Miami-Dade County (MDC) is seeking an experienced and results-oriented Director for the Miami-Dade Animal Services Department (ASD) to ensure the health and welfare of animals entrusted in our care. It is the core mission of Animal Services to save the lives of abandoned animals, protect animals from cruelty, reunite lost pets with their owners, protect people and pets in our community from health-related issues and ensure the public’s safety.The Director is an executive level position responsible for the administration of Miami-Dade County’s Pet Adoption and Protection Center (PAPC) providing services such as rescue, pet reunification, pet retention, spay and neuter services, licensing, microchipping and pet vaccinations. The PAPC is operational 24 hours a day to ensure utmost care for animals in our custody and provide support during pet related emergencies in the community.
The Director administers departmental activities of license tag and rabies vaccination programs, veterinary services, adoption programs, human education, dead animal removal from the right-of-way, public relations, and field operations involving the control of stray, lost and/or unwanted domestic animals. Animal Services partners with the Miami-Dade Police Department and law enforcement agencies countywide by providing training to identify and report animal cruelty. In addition, ASD collaborates with the local partners such as the Humane Society of Greater Miami and Miami Veterinary Foundation for spay and neuter services; and the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SFSPCA) to rescue house and care for abandoned/abused large animals and livestock. In cases of emergency (I.e. hurricane), ASD operates pet friendly evacuation centers which affords Miami-Dade County residents a safe place for them and their beloved pets.
The Director will have oversight of an operating budget of approximately $30M and reports to the Chief Community Services Officer. Policy direction is received from the Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners. For Fiscal Year 2020-21, the County’s adopted budget is $8.9 billion dollars. Miami-Dade County is internationally recognized for its achievement in implementing a results-oriented government culture. The County’s Strategic Business Plans are developed with significant input from the community in setting priorities.
The ideal candidate should have:
Thorough knowledge of animal care and control, including an understanding of the health and temperament issues central to the animal services function;
Experience in the management and operation of Open Admission Facilities;
Experience managing in a veterinary environment, animal welfare agency, or an animal control department;
Proven ability to positively interface with general public and animal advocates;
Demonstrated leadership and proven record of innovation in the delivery of services;
Comprehensive knowledge of state and local regulations pertaining to domestic animals;
Ability to manage and direct activities related to animal control and welfare;
Ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with senior management and elected officials
Bachelor's degree. A minimum of five to nine years of progressively responsible managerial experience to include experience in a veterinary environment, animal welfare agency, animal control department or related field is required. Open Admission Facilities experience is highly preferred.
Miami-Dade County offers outstanding comprehensive benefits that include: full medical, dental, optional vision and disability insurance; optional 457 pre-tax savings plans, optional flexible spending accounts, 12 paid holidays, one birthday holiday, and three floating holidays; vacation and sick leave; and employee contributory membership in the Florida Retirement System.
Applicants qualifying for employment will be subject to an extensive background check including, but not limited to, fingerprint checks, employment verification and other procedures. All resume submittals are subject to State of Florida Public Records Law.
Miami-Dade County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Local and Federal law.
Qualified applicants may apply online for the Director, Miami-Dade Animal Services, Job Opening # 63811 at www.miamidade.gov/jobs or send resumes via email to Recruitment@miamidade.gov or mail to Kathy L. Horton, Human Resources Manager, Recruitment and Internal Placement, Human Resources Department, 111 NW 1st Street, Suite 2110, Miami, FL 33128. The last day to apply is June 15, 2021.
For additional information contact Ms. Kathy L. Horton at (305) 375-2668 or Kathy.Horton@miamidade.gov . All documents submitted in response to the advertisement are public records pursuant to Chapter 119 Florida Statutes.
About Miami-Dade County
Miami-Dade County (MDC) is home to a diverse community of 2.8 million residents, utilizing a workforce of 28,000 employees. MDC has two “tiers” or levels of government: city and county and has 34 municipalities. The FY 2020-21 Proposed Budget is balanced at $9.048 billion. The county operates under a Strong Mayor form of government with the Mayor elected countywide. In this role, the Mayor serves as the elected head of County government and is not a member of the Board of County Commissioners (BCC). He is responsible for the management of all administrative departments and for carrying out policies adopted by the BCC. The BCC (legislative body) consists of 13 members elected from single member districts. Approximately 424 square miles (excluding bay and coastal waters) of the County are within the urbanized area, while the total county area currently covers a total of 2,431 square miles, bound by Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Everglades National Park to the west, the Florida Keys to the south and Broward County to the north. MDC’s beaches, events, attractions and weather make us a desirable destination for both domestic and international visitors.