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The Lawrence Humane Society is always looking to add compassionate, talented individuals to our team. If you’re interested in working with us, check out our employment opportunities today!

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ShaNnoN WeLls

Executive Director

Shannon Wells is a native of Kansas City, MO. Before joining the staff at the Lawrence Humane Society as the Executive Director, she spent 8 years as the Director of Operations & Animal Behavior for Kansas City Pet Project, a nonprofit animal welfare organization operating the City of Kansas City’s municipal animal shelter. Shannon was with Kansas City Pet Project from its inception, and helped to grow operations, expanding from a staff of 20 in 2012 to over 100 employees across 3 locations, increasing the scope, quality of services, and lifesaving capacity provided to Kansas City’s animals in need along the way. During her tenure there, Shannon received national recognition from the Petco Foundation and renowned dog trainer Victoria Stilwell when she was awarded the 2018 Unsung Hero Award for her lifesaving work in the shelter’s Parvo ward, as well as the Petco Foundation’s Paul Jolly Award for Compassion, bestowed to the shelter in 2014. In addition to her leadership experience, Shannon is also a certified professional dog trainer and has utilized her expertise in animal behavior and training to develop and implement behavior programs to ensure adopted pets are successful in their new homes. Shannon enjoys educating people as much as working directly with animals. Shannon holds a Master of Science in Veterinary Medical Sciences from the University of Florida where she studied Veterinary Forensic. Shannon has worked professionally as a veterinary assistant for 7 years. Shannon is the proud adopter of three shelter pups (Momma, Tug, and Finnegan Cooper) and she believes that ensuring they are happy and healthy is her most important work of all.

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Dr. luke PicketT, DVM

Chief Veterinarian

Dr. Luke Pickett joined the Lawrence Humane Society in February 2017 after serving 10 years as the Chief Veterinarian at Wayside Waifs in Kansas City, Missouri and a tenure at Mixed Animal Practice in Platte City, Missouri. Dr. Picket holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Emporia State University and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University. Dr. Pickett is thrilled to be working for the Lawrence Humane Society, and looks forward to making a positive impact in the lives of homeless, injured, and abused animals in the community. When he’s not caring for homeless animals, Dr. Pickett enjoys spending time with his wife and three adorable children.

Elina Alterman

Senior Manager of Social Work

Elina Alterman officially joined the Lawrence Humane Society in June 2020 after volunteering at LHS while growing up in Lawrence. Animal welfare is a professional change for Elina whose career has spanned philanthropy, nonprofit consulting, direct practice social work, and government relations. A social worker and grassroots organizer by training, Elina served as Program Officer at the Kansas Health Foundation for 5 years where she led KHF’s community and civic engagement portfolio. Elina then led her own consulting company through which she supported nonprofits, foundations, and health care systems across the country through her experience in campaign development, coalition building,
relational organizing, and strategic planning. Elina emigrated to the United States with her family in 1991 and grew up in Lawrence, establishing deep roots in the community which was ultimately what
brought her back from Washington, D.C. where she had been working on Capitol Hill and later leading government relations for a women’s and families nonprofit. Elina began her career as a foster care social
worker and maternity care coordinator in North Carolina. Elina earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies from Brandeis University and dual Master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Health, with a focus on Maternal and Child Health, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Elina is thrilled to be back in her hometown of Lawrence and living with her partner and their five senior dogs and seven cats – the ultimate blended family! She serves on the board of Just Food, as board president of Let’s Talk, and board treasurer of Loud Light Civic Action. She is a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters Serving Douglas County and in her spare time volunteers at Shooting Star Equine Rescue in Topeka to get her horse and donkey fix!

lIz Adams

Senior Manager of Operations

Liz Adams joined the Lawrence Humane Society in August 2007 as an Animal Care Associate, and has held a variety of positions including Canine Care Coordinator and Shelter Supervisor. Currently, Liz serves as the shelter’s Senior Manager of Operations. As a Lawrence native, one of Liz’s favorite parts of her job is helping the community she loves. Liz shares her home with her husband, Ryan, and two Lawrence Humane Society adoptees, Ennis, an 13-year-old Shar Pei mix, and Jade, a 9-year-old Boxer mix. In her free time, Liz enjoys camping and spending time outdoors.

