The Koret Shelter Medicine Program is hiring a Deputy Director!

Posted: October 15th, 2020 Author: KSMP

Are you ready to put your fingerprints on a game-changing program for animals and the people that love them?

Note: the application deadline for this position has passed.

The KSMP was established in 2001 as the first university-based shelter medicine program in the world. For the last twenty years, we have developed and spread a welfare-oriented, community centered approach to animal sheltering and services. 

Here’s some of what we’ve been up to:

  • Our research has led to the advancements in vaccine schedules and protocols that have protected millions of animals from life threatening diseases. 
  • Our management model, Capacity for Care (C4C), has been peer-reviewed, published and proven to dramatically improve both the welfare and live outcomes of animals. C4C has enabled thousands of shelters to serve their community more efficiently and allowed staff to take pride and feel joy at work. 
  • Together with the University of Florida, we co-founded the world’s largest feline life saving initiative, the Million Cat Challenge, and surpassed our goal of saving one million more cats a year early. Today, shelters enrolled in the Challenge are on the cusp of having spared 3 million cats and kittens from euthanasia. 
  • Many of those 3 million cats will have passed through a portal, a KSMP invention that retrofits feline housing and reduces stress and upper respiratory infections in hundreds of thousands of cats worldwide by providing the space they need to exhibit natural behaviors. 
  • Over five thousand animals have been sterilized by UC Davis fourth-year veterinary students completing a high volume spay and neuter rotation at our local animal shelter hosted by KSMP.

There is an impression that our team is much larger than it really is; in fact, the program you will be leading is small but scrappy. Our commitment comes from our shared belief that shelters are filled with hard-working and innovative professionals that know what their community needs to move forward; our job is to give them the tools and help them shape the path to the humane outcomes they desire. In exchange, we discover and magnify the successes being achieved by shelters across the nation. This virtuous cycle has enabled us to scale our efforts year after year and build the infrastructure that has prepared us to lead California through the sheltering transformation currently being accelerated by Covid-19.

 A brand-new position created for this once in a lifetime opportunity. Is it yours?

In a historic move, the governor of California tapped KSMP to lead a five-year effort to not only recover from the pandemic, but realize California’s goal of becoming a truly humane state that does not euthanize healthy or treatable animals. Unfortunately, only ten percent of the budget set aside to support this transformation survived after the financial crisis hit our capital and the initial proposal has been replaced with a two-year pilot project.

Thankfully, small and mighty is something we’re already good at. We’re hiring our first deputy director to help us lead the kind of large-scale change initiatives that have a huge impact and squeeze every ounce of opportunity out of this statewide pilot. More animals pass through California shelters than any other state in the nation; the innovations that allow us to get it right here will serve as an example for the rest of the United States.

If you’re familiar with the sheltering industry, you already know that the conditions for change have never been better. Our community at large is going through a metamorphosis; the door is open to completely revamp systems that were historically designed around limiting concepts. There is little question: The next two years will forever be stamped on the animal welfare timeline. Whoever fills this position will be integral to the crystallization of game-changing programs that will improve the outcomes of animals and their people decades down the road.

We’re looking for someone that loves working in the social change space. Someone familiar with animal welfare and the sheltering culture would be a bonus, but it’s not required. More important is that you have experience managing teams that work in the social change sector. We serve communities through animal shelters; communities are not made up of pets alone. The human-animal bond is central to everything we do.

If you’re ready to invest your time and talent into something that makes a positive impact, something that magnifies the good, something measurable, something that will inarguably make a difference in the lives of pets and the people that love them, look no further. 

Here’s what we’re looking for. 

While our efforts are doubling down in our home state, our work extends across the United States. We’re looking for someone that can take a bird’s eye view of our program, oversee our projects, and ensure we are hitting our strategic goals by optimizing our team’s time and talent by keeping our resources aligned with our priorities. It would be a super bonus if you have experience doing this virtually.

We need you to act as co-pilot on our projects, keep a watchful eye on our overall workflow, remove barriers to progress, and make sure team members have the clarity and ability to execute milestones on time and on target. 

What would I be doing, specifically? 

A typical week would include working closely with our director to ensure our strategic plan and OKRs are current, communicated and clear; working through our project management software to confirm the status of every project is up to date, taking necessary action to get wayward projects back on schedule; review the team’s high-level tasks to ensure there are both support and alignment between team members, resources, and timelines. You’ll be managing our team, so providing feedback and developmental opportunities as needed to recognize and/or improve performance and capacity would consume a good portion of your time. There would likely be typical university administration tasks, human resource duties, budget management tasks and some oversight of the grants processes.

A few of the EI/EQ qualities we think our new leader needs to succeed.

We are looking for someone flexible but steady. Every personality type under the sun shines through the members of our team and those we serve. We are constantly changing and innovating, and you have to enjoy (or at least be okay with) that sort of thing to thrive in this role.  

You must be passionate about the KSMP mission and helping communities of all shapes and sizes. The words “large scale change” should turn your head in a conversation. If you’re not a disciplined self-starter, it would be nearly impossible to thrive in this mostly virtual role.

As mentioned, we have big goals and a small team. To achieve our goals, we operate with excellence in mind in all matters, with the confidence to discuss and present ideas without ego interfering. We don’t always get it right, but we are committed on a cellular level to continuous improvement. You’ll need to have the kind of grit that wires you that way, too.  

Fun is important to us. We’re not goofing off all day, but we fully encourage a light spirit that promotes healthy team culture, creativity and imagination. In fact, it is an important part of our brand identity.

We are part of a vibrant and expanding community

The Koret Shelter Medicine Program (KSMP) is an education and research unit within the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis. The program supports the health and welfare of animals by applying the principles of shelter medicine to community animal management through shelters. Shelter Medicine defines a broad specialty which includes medicine, management, behavior and the epidemiological study of community dynamics related to companion animal management. 

Is this position speaking to you? We’d love to hear from you!

The deadline to apply was November 15.