The Seattle Animal Shelter (SAS) is seeking a qualified, highly motivated and progressive Medical Director to manage all veterinary services provided by SAS including the spay and neuter clinic and the shelter medicine program. This position reports to the Director of SAS. The spay and neuter clinic at the Seattle Animal Shelter is committed to providing low-cost, high-quality, high-value spay and neuter services for the Seattle community.
The shelter medicine program provides treatment to animals in the shelter (dogs, cats and multiple other species commonly kept as pets) and is also responsible for developing medical standards of animal care to ensure a safe, healthful environment for shelter animals and the people who interact with them.
The ideal candidate will be an experienced and high-energy veterinarian with exceptional vision and extensive leadership skills – ready to embrace the opportunity to establish new programs and maintain a positive team environment in a fast-paced, innovative and hard-working organization. The candidate will be able to collaborate across all divisional units as well as work strategically with community partners and the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation. Of critical importance is an enthusiasm for maintaining a collaborative culture while providing hands-on senior leadership to help ensure that the animals, staff, volunteers and community have positive experiences with all SAS programs. This strategic, focused leader will possess the following: excellent surgical and medical skills, a commitment to animal welfare and a belief that each animal is an individual; strong leadership and interpersonal skills; experience in developing and managing staff and volunteers; and a willingness to accommodate varied work and schedules.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Leads and manages all SAS veterinary programs including the spay and neuter clinic and shelter medicine program.
Responsible for a staff of 4-7 employees including a veterinarian, licensed veterinary technicians and administrative staff.
Performs veterinary forensics and aids in investigations of animal cruelty (Training available).
Makes recommendations for and implements policies and procedures for SAS veterinary programs.
Examines animals, evaluates animals' health and performs veterinary medical and surgical procedures.
Establishes and maintains medical records and drug use logs to standards of veterinary and sheltering practices.
Ensures that all state and federal laws, state regulations, accepted standards, the practice of veterinary medicine, drug control, and animal care and handling are adhered to.
Maintains up-to-date knowledge of shelter medicine, epidemiology, surgical procedures for dogs, cats and critters, and other companion animal health issues.
Provides fiscal oversight of all veterinary programs.
Effective decision making and diagnostic skills and interest in pursuing treatment options with limited funding.
Desire to implement efficiencies on an on-going basis.
Able to work well under pressure and handle multiple tasks at one time.
Other duties as assigned.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university and one year of professional veterinary medical experience.
Possession of an unrestricted license to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Washington.
Ability to obtain and maintain a DEA license for controlled substances.
A minimum of 3 years of progressively responsible management experience.
Experience successfully leading a team of both paid and unpaid staff.
Knowledge of shelter animal health protocols, surgical procedures and companion animal health issues in a shelter setting.
Knowledge of City, County, State and Federal animal health laws.
Excellent organizational skills.
Exceptional written and verbal communications skills, including ability to communicate effectively with all levels of management, employees, key partners, volunteers and the public.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word and Outlook, and electronic veterinary medical records.
SAS provides service to our animals 365 days/week – this role will require the availability and willingness to work some evenings, weekends and holidays.
Ability to obtain and maintain special police commission.
Ability to operate, maneuver and provide simple but continuous adjustments on all types of medical equipment.
Ability to coordinate eyes, hands, feet and limbs in performing movements requiring skill and training, such as performing surgery and giving injections.
Tasks involve the ability to exert moderate but not constant physical effort, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching, lifting, standing, walking and carrying objects and animals of moderate weight.
Must be able to lift 50 pounds without assistance and heavier amounts with assistance.
Potential for exposure to zoonotic diseases, dangerous and fractious animals, high noise levels, hazardous chemicals, anesthetics and sharp objects.
Management experience in a municipal agency with union employees.
Previous experience using PetPoint.
Certification(s) or specialization in shelter medicine, animal behavior or high-capacity spay and neuter services.
Additional Salary Information: The City of Seattle also provides a generous benefits package to its employees which includes:
• Health, dental, vision, long term disability and group term life insurance.
• Defined benefit retirement plan.
• Ten paid City holidays and two personal holidays.
• Twelve to 30 days of vacation per year, based on length of City of Seattle service.
• Four days of executive leave per year.
• Twelve days of sick leave per year.
• Paid family leave care, up to four weeks.
• Paid parental leave, up to 12 weeks.
• Merit leave.
• Optional 457 deferred compensation plan.
• Flexible benefit plan contributions by employee on a pre-tax basis.
• Employee Assistance Program.
The Seattle Animal Shelter was founded in 1972 to protect public safety and enforce all animal-related ordinances for the City of Seattle. In addition to our primary role, we care for the abandoned, abused and orphaned animals of Seattle. To fulfill our dual missions, we provide eight core services:•Enforce animal-related ordinances•Investigate animal cruelty, neglect and abuse•License all cats,... dogs, potbellied pigs and pygmy goats•Educate residents about responsible pet ownership•Care for the city's lost and unwanted animals•Reunite lost animals with their owners•Adopt orphaned animals to suitable homes•Administer a low-cost spay and neuter clinic