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Animal Shelter Administrator

King County Department of Human Resources
Kent, WA Full-time
Posted on December 3, 2019

Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) is seeking dynamic and experienced Animal Shelter Administrators!
Are you someone who takes great interest in the health and wellbeing of animals and can also work considerately and effectively with their human owners? Are you interested in being a leader in service excellence, committed to building an enduring legacy of continuous improvement and employee engagement? Are you a team player?
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 a 93% save rate in 2018.
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: To be considered for this opportunity, you must at a minimum demonstrate skill and ability to: 

  • Oversee and coordinate the daily shelter operations;
  • 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.
We are looking for candidates who:
  • Have animal shelter experience;
  • 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;
  • Interested in working directly with our diverse community, providing quality customer service by responding to resident inquiries and problems using effective listening and clear communication;
  • Are able to maintain composure under difficult and stressful situations;
  • Can handle cash, accurately account for monies, licenses, and items subject to inventory and accurately make mathematical calculations and enter data;
  • Are skilled in engaging and building relationships with colleagues, staff and community members; and
  • Are passionate about teamwork!
  • 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.
  • Our successful candidate must be able to work mandatory overtime, after hours, weekends, and holidays.
  • This position is represented by the Animal Control Officers Guild.
Are you ready to apply?
The recruitment for this position is open to all applicants. 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 Romey Stalvey, Sr. HR Analyst, by e-mail at , or by phone at 206-263-5755.
King County is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and we encourage people of color, women, veterans and people with disabilities to apply.

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.