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Animal Relocation Driver - Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, or Virgina

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The ASPCA’s Shelter Outreach department is seeking an Animal Relocation Driver to support our Animal Relocation Initiative – a program aimed at increasing adoptions and decreasing euthanasia nationwide through safe and effective animal relocation and transport. Our Relocation team is responsible for successfully transporting approximately 50,000 dogs and cats each year – life-changing work that is made possible by our dedicated team of drivers.

This position will be responsible for direct animal transport between shelters and animal welfare organizations, ownership and operations of projects and resources that expand capacity of animal relocation efforts. The Animal Relocation Driver will also be responsible for safe, efficient and humane animal relocation, vehicle maintenance and short and long-distance transport of animals. These trips are expected to be long-haul (multiple night) trips on a weekly basis. The person in this role will monitor all activities related to logistics, scheduling, track progress, maintain budget and provide support and excellent customer service for partner shelters.

The role is perfect for someone comfortable representing the ASPCA in public, who thrives in a fast-paced and constantly changing environment, and who loves extensive travel and interacting with animal welfare partners across the country. The individual in this role will have an exciting opportunity to directly support the ASPCA’s mission by ensuring geography is not a barrier to animals finding long-term homes.

This is a remote based position; however, at this time only candidates based (or relocating) within a two-hour driving radius of a prioritized location will be considered. For all locations, significant travel (80%+) that includes multi-day/week and weekends is required.

We are seeking one driver within a two-hour commute of:

  • Dallas, TX, Little Rock, AR, Memphis, TN, or Oklahoma City, OK

We are seeking a second driver within a two-hour commute of:

  • Chattanooga, TN, Nashville, TN, or Staunton, VA

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Animal Transport Management (80%)

  • Ensure safe animal transport for long and short trips to destination locations throughout the South, Midwest, and East Coast
  • Assist in ensuring all animals have received required preparation for transport
  • Ensure animals are behaviorally sound for adoption and adequate space is available on a plane or in a van
  • Execute all aspects of assigned relocation projects in and from the throughout the South, Midwest, and East Coast areas and other areas as assigned.
  • Execute transports including: partner relationships, animal readiness, documentation and proper transport, vehicle oversight, transport, animal handling, transport schedule, routes, emergency preparedness, etc.
  • Oversee and track the purchasing of supplies and proper maintenance of program assets including vehicles and storage facilities
  • Partner with and support the National Field Response team in responding and deploying to disasters in relocation role
  • Adhere to and enforce safety protocols including SOPs and protocols adopted in response to COVID

Animal Administration & Planning (10%)

  • Contribute to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and detailed written summaries of projects to allow for duplication in other areas of the country, as relevant. 
  • Maintain regular communication with the project agencies, Relocation Team, and other ASPCA departments with vested interest in the project/s
  • Research best practices, industry standards, sustainability concepts, and other information relevant to the work. Make recommendations, provide summaries and/or detailed reports of findings as required
  • Serve as main contact person for assigned projects.
  • Participate in Strategic planning process and cross departmental projects as assigned
  • Support all other department activities which will contribute to the advancement and success of the team and the ASPCA as identified by supervisor
  • Research and prepare materials for reports and metrics. Prepare and deliver presentations as needed
  • Develop and implement programmatic advancements in conjunction with leadership – virtual systems and streamlining process
  • Report and update inventory information for vehicles and program storage units

Outreach & Engagement (10%)

  • Promote ASPCA tools to expand national relocation efforts
  • Assist with the identification and management of projects where ASPCA Relocation can expand capacity of relocation efforts (e.g. summits, State or regional team member, facility or equipment opportunities, etc.)
  • Develop an understanding of expectations for project/s and ensure positive relationships are established with stakeholders
  • Act as a liaison between source and destination partners to encourage communication and transparency
  • Solicit and provide stories and pictures of transported animals. As requested, write stories for Workplace, ASPCA blogs, newsletters, etc. and submit to management for distribution to the appropriate ASPCA departments.
  • Participate in media, marketing and communication materials as requested

Exemplifies the ASPCA’s Core Values

  •  Has Commitment and dedication to improving the lives of animals
  •  Demonstrates Ownership and feels responsible for outcomes
  •  Believes in Team – that we are stronger together
  •  Seeks to Elevate others and reimagine what is possible
  • Focuses on Impact, specifically making change for animals

Education and Experience:

  • High School Diploma required
  • Minimum 4 years of work experience 
  • Minimum 2 years of experience with an animal relocation program or working with shelters or directly handling animals

Travel and Driving Requirements:

  • Extensive travel is required. Travel includes multi-day/week and multiple overnight trips and will occur during weekend hours.
  • Must have held a driver’s license for at least the last 5 years
  • Must be able to drive eight hours in shifts as part of a team
  • Must be comfortable being on the road for up to sixteen hours at a time
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Must have dependable personal transportation
  • Knowledge of Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) & Association of Animal Welfare Advancement (AAWA) Transport Best Practices preferred
  • Required to obtain a DOT medical card upon hire

Ability to represent ASPCA philosophy and policy in all work areas, A strong sense of teamwork & collaboration with staff, volunteers and external constituents, Brings a spirit of generosity and assumes the best in others, Comfort with the Microsoft Office Suite, Excellent animal handling skills required, Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, Must be able to work in a remote office with minimal supervision, Must be a motivated, flexible, proactive individual, who is mission and goal oriented, Must be detail oriented and meticulous about following SOPs and keeping accurate records, Must be self-directed and able to work independently and meet deadlines, Must have ability to multi-task and support the team on a wide variety of projects, Must possess highly developed people skills and positively adapt to differing personality types, Project management skills preferred