Employment Opportunities

 

Large Breed Dog Foster Manager

 

Description:
Are you an experienced leader who wants to save the lives of homeless pets? Have you worked before with large numbers of dogs and people? Bring your know-how and your love of animals and people to one of MN’s largest foster based animal rescue.

At Ruff Start Rescue, you'll not only be overseeing the medical and behavioral care of the large breed dogs, but you'll also be using your people skills to manage skilled foster homes and collaborate with other managers.

Salary: $35,568 annually

Availability: At least 40+ hours a week.

Reports to: Director of Programs

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • You will oversee and evaluate the needs of all large breed foster homes. (this can be anywhere from 100-200 dogs) You are their go-to person for any foster related questions, concerns and all vetting needs.
  • You will manage the vetting for all of the animals included in the large dog program and will maintain up to date spreadsheets/vetting software regarding the status of all of the animals under you. This will include setting up vetting appts at our surgery suite in Princeton or nearby clinics, managing records and communicating with vet clinics.
  • Maintain consistent and timely communicate with foster families and FTA homes daily/weekly via email and phone - communication is very important.
  • Work proactively to identify any training or behavioral issues with foster animals.
  • Monitor incoming emails, calls and general inquiries to the vetting department and address any inquiries for animals under you.
  • Work closely with vetting, training and intake managers to resolve any medical or behavioral concerns.
  • Create and implement new processes to help the rescue and foster homes grow internally/externally. Implement cost saving processes.
  • Consistently seek professional development to build your animal welfare skills, customer skills and volunteer management. Research new trends/processes on how to best care for the animals and the foster volunteers.

Qualifications:

  • Veterinary knowledge and background, preferred 2+ years CVT experience.
  • Access to the internet on a daily basis.
  • Smartphone required.
  • Understanding of all animal breeds, specifically large breed animals such as bully breed, shepherd, lab, boxer, doberman, hounds, rottweilers, mastiffs, border collie mixes, etc.
  • Familiarity with animals, knowledge of animal behavior, and experience working with animal welfare programs is preferred.

Personal Characteristics:

  • Demonstrates honesty, integrity and discretion. Skilled at handling sensitive and confidential situations.
  • Strong interpersonal skills - outgoing, patient, professional, and able to get along well with a variety of people.
  • Ability to show compassion and empathize with the foster families.
  • Work as a team player, supporting the overall goals of the organization.
  • Possibility-driven, proactive, personable, energetic, collaborative and tactful.
  • Brings a strong drive for results, while maintaining a calm approach to managing change and working through unexpected or challenging situations.
  • Well organized.
  • Deep and abiding passion to professionally advocate Ruff Start Rescue's position on key animal welfare and No Kill issues.

Benefits:

  • Health insurance will be available for employees after the 90 day trial period. RSR will pay 50% of the employee's monthly premium.
  • Retirement plan with a up to a 3% employee contribution available after a 90 day trial period.
  • Optional insurance options available after probationary period - you pay 100% premium at a discounted group rate.
    • Short term disability
    • Life Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Accident Insurance
    • Hospital Indemnity Insurance
    • Critical Illness Insurance
    • Cancer Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
  • Vacation leave upon completion of probationary period - 10 PTO days prorated in your first year.
  • Professional development courses covered up to $200 annually.

How to apply:

Submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to apply@ruffstartrescue.org with "Large Breed Dog Foster Manager" in the subject line.

**Candidates who do not follow application instructions and/or do not send all requested documents will not be considered .**

Relief Veterinarian, DVM

 

Relief Veterinarian, DVM

 

Description:
We are seeking compassionate and driven relief veterinarians with shelter medicine experience that can fill in and perform high quality, high volume spay and neuter surgeries. If you are an experienced vet, more recent graduate, or someone interested in venturing into relief, we want to hear from you!

Ruff Start Rescue veterinarians are responsible for the compassionate veterinary care for all RSR owned animals, including but not limited to surgical services within the surgeon's skill level, medical treatment and diagnosis of rescue animals. Services and surgeries will take place on site in Princeton, MN at our facility.

Salary: Based off experience

Reports to: Senior Medical Manager and Director of Programs

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee all aspects of assigned patients, including (but not limited to) physical examination, surgery; pre and post-operative care, anesthetic protocols, patient monitoring and emergency response.
  • Provide high quality, high volume spay and neuter surgeries, as well as additional surgical procedures and dentistry within the surgeon's skill level for the animals within the rescue and partner rescues.

Qualifications:

  • DVM Degree with active veterinary license, in good standing in the State of Minnesota
  • Ability to perform high volume high quality spay neuter; preferred candidates need at least 2 years of anesthetic and surgical experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of shelter medicine
  • Supervisory knowledge to include training methods, motivation and decision making techniques.
  • Ability to train and effectively direct medical staff and overall organizational medical activities

Personal Characteristics:

  • Demonstrates honesty, integrity and discretion. Skilled at handling sensitive and confidential situations.
  • Strong interpersonal skills - outgoing, patient, professional, and able to get along well with a variety of people.
  • Ability to show compassion and empathize with the foster families.
  • Work as a team player, supporting the overall goals of the organization.
  • Possibility-driven, proactive, personable, energetic, collaborative and tactful.
  • Brings a strong drive for results, while maintaining a calm approach to managing change and working through unexpected or challenging situations.
  • Well organized.
  • Deep and abiding passion to professionally advocate Ruff Start Rescue's position on key animal welfare and No Kill issues.