ALIsa FariNeLlI

Senior Manager of Programs

Alisa’s first personal dog was Frankie (a bully breed, who lived 16 years). Frankie sparked a passion for advocacy and education which started her journey in animal welfare by volunteering with Game Dog Guardian. She became an active volunteer for the organization through fostering and coordinating events. Her passion, inspired by her time with GDG, led her to professional track when she accepted a position with a privately owned boarding facility in Olathe, KS, working her way up to Co-General Manager. After three years, she was ready to jump into animal welfare where she became the Manager of Petco Adoption Center for Kansas City Pet Project. Alisa, a Lawrence resident, is now excited to be working for her community animal shelter, and looks forward to increase awareness and implement community programs at the Lawrence Humane Society. In her free time, Alisa enjoys cooking, spending time with family, and working with her fur babies, Ernie and Winnie (GDG alumns!), using positive reinforcement training. She really really wants a cat to complete her fur-family, but Ernie and Winnie totally disagree.

RiKkI SWEareNgin

Customer Care Manager

Rikki Swearengin has had a love for animals for as long as she can remember. As a child Rikki had many pets and was constantly trying to bring home every stray that crossed her path. At the age of 14, she began to volunteer with the Lawrence Humane Society. The idea to make her passion her career quickly formed soon after. Rikki was hired as a Kennel Technician. In 2003, she left the Humane Society to explore other opportunities, but realized that something was missing in her career. In 2010, Rikki rejoined the Humane Society family as a Client Care Associate and, since then, has held many positions. She currently serves as the shelter’s Humane Investigation Manager and, in June of 2016, was certified as a Humane Animal Investigator through National Animal Cruelty Investigations School. When Rikki is not at the Humane Society, she is enjoying time with her children and pets.

TIa EzeLl

Foster & Transport Manager

Tia Ezell joined the Lawrence Humane Society in 2012.  After completing a degree in Sociology at Wichita State University, she made the move to Lawrence from her hometown of Yoder, Kansas.  Tia started as a client care associate at Lawence Humane, and eventually moved on to become an animal care associate, medical team member,  the Foster and Transfer Coordinator, and is now the Pet Resource Center Supervisor.  She loves working with both people and animals, and has been thrilled to be able to combine these passions in the ever changing field of animal welfare.  In her free time, Tia spends time enjoying North Lawrence’s quaint neighborhoods with her dogs Zeke and Jayda, porch time with friends, and tending to a large  garden and flock of adopted chickens,  ducks, and cats.

Megan Herman

Clinic Manager

Megan Herman joined LHS team in 2013 as an Animal Care Associate. Over the years, she bounced around several other areas of the shelter while finishing Vet Tech School. Upon graduation, she joined the brand new medical team, eventually working her way up to Clinic Manager. Megan considers this role as her absolute dream job and loves that she is able to put her education and compassion to use, helping the people and animals in our community. In her free time, Megan enjoys spending her time with friends, fostering neonatal kittens as well as a variety of other medical anomalies, and spending time with her cats, most of which are previous LHS fosters — Monty, Sol, Crahes and Toby.

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Rylee Mackinnon


Community Caseworker Supervisor

Rylee Mackinnon is new to the shelter world, joining the team in October 2020, but is thrilled to start her journey at the Lawrence Humane Society. Growing up in Lawrence, trips to the humane society were always considered a special activity and most often resulted in leaving with a new furry friend. With a background in exotic and small animal welfare as well as customer service, Rylee is using her skills to provide exceptional care to all animals and humans coming to the shelter. When not at work, Rylee can be found at home with her birds, reptiles, and arachnids as well as with her four cats and dog. Rylee’s passion in life is educating the public in proper animal husbandry. Having the opportunity to provide resources necessary to help people offer the best home possible to their animals is the most fulfilling job she could have. 
 

Sydney Martin

Content Creator

Sydney Martin joined the Lawrence Humane Society as the first-ever Content Creator in January 2020. With a background in graphic design and marketing, she utilizes her design and video skills to create entertaining content for the organization. Sydney loves the opportunity to use her creativity to help animals find their forever homes! In her free time, you’ll find her cooking up a storm in the kitchen, working on house renovations with her husband, traveling to the mountains, and exploring the beautiful city of Lawrence. She has a 5-year-old Australian Shepherd named Mishka, and a 1-year-old Lion Kitty named Simon.

