Animal Shelter Administrator

King County   Kent, WA   Full-time     Management
Posted on June 17, 2022
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Summary

Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) has an exciting opportunity for an Animal Shelter Administrator!

We are looking for someone who takes great interest in the health and wellbeing of animals and can also work considerately and effectively with their human owners. The Animal Shelter Administrator will be a leader in service excellence committed to building an enduring legacy of continuous improvement and employee engagement. This position will supervise a team of Animal Care Technicians and will report to the Animal Control Sergeant Lead.


ABOUT REGIONAL ANIMAL SERVICES OF KING COUNTY (RASKC):

RASKC provides animal services to 24 cities and unincorporated King County, this includes: rescuing stray, injured, neglected or abused pets; reuniting orphaned pets with families and/or helping them find forever homes through RASKC's pet adoption centers in Kent and Kirkland, including several other partner locations; providing pet licensing services; a wide array of volunteering opportunities and much more. King County is a national leader in improving animal outcomes as a municipal shelter, using data and model practices to achieve greater than 90% save rate.


Records and Licensing Services’ guiding principles and core values govern our roles and responsibilities as employees. We are actively seeking employees whose behavior is in alignment with our division’s core values of Collaboration, Service-Oriented, Results-Focused, Accountability, Innovation, Fair, Just, and Professional. 

SCOPE OF JOB DUTIES:  

In order to be considered minimally qualified for this role, you must demonstrate knowledge, skill and ability to perform the following:

  • Oversee and coordinate the daily shelter operations;
  • Supervise a team of Animal Care Technicians;
  • Provide daily direction to staff including assigning work;
  • Oversee animal flow within the shelter;
  • Respond to complaints that may be difficult and complex and determine course of action;
  • Safely handle aggressive, sick, injured or diseased animals;
  • Investigate impounded animals to locate owners;
  • Perform opening and closing of the facility, front desk, and all buildings.

Union Membership: This position is represented by Animal Control Officer Guild (ACOG).

 

WORK SCHEDULE:
Typical schedule will be 4/10hr days (7:30am-6:30pm) that may include a Saturday or Sunday. Schedules are subject to change. This full-time position is non-exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible. Overtime work may be required. Alternate shift work, including nights, weekends, holidays, as well as extended and/or flex scheduled work hours may be required to meet the operational business needs. 

The work associated with this position will primarily be performed onsite; this is not a telework position. Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements. 

WE ARE LOOKING FOR CANDIDATES WHO:

  • Have animal shelter experience
  • Have previous supervisory experience
  • Have customer service experience with diverse communities and populations
  • Have the ability to handle animals in a humane manner under a variety of conditions and are willing to vaccinate and euthanize animals as directed
  • Are experienced in animal handling and behavior assessment techniques, proper methods for the care and feeding of animals, cleaning of cages, kennels, and other areas
  • Are skilled in engaging and building relationships with colleagues, staff and community members
  • Can handle cash, accurately account for monies, licenses, and items subject to inventory and accurately make mathematical calculations and enter data
     

Position is open to all applicants. Vacancies that occur in the next 12 months can be filled with this recruitment.
 

NECESSARY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Washington State Driver’s License
  • The successful candidate must pass a pre-employment physical including the ability to perform moderate to difficult strenuous manual tasks including lifting animals weighing up to sixty (60) pounds on a frequent basis.
  • Have or be able to obtain a Euthanasia Drug Certification.

WHY KING COUNTY?

  • Competitive medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Wellness programs
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Employee giving program
  • And more! See the Benefits section of the job posting to see what else King County offers. 

COMMITMENT TO EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.


We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change.


To learn more, please visit: http://www.kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/equity-social-justice.aspx 


READY TO APPLY?
A completed King County Application is required. We highly recommend that you also provide a cover letter addressing why you want to work for RASKC and what it means to you to serve King County residents.
  
If you have any questions, please contact Lisa McFarlane at lisa.mcfarlane@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-2915.

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.


Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.


Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.


Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement

As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.


This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.


King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.


To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
 
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
 
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

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Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
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If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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