The Gastineau Humane Society (GHS) is seeking candidates for a Licensed Veterinary Technician/Clinic Director.
This position is located in Juneau, Alaska. The Licensed Veterinary Technician/Clinic Director reports to the Deputy Director and Executive Director. Supervisory responsibility includes secondary supervision of approximately 2 other staff members, and occasional supervision of up to 10 other staff members.
Under minimal supervision, the Licensed Veterinary Technician/Clinic Director manages the Gastineau Humane Society (GHS) shelter clinic. They will work in close cooperation with the partner Veterinarian(s) and GHS staff to provide high quality shelter medicine, surgery, treatment for all animals in the care of GHS.
Perform administration, coordination, and oversight of the GHS Clinic alongside our Partner Veterinarian(s).
Manage the GHS Clinic to provide quality medical care to all animals in the facility.
Work within outlined budgetary restrictions.
Efficiently manage the animal population within the shelter.
Provide veterinary services to both shelter animals and privately owned animals.
Perform hands-on primary care duties across the department as needed.
Meet goals and maintain a high level of productivity, especially during periods of peak workload.
Supervise veterinary assistants and kennel technicians while they work in the clinic.
At least 2 years supervisory experience in either the veterinary or animal welfare fields.
State Veterinary Technician License (LVT) required with completion of Alaska State Veterinary Technician Licensure within 3 months of hiring.
Additionally, successful candidates will demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs):
Demonstrated knowledge and ability to perform standard veterinary practices and procedures.
Leadership and team-building skills.
Ability to effectively collaborate with a team.
Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills.
Ability to effectively communicate; exceptional writing and editing skills.
Ability to multi-task and prioritize duties in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
The Licensed Veterinary Technician/Clinic Director wage will be based on experience and qualifications. The wage range is $21/Hour -$25/Hour D.O.E., plus healthcare and retirement benefits. Please submit the following to GHS Executive Director, Samantha Blankenship.
Cover letter outlining your qualifications as they relate to the minimum qualifications, 8 essential functions and six KSAs above.
Copy of Current Veterinary Technician License
Three professional references.
Separate writing sample of your choice.
The cover letter, resume and writing sample will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase. (*Note: please see full position description at www.ghspets.org). GHS is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.
The position will remain open until filled.
DESCRIPTION & ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Under minimal supervision, the Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)/Clinic Director manages the Gastineau Humane Society (GHS) shelter clinic. They will work in close cooperation with the partner Veterinarian(s) and GHS staff to provide high quality shelter medicine, surgery, treatment of all animals in the care of GHS.
The LVT/Clinic Director is responsible for managing the GHS Clinic to provide quality medical care while meeting budgetary restrictions. They must have strong initiative in collaborating within a multi-departmental team environment, working closely with all staff to efficiently manage the animal population within the shelter and to provide veterinary services to internal and external customers. The primary function of the position will be performing administration, coordination, and oversight of the GHS Clinic alongside our Partner Veterinarian(s); however, the LVT/Clinic Director will be ready to step in and perform hands-on primary care duties across the department as needed, in order to meet goals and maintain a high level of productivity, especially during periods of peak workload. They will supervise veterinary assistants and kennel technicians while they work in the clinic.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES includes the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Work closely with Veterinarian(s) to evaluate quality of life and capacity for care, weighing euthanasia options as necessary.
Maintain appropriate medical records for all animals within the shelter.
Work with Departmental Supervisors to perform daily inspection of shelter facilities to monitor the general health of shelter animals and to ensure that care and handling of animals is rendered in a safe, sanitary, and humane manner.
Perform basic clinical laboratory procedures, including obtaining samples as necessary and preparing medications as prescribed.
Assist the Veterinarian(s) in treating patients; assist in medical or surgical procedures such as irrigating wounds, administering medication, cleansing wounds, and bandaging.
Perform the full range of “tableside” assistance to the practitioners, including restraining animals for examination and treatment.
