About the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria
Helping Animals, Supporting Community
Since 1946, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria has been a resource for our community and a shelter for homeless animals. Through adoptions, spay and neuter assistance, education and community service and outreach, the League plays a key role in promoting responsible pet care across Northern Virginia. The League has contracted with the City of Alexandria to provide animal care, control and sheltering services since 1989. As part of our contract with the City, we operate the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, an open-admission facility accepting any and all animals brought to us. We have made a commitment that if an animal is in need, we will provide the care that every animal so richly deserves. 
We place more than 1,300 companion animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, iguanas, chinchillas and many more, in permanent, loving homes each year. An additional 300 stray pets are reunited with their owners through the League annually. Our specially-trained staff also assist area wildlife that have been injured or are in distress—with the ultimate goal of releasing them back into their natural habitat or transferring them to licensed wildlife rehabilitators for care and eventual release. 
The League has a vibrant volunteer corps of 200 animal lovers who support our 40+ full and part-time professional staff. In everything we do, League staff and volunteers demonstrate that love and compassion are just as important as food and water for the animals in our care. 

Job Opportunities

The League offers opportunities for applicants interested in the profession of animal sheltering.  Please check this page frequently for open positions and apply to join our team of compassionate animal care professionals.

Community Outreach and Adoptions Manager

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) is currently seeking a full-time Community Outreach and Adoptions Manager. This position is responsible for supervising Community Outreach and Adoptions staff. The Community Outreach and Adoptions Manager oversees all adoptions and front desk general business duties such as licensing, surrenders, retail, low cost spay-neuter program, lost and found, and over the counter donations. The position requires the ability to manage multiple priorities, lead, develop and motivate a diverse staff, build teams and resolve conflict.  The Community Outreach and Adoptions Manager is a member of the Evaluation Team and will contribute to a discussion about placement decisions of animals. This job announcement is not designed to encompass all activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the individual. Other duties than those listed herein may be assigned.

Requirements:  The successful candidate will have a minimum of two years working in community outreach and adoption programs in an animal shelter environment; minimum of three years’ experience in a customer service environment; strong customer service skills and the ability to maintain a professional appearance and demeanor at all times; good writing, speaking and basic computer skills; understanding of the humane care and treatment of animals.   The application deadline for this position is November 25, 2014.

Director of Development

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) is seeking a Director of Development. The Director of Development is responsible for the overall management of the League’s comprehensive development and fundraising program with the support and guidance of the Executive Director and Board of Directors.

The Director of Development will oversee solicitation and appreciation of donations from individuals; establish strong relationships with local businesses and corporations to enlist their support as AWLA donors; oversee the contract and deliverables of the direct mail firm; ensure fundraising activities and events are implemented successfully with the support of staff, volunteers and contracts; utilize donor database to analyze data to provide reports and evaluate, identify and build on successful programs; establish a robust planned giving program; and research and apply for appropriate grants.

Requirements: College degree; at least five years of development-related experience that includes a proven ability to cultivate individual, foundation and/or corporate donors; experience planning, leading and implementing fundraising activities; excellent writing and editing skills; excellent “people skills” with a friendly, approachable attitude; strong public speaking skills; excellent computer skills and an ability to learn new technology and computer programs; and a current driver’s license.

The AWLA is an equal opportunity employer and offers its full time employees a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, life, AD&D, short term and long term disability, and 401K.  Salary will be commensurate with experience.

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, founded in 1946 and under contract to the City of Alexandria since 1989, provides a full array of animal-related services to the community including operating the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter to shelter and rescue homeless and abandoned animals, providing education to the public about animals, and investigating animal-related issues in the community.

The AWLA is a 501(c)(3) organization with non-profit status in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

To apply, please email your cover letter, resume, and application (link below) to careers@AlexandriaAnimals.org with the subject line “Director of Development”.  This position will remain open until filled.

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