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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

The Lawrence Humane Society in Lawrence, Kansas is seeking a dynamic leader to become its next Executive Director. LHS is a 501(c)3 non-profit animal welfare organization that provides shelter, care and advocacy for homeless and abused animals along with resources to nurture the human pet bond for the pets and people in Lawrence and Douglas County. LHS operates under sheltering best practices and is an animal welfare leader in the region that envisions a humane community where every pet has the chance for a loving home, and every pet parent has access to the resources and support they need to keep their pets in their home for life. The LHS is governed by a 9-member Board of Directors with an annual operating budget of $1.9 million generated through contributions, adoption fees, donations, grants and bequests. The organization also receives funding from the City of Lawrence Animal Control and Douglas County to execute operating agreements for services provided. The organization benefits from the support of 1,000+ dedicated volunteers and outstanding community partnerships across the private, public and nonprofit sectors.

If you are aware of an outstanding executive who 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

Other Current Openings

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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.

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

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

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

People Care Duties:

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

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.

Updated: March 2018

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Reports to: Chief Veterinarian

Classification:  Hourly, Non-Exempt; Full-Time (at least one weekend day required)

Salary: $11.00/hour

Position Summary:

Medical Team members are responsible for disease surveillance and all medical care within the animal population. They must be able to proactively take action to address medical needs according to written medical protocol.  Applicants must be willing to work FULL TIME schedule and MUST BE AVAILABLE TO WORK AT LEAST ONE WEEKEND DAY.

Key Responsibilities

Responsibilities Include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Perform quality and consistent physical exams and record findings accurately.
  • Perform accurate and professional data entry in our computer system.
  • Responsible for disease and medical surveillance within the animal population.
  • Ability to be able to proactively take immediate action to address medical needs according to written medical protocol.
  • Administration of medical procedures as directed by the medical manager or staff veterinarian.
  • Daily administrations of vaccines and medications.
  • Perform intravenous blood draws.
  • Animal restraint for examinations and treatments..
  • May be called upon to assist in many aspects of surgery including tasks such as pre-anesthetic surgical preparation, anesthetic monitoring, and the supervision of post-operative care.
  • Required to be on-call for 1-2 nights a week to handle animal emergency concerns within the city of Lawrence or Douglas County.  This is a paid on-call requirement and support staff is available to the medical team member at all times.

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

Requirements: 

Minimum Requirements:

Required Specific Skills

  • Proven ability to follow directions and learn new skills quickly.
  • Strong written and verbal skills.
  • Strong problem solving skills – focusing on finding solutions to problems and challenges.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • The ability to remain calm even in stressful situations.
  • Flexibility, ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Work with minimal supervision and direction.
  • Ability to learn computer software quickly and efficiently.
  • Able to handle adversity in a professional manner.
  • Maturity, good judgment and professionalism. ­
  • ­Work alongside other staff members and volunteers on a daily basis. ­ ­
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time, lift up to 50lbs., and interact safely with animals.

Preferred Specific Skills

  • 1-2 year working as a veterinary assistant or in a related field.
  • Veterinary technical skills.
  • Knowledge of animal medicine and animal behavior.

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.

Updated: February 2019

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Reports to: Pet Resource Center Supervisor

Classification:  Hourly, Non-Exempt; Full-Time

Salary: $11.00/hour

Position Summary: Processes all incoming animals; provides customer service to the public; works to reunite animals with their owners; counsels members of the public on pet retention resources; sets appointments for relinquished animals; cleans Pet Resource Center areas as assigned.

Key Duties:

  • Assist customers with admitting found animals
  • Assist customers in finding their lost pets
  • Answer phones, emails, and voicemails in a professional and timely manner
  • Counsel pet owners on resources available for aid with keeping their pets
  • Schedules appointments for pet surrender or service appointments
  • Assist animal control officers with admitting animals
  • Coordinate with animal control officers when returning animals to their owners as necessary
  • Assist the public with reclaiming their animals
  • Assist with welfare checks on animals who enter our care
  • Assist animal control with performing welfare checks on animals not in our care
  • Receive money and create receipts for transactions (fees, donations, merchandise, etc.)
  • Data entry of animal and person information
  • Clean and disinfect kennels
  • Represent Lawrence Humane Society in a courteous and professional manner at all times; provide excellent customer service to volunteers and guests
  • Follow all workplace safety rules; actively promote a safe work environment; take immediate action to prevent or address any safety hazard; report workplace injuries and near-misses
  • Follow all Lawrence Humane Society disease prevention and management protocols
  • Perform 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; Must be over 18

Skills/Abilities/Knowledge: Experience in customer service; 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; ability work hard with minimal supervision

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.

