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Main Shelter: 4400 Raytown Rd. Kansas City, MO

Zona Rosa: 8721 N. Stoddard Ave. Kansas City, MO

Petco: 11620 W. 95th St. Overland Park, KS

Careers

Chief Veterinarian

Title: Chief Veterinarian
Reports to: President/CEO
Category: Exempt
Position: Full Time, 40+ hours a week, including one weekend day per week and some holidays
Supervises: Shelter Veterinarians (direct supervision), Veterinary Clinic Practice Manager and Technicians (indirect supervision)

Duties and Responsibilities:
The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

• Provides lead direction to other doctors and technicians responsible for following prescribed treatment and maintaining treatment records for animals brought to the shelter; ensures that the highest level of service and care are provided and that changes in animals’ conditions are recorded.

• Assists in the development and implementation of goals, policies, and procedures for the clinic; recommends changes in procedures as needed.

• Provides preventative treatments for infections, disease prevention and control, general health, parasite diagnosis and treatment, behavioral evaluations and modification, and dietary evaluations.

• Examines animals, evaluates animals’ health and performs veterinary medical and surgical procedures including vaccinations, prescribing and administering of medications, anti-parasite treatments, tests and lab work for infection, cruelty exams, necropsy, and specialty surgery.

• Performs surgical sterilization of dogs, cats and rabbits, including pediatric and high volume spay/neuter.

• Performs in-house inspections (Capacity for Care rounds) with shelter staff.

• Performs all necessary euthanasia according to established protocol.

• Establishes and maintains accurate medical records and drug use logs to standards of veterinary and sheltering practices; ensures that records are in order and complete.

• Ensures that all state and federal laws, state regulations, accepted standards, the practice of veterinary medicine, drug control, and animal care and handling are adhered to.

• Maintains up-to-date knowledge of shelter animal health protocols, surgical procedures and companion animal health issues, and efficient/effective/economical ways to save more lives.

• Builds effective relationships through positive interaction and communication with the community, volunteers and staff. Promotes positive relationships with volunteers, works well with staff and volunteers in the clinic, and requires all clinic staff to utilize, appreciate, and welcome volunteer support.

Additional Tasks and Responsibilities

While the following tasks are necessary for the work of the unit, they are not an essential part of the purpose of this position and may also be performed by other unit members.

• Assists in monitoring inventory and ordering of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals. Makes recommendations for medications and supplies that are within budget guidelines and suggests ways to save money in the veterinary clinic to help us save more animals.

Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions:

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum of 5 years of professional veterinary medical experience, preferably in an animal shelter setting.

Possession of a current license to practice veterinary medicine in Missouri is required. A license in the state of Kansas is preferred, but not required.

Environmental Adaptability

• Ability to work under often unsafe and uncomfortable conditions where exposure to environmental factors such as temperature variations, odors, toxic agents, violence, noise, wetness, and disease can cause discomfort and where there is a risk of injury.

• Tasks involve the ability to exert moderate but not constant physical effort, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching, and lifting, carrying objects and animals of moderate weight.

Knowledge/Abilities Required to Perform Essential Job Functions

• Ability to perform mid-level data analysis including the ability to audit, deduce, assess, conclude and appraise. Requires discretion in determining and referencing such to established criteria to define consequences and develop alternatives.

• Ability to provide technical and functional supervision, including scheduling, approving time off, providing technical training, and providing employee feedback.

• Ability to utilize a variety of advisory data and information such regulations, animal medical certificates, treatment/medical records, lab results, veterinary medicine manuals and textbooks, and general operating manuals.

• Ability to communicate orally and in writing with pet owners, staff, volunteers, the general public and animal control officers.

• Ability to apply principles of influence such as supervision, managing, leading, teaching, directing, planning, coordinating and controlling. Ability to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to problem resolution.

• Ability to exercise the judgment, decisiveness and creativity required in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental and/or subjective criteria, as opposed to criteria that are clearly measurable or verifiable.

• Knowledge of the principles and practices of veterinary medicine; especially as it relates to shelter medicine, the most current veterinary practice and techniques relating to the treatment of injured and ill animals, and animal diseases and their prevention, control and eradication.

