PRIMARY DUTY: Directs the Animal Welfare programs for the City of Waco which include Animal Shelter operations, Animal Care Unit, contracts with the Humane Society of Central Texas and cities that use the shelter.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge and skills. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Administrative responsibilities include:
Billings and review of Humane Society of Central Texas (HSCT) reports and fund account.
Works closely with the Shelter Veterinarian and operational staff to establish and maintain best practices for animal care and shelter.
Prepare and administer departmental budgets.
The Animal Shelter Director will be an integral part of a network of animal rescue organizations, shelter diversion programs such as SpayStreet Waco, CommCat Trap-Neuter-Release, and will be expected to promote cooperation with ACO officers from contracting cities.
Assists with public education and community outreach programs.
May be required to respond afterhours, including holidays and weekends, in the event of a departmental or City wide emergency.
Driving is essential.
Evaluates facilities and monitors sanitation procedures of the shelter to prevent spread of disease and comply with state regulations.
Performs daily rounds and evaluates the health and welfare of the animals in the Animal Shelter.
Meets with animal care staff to discuss animal health issues and preventive health measures.
Provides timely preventative care, diagnostic procedures, triage and general medical and basic surgical treatment of all animals in the shelter.
Performs spay and neuter surgeries on shelter animals.
Develops, coordinates and implements preventive health surveillance, analysis and nutrition programs.
Exercises independent judgment within broad policy guidelines; interprets concerns, defines desired results and determines scope and priorities of veterinary programs and special projects.
Supervises, prioritizes, assigns tasks and projects; trains and evaluates staff; develops staff skills and conducts performance evaluations and meets regularly with staff to discuss and resolve workload and technical issues.
Coordinates operations with external partners and other public and private agencies.
Work with the Animal Shelter Manager, veterinarian and Animal Care Supervisor in Budget planning.
Monitors and reviews trends in Shelter operations and health management issues; recommends operational, procedural and policy improvements.
Supports the relationship between the City of Waco and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors and City staff; maintains confidentiality of work-related issues and City information; performs other duties as required or assigned.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
City policies and procedures; Policies, rules and regulations governing the conduct and safety of Animal Control programs; Basic record keeping practices and customer service standards and protocols; Business computers and standard and specialized software applications; Geography, roads and landmarks of City and surrounding areas; Regional public health protocols, communicable disease issues and reporting standards; Safety rules and regulations, occupational hazards and safety precautions in public facilities; State laws concerning Rabies. State laws as pertains to animal shelters; Supervisory and managerial techniques and principles; State and Federal codes and regulations governing Animal Shelter facilities operations, including USDA rules and Animal Welfare Acts Standards; Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters produced by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians; Theory, principles practices, methods and techniques of veterinary medical and surgical treatments; Professional protocols and practices in animal husbandry, veterinary treatment and case management; Veterinary medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, animal behavior of shelter animals; Principles and practices of medical file and records management and patient file documentation procedures; Inventory control and controlled drug security and documentation.
Managing staff, delegating tasks and authority and coaching to improve staff performance; Managing the ACU program and operations; Explaining federal and state rules and regulations and City ordinances, policies and procedures; Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands; Dealing tactfully and courteously with the public; Following and enforcing verbal and written instructions and procedures; Establishing/maintaining cooperative working relationships with City employees and representatives from other local, state and federal agencies.
Communicating effectively verbally and in writing; Managing and coordinating the Animal Shelter veterinary programs and projects; Examining animals, evaluating health problems and developing treatment plans based on physical assessment; Handling animals, including those with unknown temperaments; High volume spays and neuter surgeries on companion animals; Interpreting and applying shelter standards and procedures, applicable federal and state rules and regulations and City policies and procedures; Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands; Operating a personal computer and utilizing a variety of business software applications; Preparing and presenting management reports; Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with City employees, officials and representatives from other local, state and federal agencies.
REQUIRED: Must possess a valid Texas Driver’s License.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Management, Business or Public Administration, Animal Studies, or Veterinary Science; OR two years of experience substitutes for each year of required education.
EXPERIENCE: Required five years of animal welfare or animal related experience, with two of the five years being supervisory experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. Graduation from a college or university accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD) degree is desired; two years clinical experience as a veterinarian preferably in a shelter environment.
LICENSE AND CERTIFICATION: Basic Animal Control and Euthanasia Technician Certifications are desired; Licensed by The Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners to practice Veterinary Medicine in Texas is desired; USDA and DEA License is required within one year of hire.
The City of Waco is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from eligible and qualified persons regardless of race, gender, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
The City of Waco provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact the Human Resources Office at (254) 750-5740.
Internal Number: REQ# 433
About City of Waco
City of Waco
Brimming with Texas history, economic opportunities, and cultural experiences, Waco, Texas, is ideally situated along the I35 corridor, 90 miles south of Dallas and 100 miles north of Austin. This progressive and diverse city offers major attractions, museums, recreation, and abundant shopping to more than 132,000 residents. Waco is the 23rd largest city in Texas and the county seat of McLennan County.
Waco is commonly referred to as "one of Texas' best kept secrets" and enjoys a vibrant community spirit in a centrally located and easily accessible region. The Huaco Indians settled on the banks of the Brazos River in the late 1700s and Waco was founded in 1849. Historically, the City has been a trade and agricultural center for the Central Texas region. The iconic Waco Suspension Bridge is a timeless symbol of Waco's role in the historic cattle drives that helped shape the Texas frontier economy.
According to the Greater Waco Chamber, America’s most successful cities are making walkable, urban places a priority as they build mixed-use, compact development (apartments above coffee shops, office space above grocery stores). In the process, they are driving down e...nergy costs and building competitive advantages. A healthy downtown core is essential to a sustainable economy. Since 2007, more than $750 million of new private development activity has been announced in downtown Waco. The Greater Waco Chamber recognizes that investment in downtown as a center of commerce, entertainment and a regional destination will drive transformational growth throughout Greater Waco.