Savannah Morning News Column: Jobs

Veterinary Assistant

Department:  Pet Fix Savannah

Classification:  Full-time, hourly

Reports to:  Director of Public Programs

POSITION SUMMARY

Responsible for daily care of all surgical patients, assisting doctors and veterinary technicians with pre-, peri- and post-operative care of patients, and general cleaning.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS

Works closely with Veterinarian, Veterinary Assistants, and Office Assistant.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  1. Works closely with Office Assistant to ensure efficient intake and release of patients.
  2. Responsible for prepping patients for surgery, observing all clinic procedures to enforce sterility and safety of patients.
  3. Able to monitor anesthesia, with a clear idea of abnormal conditions.
  4. When needed, responsible for delivering post-operative instructions in a competent and friendly manner.
  5. General duties in the operating room during surgery to assist with movement of patients, recovery of patients, and general flow.
  6. Ensures cleaning of facility, surgical pack preparation, and other end of day tasks are completed.
  7. Responsible for assisting the Veterinarian and medical support team during vaccination clinics.
  8. Administer IV injections and catheters.
  9. Accurately enters data into clinic software as needed.
  10. Assists in the completion of paperwork and prescription labels as needed.
  11. Will be responsible for after-hours emergency calls one week per month.
  12. Assists with any off-site events, including weekend events, as assigned by Director of Public Programs.
  13. All other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES

  1. Client Education
    1. Must be able to learn basic veterinary medical concepts including but not limited to vaccine protocols and anesthetic risks
    2. Must also be able to communicate basic veterinary concepts to owners and be able to repeat information relayed by a veterinarian
    3. Will be asked to take medical histories for surgical rechecks
    4. Communicate with the public on a daily basis in a professional manner
    5. Animal Handling
  2. Will be asked to handle (on average) 40 dogs and cats per day
  3. Must be able to learn characteristics of animal behavior (for example: be able to identify aggressive or fearful behavior)
  4. Must be able to use appropriate safety equipment for fractious or feral animals (will train) – the use of safety equipment is mandatory
  5. Must possess excellent reflexes
  6. Should be able to identify own limitations and be willing to ask for help
  7. Must become proficient at animal restraint for various procedures
  8. Physical Requirements
    1. Must be able to work standing or sitting for 10 or more hours
    2. Able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs repeatedly throughout the day without help
    3. Must be able to bend and kneel repeatedly
    4. Emotional/Mental Requirements
    5. Must be able to work under stressful conditions and work efficiently and effectively under those conditions
    6. Able to respond quickly to a variety of medical situations (with training)
    7. Able to cope with death either due to surgical complication or euthanasia
    8. Ability to make decisions
    9. Must have a positive attitude
    10. Ability to cope with frustrating situations and remain calm
    11. Potential and Prolonged Exposures
  9. Potential/Prolonged exposure to isoflurane gas and disinfecting chemicals.
  10. Potential exposure to sharps including needles and surgical blades

QUALIFICATIONS

Two or more years experience in a veterinary clinic, veterinary hospital, and/or animal shelter or control facility. Candidate should be highly motivated, enthusiastic self-starter with a professional attitude.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The offices and operations of a high volume spay/neuter clinic can be high stress and very busy at times. This position is scheduled for 4 days/week, usually Monday through Thursday; however, the schedule can change and may sometimes require weekend or evening hours to complete the job. Can include working some holidays or overtime depending on clinic needs. Candidate must be flexible with schedule changes and short notice overtime requests.

 

Please email resume and cover letter to Megan Collins, Director of Public Programs at mcollins@humanesocietysav.org.

Thrift Shop Aide

Job Title:  Thrift Shop Aide
Department:  Thrift Shop
Pay Grade:  $11/hour
Reports To:  Thrift Shop Manager