• Knowledge of shelter animal health protocols, surgical procedures and companion animal health issues.

• Knowledge of Federal, County, State, City and local animal health laws and regulations, ASV guidelines, and AAHA certification requirements.

• Other duties as assigned.

Please send resume and letter of interest to Teresa.Johnson@kcmo.org.

Veterinary Clinic Practice Manager

Title: Veterinary Clinic Practice Manager
Department: Operations
Reports to: Chief Administrative Officer
Category: Full-Time (40 hours a week)
Supervises: Veterinary Assistants, Veterinary Technicians, Vet Clinic Customer Service Associates

The Veterinary Clinic Practice Manager leads a fast-paced, high volume veterinary clinic at the largest no-kill, open admission, municipal shelter in the city of Kansas City, Missouri – providing veterinary care to animals within KC Pet Project’s shelter system (with an annual intake in excess of 10,000 animals per year), and with a future goal of also providing affordable veterinary care to publicly owned animals for the surrounding community. Duties will also include leading the medical team in the move to our new Kansas City Campus for Animal Care facility in Swope Park in late 2019.

All duties will be performed in a manner consistent with achieving the mission and vision of KC Pet Project. Must ensure that humane care and treatment of animals is provided at all times, as it relates to industry best practices. Ensures the upkeep, cleanliness and security of the clinic are held to KC Pet Project standards. Provides exceptional customer service experience for both public and internal customers in accordance with organization’s mission, goals and philosophy. Understands biological risk, disease transmission, sanitation best practices, and can put into practice concepts of fear-free handling and a low stress for animals in our clinic/hospital. Must believe in our organization’s mission and our “solutions, not excuses” approach to lifesaving.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Responsible for planning, organizing and managing the veterinary and medical care operations / services of the KC Pet Project Veterinary Clinic.
• Responsible for establishing key performance indicators and reporting on department performance goals each month.
• Responsible for hiring, training, and supervision of all licensed veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, customer service associates, and volunteers. Including, scheduling, evaluating job performance, ensuring staff follow proper policies and procedures, address employee complaints, and managing disciplinary problems in a timely and organized manner.
• Delegates responsibilities within the clinic for the purpose of increasing the overall efficiency of the clinic, and structures the activities of clinic staff to maximize the utility and effectiveness of assigned staff according to their abilities and/or licensing. Evaluate new and on-going projects regularly to determine and implement needed changes.
• Writes reviews and maintains standard operating procedures, protocols and instructions applicable to KC Pet Project clinic operations. Regularly reviews policy, procedures, and protocols for efficiency and compliance with local, state and federal guidelines.
• Manages the inventory for all items in the vet clinic; orders and monitors all medical inventory items and general clinic supplies; ensuring the responsible use of supplies by identifying and eliminating sources of waste.
• Ensures strict adherence to all DEA, Department of Agriculture, and State Veterinary Medical Board rules and/or federal and state laws.
• Builds relationships with vendors and drug companies to ensure we are receiving shelter discounts and best pricing.
• Prepares the annual medical budget for the veterinary clinic with the CEO and CAO and monitors the departmental budget monthly, ensuring purchases are made in a fiscally responsible manner.
• Regularly audits the quality of physical exams and data entry performed by the medical clinic for all animals in the shelter. Ensures that all treatments (including booster vaccines) performed by the medical clinic are done correctly and on time.
• Function calmly in situations that require a high degree of sensitivity, tact, and diplomacy, ensuring that complaints by customers are handled by the proper chain of command until a resolution is reached.
