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Lawrence Humane Society employees are a dedicated group of people committed to animal welfare. We value innovation, compassion, and excellence, and are always looking to add talented individuals to our team!

In addition to competitive salaries, we offer a comprehensive benefits package to our full-time staff members. Our benefits are designed to help our staff lead healthy and rewarding lives. They include:

  • Health insurance
  • Voluntary supplemental insurance programs
  • Vacation and sick time*
  • Discounts on pet medication, food, and limited veterinary services*

*Benefits offered to part-time employees (minimum 20 hours/week)

Executive Director Search

We are seeking a dynamic, enthusiastic professional to become our next Executive Director (ED). This ED position is an outstanding opportunity to join a progressive animal welfare organization that is recognized as a leading animal shelter across the region. The ED will oversee all aspects of the organization which is committed to placing 100% of adoptable pets into new homes by offering robust medical and behavior programs aimed at providing homeless animals the resources needed to be happy, healthy, and ultimately secure them forever families.

In late 2018, we completed a successful $7.5 million capital campaign for the construction of a new shelter space, which was enthusiastically supported by private donations, sponsorships, businesses, the city of Lawrence and Douglas County. After months of anticipation, our new 20,000 sq. ft. facility opened in June, 2019 generating significant excitement and pride within the community. The shelter’s spacious, bright and open design allows for improved operational efficiencies and provides a safe, healthy environment for dogs and cats with a welcoming space for individuals and groups to engage with the animals. The new shelter is allowing us to expand our impact in the community in a variety of ways including but not limited to:

  • Designated meeting space for volunteer orientations and foster training; staff training; field trips; humane education classes; community meeting space and beyond;
  • Scientifically proven spacing methods designed to encourage quicker adoptions, allowing us to find forever homes for more dogs and cats;
  • Play rooms for families and pets to get to know each other so the perfect matches can be found;
  • A state-of-the-art veterinary clinic that meets the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) standards, quadrupling the space of the old clinic to provide the best medical care possible to animals served;
  • And, while we already have a robust volunteer base, our new home will expand volunteer program even more.

The ED reports to the chair of our Board of Directors. Direct reports to the ED include: Chief Veterinarian; Director of Development & Communications; and Director of Operations, with a total staff of 30. The ED will be the face of the Lawrence Humane Society, meeting with representatives of other animal welfare organizations on a local, regional, state and national basis; elected officials and their representatives in communities served; community partner organizations; volunteers; other friends of the LHS; local veterinarians; members of the media; and the public at large.

Major Duties and Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):

  • Implements the mission and direction of the organization in conjunction with the Board of Directors;
  • Plans, organizes and directs programs that carry out the organization’s policies, mission and goals as established by the Board of Directors;
  • Directs the operational procedures of the Lawrence Humane Society;
  • Creates and coordinates annual and long-term fund development plans in conjunction with the Board and Director of Development and Communications;
  • Proactively participates in the development process including donor stewardship and directly soliciting donors;
  • Prepares an annual budget in conjunction with the Finance Committee;
  • Operates the organization within the limits of the total approved budget;
  • Informs the Board of the monthly status of the organization’s financial position;
  • Oversees the handling, treatment and welfare of all the animals admitted to the care of the Lawrence Humane Society;
  • Manages the recruiting, hiring, development, employment, evaluation and discharge of all employees;
  • Controls and monitors all purchases and manages other fiscal and property resources as directed and authorized by the Board;
  • Serves as liaison between the Board and the public, and between the Board and other agencies or organizations;
  • Raises any contentious or controversial external contacts to the Board;
  • Establishes/maintains relationships with government agencies, referral sources and other shelter organizations establishing proper transfer procedures for animals entrusted to the care of the Lawrence Humane Society;
  • Manages the maintenance of facilities, grounds and equipment;
  • Negotiates contracts and other business matters for approval by the Board;
  • Prepares reports and other records as required by the Board;
  • Performs other tasks and duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Board.


