Regional Specialist
Remote / Annual / Full time
The Best Friend's Mission is to do nothing short of making history by bringing about a time when there are No More Homeless Pets. Our goal is that every animal shelter in every community in the country be no kill by the end of 2025.
The fact is, we have a great culture, populated by fun, dedicated and brilliant people. But we're always looking for talented people who can help us make history, and that's where you come in. If you want to be a part of history and end the killing of shelter pets by 2025, apply today for one of our open job opportunities!

Location: Remote. Must be located in West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota or North Dakota.

Hiring Range: This position’s hiring range is anticipated to be $40,000 to $55,000 annually, depending on experience, plus great benefits!

Interviews will occur weekly until the position is filled.

Summary: Directly impact shelter killing by helping to carry out strategy, identifying and creating opportunities, building relationships with regional 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 key locations and help with implementation of programs and aligning strategy with cross-departmental teams.

Essential Duties and 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 lifesaving 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, result in sustained and measurable RSK, and deliver on OGSP.

· Provide technical support and mentorship to assigned shelters and groups and skillfully leverage Best Friends internal resources in order 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.

· Assist in evaluating requests for financial/grant assistance, administering the process, creating agreements or MOUs that clearly outline expectations and deliverables, monitor report and progress and provide ongoing mentoring of the regional recipients in achieving their goals, as needed.

· Other duties as needed.

Skills and Experience:

· Solid leadership and management experience in a humane organization: 3+ years of proven successful experience, including overseeing strategy, operations, budgeting and staffing. Experience with municipal organizations and/or community cat programming preferred.

· Demonstrated ability to execute organizational priorities to influence change with key stakeholders including policymakers, advocates, community leaders, donors, and the media.

· Demonstrated ability to creatively problem solve, and to act decisively and ethically in difficult and fast-paced situations.

· Willingness to embrace and promote positive change.

· Ability to coordinate with multiple parties in resolving issues, creating solutions, providing support, and facilitating collaboration.

· Ability to make sound judgments and work independently in a multi-department environment with demonstrated ability to appropriate prioritize multiple competing tasks and demands.

· Experience/knowledge in the areas of animal behavior, general animal health care, and modern animal shelter & field services programming.

· Experience with analyzing statistical information to inform program direction and strategy.

· Ability to professionally advocate and present Best Friends’ position on issues through public speaking and other presentation avenues.

· Proficiency with basic computer software, including Microsoft Windows and Office applications, and comfortable learning new systems.

· Willing and able to travel by various modes of transportation (plane, car, etc) approximately up to 15 working days a month.

· Valid Driver’s License with access to transportation to travel on organization business.

Physical Requirements:

· Extended periods of time working on the computer with repetitive typing, arm and hand motion. 

· Ability to travel via various forms of transportation.

· Out-of-town travel for the job is expected to range up to 50% depending on the location of the jobholder and the specific responsibilities and tasks assigned.

· Ability to be in a shelter environment and handle dogs of all sizes and cats when necessary.

· Able to drive a Best Friends vehicle when necessary.

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.

Culture Statement and Responsibility
We value attitude over aptitude, and we treat Kindness as a discipline because it is paramount in our culture along with our other Guiding Principles. Culture is how we talk to and treat ourselves and one another, it's how we generate and respond to change, it's how we plan and make decisions, it's how we do what we do.
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About Best Friends

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 in 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! We offer competitive pay including the opportunity to receive a discretionary bonus based on performance. We offer 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, and health savings account. We offer generous paid time off up to 9 hours per month for full time employees, nine paid holidays annually, auto insurance discount, and legal and identity theft coverage.  For added well-being 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 and make history and end the killing of shelter pets by 2025? Look no further and apply today!

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.

 

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