• Ensure the highest level of service and care are provided in a timely manner to pets and caregivers as well as animals housed in shelter.
• Engages and utilizes community volunteers as appropriate, communicating professionally and respectfully. Including communicating gratitude to volunteers for their service and dedication as appropriate.
Duties and Responsibilities are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive and may evolve over time. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Administration
• Adhere to the departmental and organizational financial goals & industry best practices. Understand AAHA best practices for veterinary hospitals and ensure these practices are a part of daily operations within the medical clinic.
• Create monthly reports for the CEO and participate in strategic planning and development of departmental budgets and programs. Ensures vet clinic operations are performing within budget and are meeting or exceeding key performance indicators that are established.
• Participate in managerial/leadership team meetings and contribute to the organization’s objectives and mission.
• Attend professional association meetings, board meetings, webinars, etc., and communicate new skills or best practices learned. Be comfortable making presentations to internal teams, outside groups or other shelters.
• Perform clinic opening and closing duties as needed.
Personnel
• Facilitate a culture that fosters teamwork and empowers growth through training, coaching, stability, support and collaboration to KC Pet Project team.
• Administer personnel-related tasks, including new hires, terminations, leave requests, rewarding and disciplining employees as well as periodic and annual evaluations in accordance with KC Pet Project policies.
• Maintain and promote an overall customer service environment.
• Motivate and lead a high-performance veterinary care team; attract, recruit and retain required members of the clinic support function.
• Assure staff is trained and coached to a level necessary to achieve departmental goals and industry best practices.
• Communicate effectively and positively with all staff, managers and volunteers.
• Facilitate conflict resolution among staff, volunteers/community service workers and customers; provide guidance to staff faced with difficult situations.
• Foster a success-oriented and accountable environment within the organization.
Qualifications and Knowledge Necessary to Perform Essential Job Functions:
• Minimum of 5 years of management experience in an animal clinic/hospital or shelter clinic required.
Capabilities Necessary to Perform Essential Job Functions:
• Ability to exert moderate but not constant physical effort, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching, and lifting, carrying objects and animals of moderate weight.
• Ability to operate, maneuver and/or provide simple but continuous adjustments on equipment such a surgical instruments, syringes, catch poles, microscopes, diagnostic equipment computer terminal, and/or materials used in performing essential functions.
• Ability to coordinate eyes, hands, feet and limbs in performing movements requiring skill and training, such as inducing anesthesia and giving injections.
• Ability to recognize and identify degrees of similarities or differences between characteristics of colors, shapes, sounds, tastes, odors and textures associated with job-related objects, materials and tasks.
• Ability to communicate orally and in writing with pet owners, staff, volunteers, the general public and animal control officers.
• Ability to apply principles of influence systems such as supervision, managing, leading, teaching, directing, planning, coordinating and controlling. Ability to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to problem resolution.
• Ability to exercise the judgment, decisiveness and creativity required in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental and/or subjective criteria, as opposed to criteria that are clearly measurable or verifiable.
• Ability to work under potentially unsafe and uncomfortable conditions where exposure to environmental factors such as temperature variations, odors, toxic agents, violence, noise, wetness, and disease can cause discomfort and where there is a risk of injury.

