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Santa Barbara Campus

POSITION TITLE: Vice President of Finance
REPORTS TO: CEO
STATUS: Regular, Full-Time, Non-Exempt

Serving the animals and people of our community since 1887, Santa Barbara Humane is the largest nonprofit animal welfare organization in the county with a $5M annual budget, operating animal shelters and veterinary clinics in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria. Our mission is to be champions for animals and the people who love them.

As our Vice President of Finance, you will help maintain our already strong financial position in the nonprofit sector and move our organization into the future by leading our financial development. You will direct all aspects of accounting operations and partner with the leadership team in strategic planning and growth. 

To thrive in this job, you will need: 

  • A solid knowledge of finance and accounting principles
  • Project management and process improvement skills
  • An ability to interpret regulatory guidelines on government and grant funding

We are looking for a strong leader who is comfortable presenting complex financial data to a variety of stakeholders, as well as being capable of guiding the organization in developing a budget and a financial plan.

Santa Barbara Humane offers a competitive salary and generous benefit package. A full job description may be requested by emailing [email protected]

Interested in applying? Please complete the form below.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or physical requirements.  Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities for this job at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

POSITION TITLE: Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)
DEPARTMENT: Veterinary Clinic
REPORTS TO: Clinic Manager
STATUS: Regular, Full-Time, Non-Exempt
EFFECTIVE DATE: ASAP

SUMMARY:

The RVT is a California registered veterinary technician. Responsible for assisting SBHS veterinarians with multiple types of procedures. Provides the highest quality of care for animals in areas such as physical examinations, restraint, dental procedures, surgeries, immunizations, euthanasia, etc. Must have good customer service skills and demonstrated capability educating the public on animal health and treatment. Must maintain a positive and professional attitude while working with other employees, volunteers, visitors, and the public. Must support and advocate for the philosophy, programs, and policies of the Santa Barbara Humane Society.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Will work in all aspects of a high-volume, high-quality spay/neuter surgery clinic including prepping animals for surgery, administering and monitoring anesthesia, assisting veterinarians during surgery, and post-operative management of veterinary patients
  • Knowledge of anesthetic protocols, venipuncture, the ability to induce, etc.
  • Prioritizes the availability of shelter pets’ health status to make those animals available for adoption
  • Familiar with the use of medical equipment and tools like autoclaves, catheters, IVs, and monitors, anesthesia equipment, etc.
  • Demonstrates patience and tolerance with all animals and willingness to provide direct care to cats, dogs, and rabbits of all sizes and types and a desire to maintain a high level of care for all animals in order to assure their comfort and safety
  • Obtains and records patient histories
  • Collects specimens and performs routine laboratory procedures and tests in hematology, biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, urinalysis, and serology to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of animal health problems
  • Dispenses and administers medications, vaccines, serums, and treatments as prescribed by SBHS veterinarians
  • Administers fluids and blood products as prescribed by SBHS veterinarians
  • Administers and monitors anesthesia under the direction of a veterinarian
  • Provides specialized nursing care for injured or ill animals
  • Prepares patients, instruments, and equipment for surgery
  • Ensures that monitoring and support equipment such as anesthetic machines, cardiac monitors, and breathing apparatus are in good working condition
  • Assists in diagnostic, medical, and surgical procedures
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the procedures used for receiving, treating, and scheduling patients, for ordering medical supplies, and requesting laboratory tests
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the use, care, and storage of veterinary instruments, materials, and equipment
  • Demonstrates knowledge of sterilization techniques for various instruments and materials
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the instruments, materials, and standardized procedures used in the full variety of treatments to prepare and provide table-side assistance
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the principles and processes for providing client services, including client needs assessments, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of client satisfaction
  • Takes radiographs, positions patients correctly, takes proper measurements, and sets up equipment properly
  • Communicates with and educates pet owners about preventative health, such as spay and neuter options, vaccines, flea preventatives, heartworm preventatives, surgical procedures and post-operative procedures and instructions, medication instructions, and administration
  • Maintains knowledge of preventative healthcare recommendations to answer client questions, provides education on vaccines, flea and heartworm products, and assists in marketing veterinary services from which their pet would benefit, such as a dental cleaning, senior wellness, spay and neuter and boarding
  • Maintains the inventory of pharmaceuticals, equipment, and supplies
  • Cleans, maintains, and sterilizes instruments, equipment, and materials
  • Will work independently on assigned tasks as well as being given direction on how to complete certain assignments
  • Must employee critical thinking – understanding logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of proper protocols in the administration of controlled substances, and the most current protocols relating to communicable diseases
  • Promotes a highly efficient, client-centered environment and facilitates programs and processes that meet client needs
  • Maintains the practice philosophy for attracting new clients and retaining existing clients through good customer service skills
  • Helps to facilitate the resolution of client problems
  • Maintains a clean and sanitary facility that is visually appealing to clients and staff
  • Adheres to all safety and security regulations and training
  • Participates in meetings and responds to management communications as required
  • Understands and demonstrates that regular attendance and timeliness are essential
  • Promotes cooperative working environments among shelter departments and staff members; understands the value of teamwork; shows enthusiasm and willingness to perform as necessary to help the clinic function as a unit.
  • Communicates objectives, motivates staff, builds and maintains morale
  • Knowledgeable regarding related federal and state animal health laws and regulations including OSHA and DEA. Ensures that the clinic and its employees are in compliance with regulations, and inform the Clinic Manager and Director of Veterinary Services of any regulatory issues