  • Minimum five to ten years progressively responsible experience, including minimum of two years management experience, working as the top executive within a progressive animal welfare environment such as an animal shelter, humane society, animal rights, wildlife rehabilitation center or related organization; experience as a “#2” or other senior-level executive at a larger like-enterprise as noted above. Alternative experience could include senior-level executive within a complex, nonprofit organization with a mission of service to the community.
  • A proven track record of success in creative fund development (annual, membership,  planned giving) along with Board interaction and experience leading large numbers of volunteers.
  • A sincere and demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the philosophy of animal welfare is expected through career choice or personal volunteerism.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Executive leadership/management acumen (dynamic leader with a vision; demonstrated background of managing and developing staff; inclusive while providing necessary direction);
  • Fundraising (experience with multiple funding activities for nonprofits including annual funds, capital campaigns, grant writing, planned giving; personal experience successfully soliciting individual and corporate donors);
  • Shelter operations (demonstrated knowledge of animal intake, evaluation, kenneling, adoption, customer service, end of life situations);
  • Community partnerships (has built effective relationships in communities served; experience building coalitions with partner organizations, public officials, advocacy groups and the public at large to actively promote the organization’s mission, programs and services);
  • Budget management (fiscally astute; demonstrated ability to develop revenue sources and control expenditures so as to preserve financial stability; experience with interpretation, forecast and management of financial statements);
  • Board relationships (significant involvement with Board recruitment and development, governance issues; has led and inspired Board Committee members in their organizational functions);
  • Volunteer organization experience (appreciates the value of voluntary operational structure; proven ability to motivate and utilize volunteers);
  • Planning (proven track record of successfully developing/executing operational and strategic plans; able to envision “the big picture” and lead an organization toward the future);
  • Traditional/social media and public relations (experience as spokesperson with media to effectively articulate mission, goals, objectives and policy positions through all forms of media);
  • Established contacts (has developed and maintained regional and national connections with other shelter/humane organization/nonprofit thought leaders);
  • Facility management (demonstrated knowledge of building and facility management);
  • Government relations/advocacy (has interacted with local, state and regional elected and appointed representatives and government organizations).


If you or another outstanding executive you know meets these requirements and would be interested in evaluating this dynamic opportunity, please contact Waverly Partners, the executive search firm retained by the Lawrence Humane Society on this search.

Email: LawrenceHumaneSociety@Waverly-Partners.com

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Reports to: Animal Welfare Manager

Classification:  Hourly, Non-Exempt; Full-Time

Salary: $11.00/hour

Position Summary:  Responsible for daily animal care and enrichment, kennel and facility sanitation, and providing customer service to shelter clients and volunteers.

Animal Care Duties:

  • Ensure animals have access to appropriate types and amount of food and water
  • Monitor animal health, including identifying and reporting illnesses and injuries
  • Monitor animal behavior and immediately report signs of aggression or stress
  • Ensure animals are collared and tagged as needed
  • Provide animals with appropriate kennel enrichment and exercise
  • Become familiar with animals and their personalities to aid in getting them adopted
  • Promote humane animal treatment and positive reinforcement training techniques

People Care Duties:

  • Assist owners looking for lost pets
  • Train and support volunteers and community service workers in the execution of their duties

Cleaning Duties:

  • Must be able to work in all areas of the shelter (Cats, Dogs, Isolation, etc.)
  • Clean and disinfect kennels and cages thoroughly and in a timely manner
  • Wash and disinfect dishes
  • Process laundry until complete, cleaning machines as needed
  • Clean, disinfect, and organize workrooms
  • Empty trash cans and put trash in the dumpster
  • Maintain inventory of supplies and unload/stock donations and supplies
  • Perform general housekeeping duties and help maintain the facility and grounds
  • Follow all disease control protocols

Record-Keeping Duties:

  • Ensure kennel signage is complete, visible, and neatly arranged
  • Ensure animals’ online records are up-to-date
  • Ensure records such as feeding and behavior charts are complete
  • Add notes about animals’ behavior to their records to assist in finding the right placements

General Duties:

  • Represent Lawrence Humane Society in a courteous and professional manner at all times
  • Provide excellent customer service to external and internal customers (colleagues)
  • Promptly report lost or broken equipment to supervisor
  • Promptly report when supplies are running low so they can be ordered
  • Actively promote a safe work environment by following all workplace safety rules, taking immediate action to prevent or address any safety hazard, and promptly reporting workplace injuries and near-misses
  • Respond promptly to radio and in-person requests for assistance in all areas of the shelter, including acknowledging the request and your ability to address it
  • Follow all policies and procedures in the LHS Personnel Practices employee handbook as well as other procedures communicated by management

Required:  High School Diploma or completion of G.E.D. equivalency; Effective written and verbal communication skills; No allergies to animals or chemical cleaning agents; Strong work ethic and ability to accurately follow detailed cleaning and animal care procedures

Skills/Abilities/Knowledge:  Experience in veterinary hospital, animal shelter, or kennel field; Experience working for a nonprofit or Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in related field; Knowledge of basic animal handling, behavior and health; Basic knowledge of Windows-based computer software; Basic knowledge of Google applications and/or Chameleon Software; Proven ability to work in a team environment with a variety of people; Strong customer service skills.