Work Environment
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to hazards associated with infected animals and controlled substances; exposure to unpleasant odors and noises; exposure to bites, scratches and animal wastes; possible exposure to contagious diseases.
Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include 401K, paid time off, medical insurance and dental insurance.
KC Pet Project is a nonprofit organization that operates the Kansas City, MO animal shelter, caring for more than 10,000 pets a year. We are the largest No Kill shelter in Kansas City and in the State of Missouri.

Please send cover letter and resume to Gail Longstaff at Gail.Longstaff@kcmo.org

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions or qualifications associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change, for example, emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, or technological breakdowns in departments.

Fundraising Events Coordinator

Title: Fundraising Events Coordinator
Department: Development
Reports to: Chief Development Officer
Category: Full-Time (Exempt)
Supervises: Volunteer Support for Events

Commitment: This position is responsible for managing all KC Pet Project fundraising events including community fundraisers, signature events and more when the purpose of the event is fundraising and development.

Responsibilities:
• Oversees and executes all KC Pet Project produced fundraising events including, but not limited to: Hoops for Hounds, Furlough, 5K Run/Walk, and a future signature event.
• Secures corporate sponsors in partnership with chief development officer to meet revenue goals for each event.
• Create events budgets (expense and revenue) in partnership with chief development officer.
• Oversees and executes all in-kind donation efforts for event support (i.e. silent auction items, event logistics support, food, beverage, etc.)
• Coordinates and executes all Snuggle Service events (must be comfortable handling puppies and kittens often in partnership with a foster family).
• Manage community events and coordinates details with each business, school, or organization. Act as KC Pet Project representative at community fundraising events or identify volunteer support for community representation.
• Works cooperatively with all volunteers, recognizing the talent and commitment they bring to the organization, especially as it relates to community outreach through fundraising.
• Works as a team member with the marketing, development, and volunteer departments to meet goals by providing input and creativity, and commitment to fundraising.
• Act as liaison and provide support to Friends of KC Pet Project group’s fundraising event efforts.
• Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications:
• Minimum two (2) years corporate sales or non-profit fundraising experience required
• Minimum three (3) years event planning/management experience preferred
• The ability to write clearly and accurately using proper grammar
• Creativity and willingness to try new approaches and receive constructive feedback
• Software experience with Ready, Set, Auction, Donor Perfect, and Classy is preferred
• Must be able to work in a crowded, busy environment if necessary
• Able to work some nights, weekends, and holidays
• Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds
• Possession of valid driver’s license

KC Pet Project is a nonprofit organization that operates the Kansas City, MO animal shelter, caring for more than 10,000 pets a year. We are the largest No-Kill shelter in Kansas City and the 3rd largest, open-admission, No-Kill shelter in the United States.

Please send cover letter and resume to Marie Dispenza at Marie.Dispenza@kcmo.org.

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions or qualifications associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change, for example, emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, or technological breakdowns in departments.

Community Education Coordinator

Title: Community Education Coordinator
Department: Marketing & Communications
Reports to: Chief Communications Officer
Category: Full-Time (exempt)
Supervises: Volunteers for the program

Commitment: This position is responsible for managing all educational aspects of the organization, both at the shelter and outside in the community. The position will also oversee event management, classes, and rentals of the Education Pavilion at the Kansas City Campus for Animal Care (KCCAC).

Responsibilities:
• Coordinates all education classes provided at the Education Pavilion at KCCAC
• Develop a curriculum of humane educational opportunities, both at the shelter and in a variety of schools
• Manages event rental program of KCCAC and schedule of events to be hosted
• Communicate with corporations and businesses for donations for KC Pet Project events
• Create event budgets and identify revenue opportunities for your program
• Plan with program managers to develop and provide classes to the public as well as pet training classes
• Work cooperatively with all volunteers, recognizing the talent and commitment they bring to the organization
• Coordinates school visits to the shelter
• Manages tour program of the new shelter
• Collaborate with Special Events Coordinator and Development team on fundraising initiatives
• Work with others on the Marketing & Development teams to meet goals by providing input and creativity, and commitment to fundraising

Qualifications:
• Minimum 2 years of work in educational related field
• Event planning/management experience preferred
• Ability to work from Kansas City Campus for Animal Care
• The ability to write clearly and accurately using proper grammar
• Creativity and willingness to try new approaches and receive constructive feedback
• Must be able to work in a crowded, busy environment if necessary
• Able to work with the KC Pet Project team and volunteers
• Able to work some nights, weekends, and holidays
• Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds
• Possession of valid driver’s license
KC Pet Project is a nonprofit organization that operates the Kansas City, MO animal shelter, caring for more than 10,000 pets a year. We are the largest No Kill shelter in Kansas City and the 3rd largest, open-admission, No Kill shelter in the United States.

Please send cover letter and resume to Tori Fugate at Tori.Fugate@kcmo.org.

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions or qualifications associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change, for example, emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, or technological breakdowns in departments.

