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. 

AWLA is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

To Apply:  Email a cover letter and resume to careers@alexandriaanimals.org and put the name of the position you are applying for in the subject of the email. If you fail to follow these instructions, your application will not be reviewed. Please be aware that you will only receive a response if you are selected to move to the next step of the process.

 

Full Time, Senior Manager of Community Relations

Full Time, Communications Coordinator

Part-Time, Seasonal Animal Care Technician

 

 

 

TITLE:  Senior Manager of Community Relations

FLSA STATUS: Exempt

DIVISION: Community Relations EFFECTIVE DATE: As soon as filled

JOB SUMMARY:  The Senior Manager of Community Relations  is responsible for connecting to AWLA supporters and forming strong, long-lasting relationships with them to help grow the organization.  He or she develops and oversees programs to appreciate, recognize and retain all of our supporters.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

This position is supervised by: Executive Director

The positions identified below report to this position: Volunteer Manager

Development Coordinator

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB INCLUDE:

  • Ensure information about AWLA’s supporters is easy to access and utilize. He or she is responsible for AWLA’s overall supporter database, including improving its structure so the information is more easily utilized, combining data regularly from multiple internal sources and keeping data clean;
  • Oversee the overall calendar of activities for AWLA to ensure that timing is appropriate and deadlines are met;
  • Provide guidance to each department as they implement in-person, public events;
  • Plan all in-person events to connect with supporters and community members, including fundraising events, donor appreciation parties and community animal care fairs;
  • Supervise volunteer manager to ensure volunteer program is growing successfully and volunteers are integrated as important members of the AWLA team;
  • Manage the Vola Lawson Soceity and its various appreciation levels;
  • Supervise a group of community outreach volunteers to assist with AWLA events, table at community fairs, festivals and other locations to provide information about AWLA.  Work with the Communications Division  to train these volunteers on appropriate and consistent messaging;
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to reach out to businesses and individuals to engage their support as sponsors of events and/or increase their commitment to the shelter;
  • Work with the Executive Director and Communications Senior Manager to broaden and expand our supporter base, including reaching out to new supporters. Expect to make contact with at least five new companies/businesses per week;
  • Work with Finance to ensure that the donation report is reconciled on a monthy basis;
  • Gather information on AWLA supporters and provide to the Community Relations Division to highlight in AWLA public communications and to the Executive Director for followup;
  • Manage online system for collecting donations;
  • Oversee budget of division.

POSITION SPECIFICATIONS:

  1. Required:
    1. Proven ability to plan and successfully implement large-scale events of 200 or more people;
    2. Proven ability to create a budget for an event and stay within it;
    3. Friendly, warm personality;
    4. Ability to talk with a wide variety of individuals and create strong working relationships;
    5. Proven ability to request and obtain assistance from outside organizations;
    6. Proven successful experience speaking in front of groups and on the telephone;
    7. Self-motivated, positive and hard-working;
    8. Strong understanding of databases and how to utilize them, including reports and mail merging functions;
    9. Comfort using online systems for tracking information;
    10. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build honest, positive relationships with supporters.  Must have a proven ability to make “cold calls” by phone and in-person to request assistance;
    11. Experience supervising volunteers and/or volunteering;
  2. Preferred
    1. Event planning certification/training
    2. Experience working with DonorPerfect and peer/peer fundraising systems
  3. Education and Training:
    1. Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Business, Development or Hospitality;
    2. 3-5 years of event planning/development experience;
    3. Required: current Virginia State driver’s license;
    4. Preferred: some exposure to animal welfare/animal sheltering issues.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  1. Indoors in an air-conditioned/heated office, outdoors at the shelter, or on location for various activities
  2. Equipment use:
  1. Includes PC, laser printer, copy machine, fax machine, telephone;
  1. Working around animals;
  2. Exempt position;
  3. Work hours:
    1. 40 hours per week.
    2. Evening and weekend hours may be required, especially when the League hosts special events.

MENTAL, PHYSICAL, AND COMMUNICATION 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.

  1. Requires working alone or with minimal supervision (must be self-motivated).
  2. Requires patience and tact when working with difficult, emotional, or angry people.
  3. Requires speaking and writing effectively and clearly in a professional  manner.
  4. Requires clear verbal communication over the telephone and intercom systems to internal or external individuals.
  5. Requires treating people and animals in a pleasant, courteous, and professional manner.
  6. Requires the ability to work in a team environment and to provide team leadership.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to careers@alexandriaanimals.org with the subject line “Senior Community Relations Manager”

 

 

TITLE: Communications Coordinator

FLSA STATUS: Non-Exempt

DIVISION: Communications  EFFECTIVE DATE: As soon as filled

JOB SUMMARY:  The Communications Coordinator is responsible for assisting the Communications Manager with implementing the AWLA’s communications plan. The coordinator ensures that the website and all of AWLA’s social media outlets are updated with appropriate content. The coordinator will also give presentations about AWLA to businesses and community organizations and assist with other outreach activities as necessary. The coordinator will work closely with the City to ensure all tools necessary for performing communications at AWLA are functioning well. He or she will provide support to Community Outreach/Engagement division during especially busy periods.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

This position is supervised by: Communications Senior Manager

The positions identified below report to this position:

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB INCLUDE:

  • Communicates with staff and volunteers to identify “stories and news” of interest to publicize on AWLA’s social media sites and websites, ensuring all aspects of AWLA’s work is being highlighted;

  • Provide support to the Communications Manager 2 by writing, editing, and designing specific communications as instructed;

  • Give presentations to a wide variety of groups about AWLA;

  • Field requests for AWLA’s involvement by community groups and businesses and forward to the appropriate staff member;

  • Serve as the contact for staff related to IT issues (computers and phone) and serve as liasion with the City to solve any issues and implement new IT projects;

  • Enter data into donor system when needed;

  • Assist with events.

