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Community Engagement Director. Working with the board of directors and other senior executives of the organization, The Community Engagement Director plans and develops activities for offsite adoption events. The Community Engagement Director shall be responsible for consistent engagement with the Detroit community through education, training or other community needs. The position will involve networking with people and organizations to develop a partnership with local businesses and other animal advocacy groups. The goal is to promote events on behalf of the Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control to promote animal education, training and support community needs. This position will work closely with the Community Outreach Director and the Outreach Placement Director to coordinate efforts. The Community Engagement Director is a voting member on the board.

Position Responsibilities Include:

  • Partner with Volunteer, Placement Outreach and Training coordinators to identify staff, volunteers and animals to schedule for events
  • Partner with Communications Director to prepare Marketing Materials; Flyers, Signage, Social Media, Advertising
  • Partner with meeting sponsor and/or requester, to understand logistical requirements of the assigned events, in order to recommend the best location, vendors, and Marketing Strategy
  • Manage portions or all aspects of event registration, to create a smooth process
  • Prepare initial and final budget for meeting expenses (covering food, transportation, equipment, registration fees, etc.)
  • Attend and staff FoDACC events as needed.
  • Promote a better understanding of the FoDACC to surrounding communities in order to foster relationships and increase volunteer engagement.

Cultivate and maintain relationships with other volunteer organizations within the APF service area and at the regional and state level. ∙

  • Identify potential community partners through attending community meetings and events to develop relationships for expanding community engagement and impact.
  • Communicate with community partners to provide regular updates on FoDACC programs, adoptions, and all event opportunities; distribute APF materials and volunteer opportunities.
  • Represent the FoDACC through speaking engagements, shelter tours and other outreach activities.

Required Qualifications:

The ideal candidate is an experienced, creative, and resourceful professional who is well-organized, highly motivated, people-oriented, and excited about working in a nonprofit focused on animal advocacy.

Ideal candidates will have the following:

  • Experience in nonprofit management
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors
  • Ability to represent the FoDACC in a consistent manner in accordance to its brand and image is imperative
  • Ability to network and identify supporting businesses, community partners and animal advocacy partners
  • Ability to build and strengthen collaborations with allied organizations
  • Ability to focus on external engagement/visibility and internal association management simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently and follow thru on challenging tasks
  • Proven ability for program development and coordinating multiple events at one time.
  • Capability to effectively organize and manage a wide array of tasks, projects and responsibilities
  • Experience with virtual and in-person event and planning and management
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent management, decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Confident and goal-oriented
  • Ability to inspire diverse stakeholders toward a common vision
  • Self-starter traits

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience in nonprofit management
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors
  • Public policy and advocacy
  • Coordinating public events
  • Ability to travel 1-2 times to Detroit annually

Weekly Time Commitment: 4 to 8 hours per week

Compensation and Benefits

This is a non paying position.

Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control is both a force-free organization and an anti-BSL organization. We do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of sexual orientation, socio-economic status, education level, gender or perceived gender, neurodivergence, race, creed, physical ability, or any protected class. We will not enter into any partnerships with any organization, business, or person who is not also aligned with our philosophies.

Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control

Our Vision
Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control is committed to saving animals' lives, ensuring equal access to companion animals for those of all socio-economic levels, and raising the level of care for animals living in the city of Detroit.

Our Mission

Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control exists to support Detroit Animal Care and Control in the areas of volunteer management, donation solicitation and acceptance, and live release, which includes shelter intervention.

Our Core Values

Our goal is to create and train a team of volunteers who are knowledgeable of canine and feline body language, adept at handling animals in the most humane way, practice current scientifically based training methods, and who are advocates for this city, its citizens, and all animals.

Our goal is to supplement the budget allocated to the shelter by the city of Detroit in order to operate a fully functional shelter with innovative and lifesaving programs by applying for grants, holding fundraisers, forming relationships with and stewarding donors and foundations, and accepting all material and in-kind donations from our volunteers and supporters.

Our goal is to work with DACC to expand and perfect their adoption program, foster program, and transfer/transport program. We want to host off-site adoption events and get animals from Detroit adopted back into Detroit, as well as surrounding communities. We also want to work with partner shelters in other regions of the state and country to move dogs and cats from our overpopulated area to areas where there is not such an abundance of homeless animals. We also want to expand our shelter intervention services to stem the flow of animals into the shelter in the first place by keeping them in their homes or reuniting them quickly if they become displaced.

Our goal is to practice and promote science-based training methods that are not harmful to a dog’s mental or physical state and encourage and strengthen the bond between humans and animals. Our goal is to promote education both inside and outside the organization and community that all dogs are individuals, that breed-specific legislation and policies don’t work, that no cat should be declawed, and that community cats should be cared for in line with progressive humane programs like trap-neuter-return.


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Mission Statement

Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control exists to support the daily operations of DACC in the areas of volunteer management, donations, and live release.


Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control is committed to saving animals' lives, ensuring equal access to companion animals for those of all socio-economic levels, and raising the level of care for animals living in the city of Detroit. We work hand in hand with Detroit Animal Care and Control to help the homeless animals at DACC and proactively keep animals out of our shelter in the first place.


Board Development
Animals, Board Development, Community


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7401 Chrysler Service DrDetroit, MI 48211



  • Marketing Strategy & Planning
  • Business Development
  • People Skills
  • Project Management
  • Public Speaking
  • Relationship Building




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  • 4 to 8 hours per week

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