LAWS - DREAM AND ACHIEVE TOGETHER
The Executive Director of The Oakland Animal Services (OAS)
is responsible for overseeing the organization's consistent achievement of its
vision, mission and financial objectives. The Executive Director is responsible
for planning, organizing, managing, and supervising all aspects of the
operations and directing the development of a strategic plan for the promotion
of animal care, animal control, and reduction of euthanasia rates of animals in
the City of Oakland, California.
OAS serves two equally important functions:
1. Providing a shelter for homeless, abandoned, and abused animals; and,
2. Protecting the public health, safety and welfare.
OAS is seeking a dedicated and compassionate Executive
Director to transition the agency into a national model of animal care while
enhancing its animal control responsibilities.
OAS is committed to ending the euthanasia of adoptable and
treatable animals in the City of Oakland.
Essential duties and job responsibilities include the
Humane Care and Shelter for Animals in Need
Oversee the care provided for the animals that come under the
protection of OAS and ensure their
short and long term strategies to address pet overpopulation in Oakland that
responsibly reduce intakes, increase adoptions, improve animal care, provide
behavior and medical rehabilitation, encourage spaying and neutering, and
help pets stay with their responsible caretakers.
responsible pet care through enforcement of public compliance with animal
care and control regulations, including nuisance, animal licensing, public
safety, and animal cruelty laws.
organize, coordinate, review, evaluate, and direct the implementation of
programs providing animal care and control services to the general public
and other animal welfare agencies.
- Direct through subordinate
supervisors, the administration of such programs including, but not limited
to, shelter management, adoptions, veterinary services, animal control, and
animal welfare education.
- Develop, interpret, and
implement policies and procedures relating to animal care and control
programs; plan means of service delivery; develop multi-year plan for the
direction of overall animal care and control activities for the City.
that the organization has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission,
and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress.
a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the animal
welfare and animal control fields.
with representatives of other animal welfare organizations, non-profit
organizations, businesses and community groups to develop and implement
collaborative programs and services, and to raise alternative sources of
funding to aid in overall OAS goals.
direction and technical advice and assistance to City agencies, community
and volunteer groups, animal welfare organizations, and the general public.
marketing and publicity for the organization’s activities, programs, and
animal care and control program role in a variety of health, education and
public safety initiatives, as well as improving overall quality of life in
Staff management and Development
responsible for overseeing the recruitment, employment, direction,
management and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.
that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations
are conducted, that motivation systems are utilized and that sound human
resource practices are in place that abide by local, state and federal law.
- Analyze organizational
structure, staff responsibilities and staff response to demands for animal
care and control services.
- Revise existing programs and
services and develop new programs and services to meet changing demands.
- Develop and implement
initiatives intended to change and improve employees’ provision of service
to, and interaction with the public.
- Communicate agency policy and
philosophy concerning provision of service and relationship with the public
to agency employees.
- Participate in, and lead
interagency teams formed to develop programs, policies and solutions to
- Maintain a climate which
attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people by
encouraging career development, continuing education, and professional
growth for staff administrators, shelter employees, and others who support
and promote the mission and goals of the agency.
Budget and Finance
responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices.
- Prepare financial reports,
budgets, and summaries, submit budgets for approval, and monitor compliance
of expenditures within approved budgetary constraints.
- Determine staffing needed to
provide adequate service delivery throughout the City.
- Meet with union
representatives regarding contractual obligations, union grievances, and
Compliance with Laws, Regulations, Policies, and Guidelines
and implement operational compliance with current federal, state, county,
and local laws, regulations, and guidelines that affect operations.
- Oversee record keeping
practices for legally compliant adoptions, staff personnel files, budgetary
accountability, and all other functions.
official records and documents.
Perform related work as required.
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
OAS is looking for an innovative and dynamic individual who
brings skills, enthusiasm, and accountability to animal care and control. It is
not essential that the successful candidate have senior management experience of
an animal shelter or animal control facility. OAS is looking for someone with
specific and transferable skills (working in a team environment, leadership,
financial control, management, bottom line results) that can be transferred to
the shelter environment, such is found in other professions (business, law,
veterinary medicine, public administration, public relations, etc.).
BS or BA is required in Business, Public Relations, Communications, Public
Administration, Public Health, Veterinary or Animal Sciences, Law, or a closely
minimum of five years experience in either senior management of an animal
shelter or animal control facility; or five years experience in a supervisory
position with transferable skills such as business, law, veterinary medicine,
communications, public administration or other related field. Experience working
in a union environment helpful, but not required.
conditions which would be aggravated when handling or working with animals may
be a disqualification.
for animals, concern for their welfare and a willingness to accommodate animals
in the work place.
hope you will find this information useful. Please contact me at (818) 781-5280
with any questions. Thank you.
14320 Ventura Blvd., Suite 408
Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 781-5280 phone
*Job description written by Nathan Winograd
for the City of Philadelphia.
(Potential Wording. Submitted to the City of
Oakland on March 29, 2005 by Charlotte Laws)
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