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Our employees do not work directly with animals, but with our most important asset, our volunteers.  Volunteers are the life-blood of our organization.

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit.  Unfortunately, we do not offer healthcare benefits at this time.  Paid Time Off is accrued over time, based on the number of hours you work.  Helping to save hundreds of animals’ lives every year, while providing a premier volunteer experience are our top priorities. We are looking for employees that will help!

Jobs Open:

Dog Foster Coordinator

Job Description

Position Summary: The Dog Foster Coordinator (DFC) position is an hourly, part-time, non-exempt position that oversees the FOTAS dog foster program. The primary purpose of the DFC is to actively promote and coordinate the dog portion of the FOTAS foster program in order to maximize lives saved. 

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Provides training and other support for FOTAS volunteer foster families and the animals in their care
  • Serves as a liaison between foster families and Jackson County Animal Shelter staff or other sources of potential foster dogs
  • Communicates with fosters and ensures the proper care of foster animals
  • Screens potential foster dogs and recommends whether they enter the foster program
  • Assists in foster volunteer recruitment and retention
  • Encourages and actively supports the promotion of animals for adoption.

This position is approved for up to 20 hours of paid time per week. This position is under the direction and supervision of the FOTAS Executive Director.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Experience and ability to work with and around animals.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be able to exercise good judgment and problem solve with foster families, when issues emerge.
  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Knowledge of common health problems, disease symptoms and handling techniques for dogs and puppies.
  • Able to give vaccinations, oral medications and apply topicals as needed based on intake protocols. 
  • Has a basic understanding of dog behavior and can make recommendations for: transitioning a shelter or other dog to the home, managing a foster dog with other pets or children in the home.
  • Is familiar with and can provide recommendations for crate training, resource guarding, separation anxiety, and the facilitation of “meet and greets” with potential adopters.
  • Proficient at using computers and ability to learn and become proficient with software (Shelterluv, Petfinder) and online platforms
  • Willing to travel to foster homes as needed

Desired Qualifications:

Prior experience working or volunteering at an animal shelter, rescue group or veterinary office.  Experience as a licensed vet tech or assistant desirable. Prior experience managing volunteers.

Foster Coordinator Responsibilities:

  1. Help recruit foster families. Train, mentor, and serve as primary contact for foster volunteers.
    • Facilitate movement of shelter and/or other animals into foster care.
    • Interview, screen and perform home visits, as needed, of potential foster volunteers before acceptance into the program
    • Keep all foster materials and programs up to date
    • Provide appropriate orientation materials, manuals, and handouts to all foster volunteers.
    • Provide individualized training, including techniques to help an animal transition from the shelter or other situation to a foster home.
    • Enter new foster contacts to the Volgistics and Shelterluv systems
    • Work with the FOTAS Volunteer Service Manager regarding volunteer issues that require manager involvement.
  1. Maintain contact with foster families on a regular basis:
    • Promptly respond to phone calls, emails, and texts from foster families.
    • Take a proactive role in providing on-going education and input to foster families.
    • Schedule spay/neuter or other veterinary appointments
    • Identify foster homes with particular skill sets or limitations and document in shelterluv
    • Make sure fosters are adequately supplied with equipment and food.
    • Check-in on foster animals with medical or behavioral issues
    • Provide training and support for foster families as needed on medical issues, behavioral challenges, and basic care.
    • Give vaccinations, oral medications etc. as needed based on protocols
    • Contact fosters when vaccines or preventative care is due
    • Travel to foster homes as needed
    • Accompany foster pets to vet appointments as needed
    • Help facilitate adoptions and process adoptions in Shelterluv
    • For those foster families willing to have their foster animals adopted from home, assist foster family in creating foster animal profiles and photos. Encourage the use of various advertising and promotional efforts, including social media posts, flyers, promotional events, etc.
  1. Maintain computer Records and Data Entry Requirements
    • Enter all foster families and foster dog into Shelterluv and Volgistics
    • Enter foster information into Petfinder
    • Maintain foster Facebook page and moderate the private Facebook group for dog fosters
    • In conjunction with FOTAS social media coordinator, advertise foster dogs for adoption
  1. Maintain communication with JCAS staff and other organizations as appropriate; and FOTAS Board and/or relevant Board Committee(s):
    • Respond to staff emails, phone calls and texts in a timely manner.
    • Work with shelter staff to identify animals appropriate for the foster program.
    • Provide a written monthly foster report to the Board or relevant Board committee
    • Provide an annual report to the Board, including an assessment of the effectiveness of the program.
    • Make presentations by attending Board meetings as needed or requested.

How to apply:

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and three recent references to  Please indicate in the subject line, Dog FOSTER COORDINATOR/Last name, First Name.

Rolling Deadline for Applications

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