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Since 1870, the Washington Humane Society has provided comfort and care to the District’s animals. If you have a passion for animal welfare and want to make a difference, you have the opportunity to join a talented team that works every day to make a difference in the lives of animals. We hope that you can share your expertise and commitment with us and become part of our work. Please take time to explore the available positions listed below and read the "how to apply" instructions with each position carefully before applying.

Available Positions:

Staff Veterinarian

Animal Caregiver - Full-Time, Part-Time or On-Call

Chief Financial Officer

Customer Care Associate - Full-Time

Director of Rehoming

Veterinary Technician

WHS Internship Program

 

 
Please read the "how to apply" instructions for each job for more specific direction.
 
To Apply: 

To apply for any of the positions listed above, please submit a resume, letter of interest (including salary expectations), and completed printout of the online job application. Due to the volume of applications we receive and in the interest of thoughtfully considering individuals best suited for each position, the Human Resources Department will contact only those applicants moving forward in the selection process. No phone calls, please.
 
 
Via mail: 
Washington Humane Society
Human Resources Department
4590 MacArthur Blvd, NW
Washington, DC 20007
 
Via e-mail:
careers@washhumane.org
(Please include position title in subject line)
 
Via fax: 
202-723-5409

Attention: Human Resources

   
Staff Veterinarian
 
The Washington Humane Society (WHS) is seeking a skilled veterinarian, who is passionate about saving the lives of animals, to join our organization as Staff Veterinarian. WHS provides care and services for all animals of the District of Columbia as well as serving our community through a broad portfolio of programs including humane law enforcement, animal control, no-cost community cat TNR programs, wildlife rescue, pet retention programs, and humane education. WHS is the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States, providing comfort and care to over 43,000 animals each year through its wide range of programs and services.

The Staff Veterinarian works with the WHS Medical Director to provide sterilization services for shelter and public animals, to engage with our community through low-cost vaccine clinics, and to provide treatment and care to animals in our two adoption centers. The ideal candidate will be experienced in high-volume spay/neuter, have gone through focused shelter medicine veterinary programs, and possess an excitement for providing care to animals in need and a steadfast commitment to helping our organization reach its goals.
 
Responsibilities
  • Contribute to WHS efforts to reduce pet overpopulation in our region by performing sterilization surgeries for WHS animals as well as animals from other organizations in the region and for owned pets
  • Support the WHS commitment to helping our community give their own pets the best care possible by providing basic health services and pet care education through our robust, low-cost vaccine clinics
  • Work as part of the medical team to keep animals healthy while in our shelters by providing appropriate and timely medical and surgical care to shelter and foster animals, following the SOPs developed by WHS Medical and Shelter Directors
  • Bring a spirit of continuous learning and a curious mind that is looking always for how WHS can continue to improve our operation to better serve the people and animals of our region
  • Help staff grow in their position and develop future leaders for our organization
  • Act as a leader for more junior staff by always being professional, kind, honest, and compassionate
  • Willingness to work with, oversee, and instruct  pre-vet interns, veterinary externs, volunteers, and other veterinarians from our community
Qualifications
  • Must be able to perform a minimum of 30 spay/neuter surgeries per day; proficiency in or willingness to learn sterilization procedures of rabbits
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a wide variety of constituencies including the (volunteer) Board of Directors, the staff, a volunteer workforce, current and potential donors, representatives of other animal protection organizations, private and public agencies, public officials, the press, and private citizens
  • Must be able to train and assist in directing the activities of department staff and volunteers
Salary commensurate with experience; WHS provides health, dental, and vision insurance at no cost to employees; 401K plan (1% matching); $10,000 life insurance policy at no cost to the employee; Employee Assistance Program and other benefits.
 
How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications and passion for the WHS mission, salary history and your resume to careers@washhumane.org with the subject “Vet.” Thank you for your interest!
 
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Animal Caregiver - Full-Time, Part-Time or On-Call
 
The Washington Humane Society is seeking compassionate, motivated, and detail-oriented individuals to join our team as full-time, part-time, and on-call Animal Caregivers. Successful candidates will be responsible for providing humane handling and care for all shelter animals and outstanding customer service, maintaining accurate animal records, and ensuring a safe and sanitary environment for animals and people. Animal Caregivers clean and disinfect animal living areas, assist with medical care and behavior enrichment, as well as work with customers and promote animals for adoption. Successful completion of training program and general knowledge exam required.