KaTIE BarNETt

Animal Welfare Counsel

Katie graduated from Missouri State University and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law. She was awarded the Walter Hiersteiner Outstanding Service Award by the law school faculty, which is given to the student whose service to her fellow students, university, and community, demonstrates the greatest promise for contribution to the legal profession and to society. Katie is the Founder of the KU Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, founded the Animal Cruelty Prosecution Clinic in conjunction with the Lawrence Humane Society, and worked for Best Friends Animal Society while in law school, and upon graduation as a legislative attorney. Katie operates her own practice in Lawrence, focusing on animal law and municipal law; representing pet owners, as well as cities, and training law enforcement on animal issues. The Lawrence Humane Society has been a client since the practice opened. Katie works as our Animal Welfare Counsel and liaison for legislative and legal issues on a state and local level. Katie is licensed to practice in Kansas and Missouri, and is a frequent speaker and author regarding animal law matters. Katie is a member of the Lawrence Human Relations Commission and a board member of the Symbiotic Behavioral Treatment Center. She lives in Lawrence with her husband Anthony, their two daughters, and four dogs, including Liam and Leonidas, who are registered therapy dogs with Pet Partners.

Board of DirEcTOrs

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Lawrence Humane Society is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board determines and defines the organization’s mission, identifies its purpose and goals. The Lawrence Humane Society Board acts as the overall governing body, voting on major policy issues and playing a role in fundraising and community outreach.

The Board of Directors meets on the fourth Wednesday of each Month at 6:00pm. The first 15 minutes of each meeting are open to the public for questions, comments, and suggestions. If you would like to attend, please email us so we can provide sufficient time in our agenda.

2021 Board of Directors

Chair:
John Hanley, Equity Bank

Vice Chair:
Sandra Gautt, Community Volunteer

Treasurer:
Kirk Putman, Hill’s Pet Nutrition (retired)

Secretary:
Charlotte Tritch, University of Kansas

Members:
Jolisa Buchner, Community Volunteer, Former Capital Campaign Co-Chair
Dale Finnestad, Hills Pet Nutrition
Paula Hatcher, Community Volunteer
Alice Karakas Neumann, Educator & Volunteer
Dakota Loomis, Law Firm of Dakota Loomis
John Olsen, Evergy (retired)

EmPlOyMENT opPOrTuNiTIeS

Put your passion to work!

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 food, medication and limited veterinary services

Current Openings:

Job Title:  Community Caseworker
Department:  Pet Resource Center
Classification:  Non-Exempt (hourly), Full-Time
Reports to:  Community Caseworker Supervisor

Position Summary:
The mission of the Lawrence Humane Society is to nurture the human-animal bond by providing shelter, care, and advocacy for homeless and vulnerable animals, as well as resources for the people and pets in our community. The Lawrence Humane Society realizes pet homelessness affects our entire community and as part of the mission, seeks to support pet owners in crisis.

The Pet Resource Center (PRC) is an integral component of achieving this mission. The PRC is staffed by three Community Caseworkers who report to the Community Caseworker Supervisor, and is led by the Senior Manager of Social Work. We believe in respecting and supporting the pet and pet owner and seek to create a work culture that promotes compassion, innovation, and excellence. Community Caseworkers are responsible for all animals entering the shelter through law enforcement, Animal Control, transfers, stray pets found, and at times, owner surrenders. Community Caseworkers process incoming requests for pet surrenders, work with pet owners to keep pets in the home, work with community partners and human service organizations to create solutions for pets and owners, and counsel the public on animal care.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Process all incoming animals, including stray, surrendered, and transferred animals. Support colleagues in managing animal flow. Employ the use of lower stress animal handling techniques.

