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FAIRFAX COUNTY'S ANIMAL SHELTER:
The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is an open-access, municipal shelter that provides a safe-haven for dogs, cats, and small animals like guinea pigs, rabbits and pet birds. The shelter is open Tuesday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During open hours, visitors can tour the adoption center and choose from dozens of cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, and small animals that are available for adoption.
The animal shelter has been in operation at the West Ox facility since 1975. The facility underwent a major renovation and expansion between 2009 and 2013 increasing its footprint to over 27,000 square feet. In 2014, with more capacity, fully operating robust programs and increased staffing, the Fairfax County Animal Shelter achieved a positive release rate of over 90% which it has continued to maintain.
Prior to 1999, animal control and the animal shelter operated as the Animal Care and Control Agency under the Deputy County Executive for Public Safety and Transportation. In 1999, animal control was moved under the Police Department (FCPD), followed shortly after by the animal shelter. The two groups together, became the Animal Services Division of FCPD and have remained as such until February 4, 2017.
In July 2015, the county contracted with Public Financial Management, Inc. to conduct an organizational review of its public safety agencies including the animal services division of FCPD. With the evolution of the animal shelter from a "pound" to an animal resource center for the community, and for it to best perform its mission, it was recommended that the animal shelter become a separate department reporting to the Deputy County Executive for Public Safety. This recommendation was subsequently approved by the Board of Supervisors.
It should also be noted that plans are currently underway to construct a second animal shelter in the southern part of the county to better serve that area of the community. The Director of the Department of Animal Sheltering will have oversight for both facilities and all sheltering operations. The individual hired for this position will play a key role in the design, construction oversight and staffing of the new facility.
THE DIRECTOR POSITION:
The director is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership to include business operations, shelter management, administration, managing a diverse staff of 31, supplemented by more than 300 active volunteers and working collaboratively with animal protection police and the shelter veterinarian. The director creates a work environment in which staff is motivated and empowered to perform at peak levels. Other duties include, but are not limited to:
- Oversees development and implementation of animal welfare programs, and uses appropriate resources to meet the goals and objectives of the shelter;
- Evaluates the effectiveness of programs and participates in problem-solving and quality improvement efforts throughout the shelter;
- Ensures that care and services are provided in accordance with current laws, rules, regulations and standards;
- Manages the department's budget and resources with an emphasis on responsible stewardship and maximizing benefits to shelter animals and the community;
- Fosters beneficial relationships with citizens and community organizations;
- Builds strong working relationships with local partners including government agencies, rescue groups, veterinarians, animal protection police, and the Animal Services Advisory Commission;
- Acts as liaison to the Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter for program planning and financial support;
- Represents Fairfax County on regional councils and committees as needed;
- Fosters a culture where no adoptable, treatable or rehabilitatable companion animal is euthanized for lack of space or lack of other resources.
- Extensive knowledge and experience with developing and mentoring staff;
- Knowledge of developing and implementing strategic plans;
- Possession of critical thinking skills;
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of managing a large animal facility;
- Extensive knowledge of sound management and leadership principles and practices;
- Expertise in developing and managing a budget with multiple line items contingent on unknown factors such as emergency medical care and large scale hoarding seizures;
- Demonstrates knowledge of current trends and issues in animal welfare;
- Demonstrates knowledge and awareness of the core programs required for successfully leading a progressive municipal animal shelter.
- Balancing concern for animal welfare with concerns for public safety;
- Maintaining a collaborative working relationship with the now organizationally separate Animal Protection Police Division of FCPD;
- Budget oversight to maintain robust, life-saving programs within a fixed budget. Note: the animal shelter has a supporting dedicated 501C3 organization (Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter ) as an additional funding resource, a gift fund and two state grant programs, however, this funding may be variable;
- Keeping staff healthy and emotionally balanced within the work environment;
- Keeping a healthy relationship of trust and collaboration with a large, diverse volunteer population;
- Meeting/managing the expectations of various advocacy groups, volunteers and rescue partners;
- Communicating in all areas, both internal and external. Monitoring social media network groups;
- Managing public expectation with regard to euthanasia decisions.
Fairfax County is one of the premier centers of technology in the United States. Located just west of the nation's capital, Fairfax County is the most populous jurisdiction in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It has a large, diverse and dynamic economy, and is home for eight Fortune 500 companies, more than 400 international owned firms, and the largest concentration of technology jobs of any major U.S. market. Minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses make significant contributions to the economy and add diversity to the business community.
The county offers residents an excellent environment in which to raise and educate their children. The Fairfax County Public Schools system and area private schools offer parents numerous education options. Fairfax County is also a leader in higher education, where five major colleges and universities, including the main campus of George Mason University, are located. Northern Virginia Community College – the largest community college in the Commonwealth of Virginia – has two campuses in Fairfax County. The community has a wealth of cultural and recreational resources that provide abundant opportunities for children to learn and grow.
Governed by a 10-member Board of Supervisors, and managed by the County Executive, Fairfax County government consistently achieves high praise for fiscal stability, quality service and technological sophistication. With over $3.9 billion in general fund revenues, Fairfax County maintains an exceptional Triple-A bond rating from three leading rating agencies – Moody's Investor Services, Standard and Poor's, and Fitch Investor Service.
It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.
Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 711. EEO/AA/TTY.