Position Title:  Service Dog Program Manager 

Have you seen our black Labrador retriever “Charlie” that is being raised on NBC’s “Today” as a Puppy with a Purpose?  He’s the perfect example of what we do; breed, raise and train amazing service dogs to help veterans and first responders to live their lives without boundaries!

America’s VetDogs and the Guide Dog Foundation have an exciting employment opportunity for a Service Dog Program Manager at our campus in Smithtown, NY (Long Island). Our organization is unique in the assistance dog industry in that we have collaborative training teams that provide both guide dogs and multiple types of service dogs.

We are constantly striving to improve and better ourselves so that we can better support our clients.  If you have a growth mindset and you thrive under the challenges of program development you are probably a great fit for our team!  We’re looking for someone who is passionate about growth, innovation and collaboration.  

America’s VetDogs (AVD):

The sister organization to the Guide Dog Foundation was founded in 2003 to provide Assistance dogs to veterans to allow them to live the lives they choose.  Our programs were created to provide enhanced mobility and renewed independence to veterans, active-duty service members, and first responders with disabilities.

AVD trains and places dogs for the following assistance-
Guide Dogs for veterans who are blind or have low vision
PTSD Service dogs to help mitigate the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder
Hearing dogs
Service dogs for those with other physical disabilities 
Facility dogs as part of the rehabilitation process in military and VA hospitals.

What we’re looking for in a candidate-
Proven track record of managing service dog programs. 
Must have achieved certification in training service dogs and instructing students/clients.  (Has 5 or more years in training service dogs teams)
Innovative, creative leader with the ability to manage teams, ideas and projects to final outcomes.  Results driven!
Strong understanding of resource management in creating and monitoring budgets and staffing
Excellent interpersonal skills to be used working with people inside and outside of the organization
Able to identify and resolve problems!  Work effectively with others to solve complex issues.
Flexibility with work hours, weekend hours and ability to travel.
Ability to work in the U.S.
If you are interested in applying or have any questions, please contact Loretta Quis at Loretta@guidedog.org