North Minneapolis Pet Resource Center Advocate
My Pit Bull is Family
North Minneapolis Pet Resource Center Advocate Position Overview:
Our volunteers are community advocates. Our NMPRC Advocates assist families in a case-management style while providing resources to make sure that pets and their families are set up for success. The goal of this program is to keep pets at home with their families by providing on-site resources and referrals to partner organizations. PRC Advocates can also participate in community outreach events and fundraising efforts to help sustain our programming. Tasks can vary from week to week at the PRC to keep things exciting! We ask that our PRC Advocates plan on helping with 2 shifts a month.
Join us in keeping families together by providing resources and case management at our North Minneapolis Pet Resource Center. Our Pet Resource Center is open Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5-8 pm and Saturday 11-2 pm.
North Minneapolis Pet Resource Center Advocate Position Description:
Shifts Available: Tuesday & Thursday 4:30-8:30 PM & Saturday 10:30 - 2:30 PM
*Our NMPRC is not wheelchair accessible. At this time stairs are required to utilize the restroom in the basement.*
North Minneapolis Pet Resource Center Advocates serve as an organization and community resource in our NMPRC by working directly with volunteers and community members to help people find or obtain the resources they need with compassion and without judgment. Through our North Minneapolis Pet Resource Center, our talented team members provide a direct response to pet owners by sharing information and resources, identifying barriers, assessing needs, providing consultation, support and follow-through with compassion and care.
- Attend NMPRC Advocate shifts at least twice per month
- Act as a resource to connect pet owners with existing resources and to troubleshoot issues regarding housing, ongoing care, access to resources etc.
- Participate in NMPRC Team & MPBIF Volunteer meetings as needed
- Assist with planning and executing Community Pet Wellness vaccine/microchip clinics
- Create and maintain community resource/information hubs in google drive and to be distributed in an accessible manner
- Provide feedback on data collection practices and program procedures as needed
- Build and maintain extensive knowledge of community resources, animal welfare organizations, animal control ordinances, and appropriate standards of care, to effectively help pet owners make informed decisions regarding their pet’s identified needs with compassion, empathy, and a desire to help.
- Process all daily paperwork, deposits, and other essential processes with accuracy and attention to detail.
- Advocate on behalf of clients and pet families for services, basic needs, and other related issues.
- Provide direct service in the form of pet supplies and other items made available at NMPRC
- Perform other duties and special projects, as assigned, or needed.
- Lift 30 - 50 lbs
Performance Factors and Necessary Skills:
Resourcefulness: Find innovative solutions to obstacles and actively go above and beyond to help owners retain their pets or, if appropriate, create a plan for surrender that best assists the owner and the animal. Able to pivot and address change on an ongoing basis and act as a good steward of available and limited resources.
Social and Emotional Learning: Accurately recognize and regulate the influence of emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively, even in the face of highly emotional situations. Understand and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures and develop healthy and appropriate relationships through compassion and professionalism.
Accountability: Assume responsibility for successfully accomplishing objectives and set high standards of performance for self and others. Take personal ownership in the department’s positive and negative outcomes of work and take action to improve circumstances without instructions to do so.
Communication and Contact: Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with superiors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside of the organization, have tact and excellent communication and customer service skills. Maintain confidentiality and convey a positive and professional image to the public and amongst the team.
Commitment to Excellence: Actively look for opportunities for improvement and growth within daily operations and processes. Challenge the status-quo, openly embrace change, and develop opportunities to improve efficiencies and effectiveness. Demonstrate the highest level of care and compassion for all team members, community members, and animals.
- Communication: Check-in with Facebook group at least once per week and interact with/comment on posts when requested.
- Activity Reporting: Track and share time spent and details of tasks completed.
- Professionalism: Conduct yourself in a positive, welcoming, appropriate, and ethical manner at all times when participating in conversations with community members and always stay on message for My Pit Bull is Family.
- Be Kind: Treat all animals and humans with kindness and concern for their welfare.
- Dress Code: Volunteers are required to wear My Pit Bull is Family gear when volunteering during events and attending pack walks.
- Commitment: Volunteer at least monthly.
- We ask that all of our volunteers are able to dedicate at least 6 months to our mission.
List of accounts, equipment, and skills needed to perform responsibilities
- Facebook account and Facebook Messenger (for access to group communication)
- Email account (as a communication option second to Facebook)
- Access to a telephone with long-distance calling capability
- Access to a computer with an internet connection
- Communication skills (written and verbal)
- Comfort speaking on the telephone and in person at events
- Comfort using Google Docs & Sheets
- Comfort using Google Slides & Forms
- Knowledge of local pet owner support resources
- Ability to conduct conversations with folks from diverse backgrounds and beliefs
About My Pit Bull is Family
po box 26262, MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55426, US
My Pit Bull is Family is a 501c-3 non-profit organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota with a mission to keep families and their canine companions together through ending housing and insurance discrimination. We do this work through having conversations with property management companies, conducting pet policy research studies, providing the nation’s largest housing database that accepts all dogs, and community outreach & education.
My Pit Bull is Family is a nationally known organization that was started in 2011 as a bumper sticker campaign. In 2015 the campaign became a registered non-profit organization and has been growing since!