Retail Sales & Merchandising Manager

Title: Retail Sales & Merchandising Manager
Department: Marketing and Communications
Reports to: Chief Communications Officer
Category: Full-Time (Exempt)
Supervises: Future support staff at Kansas City Campus for Animal Care (KCCAC) and volunteers

Commitment: This position is responsible for leading all merchandising, retail sales training, and inventory promotions for KC Pet Project locations as well as ordering, stocking, and accounting for all items offered for sale. This individual will establish positive working relationships with product vendors, including Petco Animal Supplies, Inc., and will ensure compliance with our contractual obligations for such relationships, maximizing profitability for KC Pet Project, monitoring sales trends and accurately controlling stock levels. Includes merchandising support to increase sales, making suggestions for store signage, new products, or marketing promotions, and creating/utilizing sales training materials for all applicable staff members responsible for selling retail items

Responsibilities:
• Establishing sales goals and training staff members and volunteers to increase sales and meet/exceed revenue goals
• Entering and managing inventory in a point of sale system
• Work collaboratively with adoptions team and accounting team of KC Pet Project
• Ordering all inventory items and establishing appropriate levels of stock
• Maintain schedule of support staff at KCCAC
• Merchandising and maintaining retail items and displays in all adoption centers, including the new shelter, Kansas City Campus for Animal Care, which will have a large retail store; creating sales promotions and establish competitive pricing while maximizing profits
• Identifying opportunities where new signage or displays would be beneficial in all retail locations to draw attention to items or sales promotions in accordance with our brand guidelines; work with KCPP management to have those materials created
• Manage budgets for expenses, costs of goods sold, and revenue goals
• Schedule, train, and inspire staff & volunteers involved in selling products through KCPP
• Work with KC Pet Project marketing team to design new, branded retail items for purchase
• Ensure compliance and a relationship of service excellence with all corporate partners including Petco Animal Services
• Provide excellent customer service and work collaboratively with KCPP managers
• Ensure procedures exist to reduce/eliminate shrinkage (loss)
• Sell retail items at third party fundraisers and KC Pet Project events as needed

Qualifications:
• 4 plus years of retail experience is preferred
• Retail merchandising and design experience a plus
• Ability to work from Kansas City Campus for Animal Care, at home, at offsite locations as needed
• The ability to write clearly and accurately using proper grammar
• Creativity and willingness to try new approaches and receive constructive feedback
• Self-starter who is able to work well independently
• Must be able to work in a crowded, busy environment if necessary
• Able to work collaboratively with the KC Pet Project marketing and adoptions team
• Able to work some nights, weekends, and holidays
• Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds
• Possession of valid driver’s license

KC Pet Project is a nonprofit organization that operates the Kansas City, MO animal shelter, caring for more than 10,000 pets a year. We are the largest No Kill shelter in Kansas City.

Please send cover letter and resume to Tori Fugate, Chief Communications Officer, at Tori.Fugate@kcmo.org.

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions or qualifications associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change, for example, emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, or technological breakdowns in departments.

Human Resource Specialist

Title: Human Resource Specialist
Department: Administrative
Reports to: Chief Administrative Officer
Category: Full-Time
Supervises: N/A

KC Pet Project is looking for an experienced human resource professional who will oversee all hiring of KC Pet Project. Our Human Resource Specialist will be responsible for the development, administration and implementation of all recruitment, interviewing, evaluations, onboarding, and benefits activities.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
• Recruiting, interviewing, hiring and onboarding of all employees at KC Pet Project’s locations
• Assist in conducting employee evaluations and exit interviews with departing employees
• Manage employee benefits such as insurance, 401K program, and PTO
• Create onboarding program to make new team members feel welcome
• Help maintain employee manual, policies, and job descriptions
• Assist with reviewing salaries and benefits
• Assist managers with resources to empower them to lead
• Oversee and cultivate a positive work environment throughout shelter
• Manage workers’ compensation and unemployment claims
• Staying current on FMLA, ADA, and EEOC rules and regulations
• Responsible for tracking, implementing, and overseeing FMLA, ADA, and EEOC regulations with regards to employees
• Organize and maintain personnel files to include but not limited to items such as I-9’s, evaluations, and disciplinary actions