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Valid Registered Veterinary Technician License from the California state board
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Some teaching experience highly desirable
  • Must be able to work with people from a variety of backgrounds who may have different orientations to animals due to cultural traditions
  • Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of commercial clinic and shelter software

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • Previous work in animal welfare/shelter/high volume clinic

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • This position requires some weekend and evening work. The current clinic schedule is Tuesday – Saturday
  • Work is performed within an animal shelter where loud noises, disease, and exposure to hazards are possible
  • Physical requirements may include: bending, standing for long periods, stooping, reaching, and other physical demands
  • Must be able to safely restrain large and/or agitated animals
  • Frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Occasionally handle dogs weighing up to and over 150 pounds. Assistance will be provided when working with larger animals

COMPETENCIES:

  • Attendance & Dependability – Is consistently at work and on time. Follows instructions and responds to management direction. Provides consistent, timely, high-quality work. Follows through on commitments. Uses time efficiently. Takes responsibility for own actions.
  • Customer Service – Treats customers (internal and external) with respect and courtesy. Shows interest in, anticipates, and responds timely to customer needs and concerns. Goes beyond basic service expectations to help customers. Responds appropriately to and resolves difficult and emotional situations. Seeks ways to improve service delivery.
  • Diversity – Enthusiastically works with all employees, regardless of race, gender, culture, and age. Values contributions of people from diverse backgrounds. Demonstrates respect for the opinions and ideas of others. Shows awareness of and sensitivity to cultural and individual values.
  • Ethics – Respects and maintains confidentiality. Tells the truth and is honest in all dealings. Avoids situations and actions considered inappropriate or which present a conflict of interest. Upholds organizational values. Does not misrepresent self or use position or authority for personal gain.
  • Teamwork – Listens and responds constructively to others’ views. Gives and welcomes feedback. Provides assistance to others when they need it. Shares expertise. Acknowledges others’ efforts and contributions. Puts success of team above own interests. Creates a positive work environment.
  • Communication – Expresses self—orally and in writing—in a manner that is clear, well organized, and appropriate to the situation. Uses appropriate grammar, punctuation/spelling, and tone. Listens carefully and sincerely considers others’ ideas. Maintains confidentiality and expresses good judgment about what to say and when to say it. Keeps others informed.
  • Customer Service – Treats customers (internal and external) with respect and courtesy. Shows interest in, anticipates, and responds timely to customer needs and concerns. Goes beyond basic service expectations to help customers. Responds appropriately to and resolves difficult and emotional situations. Seeks ways to improve service delivery.
  • Judgment – Gathers data and others’ input as appropriate when making decisions and handling diverse situations. Considers cost, organizational resources, and efficiency, as well as both long- and short-term outcomes. Can explain the rationale for a decision. Observes safety and security procedures; Uses equipment and materials properly. Recognizes when to consult higher-level management.
  • Problem Solving – Identifies problems in a timely manner. Gathers and analyzes factors or causes. Generates and evaluates alternative solutions. Implement plans to solve problems. Assesses the effectiveness of intervention.

