Pet Sanctuary Director
North Shore Animal League America - Cornwall, VT

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North Shore Animal League America (NSALA) is the worlds’ largest non-profit no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization in the world. We are a non-profit organization and since 1944, the Animal League has saved the lives of over 1,000,000 animals through adoption, rescue and advocacy initiatives. The League reaches across the country to rescue, nurture and adopt pets into happy and loving homes, and over the past decade we have placed over 200,000 puppies, kittens, cats and dogs into carefully screened homes.
We are seeking a Pet Sanctuary Director to work with the Sr. VP of Operations of NSALA to assist in the planning, development and onsite management of a League run Pet Sanctuary to be established in Cornwall, Vermont. One part of the sanctuary will be dedicated to the care of wildlife, and the other part will be dedicated to dogs who are unable to be placed in traditional homes. Once the sanctuary is operational, the successful candidate will be responsible to lead the daily operations of the sanctuary and ensure the appropriate standards of care and client service are adhered to so there is a safe and friendly environment for animals and staff. This is a long term commitment to care for animals and requires lots of hard work and dedication. Business and Pet Behavior related experience is necessary but we will offer transitioning, training and ongoing support to the right person.
Candidate must be goal orientated, work autonomously with a high degree of accountability, to meet or exceed established goals. Will be responsible to oversee the management of the financial resources in accordance with the approved budget.

  • This is a leadership position requiring 10 plus years’ experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified, with special emphasis on knowledge of dogs’ various physical, emotional and mental characteristics and needs, dog training and behavior needs.
  • Dog training and behavior knowledge to include theory, training techniques, methods of canine behavior assessment and the ability to assess and evaluate new dog training methods and equipment. CPDT credentials a plus.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with outside groups, communities, donors, organizations, supervisors, subordinates and the public.
  • Strong organization, supervisory, communication, and writing skills.
  • High degree of business acumen; must understand fundamentals of business.
  • Good computer skills that include the ability to prepare reports and maintain an efficient records system.
  • Self-motivated and well organized to manage multiple priorities in a fast paced work environment.
  • Must be bondable and successfully complete the required background checks.
  • The ability to travel to /and work in New York for a period of time.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which includes evening, weekend and holidays.
  • And most importantly…a genuine and deep love for animals.

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