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CAREERS​

CURRENT OPENINGS

Are you passionate about quality of life for shelter dogs and those that love them? 

Dogs Playing for Life is frequently hiring canine handlers that travel to our advanced behavior center and mentor shelters across the country. For canine handlers and other available career opportunities, please see below.

If no jobs are posted, please feel free to send your resume to Emily at emily@dpfl.org.

Job Title: Canine Handler

FLSA Status: Full-time employee, non-exempt

Reports to: Director of Training & Behavior

Date last reviewed: August 25, 2021

Position Summary

The Canine Center Handler works cooperatively with other Handlers to help facilitate behavior modification of Canine Center board and train dogs. Animal handling will be commensurate with the philosophy of DPFL and DPFL’s mission. This position is responsible for daily dog handling and training under the direction of the Lead Trainer. Current opportunity is in Lake City, Florida, but candidates that want to travel in for their shifts by air, at DPFL's expense, are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • On leash training working with dogs independently and in group sessions with other Handlers.
  • Support of playgroup management either by bringing dogs to play yards or by assisting Lead within yards during playgroups.
  • Provide in-kennel enrichment
  • Report to Lead Trainer any concerns preventing safe and effective handling
  • Obtain and upload photos and videos of dogs’ progress
  • Occasional cleaning as needed to support kennel functions
  • Other tasks as requested by the Lead Instructor

Compensation

Hourly pay starts at $15 with extensive growth opportunities and benefits include Paid Time Off and Health Insurance Expense Reimbursement Arrangement.

 

Education and Experience:

  • At the discretion of the CEO

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of basic dog behavior and training principles.
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal communication skills.
  • Able to work a flexible schedule.
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license and have an insurable driving record.

Working Conditions:

  • Frequent travel with airplane and car if traveling to work.
  • Physically demanding work, walking and standing all day.
  • Office and animal kennel environment.
  • Potential exposure to high noise levels, behaviorally challenged animals and zoonotic diseases.
  • Exposure to all weather conditions.
  • Occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds.

 To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter to Emily@dpfl.org.

 

Job Title: Director of Development

FLSA Status: Full-time employee, exempt

Reports to: Chief Innovation Officer

Date last reviewed: December 3, 2019

Position Summary

Reporting directly to the Chief Innovation Officer, the Director of Development oversees all activities related to philanthropic giving for operating, capital and planned giving funds. In partnership with the Chief Innovation Officer, Chief Executive Officer and other key volunteers and staff, the Director of Development provides leadership, management and coordination for the fundraising campaigns and outreach efforts.

The Director of Development manages all aspects of the fund development program and secures funds in a wide variety of ways, including but not limited to: identifying prospective supporters, building and cultivating relationships, making direct requests to individuals, major gifts, and annual fund campaigns and implementing special events.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Culture of Philanthropy: In partnership with Chief Innovation Officer, Chief Executive Officer, and Board of Directors, ensure all plans, strategies, activities and fundraising programs support and are delivered through a culture of philanthropy lens. Guide all staff and volunteers including the Board to embrace and engage in their unique roles in fund development.

  • Development Plan: Create a donor-centered Development Plan that reflects the values and goals of Dogs Playing for Life, focuses on strengthening relationships with donors, and includes strategic planning around annual fund, major gifts, planned giving, and endowment.
  • Annual Fund and Underwriting
  • Donor Relationships
  • Major Gifts: Create individual donor/prospect cultivation plans and cultivate and solicit major gifts. This includes working with the Chief Innovation Officer, Chief Executive Officer and members of the Board of Directors.
  • Grants: In partnership with appropriate program staff, write grant applications and manage and report on grant funding, and ensure funders are stewarded and recognized appropriately.
  • Special Fundraising Events: Implement and manage special fundraising events to raise charitable funds while establishing, building, strengthening and stewarding relationships with donors and/or prospects.
  • Planned Giving: Research and cultivate donors for estate planning purposes, including bequests, charitable remainder trusts, annuities, legacy campaign, and other planned giving tools.
  • Other Funding Sources: Solicit in-kind gifts, matching gifts, and other funding sources.
  • Remain current with all aspects of philanthropy, ensure Dogs Playing for Life’s fundraising is conducted with the highest ethical and legal standards, comply with the Association of Fundraising Professionals code of ethics, and maintain confidentiality of all donor records.
  • Perform other related duties as requested

Compensation

Salary range is $55,000-$60,000 and benefits include Paid Time Off and Health Insurance Expense Reimbursement Arrangement.