Stock clinic with necessary supplies and assure that drugs and equipment are ready.
Oversee and facilitate the administration of medications to in-house animals directly or indirectly through specially trained kennel technicians.
Be familiar with and enter proper charges and documentation in Point of Sale system.
Maintain Clinic inventory and accounting as necessary, including compiling inventory order list and logging inventory into animal database system.
Manage accounting with various vendors and ensure costs and price changes are updated on a consistent basis.
Work in partnership with Departmental Supervisors to ensure that records are properly maintained including: animal intake, disposition, adoption, euthanasia, and spay and neuter of shelter animals.
Manage the operation, staff, and programs of the GHS Clinic and work in cooperation with management to develop and implement goals, policies, improvements and efficiencies in standard operating procedures, management techniques, safety protocols, humane animal care and oversight.
Manage foster program, coordinating with foster families for veterinary visits, visits with potential adopters, etc.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Hold current license as a veterinary technician and complete all requirements to obtain and maintain licensure in the State of Alaska.
Demonstrated knowledge and ability to perform standard veterinary practices and procedures.
Proficiency in Windows, Word, Excel with knowledge of Point of Sale systems.
Supervisory experience, preferably in an animal-related field.
Strong communication skills, both verbal and written with ability to resolve conflict professionally.
Ability to solve problems and multi-task with an attention to detail.
Demonstrated self-Initiative with ability to work independently and in a team environment.
Proven capability to professionally and compassionately address client’s needs while maintaining confidentiality.
Ability to work weekends, evenings, holidays and special events, as needed and required.
Ability to interpret, explain, and ensure compliance with policies, procedures and regulations.
Knowledge of and/or ability to learn state and local laws, regulations, codes and ordinances relating to the proper treatment and sheltering of animals.
Proficiency in basic accounting skills and working within budgetary restrictions.
Demonstrates strong organizational, time management and administrative skills with the ability to set and meet deadlines while maintaining high productivity levels.
Must exhibit accountability, independent and sound judgment to identify problems, propose solutions and make decisions/recommendations to supervisors.
Ability to travel to training, engagements and educational events.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS & WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Work is performed in a shelter, office and occasional outdoor environment.
Ability to frequently climb, balance, bend, reach, stoop, squat, kneel, crouch and crawl.
Ability to stand for long periods, and perform moderately heavy physical labor.
Work is subject to frequent interruption.
Exposure to zoonotic disease, cleaning agents and allergens.
Subject to loud/frequent noise.
Subject to exposure of dangerous and fractious animals, animal bites and scratches.
Manage the mental and emotional stress that may accompany working in a shelter environment where animals are euthanized.
Ability to safely handle and restrain all types of domestic animals.
Be able to lift up to 50 lbs. unassisted.
Must have no serious allergies to dogs, cats, rabbits, birds or ferrets.
The LVT/Clinic Director must have at least 2 years supervisory experience in either the veterinary or animal welfare fields. State Veterinary Technician License (LVT) required with completion of Alaska State Veterinary Technician Licensure within 3 months of hiring.
The LVT/Clinic Director reports to the Deputy Director and Executive Director. Supervisory responsibility includes secondary supervision of approximately 2 other staff members, and occasional supervision of up to 10 other staff members.
EMPLOYMENT DISCLAIMER: This job description is not a contract. Management reserves the right to change the contents at any time. This organization complies with the guidelines set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, pregnancy or veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law. This organization is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Additional Salary Information: The Licensed Veterinary Technician/Clinic Director wage will be based on experience and qualifications. The wage range is $21/Hour -$25/Hour D.O.E., plus healthcare and retirement benefits.
About Gastineau Humane Society
The Gastineau Humane Society is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) open admission shelter. We partner with local veterinarians who provide veterinary oversight for all animals in the care of GHS. We also provide boarding, grooming, doggy daycare and limited clinic services to the public. Gastineau Humane Society is currently contracted by the City and Borough of Juneau, Alaska to provide Animal Control and Protection Services.