 POSITION SUMMARY

Responsible for processing of goods and/or register sales

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Cashier 
    1. Assist customers in locating and/or selecting merchandise
    2. Process customer sale transactions bag merchandise and thank the customer for shopping at the Thrift Shop
    3. Merchandise quality items on sales floor to maximize profits.
    4. Accurately conduct sales transactions and maintain cash and credit card control by following proper procedures regarding voids, refunds, checks, credit cards, etc.
    5. Give excellent customer service and remain calm and professional under stressful situations.
    6. Maintain the sales floor and inventory in a clean, neat and properly displayed manner.
    7. Maintain a safe work environment at all times by following company safety regulations.
    8. Immediately report all incidents of theft (both internal and external) to a management team member.
    9. Refers customers’ complaints for inquiries to management.
    10. Perform other duties as assigned.
  2. Sorter
    1.  Responsible for greeting GIV donors, unloading donations and offering receipt.
    2. Perceive problems related to donated goods and communicate to supervisor in a professional manner.
    3. Sort and separate donations as categorized by hard and soft goods. Sort those items that are saleable and direct those items to the processing area. Sort those items that are damaged or otherwise do not meet quality standards and direct those items to be discarded or baled.
    4. Keeps all records as required.
    5. Keep work area and backroom area clean and report any unsafe conditions immediately.
    6. Utilize excellent customer service skills.
    7. Adhere to all safety regulations.
    8. Attend all store meetings as scheduled.
    9. Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  1. High School diploma or GED equivalent.
  2. Consistently demonstrate the ability and willingness to utilize excellent customer service skills.
  3. Ability to perform basic mathematical equations is preferred.
  4. Physical efforts require constant bending, stooping and lifting up to 50 lbs. with reasonable accommodations.
  5. Understand and support the HSGS values, philosophies, and policies.
  6. Must be able to pass a background check and pre-employment drug screening.

ACCOUNTABILITIES AND MEASURES

  1. Completes all tasks as assigned or requested by management
  2. Accountable for cash drawer reconciliation

 

Please email resume and cover letter to Charles Davis, Thrift Shop Manager at cdavis@humanesocietysav.org.

The Humane Society for Greater Savannah is a Drug-Free Workplace.

Community Engagement Manager

Job Title:  Community Engagement Manager

Department:  Development & Marketing

Classification:  Hourly, full-time ($15/hour)                                               

Reports to:  Director of Development & Marketing

                                               

POSITION SUMMARY

The Community Engagement Manager plans, coordinates, and implements events and volunteer programming under the direction of the Director of Development & Marketing. This position collaborates with all departments to develop and implement a strategy to ensure HSGS is being represented positively and effectively in the community. This position works to form relationships and cultivates support from the public, volunteers, and donors.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Community Engagement Manager performs the following duties on a regular basis:

  1. Provide leadership, direction and guidance in conducting day-to-day functions of all volunteer programs and services within the Humane Society for Greater Savannah, and its entities, such as: Pet Fix Savannah and the Thrift Shop.
  2. Work collaboratively with the Director of Development and Marketing and Development and Marketing Manager on ensuring quality level service with an emphasis on customer service, donor relations and volunteer services deliverables
  3. Develops and implements public awareness and education programs to deliver to schools and other community groups and demographics
  4. Serves on Development Teams as needed
  5. Coordinates and schedules volunteer support for on all campus entities, events, activities, and outreach initiatives including public program and adoption events, schools, faith base organizations, clubs, etc.
  6. Manages current volunteer force, all communication and maintains database
  7. Places volunteers in appropriate positions
  8. Prepare written correspondence to volunteers including but not limited to thank you for volunteer service at special events
  9. Maintains files including all required paperwork on volunteers including but not limited to signed waivers, applications, orientation certificates, emergency contacts, etc.
  10. Organizes and facilitates monthly volunteer orientations and trainings, in conjunction with scheduling of volunteer leaders’ trainings
  11. Organizes and facilitates weekly Nuzzle Buddies sessions, in conjunction with scheduling of volunteer leaders’ sessions
  12. Identifies and coordinates volunteer needs for program and operation support through management team recommendations
  13. Collaborates with Director of Shelter Operations and Shelter Manager in coordinating staffing for volunteer trainings
  14. Organizes and maintains organizational calendar and schedules community engagement events
  15. Serves as an organization ambassador for community engagement initiatives and Third Party events
  16. Develops strong working relationships with other departments and encourages employee inclusion/participation in community engagement programs
  17. Assists the Director of Development & Marketing with conducting and coordinating tours as requested
  18. Attends events as a representative of the Humane Society for Greater Savannah as needed

