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Recruiting Organization: Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control

Position Summary

Community Relations Director. Working with the board of directors and other senior executives of the organization, the Director of Community Relations is responsible formanaging the organization’s marketing endeavors and connecting with the community to build relationships and further our mission. The Director furthers outreach to engage donors, nonprofit organizations, community members and the media in support of Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control. The Community Relations Director will work closely with the Fundraising Director to work with community sponsors to sponsor fundraising events. The Community Relations Director is a voting member on the board.

Position Responsibilities Include:

  • Develop a strategy to build and maintain programs and activities that will have a positive impact on the community
  • Build and maintain relationships with members of the community, key individuals, and other organizations
  • Serve as a key point of contact for neighboring businesses, institutions, and communities
  • Be the principal ambassador for the FoDACC, with responsibilities for delivering the FoDACC vision within the local community
  • 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 FoDACC materials and volunteer opportunities.
  • Represent the FoDACC through speaking engagements, shelter tours and other outreach activities.
  • Organize community outreach programs and coordinate special events that promote FoDACC and its purpose to support Detroit Animal Care and Control
  • Draft and distribute various communications that promote the FoDACC, as well as individuals or groups within the organization
  • Attend relevant events and activities to represent the FoDACC and build strong relationships with key community members
  • Respond to inquiries from community members and other interested parties - when needed, recruit a knowledgeable spokesperson or information source to assist
  • Build cross-functional relationships within the FoDACC board

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
  • Experience in public relations or a related field
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Great interpersonal skills and ability to work well as part of a team
  • Ability to work well under pressure and manage sensitive or controversial subjects with tact, kindness, and professionalism
  • Ability to represent the FoDACC in a consistent manner in accordance with its brand and image is imperative
  • Ability to network and identify supporting businesses and community
  • Ability to work independently and follow thru on challenging tasks
  • Proven ability for program development and coordinating multiple events at one time.
  • Experience with virtual and in-person event and planning and management
  • 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

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.

To Apply

Please apply at or FoDACC is an equal opportunity employer; people of color and women and those on the gender spectrum are encouraged to apply.

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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