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Thank you for your interest in working at PHS! 

The Portsmouth Humane Society (PHS) is a private, non-profit organization that is contracted by the City of Portsmouth to provide animal sheltering services. Annually, we intake around 2,000 animals, most of which are cats/kittens or dogs/puppies. Our mission is to provide shelter, care, and treatment to homeless animals in the City of Portsmouth through permanent adoptions, spay/neuter programs, and humane education. PHS daily operations are supported by a small staff of animal welfare professionals. Additionally, we rely on the support of our Board of Directors, volunteers, foster caregivers, sponsors, donors, and the community.

CURRENT OPENINGS:

Intake Manager

The essential role of the Intake Manager (IM) is the management and oversight of all aspects of animal intake, including intake intervention, re-homing and surrender counseling, intake paperwork, and intake exams. The IM is responsible for oversight of the foster program and coordinates the PHS transfer program for both incoming and outgoing animals. The ideal IM is optimistic, forward-thinking, and willing to try new approaches to assist clients with pet ownership or to re-home pets outside of the shelter environment. The IM is responsible for promoting positive, productive, compassionate interactions between staff and the public.

Supervisor: Shelter Director

Essential Functions

Staff

  • Foster positivity and understanding with regard to members of the public regardless of the circumstances of their visit to PHS
  • Other duties as assigned by the Shelter Director

Administrative

  • Handles incoming calls/e-mails regarding placement of pets for re-homing, provides counseling on alternatives to intake and schedules intake appointments
  • Completes intake appointments with compassion and sensitivity, ensures accurate completion of associated paperwork including veterinary records and personality profiles
  • Utilizes area resources such as community boards and social media lost/found pages to reunite found animals with their guardians
  • Places animals in foster care to meet shelter needs, communicates with foster parents about the health and behavior of their foster pets
  • Coordinates and completes transfer of pets to and from the PHS sheltering program as indicated by availability of resources
  • Other duties as assigned by the Shelter Director

Animal Care

  • Assists with cleaning and maintenance of animal enclosures as needed
  • Conducts all new animal intake examinations
  • Conducts examinations and medical tests prior to making animals available
  • Ensures all animals are kept up to date on vaccines, de-wormers, and flea preventative
  • Make animal housing decisions in cooperation with the Animal Care Manager
  • Assists Supervising Veterinarian with examinations
  • Makes decisions about animal outcomes in a timely manner
  • Performs humane euthanasia as per the 79-1 directive from VDACS
  • Other duties as assigned by Shelter Director

Qualifications

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English
  • Ability to sit, talk, hear, stand, walk, use hands and fingers, handle or operate objects, reach with hands and arms, climb and balance, stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl
  • Ability to work around pet dander, dust, and other allergens
  • Must be comfortable handling dogs, cats, and other small animals of varying sizes and temperaments
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to deal with difficult and stressful situations involving animals and guests
  • Must show compassion towards both people and animals
  • Willingness to work in an environment with loud noises and some strong smells
  • Willingness to work both indoors and outdoors year round
  • One year minimum of professional animal husbandry experience required
  • One year of supervisory experience preferred, but not required

Job Type

  • Full-time/40-hours a week, which may include one or both weekend days, as well as holidays
  • Hourly/Non-Exempt

Benefits

  • Paid Time Off
  • One fee waived, approved adoption annually
  • Access to PHS Employee Assistance Program

Pay

  • $13.50-$15 per hour based on experience

Additional Information

The Portsmouth Humane Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

E-mail resume and cover letter to sheltermgr@portsmouthhumanesociety.org.

 

Community Engagement and Development Director

The essential role of the Community Engagement and Development Director is to lead the strategy and execution of animal-centric programs related to empowerment of individuals, neighborhoods, community groups, and businesses. The Director ensures programs are responsive to community needs and serve to connect individuals with the resources for pet care, support, and rehoming assistance where applicable. Additionally, the Director oversees initiatives that engage community members and stakeholders with the PHS mission through volunteerism, financial contribution, and mutually beneficial partnerships.

Essential Functions

  • Coordinates, oversees, and develops the volunteer program, creates innovative programming to engage volunteers in all aspects of PHS operations
  • Manages a robust foster program that utilizes
  • Creates, implements, and tracks community centered initiatives designed to connect individuals with pet care resources, improve pet care literacy, and foster a trusting relationship with PHS
  • Designs and implements comprehensive plan for developing key partnerships with local businesses, community leaders, local government, and elected officials
  • Formalizes partnership roles and responsibilities through written policies, MOUs, training manuals, handbooks, and toolkits
  • Maintains a pulse on research, industry best practices, current events, and issues in the areas of community engagement, animal welfare, pet ownership support, human housing and access to care, social support programs, and social equity
  • Supervises front office staff responsible for rehoming counseling, intakes, lost/found pet interventions, and adoption finalization
  • Works collaboratively with the Shelter Director to improve community relations through ongoing critical evaluation of all public-facing procedures
  • Maximizes synergy and collaboration between area animal welfare agencies to improve lifesaving at both individual shelter and regional levels
  • Independently manages logistics and execution of third-party, outreach, and adoption events, serves as a significant support to Executive Director in logistics and execution of signature events
  • Assists in management of donor data and acknowledgment efforts
  • Participates in public speaking opportunities, educational presentations, and media appearances

Qualifications

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations, Communications, or Marketing or equivalent years of professional experience
  • At least 5 years of experience in animal welfare or human services, with emphasis on leadership, volunteer management, event planning, and donor relations
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds
  • Ability to sit, stand, bend, stoop, and walk for an 8-hour+ workday
  • Ability to work around pet dander, dust, and other allergens
  • Must be comfortable handling dogs, cats, and other small animals of varying sizes and temperaments
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to deal with difficult and stressful situations involving animals and guests
  • Must show compassion towards both people and animals
  • Must be able and willing to consciously choose positivity and optimism when faced with challenges in the workplace
  • Willingness to work in an environment with loud noises and some strong smells
  • Willingness to work both indoors and outdoors year round

Job Type

  • Full-time/40-hours a week, which may include one or both weekend days, as well as holidays
  • Salaried, non-exempt

Benefits

  • 80 hours of Paid Time Off awarded annually on January 1st
  • Paid Holidays, including New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day

Pay

  • $38,000 – $42,000 annually based on previous experience

Additional Information

The Portsmouth Humane Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

E-mail resume and cover letter to director@portsmouthhumanesociety.org.