Director of OC Animal Care

  • Orange County, CA
  • Orange County, California
  • Jul 01, 2020
Full Time Administration and Management Animal Control or Services
  • Salary: $100,588.80 - $176,633.60 Annually USD

Job Description

Director of OC Animal Care

(Administrative Manager III)

This position is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following dates:
Effective July 2, 2021 - 2.5% increase
Effective July 1, 2022 - 3.0% increase

Mandatory Employee Retirement Contributions will decrease on the following dates:
Effective July 2, 2021 - 1.2% decrease
Effective July 1, 2022 - 0.5% decrease

Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.

This recruitment is being held to establish an open eligible list to fill current and future Administrative Manager III vacancies within the County of Orange. The eligible list established may also be used to fill similar and lower level classifications throughout the County of Orange.

This recruitment will be advertised for a minimum of five (5) business days and will remain open on a continuous basis until the needs of the hiring department are met. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.

The deadline to apply for the first round of consideration has been EXTENDED to Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 11:59 PM (PST).


TheCounty of Orangeis a regional service provider and planning agency whose core businesses include public safety, public health, environmental protection, regional planning, public assistance, social services and aviation.

OC Community Resourcesis a multi-faceted department comprised of OC Animal Care, OC Community Services, OC Housing & Homeless Services, OC Parks, and OC Public Libraries.

OC Animal Care'smission is to provide refuge and care for animals, foster the human-animal bond and promote safety in our community to ensure a safe compassionatecommunity for all. OC Animal Care promotes:responsible pet ownership; health and safety of people and animals and spay/neuter programs. OC Animal Care provides temporary shelter and medical care for lost, owned, or stray animals and opportunities for adoption for these animals.


OC Animal Care (OCAC) was founded in 1941 in the City of Orange in Orange County, California as a rabies control center with only 25 dog kennels. Since then, OCAC has expanded to become a fundamental component of Orange County's animal care community, taking in 18,000 animals each year.OCAC serves 14 cities and the unincorporated areas of Orange County with its expanded programs and services.

OCAC's goal is to deliver prompt, quality care and refuge to homeless animals, as well as to reunite animals with their owners, facilitate adoption, provide public safety, and enhance the human-animal bond in the community. This is an exciting time for OCAC as the new shelter features many modern animal-centered designs including indoor/outdoor temperature-controlled kennels, multiple exercise yards to facilitate enrichment and the opportunity to manage multiple dog play groups. Cats are afforded abundant natural light and ventilation in large cat cages, group cat rooms, and even "catios." A community/training facility allows for engagement of staff, volunteers and members of the community.

This new shelter is designed to provide a positive experience for animals and people alike and will be the backdrop for the animal programming that OC Animal Care is continually developing to provide enrichment and engagement for the animals in its care.

The Director of OC Animal Care position will be responsible for the strategic development, administrative objectives and operational practices of the Department. The position will balance the animal-centered programming of the facility with the business development needs of the organization. The primary responsibilities of this position may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Direct the implementation of a strategic plan of animal care programs, processes and guidelines
  • Develop strategies to guide the department through economic, regulatory and legislative challenges, including the utilization ofexisting resources as investments to meet the future needs of the County
  • Develop and implement financial strategies for estimating, forecasting, and anticipating trends, analyzing alternate revenue options and aligning monetary resources
  • Establish collaborative, effective working relationships with the Board of Supervisors, contract cities, local and state government entities, community groups and other stakeholders
  • Develop policy recommendations for the CEO or Board of Supervisors in conjunction with elected and appointed officials, members of the community and civic and industry leaders
  • Develop and manage positive relationships with contract cities and City Managers
  • Represent OCACbefore boards, committees, councils and commissions including representing the agency to animal rescue groups and other non-profit organizations
  • Collaborate with various OCAC departments to ensure efficient flow of animals through the shelter system, including proactive procedural analysis, thorough and accurate electronic records and minimal length of stays
  • Provide leadership, direction and guidance for a well-developed volunteer support organization that is critical to the shelter's success
  • Develop and promote education programs that increase awareness and community participation in responsible pet ownership, animal adoption, animal care, and safety
  • Anticipate opportunities and challenges, develop detailed plans for all aspects of the organization to minimize disruptions for an efficient and organized process through an evolving climate
  • Engage in effective personnel management as it relates to ensuring proper staffing, coaching, mentoring, and building morale within the division
  • Effectively manage the emotional aspect of work and leading a team in an animal shelter environment in a positive and professional manner
  • Negotiate and manage contracts and grants required for the daily operations of the Animal Shelter

The ideal candidate will possess extensive management experience demonstrating their ability to plan, organize, and direct the overall operations, services and activities of OCAC, including comprehensive knowledge ofanimal control, sheltering and animal care services (or other similarly complex operation or program), as well as, experience:
  • Forecasting future trends and legislation in the industry
  • Negotiating contracts with revenue agreements
  • Developing partnerships among a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Making recommendations and presenting policy items to boards and commissions
  • Developing innovative solutions to address challenges related to shelter management and providing animal care services
  • Promoting teamwork, cooperation, spirit and synergy across a multidisciplinary staff
  • Motivating and managing staff to produce high quality results and outcomes
  • Cultivating and managing relationships with community stakeholders

The most qualified candidates will alsodemonstrate exceptional leadership and management skills with a thorough understanding of public administration, fiscal management and budgeting practices; the ability to manage complex issues, collaboratively resolve conflict, and improve and implement best management/operations practices.

Candidates should have at least five (5)years of progressively responsible experience as described above. A Bachelor's Degree or higher in Public Administration, Business Administration, Animal Care, or related field is preferred for this position.

Please clickherefor a full classification description, including minimum qualifications and physical characteristics and environmental conditions, of the Administrative Manager III .

Additional Environmental Conditions:
The Director of Animal Care (Administrative Manager III)will be exposed to animals; along with noise, dust, dirt, dander, zoonotic diseases and a variety of odors associated with animals. While infrequent, there is a possibility of the need to handle animals on occasion.

Human Resource Services (HRS) screens all applications to identify the candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for the position based on the skills required to meet the needs of the County. After the initial screening, those who meet the minimum/desirable qualifications will be referred to an Oral Interview.

Structured Oral Interview | Technical/Communication Skills Assessment:
Candidates who meet the minimum and desirable qualifications, will be invited to participate in an oral interview. These candidates will be interviewed and rated by a panel of job knowledge experts. Each candidate's rating will be based on responses to a series of structured questions designed to elicit the candidate's qualifications on the job. Only the most successful candidates will be placed on an eligible list.

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures above may be modified. Candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedures.

Eligible List:Once the assessment has been completed, HRS will establish an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.


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For additional questions regarding this recruitment, please contactMelanie Ramosat 714-480-2731

Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

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