Job Qualifications

  • Education and Experience:
    • At the discretion of the CEO
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    • Must embrace the mission of Dogs Playing for Life
    • Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Have knowledge and experience in fundraising techniques
    • Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff, board members and volunteers
    • Be a “self-starter” and goal-driven
    • Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and animals, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense, and good listening ability.
    • Strong public speaking skills and ability to engage crowds to both educate and rally support.
    • Must hold a valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record.

Working Conditions:

  • Frequent travel by airplane and car.
  • Office and animal shelter environment.
  • Potential exposure to high noise levels, potentially aggressive animals and zoonotic diseases.
  • Exposure to all weather conditions.
  • Occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds.
  • Frequent use of computer and telephone.
  • Engagement with executive-level clientele

 To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter to Emily@dpfl.org.

Job Title: Operations Manager-Canine Center Florida

FLSA Status: Full-time employee, exempt

Reports to: Chief Program Officer

Date last reviewed: April 29, 2022

Position Summary

The Operations Manager of the Canine Center, FL is responsible for the support of the dogs housed at CCF. Such support involves training and enrichment programming for the CCF canine population, management of daily operations including oversight of the CCF facility together with staff supervision. The Operations Manager of CCF works closely with the Director of Training and Behavior, CPO, and CEO for canine training progression and reporting as well as staff development.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinates pre-approved Intakes/Outcomes/Foster placements 
  • Provides supervision to CCF dog handling staff 
  • Works closely with Director of Training and Behavior as well as Leads to oversee training protocols
  • Works directly with Medical Liaison to facilitate all necessary veterinary care
  • Supervises staff in time management and project prioritization to ensure that all aspects of training plans and reporting of progress is provided to Director of Training and Behavior 
  • Maintains inventory of facility and ensures supplies are stocked
  • Implements and ensures proper communication systems
  • Provides supervision of Facility Manager to ensure CCF is maintained well
  • Works with the Director of Training and Behavior to collects pertinent statistics and data 
  • Oversees on-site event preparation and execution
  • Assists with Administrative tasks as assigned
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Compensation

Salary range is $45,000-$50,000 and benefits include Paid Time Off and Health Insurance Expense Reimbursement Arrangement.

Job Qualifications

  • Education and Experience:

    • At the discretion of the CEO
    • 3 years minimum experience in animal welfare

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Must embrace the mission of Dogs Playing for Life
    • Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff and volunteers
    • Be a “self-starter” and goal driven
    • Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and animals, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense, and good listening ability
    • Support a culture of excellence and cooperation
    • Must hold a valid driver’s license and have an insurable driving record

    Working Conditions:

    • Frequent travel by airplane and car
    • Office and animal shelter environment
    • Potential exposure to high noise levels, potentially aggressive animals and zoonotic diseases
    • Exposure to all weather conditions
    • Occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds
    • Frequent use of computer and telephone

 To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter to Emily@dpfl.org.

Job Title: Facilities Manager

FLSA Status: Full-time employee, exempt

Reports to: Operations Manager-Canine Center Florida

Date last reviewed: April 29, 2022

Position Summary

The Facilities Manager (FM) is responsible for providing general care, cleaning, maintenance and repair of the DPFL Canine Center, Florida (CCF)  properties (including staff housing on- and off-site), buildings, landscaping, and equipment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Responsible for daily cleaning of dog kennels, play yards, walkways, and all areas of kennel building 
    • Laundry, dishes, janitorial duties
    • Trash collection and removal 
  • Maintain repair and condition of kennels, play yards, office building, and grounds 
  • Function as Supervisor for Canine Care Attendants, collaborating with the Operations Manager  and CIO for hiring and HR functions
  • Repair of training, and other, equipment as skills allow
  • Maintenance and upkeep of all DPFL facilities and grounds
  • Landscape off-site DPFL housing and light landscaping duties at CCF
  • Coordinate with contractors for other repairs and construction, collaborating with Operations Manager
  • Property maintenance to include play yards, gutter cleaning, leaf mitigation, fence repair and other as needed
  • Maintenance and record keeping of DPFL vehicles
  • Ensure fire, security and safety systems established, operable and well-maintained
  • Facilitate and document necessary on-site supplies and coordination together with Operations Manager activities 
  • Other duties as assigned

Compensation

Salary range is $36,000-$45,000 and benefits include Paid Time Off and Health Insurance Expense Reimbursement Arrangement.