Basic Skills
• Possession of strong organizational skills
• Exceptional problem-solving skills
• Regular attendance and timeliness
• Follow-through with other duties as assigned
• Ability to multi-task
• Ability to work effectively under pressure with changing priorities
Leadership Skills
• Ability to motivate, inspire, support, and encourage staff
• Vision for creating positive change
• Unbiased, fair, consistent interaction with employees, resulting in trust and respect
• Respectful attitude toward people despite their demeanor or actions
Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in human resources management, business administration or a related field required.
• Minimum of 2 years of HR experience required with staffing emphasis preferred.
• Ability to work from Kansas City Campus for Animal Care, at home, at offsite locations as needed
• The ability to write clearly and accurately using proper grammar
• Creativity a willingness to try new approaches and receive constructive feedback
• Self-starter who is able to work well independently
• Must be able to work in a crowded, busy environment if necessary
• Able to work collaboratively with the KC Pet Project team members
• Able to work some nights, weekends, and holidays
• Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds
• Possession of valid driver’s license

Work Environment
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to hazards associated with infected animals and controlled substances; exposure to unpleasant odors and noises; exposure to bites, scratches and animal wastes; possible exposure to contagious diseases.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Benefits include 401K, paid time off, medical insurance and dental insurance.

KC Pet Project is a nonprofit organization that operates the Kansas City, MO animal shelter, caring for more than 10,000 pets a year. We are the largest o Kill shelter in Kansas City.

Please send cover letter and resume to Gail Longstaff, Chief Administrative Officer, at Gail.Longstaff@kcmo.org. No phone calls please.

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions or qualifications associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change, for example, emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, or technological breakdowns in departments.

Behavior and Enrichment Team Member

Title: Behavior and Enrichment Team Member
Department: Behavior and Enrichment
Reports to: Behavior and Enrichment Manager
Category: Non-Exempt

Job Purpose:

The role of the Behavior and Enrichment Team Member is to facilitate enrichment to animals in the care of Kansas City Pet Project to provide outlets for expression of natural behavior in order to reduce the impact of the stressful shelter environment, as well as to provide behavior assessments and develop behavior modification plans for at-risk animals to increase adoptability. Additional duties include providing behavior counseling to adopters as well as leading group classes. See below for more details.

KC Pet Project Expectations of Employee:

• Believes in the mission of the KC Pet Project and understands the lifesaving relationship between the main shelter and this offsite adoption center.
• Treats animals humanely, with love and concern both on and off the job, and transmit these values to others.
• Adheres to all KCPP organizational policies and procedures.
• Makes a good appearance, positive attitude, and have the ability to deal tactfully and effectively with the public.
• Demonstrates flexible and efficient time management and ability to prioritize workload.
• Participates in meetings with other KCPP personnel and shares ideas and suggestions designed to improve working conditions and the organization’s ability to meet its lifesaving objectives.
• Can lift up to 50 lbs. long periods of standing, bending, and intermittent exposure to high noise levels.
• A willingness and enthusiasm for a continued state of learning in regards to Animal Welfare.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Represent KC Pet Project in a professional, polite and enthusiastic manner.
• Displays exceptional levels of care and handling and an enriching environment for shelter dogs.
• Maintain KCPP’s safe handling protocols.
• Ensure adherence to the LIMA (Least Invasive Minimally Aversive) philosophy to handling and training.
• Participate in/lead the daily playgroup enrichment program.
• Participate in the execution of enrichment and arousal management programs.
• Participate in daily evaluation of dogs for correct pathway placement.
• Lead training classes.
• Create and implement behavior modification protocols for dogs with behavior challenges and provide ongoing evaluation of progress.
• Handle and restrain dog with handling sensitivities to assist medical staff in proving medical treatment when needed.
• Participate in decision making process for end-of-life consideration for dogs.
• Provide pre-adoption and post-adoption behavior counseling to potential adopters of dogs with behavior concerns (shy/fearful; jumpy/mouthy, resource guarding, etc.)
• Train and provide on-going support to volunteers that are assisting with behavior and enrichment programs.
• Maintain daily record keeping for dogs handled.
• Adhere to Missouri Department of Agriculture policies and actively work to maintain compliance.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions: Most functions will be performed at the KC Pet Project Main Shelter location. Potential exposure to zoonotic diseases, high noise levels, extreme temperatures, hazardous chemicals, and sharp objects. Able to lift up to 50 lb., long periods of standing, bending, stooping, reaching, animal handling, and restraint in an animal shelter-type setting. Exposure to animals of all sizes and temperament.

