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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

Adoptions Supervisor

Adoption Event Associate

Animal Care and Control Officer

Animal Caregiver - Part-Time or On-Call

Chief Financial Officer

Customer Care Associate - Full-Time or Part-Time

Director of Behavior and Rehoming

Special Events Manager

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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Adoptions Supervisor

The Washington Humane Society (WHS) seeks an individual who will bring enthusiastic teamwork and the ability to oversee projects and staff at WHS adoptions centers. This position will oversee shelter adoptions programs from receiving potential adopters through adoption follow-up programs. Other areas of responsibility include some aspects of animal care and behavioral enrichment. The successful candidate will ensure the continued growth and success of the adoption program through leadership of the adoptions staff and teamwork with other departments. 
 

Qualifications

  • A passion for and experience in animal welfare and a commitment to helping the animals and people of DC
  • A professional mindset, a proven desire to take initiative, and ability to be a team player
  • The ability to multi-task and handle fast-paced, demanding initiatives while also learning and applying new ideas
  • A commitment to excellent customer service and operational excellence
  • The ability to act in a leadership role to staff and peers
  • The ability to plan and execute large scale in-shelter adoption promotion events
     

Requirements

  • Proven organizational and time-management skills with a strong eye for program growth potential
  • Professional, clear, confident verbal and written communication abilities 
  • The ability to work well independently on several projects simultaneously
  • Knowledge of animal behavior and handling skills is preferred
     
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 “Adoption Supervisor.”

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Adoption Event Associate
 
The Washington Humane Society (WHS) seeks an energetic, confident individual to expand our adoption efforts and to increase WHS presence in neighborhoods city-wide. The Adoption Event Associate will work with the Adoption Event Coordinator to build relationships with businesses to host regularly scheduled adoption events and will represent WHS at community events and to the media throughout the year. The successful candidate will increase the numbers and quality of Washington Humane Society off-site adoption events, further awareness of WHS within the community, and help grow the number of donors and volunteers.

Specifically, she or he will have:
  • A passion for and experience in animal welfare and handling
  • Willingness to learn new skills in adoptions match-making and adoption event planning and execution
  • A professional mindset, a proven desire to take initiative, and ability to work autonomously while utilizing guidance
  • The ability to multi-task and handle fast-paced, demanding initiatives while also learning and applying new ideas
  • A commitment to excellent customer service and commitment to helping the animals and people of DC
  • The ability to maintain relationships with existing event venues; identify and cultivate new venues; recruit, train, and manage volunteers to help at adoption events; and utilize events to showcase the work of WHS to city officials, the media, and the public
  • The ability to work as a team to execute large scale community events in targeted underserved communities to provide adoption and education opportunities
  • Proven organizational and time-management skills with a strong eye for details
  • Professional, clear, confident verbal and written communication abilities
  • The ability to work well independently on several projects simultaneously
  • Knowledge of animal behavior and handling skills preferred

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 “Adoption Event Associate.” 


 
Animal Care and Control Officer
 
The Washington Humane Society is seeking a dynamic, motivated, flexible team player to join our field services division as an Animal Care and Control Officer (ACO). The ACO must effectively and efficiently provide assistance to animal related calls within the District of Columbia, be able to work with Metropolitan DC Police, and interact with and educate the public on the responsibility of companion animal ownership, explaining provisions of the DC Animal Control Act. Officers are responsible for rescuing animals from dangerous situations, as well as picking up sick, injured, and  trapped animals and impounding animals, when needed.

Qualifications
  • Must have HS diploma/GED
  • Knowledge/experience in state/local animal laws and enforcement techniques
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills
  • Ability to run, climb over/under objects, and lift over 50 lbs
  • Must be able to handle/examine wild/domestic animals
  • Must have a valid driver’s license with a good driving record and pass criminal history/pet cruelty background checks
  • Must be flexible to work on-call nights and weekends (Current opening 10 PM- 8 AM, Friday through Monday)

How to Apply
 
Please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications and salary requirements with your resume to careers@washhumane.org with the subject “Animal Care and Control Officer.” Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.




