JOB OPENING: Animal Welfare Coordinator

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.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • 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

Status: Full-time

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.

About GRACE 

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!


Lauren Poe
Mayor, Gainesville, FL
"They're doing remarkable work and changing the lives of hundreds and hundreds of people."
Dr. Bernie Machen
President Emeritus, UF
"GRACE's early success represents a truly remarkable launch of a much-needed community resource."


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