Performance Factors and Necessary Skills:

• Ability to handle dogs of various social categories.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Strong organizational and analytical skills; being able to make decisions in an environment of competing priorities.
• Willingness to learn new things and be open to ideas.
• Ability to adjust to a changing population and conform to seasonal spikes in intake.
• Work with a multitude of personalities and working styles in the Staff, Volunteers, and Public
• Basic Computer Literacy (Microsoft Office, ability to learn PetPoint Database system, etc.).
• Ability to retain professional composure and multitask in a fast-paced, reactive environment.
• Excellent time management ability; able to juggle multiple deadlines and contradictory projects.

Qualifications/Educational Background:

• Training and experience which demonstrate successful dog handling skills, training, and behavior knowledge.
• Certification from IAABC, CCPDT, KPA, or other relevant animal behavior certifying organization, degree in animal behavior or other appropriate secondary education degree, or 1+ years of work in dog training/behavior fields preferred but not required.
• Exceptional customer service ability
• Possession of a valid driver’s license and driving record acceptable to the KCPP insurance carrier.

Time Required: 40+ hours a week, including 1 weekend shift. Some Holidays required.

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions or qualifications associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change, for example, emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, or technological breakdowns in departments.

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Canine Care Team

Canine Care Team Member
KC Pet Project is seeking motivated, hardworking team members that are self-starters for our Canine Care Team. We are looking for people interested in working with our dogs and the public to make good adoption matches. If you want to learn expert dog handling skills and would find joy in matching a dog to a great family, this job may be for you.
Responsibilities include handling and caring for dogs of all sizes and temperaments and being active in providing excellent customer service to the public looking for new pets to adopt.
As part of our Canine Care Team, you will work cooperative with the other team members to care for approximately 200 dogs each day. Their care involves, walking, kennel cleaning, feeding, enrichment and play group participation. In addition, our Canine Care Team plays a critical role in helping to match the dogs to potential adopters so must be comfortable engaging with the public and advocating for the dogs.
This is a highly physical position and candidates must be able to lift 50 lbs. and work in heat and cold. You must enjoy being a part of a team and willing to work hard making a difference for homeless pets in Kansas City.
KC Pet Project is a high-volume open admission shelter caring for over 10,000 animals a year. Applicants may be asked to do an on-site working interview as part of their interview process.
No phone calls please. Please complete the application on the website and include information detailing why you feel your past work experience and work ethic would make you a great candidate for this position.
Standard work shifts available are: Fulltime – 8 am to 7 pm, 4 days per week. We also have part-time positions from 2pm to 7pm. We are open 7 days a week, 365 days per year and we do ask all team members to be willing to work, one of the two weekend days and some holidays.
Starting pay for our Canine Care Team is between $10 to $12 per hour depending on relevant experience. We will begin offering Health Insurance Benefits for Full Time employees as of January of 2020. We also offer 2 weeks of paid time off for full time employees, an employee discount on merchandise in our retail store and you are eligible to get basic veterinary care through our Veterinary Clinic at cost plus 10%.
We are also in the process of building a new 55,000 square foot, state of the art, animal shelter with move in expected in Fall of 2019.

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Feline Care Team Member

KC Pet Project is seeking motivated, hardworking team members that are self-starters for our Feline Care Team. We are looking for people interested in working with our cats and the public to make good adoption matches.

Responsibilities include handling and daily care for cats and kittens and providing excellent customer service to the public looking for new pets to adopt.

Candidates must be able to lift 50 lbs. and work in heat and cold. Must enjoy being a part of a team and willing to work hard making a difference for homeless pets in Kansas City.
This is a very busy, high volume open admission shelter caring for over 10,000 animals a year. Applicants may be asked to do an on-site working interview as part of their interview process.

No phone calls please. Please fill out the employment form and information detailing why you feel your past work experience and work ethic would make you a great candidate for this position.

25 – 30 hours per week and may include one or both weekend days. Please include your availability and shift preferred.