  • Deliver services and programs with an open-minded and inclusive attitude. Treat each community encounter with respect, kindness, and compassion.
  • Respond to pet owners requesting assistance.
  • Become familiar with community resources such as food banks, medical services, housing assistance, and other human services programs. Connect pet owners to community resources that they may need.
  • Offer information and counseling on spay/neuter, animal behavior, basic veterinary care, and general pet care.
  • Offer owners food, crates, carriers, and other supplies that may be available.
  • Understand and abide by all federal, state, and local ordinances, as well as state regulations.
  • Diligently enter communication and information into shelter management software, retrieve and report on data collected, and offer solutions based on data collected.
  • Keep records of all communications and assistance provided to pet owners and community members. Track data with care and diligence.
  • Provide re-homing packets to owners who wish to rehome their pets privately. Include adoption information, meet and greet instructions, questions to ask future owners, etc.
  • Communicate critical information to colleagues as needed to ensure the highest standard of animal care and customer service.
  • Follow all workplace safety rules, actively promoting a safe work environment and taking immediate action to prevent and address hazards.
  • Follow all LHS disease transmission prevention protocols.
  • Participate in interdepartmental discussions to support and develop LHS initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Skills and Qualifications:

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
  • Compassion for animals and pet owners, sometimes in emotionally difficult and complex situations, without judgment.
  • Passion for serving the community as a whole and individual people.
  • Highly collaborative with colleagues and community partners.
  • Demonstrably sound judgement in dealing with the public and handling sensitive and confidential information.
  • Highly developed critical thinking skills, a commitment to ongoing learning and growth, and a willingness to consistently address process improvement.
  • Skilled at conflict resolution and dealing with challenging individuals.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and endure a fast pace.
  • Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills with a diverse range of individuals, sometimes in an emotional, fast-paced setting.
  • Proficiency with computers and able to quickly learn new software.
  • General animal behavior and care knowledge.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy in documentation and data entry.


Position Requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age;
  • High School Diploma or GED;
  • Community outreach, customer service, or advocacy experience;
  • No allergies to animals or chemical cleaning agents; and
  • Able to work holidays and weekends as needed.


Preferred Skills/Knowledge:

  • Experience in animal welfare and/or animal handling;
  • Experience in human services and/or social welfare; and
  • Fluency and/or proficiency in Spanish.


Work Environment and Physical Demands:

  • Considerable time communicating with the public;
  • Regular contact with upset 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;
  • 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 if working outdoors.


The Lawrence Humane Society believes that our organization is strengthened by the diversity of our staff, and welcome such diversity including race, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, veteran status, and personal experiences. The Lawrence Humane Society encourages applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. 

To apply for this position, please click the button below.

Position: Customer Care Associate
Classification: Non-Exempt (hourly), Full-Time
Reports to: Customer Care Supervisor
Supervises: N/A

Position Summary:
Customer Care Associates at Lawrence Humane Society (LHS) are compassionate, hard-working professionals who enjoy a fast-paced, team-oriented environment. Their primary goal is to find suitable homes for the animals in LHS’ care by working with customers who visit the shelter and counseling them towards a great fit with one (or more) of our animals. Other duties include data entry, handling payments and donations, providing direct animal care and cleaning various areas of the shelter on a daily basis. LHS utilizes an open adoption philosophy that emphasizes reducing barriers and saving lives. 

Responsibilities:

Customer Service

  • Provide extraordinary service to LHS customers who visit or call to inquire about our services and programs
  • Actively engage members of the public from the moment they arrive or call LHS
  • Counsel prospective adopters to match the appropriate animal to the adopter(s) and educate them on proper animal care
  • Inform customers of the animal’s noted medical and behavioral history at LHS and prior (as available)
  • Counsel customers on necessary future and ongoing veterinary care as well as any applicable programs and services
  • Field (or transfer as needed) calls using a multi-line phone system
  • Provide compassionate, respectful counseling to customers when the adoption is not a good fit


Animal Care

  • Work with colleagues to provide all animals in LHS’ care with appropriate housing, food, water, bedding, toys and other mental and physical stimulation and enrichment
  • Handle dogs (of various sizes and temperaments), cats, and occasionally small mammals (rabbits, guinea pigs, etc.) safely and appropriately throughout the completion of daily cleaning and animal care tasks
  • Adhere to established Standard Operating Procedures for shelter operations
  • Monitor animals’ health and immediately report any concerns to medical staff 


Cleaning 

  • Thoroughly clean kennels and other animal areas daily and as needed, helping to ensure a clean and sanitary facility at all times
  • Use shelter database software and other means of communication and data tracking to to keep an accurate animal inventory, input animal behavior notes and other memos, submit medical exam requests, place holds, etc.