POSITION SPECIFICATIONS:

  1. Required:

    1. Proven successful experience utilizing Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and other Adobe products from the Creative Suite, as well as basic operational knowledge of Microsoft Office;

    2. Comfortable with technology and computer basics, including how to operate desktop computer and follow help desk instructions;

    3. Attention to detail and ability to multi-task;

    4. Proven successful experience speaking in front of groups and on the telephone;

    5. Proven ability to write and edit;

    6. Self-motivated, ambitious, with positive outlook.

  2. Preferred

    1. Background in web design or website maintenance

    2. Ability to speak Spanish

    3. Sales experience

    4. Computer network experience

  3. Education and Training:

    1. Bachelor’s degree preferred;

    2. Formal education in graphic design and/or communications preferred;

    3. At least two years of relevant experience;

    4. Experience with animals, animal welfare issues and/or animal shelters preferred.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  1. Indoors in an air-conditioned/heated office, outdoors at the shelter, or on location for various activities

  2. Equipment use:

  1. Includes PC, laser printer, copy machine, fax machine, telephone.

  1. Handling animals to show to the public and working around animals;

  2. Exempt position;

  3. Work hours:

    1. 40 hours per week.

    2. Frequent evening and weekend hours may be required, especially when the League hosts special events.

MENTAL, PHYSICAL, AND COMMUNICATION 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.

  1. Requires working alone or with minimal supervision (must be self-motivated);

  2. Requires patience and tact when working with difficult, emotional, or angry people;

  3. Requires speaking and writing effectively and clearly in a professional  manner;

  4. Requires clear verbal communication over the telephone and intercom systems to internal or external individuals;

  5. Requires treating people and animals in a pleasant, courteous, and professional manner;

  6. Requires the ability to work in a team environment and to provide team leadership;

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to careers@alexandriaanimals.org with the subject line “Communications Coordinator”

Part-Time, Seasonal Animal Care Technician

  • Open Until Filled
  • Availability to start immediately

 JOB SUMMARY:  Responsible for daily cleaning, feeding, and provision of any medical treatments to the animals in our care. Employees will also be expected to perform euthanasia, assist staff and the public with handling animals, and keep the non-administrative areas of the shelter clean.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB INCLUDE:

Animal Care:

  • Ensure that all animal areas are clean, sanitary, and comfortable
  • Feed, water, groom, and medicate animals on a daily basis, while monitoring the physical condition and behavior or each animal
  • Provide affection and socialization to all animals on a regular basis, including walking dogs as needed for housetraining purposes
  • Administer emergency first aid to sick or injured animals
  • Humanely euthanize animals when necessary

Administrative:

  • Ensure that paperwork and records are maintained accurately and that Chameleon information is updated
  • Learn and use the descriptive identification used by the League, and develop a current working knowledge of all American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized breeds and other commonly seen dog breeds, as well as commonly seen cat breeds
  • Develop a basic working knowledge of the League’s procedures, guidelines, and protocols for the safe handling of animals
  • Legal and statistical reporting procedures, and veterinary protocols
  • Federal and Commonwealth of Virginia substance regulations, and Commonwealth of Virginia and municipal animal regulations
  • Understand and comprehend League Animal Care Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Assist on an as needed basis with League inventory and report necessary product orders

OTHER DUTIES/FUNCTIONS:

  • Provide support to the League’s team effort including, but not limited to:
  • Assist in keeping the Vortex and Healthy Hold areas neat and clean
  • Communicate regularly with supervisors and coworkers to ensure that they are aware of any issues pertinent to their areas of responsibility
  • Participate in staff meetings to share ideas and suggestions for improving animal care and the quality of the organization as a whole

POSITION SPECIFICATIONS:

Required:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Proven ability to handle multiple tasks in a busy workplace environment
  • Ability to accurately perform basic mathematical calculation
  • Understanding of humane care and treatment of animals
  • Ability to obtain certification as a euthanasia technician within the first six months of employment
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Fluent in English

Preferred

  • Experience in animal care

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Indoors in a high noise, air-conditioned/heated building, outdoors at shelter,  or on-location for various activities
  • Equipment use:
  • Includes use of PC, laser printer, copy machine, fax machine, telephone, power washer, industrial dish washing machine, laundry machine, dryer, and cleaning supplies
  • Work hours:
    1. Work hours will vary
    2. Early morning, evening and weekend hours will be required

MENTAL, PHYSICAL AND COMMUNICATION DEMANDS:

  • Regular exposure to animals, cleaning chemicals, fumes, dust, animal feces, bites, scratches
  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 100 pounds
  • The employee must frequently bend, grip and be flexible to do so
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus
  • Ability to work around pet dander, dust and other allergens without issueRegularly required to stand and walk
  • Strong data entry skills and the ability to maintain accurate records in Chameleon
  • Requires working alone or with minimal supervision – must be self-motivated
  • Requires patience and tact when working with difficult, emotional, or angry people
  • Must have the ability to effectively communicate; verbally and written, over the phone and intercom, with a wide variety of both internal and external individuals, including the Directors, Managers, Coordinators, the staff, a volunteer workforce, partner organizations, and private citizens
  • Requires treating people and animals in a pleasant, courteous and professional manner
  • Adherence to the League’s policies and philosophies
  • Must be willing to receive Rabies vaccine and/or titers test upon request

This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related duties required by their supervisor.  This document does not create an employment contract implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” relationship.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to careers@alexandriaanimals.org with the subject line “Part Time ACT.”