Foster Care Coordinator
Job Title: Foster Care Coordinator
Department: Animal Services
Reports To: Animal Behavior Manager, Animal Services Practice Manager
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Starting Salary: $12.50 – $15.00 per hour, DOE
The Foster Care Coordinator is primarily responsible for the placement of animals with foster parents. This position selects animals for the foster care program, trains and monitors foster parents, and coordinates medical treatments for the fostered animal. This person will seek continuous improvement for the foster program and strive to meet and exceed current animal welfare standards.
Essential Job Functions:
- Presents Foster Orientation trainings on a regular basis.
- Trains foster parents in animal handling and care.
- Continually recruits new foster parents and pursues new and innovative foster programs.
- Keep detailed records for foster parents and animals.
- Responsible for maintaining adequate foster supplies and soliciting for donations when needed.
- Insures all written material is updated, edited, and available.
- Assists or performs adoption of foster animals including adoption counseling and data entry.
- Works with the Animal Behavior Manager to set and meet goals for the Foster Care Program.
- Works closely with other departments including Marketing and Development to highlight foster stories, photos, and videos.
- Cross trains with Rescue Coordinator and works as a team to cover either position.
- Works with the Behavior department for the selection of and training plans for behavior modification fosters.
- Arranges for foster animals to be taken to off-site adoption events.
- While maintaining a high regard for public safety and animal welfare, evaluate the health and behavior of SPCA animals to determine their status as euthanasia, adoption, or foster candidate.
- Performs, trains, or assists with the euthanasia of animals in accordance with established laws and SSPCA policy; this includes owner present euthanasia.
- Ability to work in the animal areas as assigned when staff shortages arise as follows – rinses, scrubs and disinfects animal cages, hallways, floors, walls and isolation/quarantine areas; cleans water and food dishes and related kennel equipment and facilities.
- Bathes and grooms animals, administers vaccinations and completes preliminary physical examinations in a prescribed manner.
- Medicates any animal designated for treatment by the Staff Veterinarian.
- Works closely with Shelter Medicine department for animals in need of long term medical care, developing a plan, and scheduling exams as needed.
- Prepares medications for foster animals and trains foster parents how to administer.
- Responsible for all medical treatments (vaccinations, blood tests, microchipping, surgery appointments) for foster animals prior to leaving the shelter and before going up for adoption.
- Schedules appointments for foster families for medical check-ups with the Shelter Medicine department and behavior check-ups with the Behavior department.
- Must be punctual and maintain regular, predictable attendance.