The Animal Welfare Coordinator (AWC) is responsible for all development and operations of the Co-sheltering & Animal Welfare program (CSAW) at GRACE, an innovative program that helps meet the needs of people without housing or at risk of homelessness and their service/companion animals.
- Maintain consistent, respectful relationships with people without housing and their animals on the GRACE campus, provide oversight of animal well-being, and coordinate access to food, water, vaccinations, and other services.
- Work directly with animal owners in emergency shelter to ensure animals are safe, healthy and able to exist peacefully with other residents and guests.
- Monitor and enforce program expectations related to animal ownership on the GRACE campus, including provisions related to spay/neuter; vaccinations; pickup of animal waste; animal behavior and hygiene; animal abuse and neglect; and abandonment.
- Work with GRACE staff and project partners to develop, implement, and maintain facilities required for long-term access to shelter services for people with animals including a shaded dog kennel, a dog run/park, a cat room, and a food/supply room.
- Coordinate and lead monthly veterinary outreach clinic(s)
- Maintain project partnerships by improving on existing services and introducing new services as needed while exploring new community partnerships.
- Develop and implement an animal registration process and coordinate connections to veterinary and other services including behavioral resources for animals and their owners.
- Work with GRACE staff to identify measurable outcomes, program successes, and innovative models suitable for funding requests to national and international animal welfare organizations for ongoing funding.
- Provide regular program reports to the Executive Director, project partners, the Wagmore Foundation, and others as required.
- Use motivational interviewing to engage with residents about appropriate animal care and encourage changes as needed.
- Enter data into HMIS and complete other documentation related to campus services.
- Attend staff meetings and other training as required or assigned.
- Maintain supplies and organize resources.
- Model exemplary behavior and work ethic to residents, guests, volunteers and advocates.
- De-escalate participants and/or situations using verbal and nonverbal communication skills.
- Maintain operations by ensuring cleanliness and safety, and monitoring facilities and equipment conditions.
- Effectively communicate campus expectations and guidelines with guests in a respectful manner.
- Advance and maintain skills, education, and knowledge of best practices that are relevant to the job description.
- Self-motivated and can work highly independent with minimal supervision.
- Able to manage multiple priorities from different sources.
- Excellent computer and communication skills.
- Write and/or provide information/assistance as needed in preparing grant applications.
- Track all grant expenses and deliverables, prepare grant reports, and perform other needed
- Enthusiasm for the mission of the organization and experience working with diverse groups of people in an educational and outreach capacity.
- Strong belief that ending homelessness is possible!
- Background in animal welfare, animal shelter operations or veterinary medicine
- Proficient in Google Suite (Gmail, Google Docs, Google Sheets, etc), Canva.
- Previous experience with foundation grant writing and reporting.
GRACE is an exciting, fast-paced organization filled with some of the best people you could ever hope to meet. All of our programs - day services, permanent housing, emergency shelter, volunteers, and more - are organized around three core values: Safety, Impact, and Respect. We’re on a mission to end homelessness, and we’re always looking for new and innovative ways to improve what we do. GRACE offers opportunities to make your work schedule fit your life.
Salary & Benefits
Reports to: Director of Shelter Operations
Salary: $16-$18/hour depending on experience plus $4/hour hazard pay until March 2022
Work Location: GRACE Marketplace campus
Schedule: Day-time hours, Monday-Friday, (8:00 am - 4:00 pm preferred)
Benefits: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Paid time off, Flexible schedule
Instructions for applying:
Qualified and interested applicants should email their resume and cover letter to Peter Monte, Animal Welfare Coordinator at [email protected] and Jeff Gruver Director of Shelter Services [email protected] This position will close on Friday, July 18, 2021. Start date is immediate or negotiable.
We’re on a mission to end homelessness, and have helped make substantial progress in Gainesville and Alachua County since opening in 2014 -- 1,700+ permanent housing placements that have driven a 47% reduction in local homelessness (and a 68% reduction in unsheltered homelessness). The best part? We’re just getting started! We’re an agency filled with amazing people across all of our programs - low-barrier emergency shelter, permanent housing, diversion, outreach, advancement, meal service, and more. Come join our team!