Job Opening: Animal Programs Coordinator


The Kauai Humane Society (KHS), the island’s only open intake animal shelter, seeks an Animal Program Coordinator to assist with four critical animal welfare programs at the Kauai Humane Society: adoptions, transfers, fostering, and animal wellness.  This position is responsible for working closely with the Animal Programs Manager to increase the quantity and quality of adoptions, transfers, and fosters in order to save more lives while also improving the quality of life the animals experience at KHS. This position works closely with the Animal Programs Manager to ensure that animals are being placed into foster homes in a timely and efficient manner, that animals are prepared and properly transported to the airport for transfer opportunities, and that animals in the shelter are well cared for mentally and physically.  This person plays a critical role in ensuring the KHS staff understands the needs of specific animals so that they can carry out effective adoption counseling and help to establish long lasting relationships between animals and people.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Works collaboratively with the Animal Programs Manager to plan and implement  programs to increase adoption and transfer opportunities for our shelter animals.
  • Aids the Animal Programs Manager in moving animals from the shelter into foster homes efficiently by contacting foster homes during a time of need, setting up appointments and foster return dates, and responding to foster inquiries.
  • Helps maintain an organized and detailed workspace.
  • Helps to ensure animal information in our database is current, particularly behavioral and foster notes.
  • Assists with behavioral evaluations as needed.
  • Coordinates with the Marketing/Social Media personnel to ensure that animal’s bios and photographs are positive and appropriate. Helps with videos and photography for social media posts regarding transfers and fosters.
  • Helps prepare animals for transfer by assembling crates, collecting and scanning medical records, and ensuring that all paperwork is prepared.
  • Assists in transporting animals to the airport on the day of travel.
  • Attends adoption and recruitment events with the Animal Programs Manager.
  • Contacts and counsels potential adopters to help match them with KHS’s available pets, including educating on foster care and pet ownership best practices.
  • Ensures that the Daily Rounds pages are completed each morning.
  • Assists Animal Care staff with educating visitors on field trip dogs and protocols.
  • Ensures that KHS staff understands any special needs of animals in our care to improve their stay at KHS or in foster care; also helps educate KHS staff on how understanding an individual KHS animal’s needs increases the pet’s chances for a successful adoption or transfer.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Treat all animals humanely, with compassion and concern, both on and off the job and serve as an example for staff to follow these humane actions.
  • Consistently strive to stay educated on current practices and topics in the animal care field and animal welfare issues, techniques, procedures and equipment.
  • Be flexible and willing to help in other departments to improve the animals’ quality of life and live release opportunities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of domestic animals, especially large dogs and all ages of cats, including animal behavior and body language, appropriate animal care and how to set animals up for success in adoptive homes.
  • Ability to think outside the box and solve problems creatively.
  • Clear communication skills. Ability to establish and maintain relationships through telephone and email.
  • Ability to get along and work effectively as part of a team, with the public, management, fellow employees, volunteers, and other agencies and groups.
  • Basic computer skills using standard office programs such as Word, Excel or similar programs.  Ability to learn and use animal shelter management databases.
  • Valid Driver’s license and ability to drive animals to/from airport and adoption events.
  • Willingness to go the extra mile in all duties, and inspire and support work colleagues to do the same.

Education and Experience:

  • High School graduate or GED equivalent is required; college degree is preferred.
  • 1 year experience in animal welfare is preferred.

Job Type: Full-time

Compensation range is $13-14/hour.