Interested in applying? Please complete the form below.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or physical requirements.  Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities for this job at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

POSITION TITLE: Veterinary Assistant
DEPARTMENT: Veterinary Clinic
REPORTS TO: Clinic Manager
STATUS: Regular, Full-Time, Non-Exempt
EFFECTIVE DATE: February 1, 2019

SUMMARY: Responsible for customer service and assisting the clinic team with animal care and with multiple types of procedures. Provides the highest quality of care for animals in areas such as physical examinations, dental procedures, surgeries, immunizations, euthanasia, etc. Must demonstrate excellent customer service skills, including returning phone calls, scheduling appointments, checking animals into the clinic, and releasing pets to their owners after procedures/surgeries. Educates the public on animal health, procedures, medications, and treatment. Maintains a positive and professional attitude with other employees, volunteers, visitors, vendors, and clients. Must support and advocate for the philosophy, programs, and policies of Santa Barbara Humane Society.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Humanely restrain animals for exams and related procedures
  • Comfortable with the use of safety equipment for fractious or feral animals
  • Assists and/or performs medical tasks including blood draws, medicating animals, implanting microchips and vaccines
  • Administers pharmaceuticals via subcutaneous & intramuscular routes.
  • Assists with the movement of animals for surgery
  • Demonstrates patience and tolerance with all animals and willingness to provide direct care to cats, dogs, and rabbits of all sizes and types, and a desire to maintain a high level of care for all animals in order to assure their comfort and safety
  • Ensures that all incoming surgery animals and their records and kennels/cages are labeled
  • Performs associated established duties according to daily, weekly, and monthly surgery schedules
  • Performs associated surgical duties related to animal prep
  • Maintains sterile field in all surgical aspects according to protocol
  • Performs anesthetic monitoring of animals in surgery
  • Responsible for maintaining surgical packs and restocking surgery area with all supplies
  • Ensures a safe and disease-free environment.
  • Maintains daily cleanliness and sanitation of:
    • Clinic work areas (vacuuming, mopping, wiping down all counters, etc.)
    • Equipment
    • Surgery animal living quarters (cleaning and resetting cages)
  • Performs laundry duties (washing, drying, folding and proper storage of clinic laundry)
  • Informs veterinarians and/or Clinic Manager of any abnormal behavior, illness, disease, or injury
  • Performs clinic clerical duties such as answering phones, scheduling appointments, providing health certificates, and checking out customers
  • Promotes a highly efficient, client-centered environment and facilitates programs and processes to meet client needs
  • Maintains the practice philosophy for attracting new clients and retaining existing clients through good customer service skills
  • Helps to facilitate the resolution of client problems
  • Maintains a facility visually appealing to client and staff
  • Adheres to all safety and security regulations and training
  • Arrives on time and prepared for work
  • Demonstrates a positive, team-oriented attitude and communicates in a respectful manner
  • Participates in staff training and meetings and responds to management communications as required
  • Promotes cooperative working environment among shelter departments and staff members; understands the value of teamwork; shows enthusiasm and willingness to perform as necessary to help the clinic function as a unit
  • Knowledgeable regarding related federal and state animal health laws and regulations including OSHA and DEA
  • Carries out other duties as assigned by the Director of Veterinary Services or Clinic Manager, including but not limited to administering medications and treatments to shelter animals, assisting with routine medical exams, and assisting other departments as needed

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum of 1 year in related field – Previous work in an animal shelter and/or veterinary clinic preferred
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Must be able to work with people from a variety of backgrounds who may have different orientations to animals due to cultural traditions
  • Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient use of commercial clinic and shelter software preferred
  • Excellent animal handling skills

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • Previous work in animal welfare/shelter/high volume clinic

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • This position requires some weekend and evening work
  • Work is performed within an animal shelter where loud noises, disease, and exposure to hazards are possible
  • Physical requirements may include: bending, standing for long periods, stooping, reaching, and other physical demands
  • Must be able to safely restrain large and/or agitated animals
  • Frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Occasionally handle dogs weighing up to and over 150 pounds. Assistance will be provided when working with larger animals

