Dallas, TX (Pop. 1.3 million) The City of Dallas is seeking a progressive, visionary, and seasoned public service professional with a passion for animal care to lead its Animal Services programs and initiatives and to continue and expand on the City’s nationally recognized successful efforts to reduce animal intake and increase live outcomes. Dallas has been a leader in the live outcomes/no kill movement and seeks dedicated leaders who will continue and expand the City’s progressive and collaborative approach to animal welfare.

The vibrant spirit of Dallas, and its true Texas charm, provides an authentic experience that is world-class! As the ninth largest city in the United States and the third largest city in Texas, Dallas has over 1.3 million residents. The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area, commonly known as the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) Metroplex, has 120 cities and a population of more than 7.2 million and is the No. 1 visitor and leisure destination in Texas!

The community is proud of its diverse neighborhoods and attracts residents desiring both urban and affordable living. With many events and activities to choose from, Dallas has much to offer both tourists and area residents. The DFW region is the home of six major sports franchises including the Dallas Cowboys (NFL); Dallas Stars (NHL); Dallas Mavericks (NBA); Dallas Wings (WNBA); FC Dallas (MLS) and the Texas Rangers (MLB).
The Director of Dallas Animal Services is appointed by the City Manager and works with the council-appointed Animal Advisory Committee.  The Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of all programs and initiatives of Dallas Animal Services (Department). Please note the following about this exciting opportunity:

  • The Department provides sheltering, enforcement, and prevention services for the City of Dallas. To achieve the animal welfare goals of the community, the Department works closely with multiple organizations including but not limited to: Operation Kindness, SPCA of Texas, Friend of Dallas Animal Services, Spay Neuter Network, and the Texas Humane Legislation Network. The Dallas Animal Services Department has an 85% live release rate and provides services for approximately 70 to 100 animals on a daily basis. 
  • The Department has 184 full-time equivalents reflected in its full and part-time employees and an annual budget of $19.9M. Employees include full-time veterinarians and veterinary technicians who complete a variety of surgeries, critical cases, and medical procedures annually. 
  • The Department has an active volunteer corps of approximately 134 individuals that assist with programming and provide daily, in-kennel enrichment activities for the animals. These volunteers also assist the Outreach Team in the provision of programming, including free rabies vaccine clinics in the community. Outreach team members connect residents with available resources for pet care. This team also responds to calls from the community regarding animal laws and ordinances and providing support and resources for pets and people in need in Dallas. 
Completion of a bachelor’s degree in animal science and behavior, biology, veterinary technology, zoology, public health, business administration, public policy, or related field or ten years of increasingly responsible management experience is required. A master’s degree can substitute for five years of experience. Candidates with experience in a leadership position with an animal welfare organization or animal shelter or in a position with transferrable skills in a non-animal shelter position are highly desired. Strong administrative skills including grant and contract management, budget development and administration, human resource management and the ability to navigate large organization systems are essential. 

The annual salary range for the Animal Services Director is $150,000 – $200,000 +/- DOQ. Placement within the approved salary range will be dependent upon career experience and qualifications. This position is considered open until filled. To ensure consideration, candidates should apply by May 15, 2024. To apply, candidates must submit a comprehensive resume, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references. Interested candidates should apply early in the process for optimum consideration. Candidates may contact the recruiters, Charlene Stevens, Executive Vice President for Recruitment Services, 224-326-1290 or Ann Everhart, Vice President, 815-451-4559.

This recruitment incorporates existing rules and regulations that govern public sector recruitments in the State of Texas. In accordance with public disclosure/open record laws, information submitted for consideration may be made available to the public upon request by interested parties.

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled 

Posted: 2024-05-02

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