Qualifications
  • Experience handling domestic and wild animals
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to find creative solutions to challenges
  • A team-oriented approach to work with an ability to bring out the best in peers
  • Passion for the Washington Humane Society mission

How to Apply
 
Please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications and salary requirements with your resume and completed online job application to careers@washhumane.org with the subject “Animal Caregiver” and specify your preference for full-time, part-time or on-call. 


Chief Financial Officer
 

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for the financial management of the Washington Humane Society (WHS). This position oversees all accounting functions, budgeting, financial reporting, regulatory compliance, cash flow management, investments, and directing financial controls and policies of the Washington Humane Society.  Additionally, the CFO will be responsible for providing executive leadership, vision, and oversight for the organization and serve as a collaborative member of the senior management team providing strategic and accurate financial advice to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the Board of Directors.
 

Responsibilities

  • Serve as part of the senior management team and collaboratively work together to develop organizational strategic goals and objectives.
  • Provide strategic guidance to the senior management team and board on financial planning and fiscal management.
  • Supervise and mentor all staff within the Finance Department and ensure effective performance measure objectives are set for each member of the department.
  • Develop strong internal relationships that evolve around the introduction and implementation of budgetary/financial processes and work to establish the confidence of the staff.
  • Responsible for ensuring internal controls in the maintenance of accounts payable, accounts receivable, and collections functions.
  • Maintain controls over input and output of payroll data and payroll journals produced by outside payroll service – includes auditing, overseeing, and responsibility for and approval of all payroll information.
  • Develop, institute, and coordinate cash handling procedures for special events. Establish cash flow priorities and payment terms with vendors. Prepare weekly and monthly cash flow projections and regularly discuss projections with the CEO.
  • Participate in organizational activities and special events as needed or required.
  • Monitor and ensure that all service providers are providing appropriate custodial, reporting, pricing, and services.
  • Strengthen existing or create new operational systems, processes and procedures that support effective, efficient, and responsive accounting to the organization.
  • Coordinate the creation, development, and monitoring of the organization’s budget and projection processes in alignment with its strategy and plan.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, or Business Administration with a CPA certification preferred.
  • 10+ years of progressive increase in responsibility in financial leadership.
  • Not-for-profit organization experience a plus but not required.
  • Experience in creating and giving presentations to boards and committees.
  • Ability to communicate and present results to different audiences at various levels throughout the organization.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • A commitment to the mission of the Washington Humane Society.

 

How to Apply
 
Please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications and salary requirements with your resume to careers@washhumane.org with the subject “CFO.” 


Customer Care Associate - Full-Time
 
The Washington Humane Society is seeking a motivated, customer service-focused team player to provide support to the front desk, adoptions, and animal care operations. The successful candidate will assist the public with a wide-range of animal-related visits and calls about DC animal-related laws and shelter policies and programs. Responsibilities entail providing outstanding customer service, maintaining accurate animal records, and maintaining a safe and sanitary environment for animals and people.
 
Customer Care Associates counsel customers about alternatives to relinquishing their pets, provide or direct customers to support when having challenges with their pets, assist the public with locating their lots pets, return lost pets to their families, and receive and process animals relinquished at the adoption center. Position available is Full-Time Day; weekends required. WHS offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package.
 
Successful completion of training program and general knowledge exam required.
 
Qualifications:
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to find creative solutions to challenges
  • Outstanding customer service attitude
  • A team-oriented approach to work, with an ability to bring out the best in peers
  • Experience handling domestic and wild animals preferred
  • Passion for the Washington Humane Society mission
How to Apply
 
Please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications and salary requirements with your resume and completed online job application to careers@washhumane.org with the subject "Customer Care Associate.” 

Director of Rehoming
 
The Washington Humane Society (WHS) seeks a creative, forward thinking, and knowledgeable individual to oversee our Rehoming programs, including adoptions, adoption events, and foster care. The Director of Rehoming will develop initiatives to increase the placement of animals in new homes and to ensure synergy between all WHS rehoming and foster work.