Physical Demands & Work Environment: Work is performed in a kennel environment with regular exposure to high noise levels, chemical cleaning agents, animal dander, wet floors, the elements (when working outdoors), potentially aggressive and dangerous animals and animal bites and scratches. Work requires walking, standing, bending, scrubbing, and reaching up to 10 hours a day, plus moving/walking dogs and occasionally lifting up to 50 pounds without assistance. Daily duties require reading and following instructions, using a computer workstation, and wearing a portable radio. Driving may be required. 

This job description provides a general understanding of the position and nature of work, but is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities, or working conditions related to this position. Lawrence Humane Society is an at-will employer. The employee or employer  may terminate employment at any time, without cause.

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 Reports to:  Pet Resource Center Supervisor

 Classification:  Hourly, Non-Exempt, FT or PT, Regular

 Directly Supervises:  N/A

 Position Summary: 

Pet Resource Center (PRC) Counselors process all incoming animals, including stray, surrendered, transferred and fostered animals, and provide customer service to pet owners. They work to reunite animals with their owners, counsel the public on animal care and pet retention resources, set appointments for surrendered animals, and clean the Pet Resource Center and adjacent areas as needed.


  • Assist customers, Animal Control Officers, members of the public, fosters and transfer partners in intaking animals
  • Complete animal intake procedures, including initial vaccines, weight, age, sex, photo and movement to a clean, furnished kennel
  • Schedule appointments for pet surrender, spay/neuter services, follow-up visits, foster returns, and transfers
  • Assist customers in identifying and reclaiming lost pets and/or referring them to resources outside LHS if their animal is not here
  • Counsel customers on pet retention resources if applicable/available
  • Counsel customers on “Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return” best practices and offer resources (traps, etc.) as applicable
  • Track all animal and customer data with care and diligence
  • Clean and disinfect kennels daily
  • Receive money and create receipts for transactions (fees, donations, merchandise, etc.)


  • Issue requests to the foster network to assist in fostering animals
  • Support fosters with prompt responses to their questions and concerns
  • Issue timely and clear appeals to fosters to return animals to LHS as needed for surgery, booster vaccinations, etc.
  • Enter foster notes into animal and person records in a timely and consistent manner to ensure LHS staff know the latest status of animals in foster


  • Assist in the intake of transferred animals, ensuring timely, efficient and complete input of animal records from Source Agencies
  • Prepare records for animals being transferred out of LHS


  • Maintain accurate, complete records and files on animals, customers, and other parties as needed
  • Answer phones, emails, and voicemails in a professional and timely manner
  • Prepare and submit timely reports on assigned activities as requested

Humane Investigations

  • Participate in LHS’ Humane Investigations meetings and actions, including documenting updates from municipal partners regarding cases, assisting Animal Control Officers on animal welfare checks, resource visits and owner issues, and providing support to LHS’ Animal Welfare Counsel on disposition recommendations and documentation of animal behavior and health status while in LHS care. 


  • Represent LHS in a courteous and professional manner at all times, providing excellent customer service to all customers, guests, colleagues and volunteers
  • Communicate critical information to colleagues as needed to ensure the highest standard of animal care
  • Follow all workplace safety rules, actively promoting a safe work environment and taking immediate action to prevent and address hazards. Report any injuries immediately.
  • Follow all LHS disease transmission prevention protocols
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Legal U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Organized, detail-oriented self-starter
  • Windows and Microsoft Office proficiency
  • Commitment to ongoing learning and growth
  • Sound judgement in dealing with the public and handling sensitive and confidential information
  • Able to communicate effectively with people of various ages and backgrounds
  • Skilled dealing with upset and difficult individuals
  • No allergies to animals or chemical cleaning agents
  • Able to work holidays and weekends as needed

Preferred Skills/Knowledge:

  • Experience in the animal welfare field
  • Experience working for a nonprofit organization
  • Knowledge of basic animal handling, behavior and health
  • Basic knowledge of Google applications
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment with a variety of people

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

  • Considerable time communicating with the public
  • Regular contact with angry and emotional individuals, potentially dangerous animals, and deceased animals can occur
  • Exposure to animal bites, scratches, dander, parasites, infectious diseases, strong odors and fumes from caustic chemicals, and animal waste
  • Exposure to high noise levels
  • Use of a portable radio and headset required
  • Work in a stationary position for extended periods of time using a computer
  • Traverse the facility and grounds for extended periods of time performing labor that may include walking (with and without animals weighing up to 150 pounds), reaching with hands and arms, climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching and/or crawling, lifting up to 50 pounds without assistance and operating various tools and equipment
  • Exposure to wet, cold, and/or humid conditions while working outdoors
  • Occasional need to operate LHS vehicles, including 1-ton pick-up truck and full-size van

 This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the job and the general nature of work performed. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities, qualifications, skills or working conditions associated with the position. The aforementioned job requirements are subject to change to reasonably accommodate qualified disabled individuals. Lawrence Humane Society is an at-will employer, and reserves the right to modify, interpret, or apply this job description in any way the Lawrence Humane Society desires.

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Reports to: Customer Care Supervisor

Classification:  Hourly, Non-Exempt; Full-Time

Salary: $11.00/hour

Position Summary:  Assists in finding quality, caring homes for adoptable animals based on information obtained through discussion and counseling of potential adopters.

Key Duties:

  • Providing extraordinary service to the Lawrence Humane Society customers that visit or call to inquire about our services and programs.
  • Actively engaging members of the public from the moment they arrive or call, assisting and answering any questions.
  • Counseling prospective adopters to match the appropriate animal to the adopter(s) and educating them on proper care for that species in general.
  • Informing customers of the medical treatment the animals have received: i.e., shots, deworming, spay or neuter surgery, etc., educating them on necessary future veterinary care, and encouraging them to opt-in to available programs and services.
  • Handling dogs, cats, and occasionally other animals of all sizes, ages, temperaments and needs safely and appropriately.
  • Providing all animals with appropriate housing, food, water, bedding, toys and other mental stimulation and enrichment.
  • Cleaning kennels and adoptions area daily to ensure the facility is clean and sanitized at all times.
  • Monitoring health of animals and rapidly identify any health issues and report to medical staff immediately.
  • Fielding calls using a multi-line phone system and transfer calls to proper departments.
  • Counseling callers or in-person patrons in regards to their situations with the utmost respect and understanding.
  • Fielding inquiries from public regarding animal behavior, training, and providing options as necessary.
  • Displaying strong organizational skills and follows through on job assignments.
  • Exercising good judgement when it comes to handling multiple tasks, ensuring the immediate tasks take priority.
  • Participating in stress and disease reduction efforts through adherence to Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Ensuring all animals are clearly and consistently marked with accurate, up-to-date, easy to read information.
  • Using shelter database and employee communication systems to keep accurate animal inventory, write animal behavior and other memos, submit medical exam requests, place holds on animals.
  • Processing adoptions and related paperwork on a daily basis, collecting adoption fees, issuing receipts for the collection of fees, and maintaining records of adoption sales transactions, with a positive attitude.
  • Offering help to team members when needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required: High School Diploma or completion of G.E.D. equivalency; Effective written and verbal communication skills; No allergies to animals or chemical cleaning agents

Skills/Abilities/Knowledge: Experience in customer service preferred; knowledge of basic animal handling; basic knowledge of Windows-based computer software; basic knowledge of google applications; proven ability to work in a team environment with a variety of people

Physical Demands & Work Environment: Work is performed in a kennel environment with regular exposure to high noise levels, chemical cleaning agents, animal dander, and wet floors. Exposure to the elements when working outdoors. Exposure to potentially aggressive and dangerous animals and animal bites and scratches. Work requires walking, standing, bending, scrubbing, and reaching up to 10 hours a day, plus moving/walking dogs and lifting up to 40 pounds without assistance. Daily duties require reading and following instructions; using a computer workstation; wearing a portable radio and headset. Driving may be required.

This job description provides a general understanding of the position and nature of work, but is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities, or working conditions related to this position. Lawrence Humane Society is an at-will employer. The employee or employer may terminate employment at any time, without cause.