Job Qualifications

  • Education and Experience:

    • Basic knowledge and experience with general “handyman” duties

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Ability to meet deadlines; ability to set and accomplish work in order of priority; professionally maintain composure and effectiveness under pressure and changing conditions.
    • Able to work a flexible schedule with regular weekend and evening activities.
    • Must hold a valid driver’s license and have an insurable driving record.


    Working Conditions:

    • Office and animal shelter environment.
    • Potential exposure to high noise levels, behaviorally challenged animals and zoonotic diseases.
    • Exposure to all weather conditions.
    • Regular lifting of up to 100 pounds.

 To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter to Emily@dpfl.org.

Job Title: Medical Coordinator-Canine Center Florida

FLSA Status: Full-time employee, non-exempt

Reports to: Operations Manager-Canine Center Florida

Date last reviewed: April 29, 2022

Position Summary

Dogs Playing for Life’s Canine Center Florida (CCF) is an advanced training and behavior facility for unowned dogs that are suffering behaviorally. The Medical Coordinator is responsible for overseeing all medical care and concerns of these behaviorally challenged dogs.  This position will participate and facilitate intake, daily monitoring and medical needs for dogs in our care and serve as the primary coordinator for veterinary appointments, treatments, and monthly wellness exams to ensure we are meeting our mission of prioritizing quality of life while also addressing both the behavioral and medical needs of each dog in our care.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

      • Act as the “go to” for any concerns related to the physical health of the dogs and ensuring such concerns are addressed
      • Dispensing daily AM and PM oral meds 
      • Work with the Lead to ensure that non-oral meds have been administered by Handlers
      • Perform and record all Intake Exams and Monthly Wellness Exams
      • Assess dogs to determine if veterinarian care is needed
      • Monitor dogs for responsiveness, or lack thereof, to treatments and notify veterinarian for stagnancy or worsening of condition
      • Act as primary liaison between CCF and veterinarian(s)
      • Work with Supervisor and Leads to schedule and facilitate veterinary visits
      • Communicate with team about any special care/diet, pain trails, etc. during daily huddles
      • Create medical profiles for new intakes and update medical memos and prescriptions in Shelterluv (shelter software) for CCF population
      • Prepare medical folders for outgoing dogs including health certificate procurement when needed
      • Inventory medical supplies on monthly basis
      • Assist with capturing and uploading videos/photos of dogs in training
      • Complete Medical Hand-Off on the last day of weekly shift 
      • Handling administrative requests from Operations Manager 
      • Maintain filing system including paper to digital conversion
      • Assist with daily medical and behavioral memos 
      • Order office and kennel supplies
      • Monthly inventory of office and kennel supplies 
      • Send general communication emails 
      • Run necessary errands (i.e., bank, PO Box, Post Office, etc.)
      • Assist with the planning and execution of onsite events
      • Other tasks as requested

Compensation

Salary range is $15-$18/hr and benefits include Paid Time Off and Health Insurance Expense Reimbursement Arrangement.

Job Qualifications

    • Office and animal kennel environment.
    • Potential exposure to high noise levels, behaviorally challenged animals and zoonotic diseases.
    • Exposure to all weather conditions.
    • Frequent lifting of up to 50 pounds.

      Education and Experience:

      • Two years of experience at a veterinary hospital or similar

       

      Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

      • Knowledge of basic dog behavior and training principles.
      • Demonstrated excellent verbal communication skills.
      • Able to work a flexible schedule.
      • Must hold a valid driver’s license and have an insurable driving record.

       

      Working Conditions:

      • Physically demanding work, walking and standing all day.

     

 To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter to Emily@dpfl.org.

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