Are you a dedicated shelter veterinarian passionate about delivering high-quality medical care to animals in need? Are you passionate about collaborating with colleagues to bring multiple areas of animal sheltering expertise together and optimize the overall well-being of animals? Do you thrive in a dynamic and complex environment, where teammates work together to continually advance our field? If so, the role of Senior Director, Veterinary Services (Senior Director) at the ASPCA’s Cruelty Recovery Center (CRC) might be right for you!
The Senior Director will be based at the ASPCA Cruelty Recover Center (CRC), located in Columbus, OH, and will regularly travel across the United States to lead and participate in temporary shelter operations. The CRC team works closely with the ASPCA’s National Field Response (NFR) team, Veterinary Forensics, Legal Advocacy & Investigations (LAI), the Behavioral Sciences Team (BST), and the Shelter Medicine Services (SMS) team to support agencies in effectively responding to cruelty and to assist communities in the wake of natural disasters. The CRC’s dedicated team of sheltering, veterinary and animal behavior staff work together to ensure well-coordinated operations and high-quality, integrated care for animal victims of neglect, abuse and natural disasters. The Senior Director will partner with a team of sheltering, behavior, forensics, legal and medical personnel to ensure high quality care and timely outcomes for all animals.
As Medical Branch Lead, the Senior Director will provide leadership for all veterinary functions and ensure consistency and continuity of care for animals housed at the CRC as well as in field and emergency shelters. They will conduct hands-on work themselves, as well as provide oversight, mentorship, training, and support for other team members. Care will align with existing ASPCA policies and protocols. The Senior Director will also develop additional new protocols, working closely with the Shelter Medicine Services (SMS) team. They will also support the Senior Director of Forensic Sciences, providing examinations, treatment, follow-up care, and meticulous documentation to be used as evidence in criminal cases.
This position requires a leader with exceptional skill as a clinician, a people manager, and a team player. To succeed in this role, the Senior Director must have a solid understanding of shelter medicine principles, excellent clinical skills, and sound medical judgement to ensure that animals’ often significant physical and behavioral needs are met on both individual patient and population levels. Success will also hinge on the ability to collaborate well with the Operations and Behavior branches at the CRC, embracing the power of teamwork. Ideal candidates will have shelter medicine expertise, experience working with legal cases and disaster response, and superior interpersonal skills, including experience leading teams of veterinary professionals, and working alongside equals in other areas of expertise.
This position is eligible for a signing bonus.
Education and Experience:
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or equivalent degree from an accredited veterinary college
Licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the state of Ohio; highly competitive candidates eligible for but not currently licensed in Ohio will be considered
Residency training and/or board certification in shelter medicine strongly preferred
Minimum 5 years of veterinary experience
Minimum 3 years of shelter medicine experience, including working directly in or closely with a variety of sheltering organizations on both individual animal and population level concerns
Experience working with legal cases and disaster response preferred
Minimum 2 years of management experience, including at least 1 year managing veterinary staff
Low Stress Handling® University Silver-Level certification is required within six months of hire
USDA accredited or obtained within 6 months of employment
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Deep veterinary medical knowledge, including a strong foundation in shelter medicine principles and best practices
Must have excellent clinical skills, including efficient diagnosis and treatment of cats and dogs for a variety of medical conditions
Must have excellent low-stress animal handing and restraint skills
Sound clinical judgement and resiliency to make end-of-life decisions for patients and to coach and support staff and volunteers regarding those decisions; readily able to work closely with animals who are medically and/or behaviorally compromised
Proven history of building and maintaining positive and productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders
Displays care and concern for the safety and well-being of self, animals and others, especially during stressful situations
Possess critical thinking and multi-tasking skills; able to quickly and calmly adjust focus and shift priorities based on patient and department needs
Strong organizational skills and a high level of attention to detail; organized and willing to take ownership of project-critical tasks in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment
Excellent time management skills with the ability to prioritize multiple projects and be responsive to shifting priorities
Excellent ability to teach and coach; able to introduce and implement new procedures and protocols effectively
Ability to work on a team as well as independently; ability to lead as well as follow instructions
Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate effectively, with sensitivity and professionalism, with all levels of staff
Basic computer skills, including Excel, Microsoft Office, and email; familiarity with Shelter Manager or other shelter software systems a plus
Able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
Able to work standing for 8 or more hours and bend, crouch, kneel and move freely to perform responsibilities that include handling potentially dangerous animals in stressful conditions
Able to occasionally work in physically challenging conditions and able to wear appropriate protective gear, including a protective mask; job responsibilities may entail exposure to chemical and biological hazards, such as feces and blood, exposure to sharp objects, working in noisy environments and working in areas with uneven, wet and slippery surfaces
Able and willing to work flexible hours, long days, and weekends, as required; available to be on-call for last minute deployments
Ability and willingness to travel up to 25% of the time as needed
Our mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. We offer national programs in humane education, public awareness, government advocacy, shelter support, and animal medical services and placement. Our New York City headquarters houses a full-service animal hospital, behavior center, adoption facility, and Humane Law Enforcement Department. We are a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.Our EEO Policy:The ASPCA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the ASPCA’s standard application process, ...which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on the ASPCA. Please inform the ASPCA’s Human Resources Team if you need an accommodation in order to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process.Individuals seeking employment are considered without regards to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.ASPCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/D/V).