COMPETENCIES:

  • Attendance & Dependability – Is consistently at work and on time. Follows instructions and responds to management direction. Provides consistent, timely, high-quality work. Follows through on commitments. Uses time efficiently. Takes responsibility for own actions.
  • Customer Service – Treats customers (internal and external) with respect and courtesy. Shows interest in, anticipates, and responds timely to customer needs and concerns. Goes beyond basic service expectations to help customers. Responds appropriately to and resolves difficult and emotional situations. Seeks ways to improve service delivery.
  • Diversity – Enthusiastically works with all employees, regardless of race, gender, culture, and age. Values contributions of people from diverse backgrounds. Demonstrates respect for the opinions and ideas of others. Shows awareness of and sensitivity to cultural and individual values.
  • Ethics – Respects and maintains confidentiality. Tells truth and is honest in all dealings. Avoids situations and actions considered inappropriate or which present a conflict of interest. Upholds organizational values. Does not misrepresent self or use position or authority for personal gain.
  • Teamwork – Listens and responds constructively to others’ views. Gives and welcomes feedback. Provides assistance to others when they need it. Shares expertise. Acknowledges others’ effort and contribution. Puts success of team above own interests. Creates a positive work environment.
  • Communication – Expresses self—orally and in writing—in a manner that is clear, well organized, and appropriate to the situation. Uses appropriate grammar, punctuation/spelling, and tone. Listens carefully and sincerely considers others’ ideas. Maintains confidentiality and expresses a good judgment about what to say and when to say it. Keeps others informed.
  • Customer Service – Treats customers (internal and external) with respect and courtesy. Shows interest in, anticipates, and responds timely to customer needs and concerns. Goes beyond basic service expectations to help customers. Responds appropriately to and resolves difficult and emotional situations. Seeks ways to improve service delivery.
  • Judgment – Gathers data and others’ input as appropriate when making decisions and handling diverse situations. Considers cost, organizational resources, and efficiency, as well as both long- and short-term outcomes. Can explain the rationale for a decision. Observes safety and security procedures; Uses equipment and materials properly. Recognizes when to consult higher-level management.
  • Problem Solving – Identifies problems in a timely manner. Gathers and analyzes factors or causes. Generates and evaluates alternative solutions. Implements plan to solve problems. Assesses the effectiveness of intervention.

Interested in applying? Please complete the form below.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or physical requirements. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities for this job at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

POSITION TITLE: Animal & Client Care Specialist

The Santa Barbara Humane Society, Santa Barbara Campus is accepting applications for Animal & Client Care Specialist. This is a full-time, non-exempt position with a starting pay of $14.00 per hour, plus excellent benefits.

Animal & Client Care Specialists provide all aspects of daily animal care and client service. Daily duties may include assisting clients with adoptions, retail sales, and animal intake; feeding animals and providing enrichment; and kennel sanitation duties.

Must be able to work weekend and holiday shifts. The ideal candidate has paid or volunteer experience in an animal shelter, boarding facility, or veterinary hospital and enjoys performing a variety of duties in a busy work environment.

Full-time employees of Santa Barbara Humane Society are currently eligible for 100% employer- paid health, vision, dental, and long-term disability insurance benefits. We also offer a 401k plan, paid vacation and sick time, and discounts on veterinary treatment for employee’s pets.

Interested in applying? Please complete the form below.

This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change, for example, emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological breakdown.

Santa Maria Campus

POSITION TITLE: Animal & Client Care Specialist

The Santa Barbara Humane Society, Santa Maria Campus is accepting applications for Animal & Client Care Specialist. This is a full-time, non-exempt position with a starting pay of $14.00 per hour, plus excellent benefits.

Animal & Client Care Specialists provide all aspects of daily animal care and client service. Daily duties may include assisting clients with adoptions, retail sales, and animal intake; feeding animals and providing enrichment; and kennel sanitation duties.

Must be able to work weekend and holiday shifts. The ideal candidate has paid or volunteer experience in an animal shelter, boarding facility, or veterinary hospital and enjoys performing a variety of duties in a busy work environment.

