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Events and Communications Manager

Job Summary:

Under the direction of the Development Director, the Events and Communications Manager is responsible for developing and presenting the public face of Animal Protection Society of Durham (APS) to the community, donors and businesses. This position will develop, improve and implement all outreach, events coordination, communications and marketing activities for APS. This includes the APS website, social media, print advertisements and materials, school group presentations and tours, the APS booth at community events, and oversight of the Education and Outreach volunteer committee. This position offers a competitive salary, full health insurance and other benefits, including reduced fee pet care. We feature a pleasant, professional yet casual working environment.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Implement the APS of Durham public relations and marketing programs to assure the fulfillment of the APS of Durham mission.
  • Generate public awareness of APS of Durham through press releases, interaction with the media, assist in the development of goal-oriented marketing messages and coordinate public displays both within and outside the shelter.
  • Responsible for content oversight, implementation and daily management of APS of Durham’s online marketing and social media initiatives.
  • Maintenance of the APS website, including graphics, announcements, articles and up-to-date content and events.
  • Write, edit and design print material such as brochures, fliers, other informational materials and news releases.
  • Implement educational programs that will reach a variety of audiences and age groups, focusing on responsible pet care and the humane treatment of animals.
  • Organize, manage, field calls/email inquiries for and promote community events (annual gala, walk, workplace events, wellness days, vaccine clinics, and spay/neuter events).
  • Lead in the planning and implementation of marketing for adoption and fundraising events.
  • Research and write educational articles for APS of Durham key educational messages and newsletters (About APS of Durham/Community Resources, APS Adoption Program, Spay/Neuter, Responsible Pet Ownership, and Humane/Positive Training) and distribute via APS website, mass email, social media and local news outlets.
  • Assist with the content development of annual solicitations and direct mail campaigns.
  • Create or assist with the creation of education materials offered in APS Adoption Packets.
  • Responsible for print production of materials, which include brochures, pamphlets, information sheets and flyers, banners, posters to ensure all meet style and brand guidelines for consistency through all forms of media.
  • Works well with volunteers on administrative, events and marketing activities and projects.
  • Other duties as assigned by the APS Development Director.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Ability to work Monday through Friday in the office, during business hours, plus occasional evenings and weekends as needed for meetings and events.
  • Professionalism, initiative, resourcefulness, dependability, and flexibility.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Exceptional skill in professional writing and design.
  • Strong work ethic and ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to comfortably give presentations to small or large groups.
  • Event planning or related experience.
  • Excellent organizational, time and project management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and problem solving skills, with the ability to manage multiple and shifting priorities and projects.
  • Extensive experience with social media and marketing.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite required. Knowledge of publishing software and mass email programs like iContact is a plus.
  • Experience and comfort level in working with donors and the public.
  • Ability to exercise good judgement, maturity and professionalism at all times.
  • Passion for and commitment to the mission and values of APS of Durham.
  • Knowledge and commitment to animal welfare issues.

Education:  Bachelor’s Degree in marketing, communications, public policy, education, English, journalism or other related field.

Experience:  At least one year experience in marketing, community outreach or public relations. Prior experience working with nonprofit organizations is a plus.

To Apply:  Submit a cover letter and resume to Place the position title in the subject line. Resumes will be accepted through December 18th or until the position is filled.


Volunteer, Foster & Placement Partner Manager

Job Summary: This position is responsible for overseeing the administration of the volunteer program, managing a volunteer database and serving as primary contact to volunteers. This includes management of APS Foster and Placement Partner Programs.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manage all volunteer activity of more than 200 active volunteers.
  • Serve as primary contact for existing and potential volunteers.
  • Motivate, evaluate and recognize volunteers and foster positive experiences for volunteers.
  • Liaise with APS management to assess volunteer needs and match volunteers with opportunities that suit their skills and serve the organization.
  • Create, edit and/or update volunteer program materials (policies and procedures, applications, agreements, handbooks, role descriptions, orientations, trainings, etc.).
  • Manage the volunteer database.
  • Organize and host volunteer orientations.
  • Schedule and oversee volunteer training.
  • Track and assess volunteer statistics.
  • Recruit rescue groups for our Placement Partner program, maintain Placement Partner database and coordinate the transfer of animals in our program to Placement Partners.
  • Recruit, orient and train foster volunteers, arrange placement of animals into foster homes and oversee all foster activity, including promotion of fostered animals.
  • Other duties as assigned by the APS Executive Director.

 Typical Qualifications:

  • Professionalism, initiative, resourcefulness, dependability, and flexibility.
  • Detail-oriented and organized.
  • Strong verbal and written communication.
  • Willingness and aptitude to learn how to administer volunteer database.
  • Strong work ethic and ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Commitment to honesty, integrity, and confidentiality.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize.
  • Enthusiasm for helping and working with people of diverse backgrounds and ability to work cooperatively with different types of personalities.
  • The ability to communicate with, supervise and motivate volunteers to be effective in their roles.
  • Ability to maintain a pleasant, professional manner in the midst of tense or adverse situations.
  • Passion for the mission of the APS of Durham.
  • Knowledge and commitment to animal welfare issues.

Education:  High school diploma; Bachelors degree a plus. Equivalent combination of education and experience accepted.

Experience:  At least one year of management or leadership experience required. Prior work with nonprofit organizations a plus.

Computer Skills:  Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications required.  Experience with mass email programs like IContact a plus.

To Apply:  Submit your Resume and Cover Letter to  The position will be open until filled.


Volunteers are vital to the lives of homeless pets in Durham. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering at APS of Durham, please click here.