Animal Shelter Humane Educator (Volunteer Services Coordinator I)

$44,073.33 - $73,455.62 yr
Aug 01, 2018
Aug 13, 2018
Full Time

Performs planning, implementation, and coordination of functions and activities for a variety of volunteer-based outreach and education programs in the community. Responsibilities include all aspects of the humane education program as well as volunteer recruitment, selection, placement, training, recognition and evaluation of volunteers who will perform outreach and education. Provides a multi-lingual humane education program with trained volunteers to provide outreach. Translates written materials for humane education outreach and shelter use. Works with volunteers to develop and distribute humane education information in several languages. Works with citizen groups, public and private partners, other county organizations and departments, and rescue groups to expand animal-related outreach and education services in the community. Creates and disseminates educational materials throughout Fairfax County. Identifies geographic areas that contribute the highest shelter intake and develops programs and outreach targeted to those areas. Provides community-based spay and neuter education and works to provide these services to underserved areas of the county. May act as the point of contact for the low-income community spay/neuter program and community cat 'Trap, Neuter, Return' program volunteers, and may assist with oversight of these programs. Works closely with animal protection police officers with regard to providing humane education services in the community. Travels throughout Fairfax County as needed. Gives presentations and facilitates workshops on a variety of subjects related to humane education, including pet ownership, safe animal handling, community spay and neuter services, animal abuse and cruelty, and shelter programs. Develops a humane education volunteer team to create and implement programs, training workshops, camps, scout badge classes, birthday parties, and classes in the training rooms. Acts as point of contact for scout groups and individual scouts seeking to complete projects for the Shelter. Trains volunteers to lead shelter tours and oversees scheduling of tours for groups and individuals. Supports shelter operations as needed. Under the general direction of the Communications and Outreach Manager, and in coordination with the Volunteer Services Coordinator II and the other Volunteer Services Coordinator I (Foster and Rescue Placement Coordinator).

Illustrative Duties
  • Interfaces with volunteers and program staff to determine extent of program need for volunteers;
  • Formulates, recommends and implements plans for recruitment; conducts assessment interviews to determine appropriate placement based on interests, skills and abilities of volunteers;
  • Conducts campaigns, through speaking engagement s or similar publicity efforts, to obtain volunteers or promote available volunteer services;
  • Oversees volunteer training, performance management, and recognition.
  • Acts as a liaison between community, volunteers, and agency staff;
  • Collects information and prepares materials for distribution related to volunteer services.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and the public;
  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form;
  • Ability to conduct effective presentations.
Any combination of education, experience and training equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in social or behavioral sciences, liberal arts, education or personnel administration; plus some experience in volunteer activities,
programs, etc.

  • Valid driver's license.
  • Appointee will be required to complete a criminal background investigation to the satisfaction of the employer.
  • Must be able to work a flexible, non-traditional schedule including regular weekends and holidays.
  • Experience in education, providing humane education to children and adults, and/or in developing and implementing humane education tools and programs.
  • Experience handling and working with animals and knowledge of animals.
  • Experience in education programs involving pet ownership including legal requirements for pet ownership, the importance of spay/neuter, and other community-based pet retention programs.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with regard to humane animal treatment and animal safety.
  • Experience working in an animal shelter, a veterinary practice, a zoo or related business.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Sound judgment and ability to maintain professional composure.
  • Efficient, prompt, and able to work under pressure in emergencies.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Comfortable in public speaking roles.
Ability to stand, stoop, bend, stretch, walk, climb and sit. Ability to lift 50 pounds. Duties can be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Pre- interview written exercise. Panel interview.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 711. EEO/AA/TTY.