WHS is the oldest animal protection agency in DC, performing Humane Law Enforcement and Animal Care and Control for the District. The Washington Humane Society operates two adoption centers, a behavior and learning center, and a low cost spay/neuter/vaccine clinic. WHS is poised for tremendous growth in the next five years.

Responsibilities
  • Provide leadership, guidance, and development to staff, including three direct reports; ensure a team-focused approach to life-saving placements
  • Help staff grow in their careers by increasing leadership skills in addition to skills in animal care, animal behavior, open adoptions, and foster care; track and report on these areas monthly, quarterly, and annually
  • Ensure continued growth in all areas of rehoming, including increased adoptions and WHS presence in the DC metro area
  • Create structure, stability, and growth capacity in the Foster Care program
  • Work with the progressive WHS senior leadership team to attain even higher live release rates and greater community engagement

Qualifications

  • A minimum of three years supervisory experience and four years of animal-related experience
  • Experience in open adoptions and growing a foster care program highly desired
  • Demonstrated ability to lead positively and efficiently in a team environment; experience in developing, managing, and motivating a team
  • Ability to communicate professionally and effectively with the public and within the organization is a must
  • A team-oriented and collaborative approach to work, with an ability to bring out the best in peers and reporting employees
  • Exceptional ability to be organized and remain on task in a fast-paced, multi-location environment
  • Success in finding creative solutions to challenges
  • Resilience and an ability to think strategically
  • Passion for the Washington Humane Society mission

How to Apply
 
Please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications and salary requirements with your resume and completed online job application to careers@washhumane.org with the subject “Director of Rehoming.” 


Veterinary Technician
 
The Washington Humane Society (WHS) seeks an energetic, positive team oriented player to join the medical staff at the National Capital Area Spay and Neuter Center. Main responsibilities include assisting in the performance of surgical preparation, anesthetic induction, monitoring, recovery, examination, and medication of shelter and public animals. Veterinary Technicians are also responsible for administering vaccinations and other appropriate injections as needed.

The successful candidate must have:
  • Strong veterinary, surgical, and critical care skills, including surgical prep, maintenance of the surgical patient, patient recovery and critical care (including CPCR), familiarity with infectious disease transmission and prevention, and basic laboratory skills
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment; a track record of successful relationships with colleagues, subordinates, and customers
  • Ability to regularly lift up to 50 lbs. unassisted
  • Be able to work a flexible schedule
  • Strong motivation to make a difference in the lives of animals with a commitment to rescue/help any animal in need
  • Strong attention to detail and excellent record keeping skills
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal), computer literate, and knowledge of resolving conflicts with domestic and wild animals
  • Demonstrated interpersonal relationship skills
How to Apply
 
Please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications and salary requirements with your resume and completed online job application to careers@washhumane.org with the subject “Vet Tech - SNC.” 


  
      

WHS Internship Program
 
WHS has been the leading voice for animals in the District of Columbia since 1870. WHS is committed to remaining a model for all humane communities across the nation. WHS's Internship Program provides a wide range of opportunities for students to gain insight into the work of WHS. Every year a limited number of places for internships are available.
Departments that Internships are available are as follows:
 
  • Volunteer Programs
  • Animal Care
  • Shelter Medical Department (New York Avenue)
  • Adoptions
  • Field Services
  • Special Events
  • Spay/Neuter
  • Behavior and Learning
  • Development (graphic designer experience needed)
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Human Resources

To take part in the program, we look for the following minimum eligibility criteria:
  
  • Applicants must be US citizens and should have a strong academic record (3.0 GPA or better).
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program in a college or university, second university degree or higher, at the time of application and during the internship.
  • A minimum of 18 years of age
  • Approval from the department’s internship adviser and completed Internship Application Package should be turned in before starting the internship.
 
 
To Apply:

To apply for any of the positions listed above, please submit a resume, letter of interest (including salary expectations), and completed printout of the online job application. Due to the volume of applications we receive and in the interest of thoughtfully considering individuals best suited for each position, the Human Resources Department will contact only those applicants moving forward in the selection process. No phone calls, please.
 
Via mail:
Washington Humane Society
Human Resources Department
4590 MacArthur Blvd, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Via e-mail:
careers@washhumane.org
(Please include position title in subject line)
Via fax:
202-723-5409
Attention: Human Resources


 
 
 
 
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