Data Entry and Administrative Tasks

  • Process adoptions and related paperwork, collect adoption and other fees, issue receipts, and maintain records of adoption sales transactions
  • Ensure all animal kennels are clearly and consistently labeled with accurate, up-to-date information about the animals residing in them


General

  • 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
  • Compassion and empathy for animal and human clients
  • Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Maturity and professionalism
  • Organized, detail-oriented, “self-starter” work ethic
  • Problem solving skills
  • Ability to work individually and on a team
  • Windows and Microsoft Office proficiency.  Ability to learn new software.
  • Commitment to ongoing learning and growth
  • Sound judgement in handling sensitive and confidential information
  • Able to communicate effectively with people of various ages and backgrounds
  • No allergies to animals or chemical cleaning agents
  • Able to work holidays and weekends as needed


Preferred Skills/Knowledge:

  • Strong customer service background
  • Ability to learn computer software quickly
  • Calm and level-headed in difficult and emotional situations
  • 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
  • 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 (preferred, not required).


The Lawrence Humane Society believes that our organization is strengthened by the diversity of our staff, and welcome such diversity including race, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, veteran status, and personal experiences. The Lawrence Humane Society encourages applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences
.

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to Shannon Wells, Executive Director, swells@lawrencehumane.org.  

Job Title:  Director of Development & Communications
Department:  Development & Communications
Classification:  Exempt, Full-Time
Reports to:  Executive Director


Position Summary: 

The mission of the Lawrence Humane Society (LHS) is to nurture the human-animal bond by providing shelter, care, and advocacy for homeless and vulnerable animals, as well as resources for the people and pets in our community. The Development & Communications Team is vital to achieving this mission and the Director of Development & Communications is a critical role within the organization.

The Director of Development & Communications will work hand-in-hand with leadership to provide day-to-day oversight of funding and communication resources to help build the capacity of the Lawrence Humane Society. The focus of this position is to secure immediate and future funding to serve more pets and people in Lawrence and Douglas County, KS, and to position LHS within the regional marketplace as the preferred charity of choice for giving, volunteering, and adopting.

The Lawrence Humane Society is seeking a Director of Development & Communications (DOD) to provide strategic leadership, both external and internal, for the development and marketing functions of the organization. They will partner closely with the executive director (ED) to build on a solid history of fundraising, increase current support, and generate new streams of revenue. They will provide strategic leadership supporting the organization’s donor relationship and community awareness goals. They will oversee and coordinate donor relations with all government, corporate, and foundation entities, and individual donor relations, and will coordinate community awareness activities. They will provide strategic guidance and oversight to the marketing and communications functions in order to drive broad awareness and visibility for the organization’s important work in the community.

The DOD reports to the ED, is a member of the senior management team, and supervises the Development and Communications team. The DOD will provide staff support and professional recommendations to the ED and the LHS Board of Directors.

 

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Fundraising and Development

  • Secure new donors to meet programmatic and financial goals through major gifts from individuals, corporations, and public and private grants; planned giving; capital and endowment funding; and special events and special appeals.
  • Assist leadership in development and monitoring of annual budget, ensuring that funds are raised to cover annual operational budget as well as to build for future capacity to serve more pets and people.
  • Manage a portfolio of major donor prospects while supporting the ED in the cultivation and solicitation of their portfolio.
  • Oversee all aspects of outreach and stewardship to donors.  Establish positive relationships with LHS’s long-time supporters and funders.
  • Support Executive Director in capital and endowment campaign efforts.
  • Oversee and monitor donor database; ensure that donor’s gifts are properly recorded and acknowledged.


Marketing and Communications

  • Lead and implement development and communications plans to advance LHS strategic plan and financial goals. Coordinate all related activities throughout the agency, including those undertaken by the Board
  • Support the Executive Director in their role as chief spokesperson, and serve as a senior ambassador for the organization.
  • Build alliances with print, radio, televisions, and billboard partners to ensure maximum community presence at low or no cost.
  • Partner with businesses and corporations to ensure creative marketing strategies are defined and implemented to ensure maximum community presence at low or no cost.
  • Effectively communicate, both orally and in written formats, the need for donors, volunteers, and adopters in the community.
  • Oversee communications efforts, including messaging strategies, media relations, and print/web/social media and other tactics


Organizational Leadership

  • Ensure establishment of best marketing and fundraising practices and effective procedures within the department and throughout the agency as they relate to development and communication functions.
  • Engage and motivate a dedicated staff team, and create opportunities for ongoing learning and professional development.
  • Work collaboratively with other departments to ensure communication accurately reflects the organization’s work and needs.

