Employment

Our employees make a difference! We have many opportunities throughout the year for dedicated, passionate people who want to make a difference in the lives of thousands of animals and touch the lives of countless families.

 

Current Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

Adoption Counselor

Job Title:                  Adoption Counselor

Department:           Adoptions

FLSA Status:           Non Exempt PT

Reports To:             Director of Adoption and Placement Services

General Scope:

The Adoption Counselor is responsible for matching cats and dogs with good homes both at the Adoption Center and at off-site adoption events, while creating a positive experience for prospective adopters. Additionally, the counselor will advise people about standard animal care and training. This is a part-time position for approximately 1-3 shifts per week, on average, for approximately 8-20 total hours, with the possibility of additional hours in the future. Saturday availability is a must.

 

Essential Function/Major Responsibilities:

  • Providing high quality customer service to people who visit or call SICSA.
  • Actively reaching out to and interacting with the general public, specifically talking with prospective adopters to find out what they are looking for in a pet.
  • Interacting with and getting to know the animals in order to talk intelligently about the animals’ personalities and behavior traits with prospective adopters.
  • Helping people through the adoption process; sharing information about animal care and behavior; reviewing adoption applications; interviewing applicants in a conversational way; making decisions to finalize or deny an adoption; and communicating with the applicant in such a manner that maintains a courteous and friendly attitude, even when declining a request.
  • Following up on completed adoptions by phone or e-mail.
  • Working the front desk; tasks include answering phones, assisting customers, operating cash register, and assisting with administrative tasks as needed.
  • Willingness and ability to learn the computer program used to track and adopt animals.
  • Willingness and ability to learn about cat and dog behavior, common issues, and ways to address them in order to make good adoption matches and to keep animals in their homes.
  • Cleaning animal areas, front office, and equipment as needed; including spot cleaning of animal rooms and kennels and public areas throughout the day.
  • Transporting animals, cages, and other equipment to and from off-site events.
  • Treating all animals humanely, properly, and with compassion at all times, regardless of the situation or circumstance, and promoting a humane and caring attitude toward all animals.
  • Maintaining a friendly demeanor and providing good customer service while assisting with adoptions.
  • Working courteously and cooperatively with other staff members and volunteers.
  • Filling in for other areas and performing other tasks and functions as needed, including helping out at special events.

Specific Qualities and Job Skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills. The ideal person for this job would be personable, outgoing, patient, professional, and able to get along well with a variety of people.
  • Ability to accept criticism with poise and deal with high stress situations calmly and effectively.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Affection for animals, concern for their welfare, and a willingness to accommodate animals in the work place.
  • Strong initiative and ability to work with minimal supervision and direction.
  • Maturity, good judgment, and a professional personal appearance.
  • Ability to read, write, and understand English.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and the flexibility necessary for a dynamic work environment.
  • The ability to remain pleasant and calm even in stressful situations.
  • The ability to ask appropriate questions to gather information, along with the ability to feel and show empathy for others.
  • The ability to turn people down, firmly when necessary, without becoming aggressive or unpleasant.
  • The ability to learn about and understand each animal as an individual with his or her own personality, bad habits, past experiences, etc.
  • Familiarity with animals; knowledge of and/or experience with animal behavior; and volunteer or work experience with foster care, a rescue group, humane society, or other animal welfare agency is a plus.
  • Comfort and ability to work with animals of unknown disposition and those who may exhibit medical and other problems, as well as aggressive tendencies.

 

Physical Requirements

  • Physical ability to walk and/or stand on your feet throughout a normal workday required.
  • Physical ability to engage in repetitive motions of legs, arms, and hands; to hear, to see, and to move animals and goods.
  • Allergic conditions, which would be aggravated when handling or working with animals, may be a disqualification.

 

Other Requirements:

  • High school graduation, plus two years of work or volunteer experience working with the public, preferably working with animals.
  • Availability: the SICSA Adoption Center is open seven days a week and weekends are often required.
  • Availability and willingness to work a flexible schedule are a must.
  • Must be able to pass driving approval with insurance company.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to jsullivan@sicsa.org. 

Internships

Marketing / Graphic Design Intern
Job Title:                    Graphic Design Intern Compensation:        Unpaid Timeframe:               Up to 10 hours per week, January 1 – May 30 Reports to:                Marketing Coordinator     The SICSA Pet Adoption Center is seeking a graphic design intern to assist in the development and implementation of promotional campaigns aimed at increasing community engagement and helping SICSA save more animal lives. This is a temporary, unpaid, part-time position from January 1 – May 30     Responsibilities:
  • Design clear and engaging graphic communications for print and internet use
  • Work closely with Philanthropy department to translate messaging concepts into effective marketing materials
  • Design promotional materials in a look consistent with SICSA’s branding
  • Assist in development and implementation of graphic projects in social media initiatives, utilizing platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Instagram, WordPress, Vimeo, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, and Reddit to promote adoptable animals and SICSA programs/events
  • Assist with other areas of Philanthropy when needed
    Qualifications/Requirements:
  • Must be a high-energy, creative, and enthusiastic team player
  • Excellent communication skills, great attention to detail, and strong written communication skills
  • Willingness to learn and ability to take direction and feedback
  • Solid organization and prioritizing abilities
  • Flexible with schedule and in a fast-paced work environment; able to identify challenges and come up with solutions quickly and effectively
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team to accomplish tasks within a designated timeframe
  • Must have a philosophy consistent with the Mission, Vision, and Core Values of the organization
  • Access to a computer with graphic design and layout software is preferred but not required
    Education and/or Experience:
  • Pursuing a degree or having 1-2 years’ experience in graphic design, marketing, or communications
  • Must be proficient in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and/or Photoshop
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • Extensive experience with social media required
  • Photography experience a plus
    How to Apply: All interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Lindsey Hasbrouck, Marketing Coordinator, lhasbrouck@sicsa.org, or mail to SICSA Pet Adoption Center, ATTN: Lindsey Hasbrouck, 2600 Wilmington Pike, Kettering, OH 45419.
Development Intern

Job Title:                 Development Intern

Compensation:     Unpaid

Time Frame:          August 2017 – December 2017

Reports To:            Development Coordinator/Philanthropy Manager

 

General Scope: Responsible for assisting in the development and execution of multiple initiatives within  the SICSA Pet Adoption Center’s annual fundraising strategy, including major events, sponsorship solicitation,  and all third-party/community fundraising projects. The position reports to the Development Coordinator and works closely with many departments, including Volunteers and Marketing. 

Essential Function/Major Responsibilities:

 

  • Help plan, promote, and coordinate SICSA’s annual major fundraising events, including The Cat’s Meow, A Night to Remember and other fundraising events.
  • Assist in the recruiting, training, and thanks needed for special event and development volunteers and committee members.
  • Works closely with the Philanthropy team to increase income through existing programs, including workplace giving, matching gift programs, kennel sponsorship, and more.
  • Supports other SICSA Events and Activities as needed/requested/designated, particularly in the Philanthropy department.

 

Specific Job Skills:

 

  • Must be a high-energy, creative, and enthusiastic team player
  • Excellent communication skills, great attention to detail, and strong written communication skills
  • Willingness to learn and ability to take direction and feedback
  • Solid organization and prioritizing abilities
  • Must be comfortable making phone calls, speaking with strangers, and talking with large groups.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team to accomplish tasks within a designated timeframe
  • Must have a philosophy consistent with the Mission, Vision, and Core Values of the organization

 

Education and/or Experience:

  • Must be pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree or higher.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Samantha Lake, Development Coordinator at slake@sicsa.org

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