Military Veterans Program Coordinator
- Posted: over a month ago
Anderson’s Military Veterans Program (MVP) was designed to create a structured, supportive volunteer environment for veterans who are passionate about animal welfare and aspire to make a difference in the lives of homeless pets. The MVP coordinator will engage with a community of veterans and introduce them to a variety of services and volunteer opportunities that help the larger veteran community and their animal companions.
- Identify, cultivate, and sustain positive, productive relationships with new sources of veterans groups and veteran-owned businesses in the community.
- Create compelling program presentations that highlight the benefits of the veteran-companion animal bond, fostering animals in the home, and positive reinforcement training. Promote program at Anderson development/fundraising events.
- Build and nurture constructive, supportive relationships with Anderson staff, volunteers, adoptive families, fosters, visitors, constituents, community, and the public.
- Train new MVP volunteers in positive reinforcement behavior modification training, animal enrichment, and fear-free handling.
- Identify prospective clients with animal-based needs and work to fulfill said needs.
- Train new MVP volunteers to assist with the care and needs of veteran's pets.
- Work proactively with Animal Foster Coordinators to identify homes for animals of military personnel who are to be deployed.
- Progress toward accomplishing outlined goals while keeping within the established program budget. Regularly review program success and effectiveness against program parameters and public and volunteer feedback. Implement improvements as agreed upon with the direct manager.
- Actively promote and model a humane, caring attitude toward all animals and living beings regardless of circumstance.
- Manage a flexible schedule that may include weeknights, weekends, and holidays. Ability to work during non-standard hours may be required to ensure the success of the program.
- Attend weekly management meetings and monthly all staff meetings to share new program developments and solve problems creatively.
- Quickly absorb and discern complex issues, be able to make thoughtful, principled decisions and act decisively under emotional and/or stressful conditions.
- Performs other duties as assigned by either Community Services Manager or the Senior Director of Human-Animal Connections.
- High school diploma or equivalent required
- Professional military experience preferred
- Experience in animal welfare a plus
- Familiarity with (or able to learn) Google email and Google applications
- A deep appreciation of the importance of respect for all life and a desire to model this behavior when dealing with animals and people.
- Keep focus during frequent interruptions; swiftly adapt to changes in the environment, protocol, and priorities when necessary.
- Detail-oriented with effective time management skills
- Strong skills and experience in conflict management
- Possesses clear and concise, written and verbal communication skills
- Effectively presents information to a live audience of varying sizes, either in-person or virtually
- Works cooperatively as part of the organization on cross-functional programs, projects, and activities.
- Is emotionally mature, morally sound, compassionate, attentive, reliable, and honest with an outgoing, participatory work style.
- $17-$18 an hour
- May enroll in BCBS Health and Dental Insurance following 60 days of employment
- 401(k) program with up to 4% matching
- Paid Time Off (PTO) to promote a healthy work/life balance
- Employee Adoption Discount
All Employees, staff, interns and volunteers are required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or provide a valid exemption.
Shared cubicle/office space possible. Exposure to animals and high noise levels; potential exposure to zoonotic diseases, animal bites, and scratches. Work may be performed outdoors with exposure to all weather conditions
Ability to stand, crouch, bend at the waist, kneel, squat, walk, and talk for up to eight hours a day; lift at least fifty pounds with assistance;
All volunteers and staff of Anderson Humane must understand and accept that, even though all reasonable accommodations are made to support our shelter animals’ physical and emotional health, there are situations in which animals must be euthanized.
AddressSouth Elgin, IL
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