Full-time employees of Santa Barbara Humane Society are currently eligible for 100% employer- paid health, vision, dental, and long-term disability insurance benefits. We also offer a 401k plan, paid vacation and sick time, and discounts on veterinary treatment for employee’s pets.

Interested in applying? Please complete the form below.

This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change, for example, emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological breakdown.

Both Campuses

POSITION TITLE: Staff Veterinarian, Santa Barbara and Santa Maria Campuses
DEPARTMENT: Veterinary Clinic
REPORTS TO: VP, Veterinary Medicine 
STATUS: Regular, Full-Time, Exempt
EFFECTIVE DATE: May 1, 2021

SUMMARY: The Staff Veterinarian is responsible for providing quality healthcare to the animals at the Santa Barbara Humane Society public clinic and shelter medicine including diagnosis and treatment of animals throughout the shelter and public wellness clinic, caring for sick and injured animals, surgically sterilizing adoptable animals and animals owned by the public, performing emergency surgical procedures as required. The position will cover shifts at both campus locations – Santa Barbara and Santa Maria. The Staff Veterinarian is required to support and advocate for the philosophy, programs, and policies of Santa Barbara Humane Society.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Follow all protocols and procedures set by the VP, Veterinary Medicine.
  • Perform 10-20 high volume spay/neuter surgeries daily and additional surgery as needed. Additional surgeries include but are not limited to dentistry, enucleations, exploratory laparotomies, tumor removal, amputations, etc.
  • Diagnose and monitor the conditions of animals in the shelter and address any conditions which would warrant care, perform daily rounds in the shelter and clinic.
  • Educate technicians to screen for signs of disease and/or illness in animals visiting the vaccination clinic and provide appropriate recommendations. 
  • Perform physical examinations, diagnosis, and recommend treatments for public animals during Wellness Clinics. 
  • Maintain comprehensive computerized medical records on ShelterLuv for medical management and surveillance of illness within the shelter.
  • Maintain comprehensive computerized medical and surgical records on ClinicHQ for public animals.
  • Adhere to a comprehensive health care program with the following components: environmental sanitation, record-keeping, disease surveillance, physical examinations, vaccination, parasite control, disease testing, disease treatment, surgery, nutrition, outbreak response, and environmental enrichment for animals in the shelter and in foster homes.
  • Always promote a caring attitude toward all animals and treat them humanely and compassionately, regardless of circumstances, including those that are sick, injured, feral or aggressive.
  • In cooperation with all departments, ensure compliance with government agencies including OSHA, Santa Barbara Department of Animal Control, the California Department of Agriculture, and the California Veterinary Medical Board (CVMB).  
  • Ensure appropriate vaccination recommendations are being made, in accordance with standards set by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and American Associate of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).
  • Follow operations in compliance with standards set by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians 2016 Medical Care Guidelines for Spay/Neuter Programs.
  • Maintain appropriate surgical and anesthesia records in compliance with the CVMB.
  • Order and maintain appropriate records of all controlled substances, in compliance with the CVMB and Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA).
  • Ensure appropriate vaccination recommendations are being made, in accordance with standards set by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and American Associate of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the VP, Veterinary Medicine.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • DVM degree from an accredited university with a California veterinary license or ability to obtain a California license within 30 days
  • Experience with high volume spay/neuter clinic and dentistry desired
  • Experience working in an animal shelter, high volume spay/neuter clinic or TNR program desired
  • Experience with high volume wellness services, vaccination clinic program, and herd health

COMPETENCIES:

  • Diversity – Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.
  • Ethics – Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
  • Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures.
  • Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.
  • Delegation – Delegates work assignments; Matches the responsibility to the person; Gives authority to work independently; Sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; Provides recognition for results.
  • Judgement – Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.
  • Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.
  • Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Teamwork – Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Possession of a valid California driver’s license and driving record acceptable to Santa Barbara Humane Society’s insurance carrier. May drive company vehicle in performance of company business.
  • Must be able to lift/carry 40 lbs. or more.
  • Work is completed in an clinic within an animal shelter.

Interested in applying? Please complete the form below.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or physical requirements. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities for this job at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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