Animal Caregiver - Part-Time or On-Call
 
The Washington Humane Society is seeking compassionate, motivated, and detail-oriented individuals to join our team as 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 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 or Part-Time
 
The Washington Humane Society is seeking motivated, customer service-focused team players to provide support to the front desk, adoptions, and animal care operations. Successful candidates 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. Positions available include Full-Time Day, Full-Time Overnight, or Part-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.” Please indicate your preference for Full-Time Day, Full-Time Overnight, or Part-Time Day. 


Director of Behavior and Rehoming
 
The Washington Humane Society (WHS) seeks a forward thinking, energetic, and knowledgeable individual to oversee our Behavior and Rehoming programs, including behavior and training, adoptions, adoption events, and foster care. The Behavior and Rehoming Director will work with his or her team to build enrichment and training programs for a variety of animals; increase adoptions and WHS presence in the DC metro area; and create structure, stability, and capacity in the Foster Care program.

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 five direct reports; 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 animals’ behavioral health through oversight of enrichment, training, behavior modification, and evaluation of a variety of animals at both adoption center locations
  • Work with the progressive WHS senior leadership team to attain even higher live release rates and greater community engagement

Qualifications

  • A minimum of four years supervisory experience and five years of animal-related experience – those with experience directing or managing an animal welfare facility are encouraged to apply
  • Four-year degree preferred
  • CPDT-KA or equivalent in animal or canine behavioral training/consulting
  • Experience in open adoptions and growing a foster care program highly encouraged
  • 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 environment
  • Success in finding creative solutions to challenges
  • Resilience and an ability to think strategically
  • A dedication to humane, positive, “force free” training methods
  • 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, Behavior and Rehoming.” 


  
 
Special Events Manager
 
The Washington Humane Society is seeking an experienced, energetic, passionate and creative Special Events Manager. This full-time position will be based in our Northwest DC Administrative Offices and will report to the Director of Special Events. The Special Events Manager has the responsibility of planning, implementing, executing, and evaluating all aspects of WHS special events. This includes the WHS signature events (Sugar & Champagne Affair, Fashion for Paws, Bark Ball, and DC Walk for the Animals), as well as numerous ancillary events.

Responsibilities
  • Plan, implement, execute, and evaluate all aspects of WHS’s special events
  • Review all WHS activities for fundraising possibilities and work with appropriate WHS staff on these activities
  • Think creatively about ways to include WHS programmatic information into events
  • Manage day-to-day activities and arrange and oversee event logistics (from contracts and catering, to run of show and guest experience).
  • Develop public relations and communications efforts related to promotion of our events
  • Fundraise (from corporate, individual, and all other appropriate sources) to maximize revenue for all events, large and small
  • Work in tandem with event committees and volunteers; must be able to manage large groups of volunteers
  • Research and develop opportunities for community partnerships and secure sponsorships for events
  • Build strong, collegial working relationships and communication with WHS staff, volunteers, sponsors, vendors, board members, donors, and others
  • Represent WHS to the public in a polished, inviting, energetic, passionate, professional manner

Qualifications
  • A minimum of three years professional experience in nonprofit resource development with at least two years experience in fundraising and event planning
  • A bachelor’s degree in marketing, public relations, or other field related to the position
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, with the ability to meet deadlines and multi-task successfully
  • Superior attention to detail while maintaining “big picture” view of projects
  • Creative vision to design and implement extraordinary and relevant events that will positively raise WHS visibility and lead to greater revenue
  • A “can do” attitude with a team focus, a willingness to assist other WHS staff and volunteers in accomplishing the WHS mission, and an ability to motivate and empower colleagues
  • Resilience and an ability to think strategically
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to articulate in layman’s terms concepts that might be unfamiliar to volunteers and other staff
  • Experience creating and working within budgets
  • Competence in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and social media; experience with graphic design programs a plus
  • Experience with Convio Luminate (TeamRaiser and Pagebuilder), and Raiser’s Edge a plus
  • Must be able to work some evenings and weekends
  • 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 “Special Events Manager.”


   
  
      

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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