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Bachelor’s Degree.
  2. Minimum of two-years’ experience in managing volunteers and community outreach initiatives
  3. High proficiency with MS Office
  4. Experience in special event planning.
  5. Commitment to the mission, values, goals, and success of HSGS.
  6. Strong organizational skills and work ethic, attention to detail, ability to multi-task and a proactive attitude.
  7. Superior verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to articulate the HSGS’s mission and needs to diverse groups.
  8. Ability to exercise complete discretion when dealing with confidential information.
  9. High standards of excellence and commitment to honesty and accuracy.
  10. Self-motivation and an ability to work with minimal supervision and with a variety of donors, Board members, staff, and volunteers.
  11. Strong interpersonal communications skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
  12. Strong organizational skills with strong attention to detail and follow through

 

Please email resume and cover letter to Becca Bruni, Director of Development and Marketing at rbruni@humanesocietysav.org.

 

Thrift Shop Manager

Job Title:  Thrift Shop Manager
Department:  Thrift Shop
FSLA Status:  Hourly/Non-Exempt (Full Time)
Wage Range:  $15 – $17 per hour depending on experience
Reports to:  Director of Finance and Administration                         

 

POSITION SUMMARY

With minimum oversight, lead and manage staff for Thrift Shop donation receiving and retail operations.  Coordinate with volunteers and staff to sort, price, display, and maintain retail shop and furniture areas.  Coordinates donation pickup schedule.  Assist with the overall retail and Thrift Shop operations.  Provide quality customer service to customers, vendors and volunteers.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

 Responsible for providing high quality customer service to Thrift Shop donors, customers, staff and volunteers.

  1. Oversee and manage Thrift Shop donation receiving staff, customer service staff and drivers.
  2. Coordinate with the public to schedule donation pick-ups.  May travel/drive to donor homes to assist with donation pick-up.
  3. Assist volunteers and staff with cash register, customer service, pricing and sale implementation.
  4. Organizes and maintains the donation area and furniture display areas.
  5. Ensures quality of inventory by adhering to Thrift Shop standards when processing donations.
  6. Open, closes and secures the Thrift Shop grounds and buildings per the scheduled operating hours.
  7. Coordinate staff and facilities for special event sales.
  8. Manage Thrift Shop supply inventory.
  9. Coordinate disposal of donations not up to Thrift Shop quality standards.
  10. Collaborate with Humane Society staff on vehicle use schedule and facility maintenance.
  11. Ensure high quality customer experience by Thrift Shop donors, customers, staff and volunteers.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Retail experience with excellent customer service, written and verbal skills.
  2. Intermediate computer skill and knowledge in a Windows environment.
  3. Handle agency funds in accordance with established verbal and written agency guidelines
  4. Physical efforts require constant bending, stooping, lifting up to 50 lbs. with reasonable accommodations and works in some high noise level areas.
  5. Understand and support HSGS values, philosophies, and policies.
  6. Must possess a valid and unrestricted driver’s license.

Please email resume and cover letter to Sean Griffin, Director of Finance and Administration at thriftshopmanager@humanesocietysav.org.

 

 

Staff Veterinarian, DVM

Staff Veterinarian, DVM

Announcement

Impactful Leadership Opportunity

The Humane Society for Greater Savannah is becoming a proactive animal welfare leader in the Coastal Georgia region. In 2016 we welcomed a new CEO and Director of Shelter Operations, opened Pet Fix Savannah and created a 3-5 year strategic plan. It’s an exciting time to be at HSGS!

An essential element of our transformation is a Staff Veterinarian. This is a new role at HSGS and we are looking for someone who is excited about shelter medicine in all its variations (spay/neuter, public clinics, intake diversion, and sheltering) and who can grow their leadership and veterinary skills as HSGS transforms. This role would be especially appropriate for a vet early in their shelter medicine career. Mentorship will be provided by an experienced shelter veterinarian as well as the CEO.

About the Humane Society for Greater Savannah

Our mission is to better the lives of pets and people.  Statistically speaking, in 2016 our impact was:

  • 2213 pets placed in new homes
  • 13000 volunteer hours
  • 4461 spay/neuter surgeries
  • 595 pets transferred from Chatham County Animal Services
  • 86 dogs were treated for heartworm

 

We employ 35 people and currently have a budget of $1.8 million.  We are governed by a dedicated board of directors who are committed to our strategic vision and improving the quality of life in our community by honoring the human-animal bond.

