CANINE CARE MANAGER
The Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs have a unique employment opportunity for a Canine Care Manager. Our organizations are unique in the assistance dog industry providing both guide and multiple types of service dogs. This position would be located in the New York tri-state area.
The Canine Care Manager is responsible for managing the day-to-day care of all dogs on campus and for optimizing the physical conditions of the kennel environment. The incumbent is responsible for directing the work of Canine Care staff and training and/or overseeing new employees and volunteers in proper care techniques. This hands-on management position entails developing and assuring adherence to established kennel protocols; selecting and guiding Canine Care staff and undertaking the full range of kennel duties as needed.
In addition, this position collaborates with Canine Care/Neonatal and Veterinary staff to ensure that proper protocols and procedures are followed to prevent disease and promote optimal health of our dogs. The Canine Care Manager, working collaboratively with other departments, develops and oversees implementation of plans for dogs with behavior issues.
• Strong leadership qualities, including the character, experience, wisdom, and discernment needed to build trust and influence with direct reports, peers, and organizational leadership.
• Proficiency in canine handling, behavior, and care using positive reinforcement methods, typically gained by 5-7 years’ experience in training, veterinary or kennel position.
• Expertise in the development and implementation of staff educational programs, and ability to positively influence the professional development of direct reports
• Preference will be given to applicants with experience using positive reinforcement techniques to modify problematic behavior.
• A minimum of three years’ supervisory experience is desirable.
• Must demonstrate sound judgment, strong communications and team-building skills and the ability to make timely and prudent decisions.