Behavior Coordinator – P/T, Murray

Position Title: Behavior Coordinator

Reporting To: Animal Behavior and Training Manager 

Compensation: $17-$25/hour DOE

Employment Type: Full-time, Non-Exempt

A pay differential allowance of $0.50 per hour may be paid to bilingual incumbents fluent in Spanish.

Work Schedule

  • Position includes weekday, weekend, and holiday hours requiring a flexible work schedule depending on needs.
  • Hours and days are subject to change based on department demands.

Description

Under the direction of the Behavior and Training Manager in all activities and responsibilities, the Behavior Coordinator’s main purpose is to be the primary contact for shelter animals with behavior concerns. The Behavior Coordinator is responsible for behavioral evaluations of animals surrendered or transferred into the shelter, continuing behavior modification in the shelter when appropriate, and providing training opportunities for staff and volunteers. This position is also responsible for providing behavior information to the public with a focus on retaining pets in their homes.

Responsibilities

  • Using guidelines approved by the Behavior Manager and Operations Director, evaluate the behavior of shelter animals for healthy, treatable, and untreatable behavioral conditions. Make recommendations on appropriate placement decisions in a collaborative manner. Ability to make objective recommendations for placement including adoption, rescue, foster, and euthanasia based on the conditions of the individual animal.
  • Design and implement enrichment solutions, canine playgroups, and behavior plans for specific animals at HSU to enrich their environment, reduce stress, and improve or maintain behavior and ensure ongoing behavioral wellness for adoption candidates.
  • Participate in inter-departmental meetings and discussions to support and develop HSU’s goals and mission with appropriate behavior initiatives. 
  • Assist the Adoption staff by providing counseling notes and in-person counseling with adopters when needed 
  • Recommend and implement education and training programs to ensure all staff and volunteers understand safe and appropriate animal handling. 
  • Oversee, train and monitor specialized volunteers within the Behavior Department as they work with individual animals for behavior modification and enrichment.
  • Serve as a behavior consultant for community pet owners (post-adoption and pre-surrender) via phone, written correspondence, email, and video consults to keep pets in their homes. Focusing on pet retention by providing referral information and advice on animal behavior issues, training methods, training equipment, and training classes.
  • Treat all animals humanely, properly, and with compassion at all times, regardless of the situation or circumstance; promote a humane and caring attitude toward all animals at all times.
  • Maintain positive relationships with co-workers, managers, executive staff, community pet owners, adopters, and other stakeholders.
  • Responsible for interacting with the public in a polite, professional, nonjudgmental manner at all times.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director or Director of Shelter Operations.

Required Skills

  • High School Diploma or equivalent, college-level courses preferred 
  • 2-3 years of demonstrated knowledge of animal training, behavior, and enrichment required; experience in a shelter setting preferred, or equivalent experience in teaching and using positive reinforcement training techniques, animal behavior, and body­ language observations and evaluation.
  • Preference given to candidates with CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, KPA-CTP, or other certification from a nationally recognized certifying body or proof of active/current enrollment in a certification program with completion in a reasonable upcoming time frame is acceptable depending on other experience
  • Experience working professionally with cats and knowledge of cat behavior is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with the public, fellow employees, and volunteers.
  • Proficiency in Excel, Gmail, Google Sheets/Docs, and other computer skills that include the ability to prepare reports and maintain an efficient records system. 
  • Demonstrated experience teaching adults in seminar-type setting preferred.
  • Self-motivated and well-organized, able to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced work environment.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Ability to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, climb and manipulate (lift, carry, move) up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to work outdoors in varying temperatures and climates.
  • Ability to work with animals of varying temperament in noisy conditions.
  • Ability to work with cleaning materials.
  • Ability to use strength and agility while working with active animals.
  • Responsible for presenting a neat and professional appearance to the public at all times.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving history.

How to Apply

Please email your cover letter and resume to asullenger@utahhumane.org to apply. 

This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position.  Employees will be required to follow any other job-related duties required by management. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” relationship.

At the Utah Humane Society, we don’t just accept difference – we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our animals, and our community. The Utah Humane Society of an equal opportunity employer. Employment at the Utah Humane Society is based solely on a person’s merit and qualifications directly related to professional competence. At the Utah Humane Society, we do not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age (40 and over), genetic information, veteran or military status, marital status, pregnancy or relation condition (including childbirth and breastfeeding), or any other basis protected by state or federal law. 

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