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We are currently seeking an Animal Technician, Veterinary Assistant, Finance Director, and Customer Service Representative. Job descriptions outlined below.

Animal Care Technician

Job Summary :

To perform all the necessary functions in maintaining the shelter in a thoroughly clean and sanitary manner. To ensure that all sheltered animals are provided the best possible care and attention.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following . Other duties may be assigned.

· Provide humane care for all animals in the APS of Durham care

· Clean and disinfect all animal areas as necessary to maintain a safe and sanitary environment

· To assist with the Unloading of Animal Services Officers (ASO) trucks

· Feed and ensure water is available at all times for all animals

· Unload, store and restock Animal Care Department supplies

· Perform vaccinations on intake of animals

· Assist with Euthanasia of animals

· Dispose of deceased animals

· Perform light maintenance and other janitorial duties

· Assist with the washing and maintain of laundry

· Assist in the training of new staff

· Provide assistance to other departments as assigned

· Perform other duties as assigned to ensure a positive public image, enhance the operation of the organization and improve the quality of life for animals

Qualifications :

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience : High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Computer Skills : To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Chameleon database software or become proficient within the first six months from hire date. Basic knowledge, or become proficient with Microsoft Office and computer keyboarding skills (data entry).

Physical Demands : The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear or smell. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50-75 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment :

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, zoonotic disease, exposure to aggressive/feral animals and toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

To apply please send cover letter and resume to with the position title in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Veterinary Assistant

Job Summary:

To assist with providing veterinary medical services to animals at the Durham County Animal Shelter. This includes animal restraint and handling, basic animal care, assisting with medical and surgical procedures, administering medication, record keeping, laboratory testing, and equipment maintenance.

Duties and Responsibilities:

· Restraint of animals for medical exams and procedures

· Care of animals in medical areas (feeding, cleaning, monitoring, etc.)

· Care of small animal species (rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents, reptiles, birds, exotics, etc). Includes initial set up, cage cleaning, feeding, maintaining medical records, etc.

· Bring animals to and from kennels to medical areas

· Clean, stock and prepare surgery room and equipment

· Clean, wrap, sterilize and maintain surgical instruments and packs

· Induce, maintain and monitor anesthesia

· Recover anesthetized patients

· Maintain medical records, drug logs and medication sheets

· Maintain inventory, order and stock supplies

· Collect blood, urine, and fecal samples

· Perform, interpret and record results of basic laboratory tests (fecal flotation, heartworm tests, FeLV/FIV tests)

· Administer vaccines

· Administer oral and injectable medications.

· Implant microchips

· Perform euthanasia (training and certification provided)

Qualifications and Skills:

· Exceptional and compassionate animal care skills

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills

· Experience in animal restraint and handling

· Knowledge of common medical and behavioral issues for animals

· Knowledge of basic shelter standards of care

· Close attention to detail and cleanliness

· Ability to learn new skills effectively

· Ability to work and thrive in an open intake shelter setting

Education and Experience:

· Minimum of high school diploma

· Additional education preferred

· Previous experience as a veterinary technician highly desired

· Previous animal shelter experience highly desired

To apply please send cover letter and resume to with the position title in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Finance Director

Job Summary:

The APS of Durham is looking to expand its team, which includes a diverse group of Animal Welfare Professionals.  We are seeking a Finance Director to lead the financial operations for our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Durham, NC.

The Finance Director will work closely with the Executive Director and Finance Committee in determining long-term financial goals and developing strategies to achieve the financial objectives of the Animal Protection Society of Durham. This is a tremendous opportunity for a finance leader to maximize and strengthen the internal controls of a well-respected organization.

The Finance Director will manage the organization’s financial operations, including oversight of accounts payable and receivable, budgeting, production of financial statements and reports, and advisement of the senior management team on financial decisions. The Finance Director is responsible for monitoring and maintaining internal controls, while overseeing financial systems and related compliance requirements.

