Director of Humane Education

Essential Duties and Primary Job Purpose

Develops and presents animal issues programs to local schools and organizations and conducts tours of the facility. Serves as a resource on animal care, welfare and behavior to shelter staff and the community. Prepares humane education materials for schools and the general public and assists with outreach programs designed to further the goals of the organization.

Representative Tasks & Major Responsibilities

  1. Delivers presentations to schools, youth groups and community organizations and coordinates humane education outreach efforts. Enhances and maintains on-going relationships through lesson plans, newsletters, updates on shelter activities and special projects. Acts as a spokesperson for the organization and guide to groups touring the facility.
  2. Researches, develops and updates programs to educate the community about humane animal care, animal welfare issues and the activities of the shelter assuring that the presentations are in accordance with the organization’s missions and philosophy and are at grade level comprehension. Assures quality programs through the use of valid evaluation techniques. Develops and implements special programs such as teacher in-service trainings, workshops and day camps as appropriate. Seeks out and creates materials to serve as teaching aids.
  3. Oversees the activities of humane education staff members. Trains staff and provides on-going feedback, guidance and performance evaluations. Instructs staff in use of department equipment, relevant computer software programs, use of the Internet and basic office machinery.
  4. Develops department timelines, procedures and goals. Schedules presentations. Prepares and submits budgets and operational reports to executive staff as required. Maintains department records and database.
  5. Cooperates with other departments and programs within the organization in planning special events. Seeks opportunities to promote the organization and humane education concepts at community events and in the news media.
  6. Serves as a resource for staff on policies and activities requiring an education perspective and on pet care, behavior and welfare issues. Is available to respond by phone, mail or E mail to requests and inquiries from classroom teachers as well as the general public about animal issues. Supplements conversation with written materials.
  7. Oversees production and distribution of general education materials. Edits and distributes a facility newsletter, develops mailing lists and maintains a web site.
  8. Supervises the development, use and maintenance of a resource library on animal related topics. Is responsible for education materials including audio/visual equipment. Updates and supplements resources as needed.

Qualification Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and task satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  1. Knowledge of teaching methods to accommodate students’ varied learning processes. Skill in lesson planning and presentation
  2. Program development knowledge including curriculum development and research methods. Skill in identifying new program ideas and developing ideas into lessons.
  3. Demonstrated program management knowledge to include budgeting principles.
  4. Demonstrated interpersonal relationship skills to include building alliances with schools and community organizations.