 

QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Three to five years of successful experience in fund development and communications OR similar experience; animal welfare experience is a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully writing grants and cultivating relationships with funders.
  • Demonstrated experience with direct mail management.
  • Experience managing a team and working with a Board of Directors
  • Proven success in raising major gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations.
  • Proven success in executing major fundraising events.
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership and a style that motivates people to work hard while having fun.
  • Solid, proven budget management skills including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting.
  • Strong organizational abilities including collaborating, planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and appropriate self-confidence and maturity so as to effectively communicate the vision, mission, and work of LHS to all community members, as well as in a manner inspiring to staff, board, donors and volunteers.

 

COMPETENCIES

  • Ability to set and meet goals, possessing strong time management and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge and experience in project planning, prospect research, and general management skills.
  • Effective, experienced, and confident public speaker.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office. Ability to learn how to use new software, platforms, and applications to efficiently and effectively manage information.
  • Proven track record of being intentionally inclusive and welcoming, particularly with communities different than one’s self
  • 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.
  • Highly developed critical thinking skills and a focus on consistent process improvement.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.


An ideal candidate will embody the following characteristics:

  • Receptivity to direction, feedback, and guidance.
  • Maturity in articulating personal needs, wants, and perspectives.
  • Appreciating and valuing individuals’ differences.
  • Engagement and actively listening when communicating with others so that others feel heard and understood.
  • Highly strategic, never losing sight of the big picture.
  • Appreciation for collaboration, as well as encouraging others’ ideas and input.
  • Ability to delegate appropriately and encouragement of staff to be responsible for their own work.
  • Understanding that mistakes are opportunities to learn and grow.
  • Flexibility when it comes to solving challenges and adaptable so that each approach is most effective and appropriate for a given situation.
  • Maintenance of healthy boundaries and a positive work culture.
  • Willingness to cross-train and cover for others as needed.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The environmental conditions described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.

  • Flexibility with work schedule in support of events and deadlines.
  • Routine and flexible office environment with the ability to work away from the office and beyond regular work schedules when needed to complete the work.
  • Work in a stationary position for extended periods of time using a computer.
  • Considerable time communicating with the public.
  • Occasional exposure to animals and all risks associated with animal contact including bites, scratches, dander, parasites, infectious diseases, strong odors and fumes from caustic chemicals, and animal waste.
  • Occasional exposure to high noise levels.
  • Occasional 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.
  • Occasional exposure to wet, cold, and/or humid conditions if working outdoors.


The Lawrence Humane Society believes that our organization is strengthened by the diversity of our staff, and welcome such diversity including race, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, veteran status, and personal experiences. The Lawrence Humane Society encourages applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences
.

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to Shannon Wells, Executive Director, swells@lawrencehumane.org.  

SUMMARY

The mission of the Lawrence Humane Society is to nurture the human-animal bond by providing shelter, care, and advocacy for homeless and vulnerable animals, as well as resources for the people and pets in our community. The Lawrence Humane Society realizes pet homelessness affects our entire community and as part of the mission, seeks to support pet owners in crisis.

The Animal Care & Enrichment Associate serves a vital role in the organization’s mission by providing quality daily care for animals housed at the shelter.  Meeting the needs of the animals at our facility is the foundation of our work and the AC&E Associate takes the lead on daily care.  The AC&E Associate feeds and exercises animals, provides enrichment activities in the kennel, and sanitizes the kennels and rooms where animals are housed.  Although the work is primarily animal-focused the AC&E will routinely work with volunteers to accomplish tasks and may provide backup support for customer service.

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 if needed, clean machines as needed
  • Clean, disinfect, and organize workroom
  • 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;
  • Ability to learn new software to a level of competency;


Preferred 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; and
  • Strong customer service skills.


Physical Demands and 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.

 

The Lawrence Humane Society believes that our organization is strengthened by the diversity of our staff, and welcome such diversity including race, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, veteran status, and personal experiences. The Lawrence Humane Society engourages applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.

To apply, click the “Apply Today” button below, or email a resume and cover letter to Liz Adams, Senior Manager of Operations, ladams@lawrencehuamne.org.

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