How to apply:

Submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to apply@ruffstartrescue.org with "Relief Veterinarian, DVM" in the subject line.

**Candidates who do not follow application instructions and/or do not send all requested documents will not be considered .**

Donation & Database Management Coordinator

 

Donation & Database Management Coordinator

 

Description:
Ruff Start Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit foster-based companion animal rescue based in Princeton, Minnesota that serves the entire state. RSR rescues 3,300+ animals per year, including dogs, cats, and critters.

The Donation & Database Management Coordinator is responsible for overseeing Ruff Start Rescue’s donation process and donor database. This position ensures all donations received are processed in accordance with IRS requirements.

Salary: $13-$14 / hour DOE

Reports to: Director of Marketing & Development

Availability: This is a part-time hourly position of 8-10 hours per week. This is a fully remote position with the opportunity to work in an office setting if desired. Must be able to check in every day.

Lead and Supervise: Volunteer Donation Recorders
Volunteer Donation Coordinators s

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Allocate all incoming donations in a consistent and structured manner to ensure ease of processing
  • Supply donation information to volunteer Donation Recorders and certify all entries are appropriately and timely processed
  • Update Donation Procedure and other donation materials as needed
  • Monitor that all donors are recognized for their contribution(s)
  • Maintain integrity of information in our donor database (Network for Good)
  • Hold quarterly meetings with volunteer Donation Recorders to continue to address issues, changes in the department and keep volunteers engaged and accountable
  • Train and oversee volunteer Animal Supply Gift Coordinators to handle all incoming in-kind donation requests; the Donations and Database Management Coordinator is responsible for this function in the event that we do not have volunteers in this role

Required qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and extremely organized
  • Ability to work alongside and provide guidance to volunteers
  • Competency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel
  • Have access to reliable smartphone and computer

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience using donation recording software, familiarity with Network for Good preferred
  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in business, non-profit administration, finance, or related field

Personal Characteristics:

  • Have a positive attitude
  • Take initiative
  • Be a self-starter
  • Be extremely reliable
  • Be trusted with very sensitive and confidential information
  • Be reliable and consistent in thought with the ability to make common sense decisions

How to apply:

Submit a cover letter & resume to apply@ruffstartrescue.org with "Donor and Database Management Coordinator" in the subject line.

**Candidates who do not follow application instructions and/or do not send all requested documents will not be considered .**

Volunteer Opportunities

Board Member

Board Member

Reports to: Board Chair

Role: To serve as a voting member of the Board of Directors

Term:Two Years

Time Expectations:

  • Attend and participate in monthly board meetings.
  • Participate actively in one or more committees of the board. Provide feedback and input to committee reports.
  • Attend scheduled board retreats, planning meetings, workshops and other board development activities.
  • Attend, support and participate in at least two signature organizational events, the annual holiday event, and the fundraising gala.
  • Ability to check your organizational email several times per week and respond in a timely manner.

 

Obligations:

  • Show passion in furthering the mission of Ruff Start Rescue®.
  • Stay informed about the organization’s mission, services, policies, and programs.
    • Engage actively in strategic and policy-making decisions.
  • Make a personal annual financial contribution of at least $1,000 and assist the organization in finding additional donation sources.
  • Participate and support any capital campaigns.
  • Follow developments in community, economy, government, etc., that may affect the organization.
  • Promote the organization to others and participate in fundraising.
  • Build working relationships that contribute to consensus.
  • Suggest nominees to the board who can make significant contributions.
  • Assist the board in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities by ensuring adequate financial resources; oversee financial and risk management.
  • Select, evaluate, appoint and, if necessary, terminate the Executive Director.
  • Monitor the community and professional image of the organization and provide feedback to the board and leadership.

 

Note

  • Board members have no individual authority separate from the board.
  • Board members are expected to support decisions of the board, regardless of personal desires and/or opinions.

 

BOARD MEMBER DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Devote adequate time to faithfully perform the responsibilities of being a board member.
  • Set policies for organizational operation.
  • Establish fiscal policy and boundaries, including budgets and financial controls.
  • Provide adequate resources for the activities of the organization through a commitment to fundraising.
  • Develop and maintain a communication link to the community by acting as an advocate.
  • Ensure that the organization's Articles and Bylaws are being followed.
  • Be familiar with the organization's goals, objectives and programs.
  • Read preparation materials prior to each board meeting.
  • Make sure the organization keeps a written, permanent record of all board official actions.
  • Be certain the organization is fulfilling all aspects of its nonprofit and tax-exempt status.
  • Know the budget, budget process and financial situation of the organization.
  • Pursue action if there are warning signs that something is wrong.
  • Ask questions concerning those policies, practices, issues, and circumstances you do not understand.
  • Insist on meaningful board meetings with full disclosure of operating results.
  • Require the organization to engage competent legal counsel.
  • Require all committees to make reports at the board meetings, when appropriate.
  • Authorize appropriate indebtedness for major programs.
  • Avoid conflicts of interest.
  • Review the organization's insurance program.

How to apply:

Submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references to apply@ruffstartrescue.org with "RSR Board Member" in the subject line.

**Candidates who do not follow application instructions and/or do not send all requested documents will not be considered .**