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Strategist, Shelter Partnerships - Utah

Best Friends Animal Society
Kanab, UT 84741
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Best Friends recently received a 2022 Top Workplaces USA award from Energage. Visit the Best Friends Animal Society page on the Energage Top Workplaces award winners site here to learn more. Not only do we take pride on cultivating a welcoming and supportive community and culture for our employees, but we also offer competitive benefits that make it easy to see why we were granted such an awesome award! Take a look for yourself! We offer competitive pay, medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, short and long-term disability, dependent care reimbursement, pet sitting reimbursement when traveling for work, flexible spending account, health savings account, generous paid time off, paid holidays, auto insurance discount, and legal and identify theft coverage. ?For added wellbeing support, we offer Pawternity Leave for employees to have time to care for their personal pets, mental health support, and an employee assistance program. We also offer a generous 401k savings plan. Do you want to love where you work? Look no further and apply online today!

Location: Utah (SLC and surrounding areas preferred)

Hiring Range: This position hiring range is anticipated to be $56,000 to $65,000 annually, depending on experience.

Position Summary: Directly impact the reduction in shelter killing (RSK) by helping develop and execute identified regional strategy and priorities. Assists in identifying and creating opportunities, building relationships with regional and local stakeholders and influencers, providing, and implementing ideas on breaking down barriers and helping to cultivate influence in the region. This position will also work directly with shelters and communities as a mentor to identify programming, resources, and strategies to increase lifesaving on a shelter or community level in priority communities and help with implementation of programs and aligning strategy with cross-departmental teams.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Treat people around you with Kindness and Compassion, build trust by demonstrating authenticity and following through on your commitments, prioritize your well-being like you do our mission, and work to build strong relationships with your colleagues by participating in communication loops to share and receive honest feedback. You are responsible and accountable for the culture you add to your team dynamic.
  • Work with the regional leadership to inform projects, identify key strategies, partnerships, and tactics to reduce shelter death in the region with the goal of having all shelters in the region achieving a 90% or better save rate by the end of 2025.
  • Leverage opportunities (grants, mentorships, education, assessments, advocacy, etc.) to maximize strategic impact, resulting in sustained and measurable reductions in the shelter killing, and deliver on Organizational Goals & Strategic Priorities (OGSP).
  • Write, present, and oversee the adherence to grants, MOUs, and contracts provided to agencies and organizations.
  • Lead and empower volunteers and volunteer teams in support of programs with the goal of utilizing volunteers to the greatest extent possible to expand Best Friends lifesaving capacity; deliver and lead superior customer service.
  • Serve as a mission ambassador, representing Best Friends mission and vision within partner shelters; leading training, mentoring; participate in developing resources for partner shelters on proven programs support their success in achieving no-kill; oversee and manage the maintenance of statistics within targeted partners shelters.
  • Develop comprehensive knowledge of Best Friends and community partner programs to best match individuals and organizations to opportunities to support lifesaving or deliver or receive services.
  • Provide technical support and mentorship to assigned shelters and groups and skillfully leverage Best Friends internal resources to aid groups in implementing lifesaving programming identified through gap analysis, engagement, and/or reviews and assessments.
  • In collaboration with cross-sectional departments throughout the organization, ensure Best Friends staff are informed and privy to progress and opportunities in regional work, as necessary.
  • Support and assist in the management of Best Friends regional coalitions to identify collaborative opportunities and leverage resources to impact lifesaving and engagement with Best Friends.
  • Other duties as needed.

Skills and Experience:

  • Background in animal sheltering working or volunteering in an animal shelter, preferably in a municipal, government or private shelter with contractual animal control responsibilities; ability to work in an environment that is not no-kill, remaining professional, nonjudgmental, and supportive of that shelters staff.
  • Ability to oversee and/or guide projects and tasks both internally and with external partners, identifying needs and implementing solutions.
  • Experience with and ability to drive large multi-passenger vehicles.
  • Experience leading teams and implementing programs.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, a team player, personable, professional, and able to get along with people from different backgrounds, as well as the ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations.??
  • Bilingual or multi-lingual skills preferred but not required.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products; familiarity with shelter software/animal management software, or desire to learn.
  • Ability?to work in a fast-paced environment with?well-developed?organization skills?to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands.?
  • Customer-centric, non-judgmental approach to engaging with adopters, partners, visitors, volunteers, and colleagues; familiarity and comfort with a conversational adoption process.
  • Ability to work with, leash, kennel, walk, and handle cats and dogs, including those with health and/or behavior conditions/concerns; basic ability to identify and speak to medical and behavioral characteristics of dogs and cats.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, a team player, personable, professional, and able to get along with people from different backgrounds, as well as the ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations.
  • Resourceful, get-it-done attitude; initiative to assist in any area or process; problem solving, seeking answers independently and enthusiastically; flexibility to persist until goals are achieved.

Physical & Other Requirements:

Must be able to:

  • Lift 40 pounds and perform daily strenuous activity including, but not limited to lifting, carrying, reaching, stooping, squatting, cleaning, and bending.
  • Perform repetitive tasks for extended periods of time including typing, sitting, walking, arm, and hand motion.
  • Work indoors and outdoors in a variety of weather conditions including extreme heat and cold.
  • Exposure to dogs, cats and other animals of all sizes, temperaments, and medical status.
  • Valid drivers license, meeting Best Friends Animal Societys driver qualification standards; ability to travel, including overnight stays, when needed.
  • Daily hours and days of the week may vary according to the needs of the department schedule; position includes weekends, nights, and holiday work.

Thank you for your interest in pursuing a career at Best Friends Animal Society. Best Friends Animal Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, or domestic partner status.

Applicants for employment in the US must have valid work authorization that does not now and/or will not in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the US by Best Friends Animal Society.


Posted: 2023-01-09 Expires: 2023-02-10

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