Regional Senior Specialist – Jackson, Mississippi

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Job title: Regional Senior Specialist – Jackson, Mississippi

Company: Best Friends Animal Society

Job description: Best Friends recently received a 2022 Top Workplaces USA award from Energage. Visit the Best Friends Animal Society page on the Energage Top Workplaces award winners’ site to learn more. Not only do we take pride in cultivating a welcoming and supportive community and culture for our employees, but we also offer competitive benefits that make it easy to see why we were granted such an awesome award! Take a look for yourself! We offer competitive pay, medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, short and long-term disability, dependent care reimbursement, pet sitting reimbursement when traveling for work, flexible spending account, health savings account, generous paid time off, paid holidays, auto insurance discount, and legal and identity theft coverage. For added well-being support, we offer Pawternity Leave for employees to have time to care for their personal pets, mental health support, and an employee assistance program. We also offer a generous 401k savings plan. Do you want to love where you work? Look no further and apply online today!

Location: Jackson, Mississippi (must be located in Jackson, Mississippi or within the surrounding areas as this role requires work onsite in Jackson)

Hiring Range: This position is anticipated to pay between $60,000 to $65,000 annually, depending on experience.

Position Summary: Best Friends relies upon strong programming and outreach efforts to increase our lifesaving capacity. The Regional Senior Specialist will be responsible for supporting and executing Best Friends lifesaving strategies, by specifically working with agencies to establish lifesaving programs with the primary goals to reduce shelter killing and help shelters achieve and sustain a 90% save rate. Senior specialists will be responsible for the design, and direct the implementation and support, of new and improved programs and operations that will result in faster and more effective lifesaving. Elements of each project will include a combination of training, support, coaching and resources. Senior specialists will work on-site with assigned agencies as needed, utilizing a combination of work on-site and remote support to achieve goals. The work performed in this position is significant and critical to the success of creating a no-kill country by 2025.

Essential Duties/ Responsibilities:

  • Work in and with assigned agencies, working collaboratively to create systemic change to achieve and sustain no-kill. Empower agencies to achieve goals by influencing key stakeholders on the implementation and improvement of lifesaving strategies. Identify additional gaps in lifesaving at assigned agencies and recommend collaborative solutions.
  • Work with agency leadership to direct, train, and mentor employees to ensure all are fully trained and understand their role in achieving the goals.
  • Assist programs staff in devising lifesaving strategies for shelters in the geographic priority hubs and execute assigned portions of the workplans.
  • Lead the creation of customized support, tactical plans, and grant agreements for assigned agencies to achieve goals with a focus on flexibility and creativity to expedite support with appropriate allocation of resources to achieve no-kill.
  • Support of all agencies will include analyzing shelter data, collaborating with other teams on support offered and providing training, support, mentorship, and resources to achieve goals.
  • Provide recipients of executed agreements with systems of accountability to empower them to achieve goals. This will include providing recipients with a system for tracking progress to goal and support in analyzing data and identifying barriers to success.
  • Ensure timely data collection for projects including shelter stats and update HERO accordingly.
  • Demonstrate kindness and the Golden Rule in our everyday actions by practicing inclusion and respect for every person for the value they bring to the table. Be a role model for the spirit of authenticity, kindness and positive influence with each other, our visitors and volunteers as well as to the animals every day. This includes listening, being present, being supportive of others and demonstrating compassion and curiosity in conflict.

Skills & Experience

  • Minimum of 1 year background in animal sheltering working or volunteering in an animal shelter, preferably in a municipal, government or private shelter with contractual animal control responsibilities; ability to work in an environment that is not no-kill, remaining professional, nonjudgmental, and supportive of that shelter’s staff.
  • Strong understanding and knowledge of animal welfare best practices is preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills, public speaking, and presentation experience with the ability to professionally advocate Best Friends’ position on issues; experience in supporting, engaging with, and a proven track record of developing relationships with volunteers and community stakeholders is required for this role.
  • Ability to work with, leash, kennel, walk, and handle all cats and dogs, including those with health and/or behavior conditions/concerns; basic ability to identify and speak to medical and behavioral characteristics of dogs and cats. Experience with community cats preferred.
  • Customer-centric, non-judgmental approach to engaging with adopters, partners, visitors, volunteers, and colleagues; familiarity and comfort with nonjudgmental philosophies.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, a team player, upbeat, energetic, tactful, and diplomatic, able to get along with people from different backgrounds, as well as the ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products; familiarity with shelter software/animal management software, or desire to learn, comfort learning new systems, including online information systems.

Physical Requirements

· Must be able to:

  • Work at a computer or driving a car for extended periods of time with repetitive typing, sitting, arm, and hand motion.
  • Work indoors and outdoors in a variety of weather conditions including extreme heat and cold.
  • Exposure to dogs, cats and other animals of all sizes, temperaments, and medical status.
  • Routinely lift 40 pounds and perform daily strenuous activity including, but not limited to lifting, carrying, reaching, stooping, squatting, cleaning, and bending.
  • Valid driver’s license with ability to travel, including overnight stays, when needed.
  • Daily hours and days of the week may vary according to the needs of the department schedule; position includes weekends, nights, and holiday work.

After applicants accept an offer of employment in writing, they will be asked to provide Covid-19 vaccination status information pursuant to any applicable policies in place at the time of hiring.

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, or domestic partner status.

Applicants for employment in the US must have valid work authorization that does not now and/or will not in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the US by Best Friends Animal Society.

Expected salary: $60000 – 65000 per year

Location: Jackson, MS

Job date: Wed, 23 Nov 2022 08:47:41 GMT

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