Updated: May 2018

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Reports to: Community Programs Manager

Classification:  Hourly, Non-Exempt; Full-Time

Salary: $13.28/hour + (based on experience)

Schedule: Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00am-6:00pm (some evenings and other days as required)

Position Summary: The volunteer and outreach coordinator (VOC) provides strategic direction for the volunteer and outreach functions of the agency. S/he will partner closely with the community programs manager (CPM) and director of development and community engagement (DOD) to build a solid and sustainable volunteer program, create and execute outreach and engagement programs in the community and the shelter, and will act as a liaison between community partners, volunteers and LHS. S/he will oversee and coordinate all volunteer functions with off-site adoption events, fundraising events, and other projects. S/he will support the DOD’s role in developing communications in order to drive broad awareness and visibility for the organization’s important work in the community and the CPM’s role in the development of strategic and sustainable programs that position LHS as a resource to an expanding segment of the public. S/he will oversee the volunteer program in order to enhance program delivery and engage volunteers effectively.

The VM reports to the CPM and supervises all LHS volunteers. The VM will provide support and professional recommendations to the CPM and DOD.

Key Duties:

Volunteer Coordination:

  • Oversees the volunteer and community engagement program ensuring effective contributions to target LHS programs, a positive experience for volunteers, and engagement in the broader work of LHS. Establishes positive relationships with LHS’s long-time supporters and actively recruit new volunteers.
  • Ensures establishment of best practices and effective policies and procedures within the department and throughout the agency as they relate to volunteer and community outreach and education functions.
  • Supervises volunteers in performance of duties providing them continuous feedback and special guidance when requested or required. Engage, motivate and create learning opportunities for volunteers. Conducts recognition programs to honor volunteers. Assists in resolving disputes and terminates volunteers not fulfilling the required duties.
  • Maintains volunteer personnel records, records volunteer duties and hours donated and notes incidents and injuries.  
  • Monitors and manages volunteer satisfaction, acknowledgements, suggestions, feedback, and attrition.
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures for the volunteer management program.
  • Creates, leads and implements a community outreach plan that advances LHS’s strategic plan in the areas of community outreach and volunteer programs
  • Oversees all aspects of outreach and communications to volunteers.
  • Coordinates group volunteer efforts, student assignments, and special projects.
  • Works collaboratively with other departments to ensure positive communication with all volunteers and supporters.

Events and Outreach:

  • In collaboration with the Development and Events Coordinator, responds to off-site event and promotional inquiries and invitations; actively seeks new community outreach and adoption opportunities
  • Coordinates volunteer presence at off-site events, ensuring human and animal safety, effective messaging, fundraising, and professional presence.
  • Under the guidance of the Community Programs Manager, identifies or designs, plans, establishes, and manages community outreach opportunities and activities.
  • Oversees presentations for schools, youth groups, community organizations and tours.
  • Conducts research and find resources to make informed decisions about new, strategic outreach possibilities.
  • Represents organization at community events, seeking advantageous partnerships with community businesses, vendors and individuals.  

Administrative:

  • Makes recommendations for the organization’s budget planning purposes and regularly tracks and reports upon progress toward goals.
  • Prepares timely operational reports including a detailed annual report.
  • Assists with fundraising initiatives and special projects.

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Commitment to Lawrence Humane Society’s mission and vision.
  • 2 years of successful experience in a volunteer coordination and supervisory role with some outreach and event-related work in a nonprofit setting; experience with database management a plus.
  • Proven success in community outreach.
  • Experience managing volunteers.
  • Outstanding strategic, communications and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in planning, leading and managing community engagement projects.
  • Goal-driven, holding self and others accountable to department and agency goals, with effective skills at prioritizing and redirecting activities to achieve the desired outcomes.
  • Maturity and confidence in dealing with internal leaders and external stakeholders.
  • Effective at working with others to reach common goals and objectives.
  • Critical thinking skills and focus on consistent process improvement.
  • Strong supervisory abilities.
  • Strong customer service orientation and effectiveness in interacting with people from different backgrounds.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Flexibility with work schedule in support of events and deadlines.
  • Commitment to ongoing learning and growth.

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.

Updated: February 2019

 

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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.

Updated: May 2018