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Internship Opportunities

Volunteer Program Internship

Volunteer Program Internship
Overview

KC Pet Project’s dedicated volunteers enable us to continue to save lives and expand the animal welfare services and resources we can offer. It would be impossible to fulfill the mission of KC Pet Project without our volunteers. Volunteers touch every aspect of our operations, and this work enables us to magnify our impact and save more lives. The KC Pet Project Volunteer Program manages all facets of a robust volunteer workforce and supports the operation of every department of the organization, from development to adoption services, veterinary services to community outreach, and everything in between!

Duties & Responsibilities
Interns will engage in a variety of areas including, but not limited to:
● Participating in community engagement, recruiting, and training new volunteers
● Ensuring a smooth workflow for volunteer onboarding
● Communicating with prospective and current volunteers
● Maintaining the volunteer database
● Preparing and analyzing volunteer reporting
● Providing guidance and supervision for volunteers
Requirements
● Passion for working with, and educating the public
● Excellent written and verbal communications, with the ability to represent the mission, goals, policies, and core values of KC Pet Project in a sincere and energetic manner.
● Ability to adapt, work collaboratively with a team, and solve problems proactively.
● Organizational skills
● Commitment to a high level of customer service
● Basic computer skills including email, Facebook, and Google Drive
This Internship may interest you if you are interested in the following fields:
Administration, Animal Sheltering, Business, Communications, Community Engagement/Education, Customer Service, Non-Profit Management, Operations, Program Management, Shelter Management

Internship Application Times
November 30th deadline for January 2020 – April 2020 Internship
March 30th deadline for May 2020 – August 2020 Internship

Please send letter of interest and resume to Alyssa.Willett@kcmo.org.

KC Pet Project offers internships for students currently enrolled in a two, or four year program, and individuals who have recently graduated with an associates or bachelors degree. These positions are unpaid. Interns will experience the wide diversity of the operations of an animal rescue organization, and put into action KC Pet Projects motto of, “Solutions Not Excuses”. Duties can be tailored to fit into different educational majors and professional interests as it is possible.
KC Pet Project staff can provide mentorship to interns in their professional capacities and gives interns hands-on exposure to Kansas City’s largest no-kill adoption facility. Interns should share our passion for animals, believe in our mission, and be self-motivated and driven for success. Interns will be asked to commit to a regular, mutually agreed upon schedule, for a minimum of 12 hours per week, and a four month term of service.

KC Pet Project interns are an extension of KC Pet Project employees and must follow all rules and guidelines that pertain to employment at KC Pet Project. We strive to create an environment for our interns which fosters ethics, learning and development while creating a deeper understanding and practice of community service.

We are currently hiring for a number of positions at our locations around the metro area.

Want to work for one of the most progressive, effective, and innovative no-kill animal shelters in the country? Do you believe in “Solutions, Not Excuses” when it comes to saving the lives of over 10,000 from our community? Join our team!

  • Winner of the Petco Foundation’s national 2018 Unsung Hero Award for our Director of Shelter Operation’s lifesaving work in our shelter’s parvovirus and panleukopenia ward.
  • Winner of a 2018 Maddie’s Hero Award from Maddies’ Fund for our CEO & Chief Lifesaving Officer, Teresa Johnson.
  • Winner of the first ever Paul Jolly Compassion Award in 2014 from the Petco Foundation for our compassion for animals that made a lifesaving difference in our community.
  • Winner of the ASPCA’s Community Engagement Award for 2014 as the shelter who best engaged their community in saving lives.
  • Named as Kansas City’s Best Nonprofit and Best Place to Adopt a Pet.
  • Made history in Kansas City by officially achieving “No-Kill” status within 6 months of taking over operations of the city’s municipal shelter in 2012 – becoming the 3rd largest open admission, No-Kill animal shelter in the United States, and creating the largest (and only open admission) No-Kill municipal animal shelter in the State of Missouri.

And we’re just getting started!  Our new state-of-the-art 54,000 sq. ft. Kansas City Campus for Animal Care – home to KC Pet Project – is currently under construction in Kansas City (scheduled to open in late 2019) located in Swope Park adjacent to the Kansas City Zoo, Starlight Amphitheater, and Lakeside Nature Center.