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Behavior Program Associate II

Company: Seattle Humane
Location: Bellevue
Posted on: May 12, 2022

Job Description:

Job Category: Nonprofit - Social Services Description The Seattle Humane -is looking for the next -Behavior Associate to join -the Behavior Program! The Behavior Program Associate II is an experienced animal trainer with knowledge of dog and cat behavior. This position is responsible for providing behavior support to adopters, foster parents, and the public; overseeing shelter dog playgroups; coaching shelter staff and volunteers. They are responsible for all Behavior Program Associate duties designed to improve the quality of shelter animal care, prevent animals from entering the shelter, and build successful lifelong relationships between people and pets . They - connect -deeply to Seattle Humane's mission, goals, and -Storyline -for the future. The Behavior Program Associate II supports adherence to LIMA (Least Invasive Minimally Aversive) guidelines and Fear Free methods. *Dependent on experience, the Behavior Program Associate III position is being considered to fill as well. Who we are: Seattle Humane is more than a shelter, we are a community resource center. We're meeting the increasing need for pet owner support services, so that families don't have to choose between an overdue bill and a beloved family member. We're training the next generation of veterinarians in our state-of-the-art medical center. We're building a community of animal advocates through our volunteer and youth education programs. The impact of Seattle Humane is life-changing, for the animals in our care and the people who love them. The thousands of animals that come through our doors each year receive best-in-class care, so they can be happy, healthy, well fed, and reach their full potential in loving homes. Whatever the challenges may be, we're here to lift up our community, always with compassion and the highest quality care. Our top priority is to connect animals in need of rescue with the people who will love them. Through our outreach, advocacy, and services, we strive to ensure that animal companionship is accessible to all. At Seattle Humane, we believe in investing in our people, you'll receive competitive benefits and perks, including full health & wellness coverage, generous paid time off starting at three weeks, 10 paid holidays, a retirement plan (employer matching in 2022), budget toward continuing education, tuition reimbursement, bonuses, discounts, and you get to work around cute animals! Sound like something you want to be a part of? We want to hear from you! Application Instructions: To be considered for priority screening, candidates should submit your resume and cover letter by March 28th, 2022. Qualifications KEY or ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Reviewing behavior history and observations and creating and implementing behavior management and modification plans for dogs and cats.
  • Processes "Behavior Review" and other behavior holds and makes necessary additions and adjustments to behavior plans.
  • Conducts hands-on behavior assessments of animals, as needed.
  • Provides behavior advising and consultation for potential adopters, foster parents, and the public on mild to moderate behavior challenges.
  • Leads and oversees shelter dog playgroups, including dog-to-dog introductions and assessments.
  • Teaches or assists with teaching animal behavior, handling, and other classes for staff, volunteers, WSU students, and/or the public.
  • Conducts individual coaching for staff and volunteers on safe handling, specific dog or cat training/management plans, and other related skills.
  • Support and augment Behavior Program Associate Level I duties, including:
    • Implements shelter animal behavior programs to decrease stress, improve animals' well-being and increase successful adoptions.
    • Communicates with other operations departments regarding behavior/special needs/handling of specific dogs.
    • Works closely with volunteers working in the Behavior Program and related programs. Provides training and support as needed.
    • Assists with shelter dog playgroups, including dog-to-dog introductions and assessments.
    • Assists with animal handling and other classes and training as needed.
    • Assists -in cleaning, stocking, and organizing behavior work areas.
    • Provides ideas and suggestions designed to improve operational programs and working conditions.
    • Supports shelter care by providing walks and enrichment to the pets in our care and assists during major transfer or adoption events.
    • Answers incoming calls and responds to voicemail and email messages from customers, program volunteers, and coworkers promptly and professionally.
    • Complies with all shelter safety rules.
    • Maintains appropriate files and records. Adheres to the files and records retention policy and procedures.
    • Attends meetings as necessary.
    • Assures a clean, orderly, and positive working environment.
    • Other duties as assigned by Behavior Program Manager, Behavior Program Coordinator, or Chief of Animal Behavior. SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: None COMMUNICATIONS/INTERPERSONAL CONTACT:
      • Excellent interpersonal skills.
      • Ability to maintain calm, respectful, and professional demeanor in emotionally-charged situations, including discussions regarding euthanasia.
      • Communication (verbal and written) with operations staff, program volunteers, foster parents, adopters, and the public by direct contact, telephone, email, and remote video services. -
