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Board of Directors - Volunteer Director

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Recruiting Organization: Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control

Volunteer Director. The Volunteer Director recruits, trains, and retains interested parties who will support the mission of Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control in both on-site and virtual capacities. The focus of the Volunteer Coordinator is to ensure that our on-site volunteers are safe and knowledgeable and to act as a liaison between volunteers and the Board of Directors for Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control. The Volunteer Director will also be in constant communication with DACC staff to ensure an open flow of information both ways. The Volunteer Director will be expected to explore volunteer management software and programs to select what will best meet the needs of our volunteers.

Job responsibilities

  • Recruit a team of volunteers to ensure the shelter has the help and assistance needed to efficiently foster and adopt out animals daily and during events
  • Create different paths to becoming a fully fledged volunteer-have volunteer duties that can be done on a walk-in basis, or by children, or by people of varying physical abilities
  • Be on site at Detroit Animal Care and Control at least once per week to volunteer (unless otherwise communicated and a support plan in place)
  • Host group and individual volunteer orientations or coordinate with other members from the volunteer committee
  • Demonstrate proficiency in getting dogs (any size) in and out of kennel, leashing and unleashing dogs, walking dogs, and be able to teach and correct people of varying initial abilities these skills
  • Moderate the Detroit Animal Care and Control Supporters Facebook group
  • Moderate the DACC Active Volunteers Facebook group
  • Responsible for the response to emails in the volunteer@friendsofdacc inbox as well as the signup@friendsofdacc inbox
  • Host at least one group orientation per month--in person if covid permits, virtual if not
  • Create a video volunteer orientation
  • Build our volunteer base and guard against attrition
  • Identify concerns and take steps to solve problems before they become issues
  • Act as a peer mediator between volunteers and between volunteers and staff members
  • Develop a reporting system for volunteers to communicate concerns about dogs, as well as a reporting system for volunteers to voice concerns about other volunteers or staff members
  • Prioritize Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion so that all volunteers are welcome and feel welcomed, work to recruit a volunteer force more representative of our Detroit community
  • Project volunteer needs for events both on-site and off-site and recruit/schedule volunteers accordingly
  • Show appreciation for volunteers in ways they are most receptive to both on a rolling basis and either monthly/annually with group events
  • Maintain the inventory of volunteer gear (i.e., t-shirts, slip leads, kennel tags)
  • Enforce volunteer policies found in the volunteer handbook
  • Track and report volunteer hours to the Board
  • Update digital volunteer orientation and volunteer handbook as needed

Required qualifications

  • Attend at least one animal welfare conference each year (virtual or in person)
  • Stay up to date with best handling and training practices for dogs and cats
  • Practice and preach LIMA at all times
  • Become Fear Free certified
  • Understand classical conditioning and operant conditioning
  • Proficient in dog and cat body language
  • Be able to identify signs and symptoms of common diseases and infections found in shelter animals
  • Be able to harness wrap a dog of any size
  • Be able to handle a cat with their safety and comfort as a priority
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Be patient, outgoing, and understanding
  • Be approachable, friendly, compassionate
  • Act as the first face/voice of our organization
  • Ability to respond to emails within 24 hours or coordinate with volunteer team/board members
  • Ability to meet scheduling requests for orientations or buddy hours within the week
  • Develop a team of experienced volunteers to do buddy hours when needed (both during the work week and during the weekend)
  • Be able to lift 50 pounds

Preferred qualifications

  • CPDTA-KA certified or ability and willingness to become certified (IAABC certification also accepted)
  • Willingness to become first aid/CPR certified
  • Ability to muzzle wrap a dog of any size
  • Current tetanus immunity
  • Experience teaching or leading a group
  • Videography/editing experience or willingness to learn

Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 8 to 10+ hours per week

Compensation and Benefits

This is a non paying position.

It is expected that this board position will be a commitment to Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control and involvement in any other animal welfare-related organization must be disclosed. The Volunteer Coordinator will be expected to increase the weekly amount of volunteers by 25% in their first year. This position is unpaid and the Volunteer Coordinator will receive no compensation.

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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Fee Amount: None

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