Team Leader of Animal Care

Full Time Dumb Friends League Email Job
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Job Detail

  • Position Other
  • Experience Less Than 1 Year
  • Practice Small Animal
  • Qualifications Other

Job Description

For over 100 years, the Dumb Friends League has been working to end pet homelessness and animal suffering by providing a strong and steadfast voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. As the largest community-based animal welfare organization in the region, we care for more than 20,000 homeless pets and horses each year at our four facilities and are a national model in animal welfare. As a Customer Service Representative, you will ensure a smooth and orderly flow of patients through the hospital while providing exceptional customer service.

Purpose of Position: Directly lead and provide oversight for the work of the animal care department associates, ensuring humane and compassionate handling, housing, enrichment and treatment of sheltered animals.


  • Direct, monitor, and support the day-to-day work of the team, ensuring the work of the team is done, and done well. Utilize metrics provided to evaluate and create an appropriate plan.
  • Work alongside the animal care team, providing support and guidance in the moment on all aspects of their work including animal care and enrichment.
  • Coordinate kenneling and movement of animals within the facility.
  • Direct enrichment activities to support the physical and mental wellbeing of the animals in care.
  • Collaborate with Team leads throughout the organization to address logistical issues related to flow, space, scheduling, staff absences, and other shelter concerns. Effectively communicate and elevate challenges to management team as needed.
  • Approach challenging situations with a positive perspective, helpful attitude and flexible strategies, seeking the best possible experiences and outcomes for pets and patrons.
  • Utilize established SOPs to guide consistent and appropriate operating procedures. Provide productive feedback on implementation and potential challenges to be experienced by the team, propose edits as needed.
  • Improve the quality of care provided by cultivating independent thought and action by staff in response to situations not effectively addressed by established procedures.
  • Counsel and support staff in regard to their day-to-day work and provide input to managers regarding staff performance.
  • Monitor data entry and documentation to ensure accurate and up to date animal records.
  • Provide information and data to assist with development and management of budget.
  • Provide onboarding support and training to staff and volunteers new to the team.
  • Work in partnership with manager to provide training and mentorship for associates who demonstrate interest and capacity to take on additional and/or higher-level responsibilities.
  • Partner with manager and provide support for ensuring work materials and consumables remain well stocked for the team.
  • Responsible for maintaining the League’s high standard of neat and clean facilities in assigned work areas.
  • Partner with Facilities and others as needed to ensure the League’s equipment is in good working order.
  • Perform opening, closing duties weekly as needed by the organization including at least two holiday shifts throughout the calendar year.
  • Perform euthanasia and related tasks as needed.
  • Ensure that local, state, and federal safety animal care standards are met.

People Care

People are the key to fulfilling our mission. Making internal and external patrons and their needs a primary focus is expected in all situations. This position interacts with and collaborates with employees at all levels of the organization. Communication occurs through face to face, telephone, and electronic interactions and may also include contact with the general public and League business partners. Communication and contact must be clear, understandable, cooperative, professional and respectful in all circumstances. Employees are expected to actively support a positive team environment, directly address conflict, and appropriately express concerns.


Competencies are work behaviors and expectations necessary for successful job performance. They encompass knowledge, skills, abilities, attitudes, and actions. Additional definitions for competencies may be obtained from Human Resources

Organizational Key Competencies – Integrity and ethics, adapting to change and ambiguity, customer and community focus, emotional intelligence, excellence.

 Position Key Competencies – Analytical thinking, strategic thinking, critical thinking, innovation, project management, conflict management, successful de-escalation.

 Supervisory or Managerial Responsibility – Provides on the floor direction to Animal Care team members and volunteers.

 Travel – None

Work Conditions and Physical Requirements

Handle and restrain animals of various sizes, weights, and temperaments. Subject to animal bites or scratches. Work performed in high noise level areas. Exposure to cleaning chemicals, fumes, dust, animal dander, and feces. Physical efforts require constant bending, stooping, standing, climbing stairs, and walking. Frequent lifting of animals and objects with reasonable accommodation.

Full Time Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance, flexible spending accounts, League-paid Life and Short-Term Disability Insurance, PTO, holiday pay, 401(k), Employee Assistance Program and more! Please visit our website for a comprehensive list of all offered benefits.

Compensation: $22.50 – $23.65 per hour (starting pay commensurate with market, experience, and equity)



  • Strong interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated organizational skills.
  • Ability to utilize effective problem solving/decision making skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs


  • Education: High school diploma or equivalent


  • Supervisor or lead role experience
  • Ability to effectively problem solve and make decisions.
  • Experience with developing and delivering staff training.
  • Experience in animal welfare or other professional animal care field
  • Ability to work with multiple levels of leadership to problem solve and implement solutions.


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