Responsible for all aspects of the kennel. Supervise Kennel Supervisors, develop and implement standard operating procedures, ensure the humane care of all animals impounded at the shelter, and other tasks as assigned.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Hire and oversee training of kennel staff. Develop and implement training protocols.
Develop a staffing schedule that maximizes care of animals and service to shelter customers.
Develop and implement disease control, animal health and sanitation protocols.
Conduct department meetings. Ensure that all kennel staff are up-to-date on shelter and LifeLine information, announcements, and changes.
Coordinate shelter maintenance problems with appropriate County personnel.
Perform routine first aid of injured animals.
Perform and supervise euthanasia to ensure proper humane techniques are being followed. Maintain accurate drug records and logs.
Produce kennel reports and make presentations to other departments, LifeLine locations, or other groups as needed.
Order supplies and materials needed in the kennel while remaining within budget.
Monitor and evaluate job performance of kennel staff. Coordinate performance evaluation and discipline actions with Kennel Supervisors.
Manage the staff fairly, effectively and efficiently and serve as a model for staff.
Other tasks as assigned.
This position requires the supervision of the kennel staff. The position also requires the evaluation, growth and development of those being supervised. The position includes outlining the responsibilities of the subordinate staff, scheduling, and disciplinary actions.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must be familiar with animal behavior and handling and have excellent people skills.
Advanced knowledge of animal behavior, habits, and husbandry.
Advanced animal handling skills for large and small animals.
Considerable knowledge of animal welfare programs.
Ability to prepare and maintain routine work records and reports.
Ability to supervise the work of assigned subordinates.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Certified in humane euthanasia. Ability to properly maintain drug logs.
Must be available to work on weekends.
Must pass background check and drug screening.
About LifeLine Animal Project -- DeKalb Shelter
Founded in 2002, LifeLine Animal Project (LifeLine) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Atlanta, Georgia. LifeLine is working to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable dogs and cats in metro Atlanta shelters and is the managing organization of Fulton County Animal Services and the DeKalb County Animal Services shelter