentoring and resources.
  • Work with the municipal shelter partner and/or local rescue groups to provide placement options for community kittens too young for TNR and for and sick or injured cats (as resources allow).
  • Coordinate and send member messages for the cat initiatives as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills and Experience:

  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to think quickly on your feet.
  • Ability to professionally advocate Best Friends' position on issues.
  • Able to educate people about the process of TNR in a clear and effective manner.
  • Knowledge and experience with community cats and trapping cats, and knowledge about how to safely operate cat traps.
  • Excellent people skills. You must be friendly, confident in your knowledge and able to convey your message clearly.
  • Good management skills. You will be working with diverse groups and individuals, keeping everyone on the same page.
  • Accurate record-keeping and ability to provide monthly reports on various programs.
  • Proficiency with Internet navigation and a variety of computer software applications, including Microsoft Office and Google. Ability to learn additional software applications, as needed.
  • Proven written and verbal skills.
  • Experience in project management, with strong time management skills, organizational skills, problem-solving skills, and the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  •   Strong interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations. The ideal person for this job is a team player, personable, professional, upbeat and energetic, takes the initiative, and uses tact and diplomacy.

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift 50-plus pounds at a time.
  • Must be able to work in extreme weather.
  • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time working at a computer, doing repetitive typing, arm and hand motions.
  • Willing and able to work varied hours and dates, including holidays, weekends, and late and early hours, as needed.
  • Current driver's license and a good driving record.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age due to Motor Vehicle Insurance requirements.
  • Ability to work in the presence of both cats and dogs, including large numbers of cats and dogs as in a shelter setting.

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.

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