Additionally, we are at the nexus of a coalition in Coastal Georgia to save more lives in our rural municipal shelters.  Partnerships are being developed for shared spay/neuter services, public safety net, community cat efforts and transport programs.

HSGS is striving to be a great place to work.  We participate in the Gallup Employee Engagement Survey and are focused on developing engaged team members who provide compassionate non-judgmental service to everyone who walks through our doors.

About the City of Savannah

Savannah is a beautiful place to live. Its numerous city parks and historic architecture attract visitors from all over. There is a vibrant arts and music scene thanks, in part, to the Savannah College of Art and Design. The summers do get hot, but coastal beaches are a short 20-minute drive!

Interested?

Please email resume and cover letter to Michelle Thevenin, mthevenin@humanesocietysav.org

 

 

Animal Care Technician

Position Posting: Animal Care Technician

The Humane Society for Greater Savannah is always seeking applicants for the full-time, hourly position of Animal Care Technician.  This position pays $11/hr without benefits and requires an in person interview and a half day working interview.

POSITION SUMMARY

With direct oversight, provides humane care for sheltered animals by feeding and caring for animals, cleaning, maintaining the facility and providing customer service/information regarding animal care and other resources.  Provide counseling and education for the general public regarding HSGS policies and animal welfare issues when appropriate.  Ensure thorough and timely notification of any animal or organization related issues to supervisory staff. This is a full or part-time position and includes evening, weekend, and holiday scheduling.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

 Responsible for providing high quality care to the animals housed at the Humane Society of Greater Savannah (HSGS):
A. Daily Animal Care

  • Complete daily health and behavior observations of all animals and report any concurs to medical/coordinators immediately.
  • Cleans and sanitizes animal kennels and cages for disease control.
  • Conducts routine “spot” checks and cleaning throughout the day.
  • Provides shelter animals with adequate food and water on a daily basis and in a timely manner.
  • Handle animals in a safe and humane manner.
  • Promote the mental health of the sheltered animals by providing behavioral enrichment as needed.
  • Participate in exercise, socialization, and behavioral training of animals to enhance their well-being and adoptability.
  • Properly dispose of general and hazardous waste
  • Monitor for signs of illness and report it to medical/coordinators immediately.
  • Assist with grooming and bathing of animals as needed.
  • Ensure that all animals have clean blankets or appropriate bedding and approved toys at all times.
  • Ensure all dishes, laundry, litter boxes, and animal carriers are sanitized.

B. Communication

  • Comply with all policies, procedures, and protocols.
  • Advise appropriate staff about animal medical or behavioral concerns.
  • Advise appropriate staff about customer service and/or personnel issues in a discreet and professional manner.
  • Advise on ways to improve a process or procedure.
  • Field general inquiries from staff, volunteers, and the public in a calm, courteous, and respectful manner.
  • Communicate effectively and completely on all documentation, including date, time, and initials for every note or memo written.
  • Check daily for follow-ups on any pending issues
  • Assist with training volunteers.

C. Administrative

  • Monitor inventory of supplies and notify appropriate personnel when supplies are needed.
  • Ensure materials on kennels and cages are kept clean, dry, and accurate.
  • Do “lock up” procedures in the evening to ensure all entrances are locked and light are turned off.
  • Accept in-kind donations of food and/or supplies and ensure that they are properly distributed for use or stored.
  • Order and stock cleaning supplies.
  • Check daily for follow-ups on any pending issues.
  • Ensure the cleanliness and organization of assigned work areas, including daily removal of trash and clutter, and restocking of supplies.
  • Maintain entire facility in a clean and orderly manner.
  • Conducts facility maintenance and ground keeping.
  • Repair or report any broken or damaged equipment in a timely manner.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High school or equivalent education.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Basic knowledge and ability to understand aspects of disease and the causes and treatment of animal-related problems.
  • Must be able to work safely with chemicals and tolerate noxious odors and high noise levels.
  • Critical evaluation and observation skills.
  • Good communications skills.
  • Valid driver’s license and a good driving record.
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds safely.
  • Must be able to perform repetitive tasks.
  • Understand and support the HSGS values, philosophies, and policies.

 

Contact Information: Please send resume and cover letter to Courtney Foor, Adoption Center Manager, at cfoor@humanesocietysav.org

The Humane Society for Greater Savannah is a Drug-Free Workplace.