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Coordinator, Animal Care

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s most effective animal protection organization, is seeking a Coordinator, Animal Care for the Animal Rescue Team (ART) department. This position will work with the Senior Manager, Animal Care to support the Animal Rescue program in disaster/emergency response, as well as disaster education and planning, with specificity in the management of recruitment for the Dog Fighting Rescue Coalition program, and our co-located or natural disaster shelter services.

This position will be responsible for:

  • Responding to disasters/emergencies and conduct damage assessments of impacted areas;
  • Working with HSUS ART members and other volunteers during field response including rescue, transport, and sheltering operations;
  • Planning, developing, and implementing strategies to carry out the Animal Rescue field program with a focus on animal enrichment, veterinary treatments and care, and natural disaster sheltering;
  • Maintaining working knowledge of and contribute to the documentation of Animal Rescue standard operating procedures, focusing on animal enrichment, veterinary medical management, veterinary treatments and care, and natural disaster sheltering;
  • Providing accurate reporting including daily situation reports, and animal census information;
  • Serving as lead for any type of HSUS ART sheltering operation to include not limited to: volunteer management, vendor relationships, shelter set-up/maintenance/breakdown, supply acquisition, logistics, daily reporting, and paperwork management;
  • Developing and maintaining operational contacts throughout the country with particular emphasis on animal enrichment, and veterinary field/disaster medicine;
  • Presenting training programs throughout the country;
  • Representing the HSUS Animal Rescue program at meetings and conferences and prepare presentations;
  • Writing internal reports and respond to routine requests and correspondence regarding animal issues;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree and CPDT-KA certification required;
  • Minimum three years’ experience in some form of emergency operations or response, or in shelter management;
  • Animal handling skills and knowledge of animal protection issues, animal control, and shelter experience (particularly animals under stress);
  • At least three years’ experience in some form of emergency operations or response, or in shelter management;
  • At least three years proven supervisory and management experience;
  • Working knowledge and experience with NIMS/ICS or commitment to take and pass required courses within six months;
  • Knowledge of prophylactic animal health practices in a shelter environment;
  • Strong organizational, oral and written communications skills, including a comfort with public speaking;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills;
  • Proven ability to liaise with governmental organizations and partnering organizations;
  • Ability to influence internal and external stakeholders;
  • Strong track record of collaboration and teamwork approach ensuring cooperation among diverse teams;
  • Ability to travel extensively on very short notice to assist in a disaster response as requested.; Must be able to be on the road a number of days a month and to work outside standard business hours;
  • Ability to work under pressure with confidence;
  • Ability to cope with ambiguity, make reasoned decisions with limited information available, and effectively demonstrate ability to handle emergency situations with a calm demeanor;
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt best practices to our organizational needs;
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and maintain good communication with other HSUS staff;
  • Indirectly supervises other members of ART in deployment, HSUS staff, volunteers, vendors, and contract staff.

Please submit a cover letter and resumé using this form or fax to 301-548-7701. This position is located in Gaithersburg, MD.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identify, disability, marital or parental status, or protected veteran status EOE

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