      • Works in a team setting to implement Behavior Program duties.
      • Represents SHS in a professional and courteous manner at all times.
      • Provides quality service to clients, volunteers, and staff; recognizing their individual contribution to the success of our organization.
      • Commits to valuing diversity and contributes to an inclusive working environment that is sensitive to other opinions, culture, and perspectives. COMPLEXITY: High degree of formal policy and procedure to guide work. A high degree of independent judgment is required. Diverse duties on a weekly basis as routine varies day to day. Must be able to coordinate several tasks within a day and be able to maintain concentration on a task or series of tasks while dealing with frequent interruptions. Flexibility and attention to detail in all areas of this position are extremely important. Must be able to respond to unexpected questions, comments, or requests from volunteers and other staff. Must be able to work well without direct supervision. A high level of customer service skill is needed. Must be able to coordinate specific details and remain focused on Seattle Humane's long range goals. KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION OR TRAINING:
        • Intermediate knowledge of dog body language and behavior.
        • Intermediate knowledge of cat body language and behavior.
        • Intermediate clicker training knowledge and experience.
        • Experience teaching and supporting pet owners on animal behavior and training topics.
        • Minimum one year's experience handling animals in a shelter environment as a staff member or volunteer.
        • Experience supervising and/or assisting dog playgroups in shelter or dog daycare preferred.
        • Knowledge of various breeds and their behavioral characteristics.
        • Experience working with and supporting volunteers.
        • Ability to recognize potential symptoms of diseases common to dogs and cats.
        • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office applications. LISCENSES OR CERTIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
          • Professional training certification from IAABC or CCPDT. Equivalent experience and education strongly considered. Physical/Mental Requirements: Must be able to speak clearly, hear well, and write legibly; to see clearly with at least one eye; and to distinguish between various odors by sense of smell. Must have good dexterity and sense of touch with both hands; to stand or sit for four to six hours at a time. Must possess good hand-eye coordination, agility, and stamina. Must be able to crouch, bend from the waist, kneel, and move quickly. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds without assistance, over 50 pounds with assistance (from floor to table and vice-versa, and/or carry for six to 10 feet, if not more). Must be able to concentrate and produce accurate work despite interruptions. Must have good attention to detail, reasoning and problem-solving abilities, to perform mathematical calculations with or without a calculator. Must be able to solve problems and communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing. Requires the ability to make decisions under time constraints with (sometimes) limited information. Needs to be sensitive to other opinions, perspectives, or cultures. Must feel comfortable in dealing with angry, confused, and/or emotional people. Must exhibit initiative and motivation in performing all duties. Frequent exposure to emotionally-charged situations, including discussions regarding euthanasia. WORKING CONDITIONS: Working conditions in an office/clinic setting, in kennels, and outdoors. Exposures to potential hazards include cleaning chemicals and disinfectants, needles, animal bites and scratches, zoonotic diseases (diseases that can be transmitted from vertebrate animals to people), animal hair, dander and wastes, pharmaceutical and biological agents, wet floors, potential electrical hazards. Constant noise and interruptions, back strain. Equipment Used: Personal computer and printer, multi-lined phone, hand-held radio, specimen collection equipment, microchip scanner, leashes, collars, harnesses, head-halters, muzzles, animal handling gloves, basic office equipment. Chemical Interaction: A wide variety of cleaners, disinfectants, detergents and medical products are used on a daily basis. Each position at the Seattle Humane will likely encounter these chemicals during the routine performance of their duties. Specific instructions will be provided by a Seattle Humane staff member -for the safe and proper use of these chemicals. If there are any questions regarding this information, copies of our chemical MSDS sheets are available for -review. If asked to use a product that is unfamiliar, contact your supervisor for proper instructions. Work Hours: 40 hours per week scheduled, five days per week--five eight-hour shifts to be determined by Behavior Program Manager. Schedule may vary depending on coverage needs, but will include at least one weekend day. On-call on rotation, as determined by Behavior Program Manager. As an equal opportunity employer, Seattle Humane is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability status or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. - COVID-19 Information - Vaccinations are mandatory at Seattle Humane. Seattle Humane reasonably accommodates those whose medical conditions or religious beliefs prevent them from being vaccinated. -

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