Details on the specific responsibilities and minimum qualifications are provided below. Before proceeding, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do you thrive in a dynamic environment where you are responsible for running an efficient finance operation and developing long-term financial goals and the strategies to reach them?
  2. Are you able to translate financial concepts to colleagues and Board Members who do not necessarily have a finance background?
  3. Are you passionate about contributing to real and significant improvements in the animal welfare profession?

If you’ve answered “yes” to each question, read on!

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Direct the day-to-day accounting operations including oversight of accounts payable and receivable, and maintenance of the general ledger
  • Prepare, analyze and present financial reports (income statements and balance sheets) in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements to the Executive Director, the Finance Committee and Board of Directors
  • Lead the annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the Executive Director and Finance Committee.
  • Administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes and produce monthly budget versus actual reports
  • Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting
  • Oversee audit and tax functions, coordinate activities with outside audit/accounting firms and review firms’ performance
  • Develop appropriate investment strategies and oversee their implementation
  • Produce financial reports for foundations and funder grants; maintain shared grant reporting calendar due dates and submissions, including all required financial deliverables as stated per grant awards and contracts
  • Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices; help develop and periodically update the organization’s accounting manual
  • Assist with health insurance enrollment, cancellation and maintenance
  • Assist with HRA duties as assigned by the Executive Director. For example, maintaining and updating employee files, including tax forms, identification and employee notes
  • Remain up to date on best practices in nonprofit finance, business systems and internal control measures, as well as state and federal law regarding nonprofit operations

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or related field required; MBA/CPA preferred
  • 5+ years relevant work experience as a senior accountant or equivalent; experience in non-profit accounting required (e.g. revenue recognition, public support testing, 990 reporting)
  • Working knowledge of GAAP, audits, and other regulatory requirements in the financial field
  • Expert computer skills, including Microsoft Office, with advanced proficiency in Excel and QuickBooks
  • Demonstrated success in a fast-paced environment
  • The ability to work independently
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Superior written and verbal communications skills

It is not intended that the above listed duties reflect every job duty, responsibility, or task that the employee may be called upon to perform. The employee is expected to perform all job-related duties and tasks assigned by the Executive Director.

Interested candidates should e-mail resume and cover letter to; please also include contact information should we wish to schedule an interview.

To apply please send cover letter and resume to with the position title in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Customer Service Representative

Job Summary:

This position is to serve as the primary contact for the public for all shelter operations. This includes processing adoptions and redemptions as well as providing animal education and outreach.

Duties & Responsibilities:

· Provide an accurate inventory of animals within the shelter before each business day

· Check the general voicemail and adopt email daily

· Answer phones before and during open hours

· Responsible for the entire adoption process including but not limited to; reviewing adoption applications, communicating with potential adopters ,arranging visitations and filling out paperwork

· Provide counseling and education for the public including general care information, any known history on APS animals, information on acclimating an animal to a new home, training advice, potential health and behavior issues, and responsible pet ownership.

· Assist the public with redeeming their pet from the shelter, including arranging viewing of the stray animals and discussing redemption paperwork and fees.

· Review lost and found requests for the APS website.

· Complete data entry and updates into Chameleon software for accurate inventory and statistics

· Record, organize and file impoundment, application, medical and contract paperwork.

· Collect and record money for both County and APS transactions.

· Provide assistance for Durham residents needing help with their animals. This includes spay/neuter, medical care, financial assistance and other APS resources as needed.

· Coordinate with other departments and management to accomplish APS goals.

· Ability to work every Saturday.

Qualifications & Skills:

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills

· Exceptional and compassionate customer service

· Knowledge of positive training techniques

· Knowledge of common medical and behavioral issues for animals

· Knowledge of shelter standards of care

· Proficient in Microsoft Office and Chameleon software

· Ability to remain calm in often highly emotional and stressful situations involving the public

Education & Experience

· High School Diploma

· Previous customer service as well as animal shelter experience highly desired

· Bilingual preferred

To apply please send cover letter and resume to with the position title in the subject line. No phone calls please.