Under the direction and guidance of the Manager of Canine Development, this position will provide leadership and direction for Leader Dogs for the Blind’s Breeding Program. This position is responsible for strategically managing the Breeding Program resulting in the production of high quality guide dogs and meeting established quantity goals.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES •Oversees breeding and host home management resulting in the production of quality guide dogs that meet organizational and client needs. •Coordinates with Manager of Canine Development for budget process with responsibility for coding and establishing budget needs. •Supervises the recruitment of and ongoing contact and communication with volunteer host homes, coordinating all host home activities (i.e. training/whelping/etc) and providing ongoing education to host homes in reproduction, care and whelping. •Manages the breeding colony including the breeding and healthcare of adult breeding dogs and puppies. •Ensures quality assurance for the breeding colony and puppies with appropriate reporting and feedback. •Reviews Host Home program for potential process and program improvements. •Responsible for recruitment and retention of donated puppies and breeding stock. •Utilizes Estimated Breeding Value Model (Canine Genetics) to manage breeding program and ensure quality of dogs and puppies. •Recruits, mentors, develops and successfully manages a team to achieve the strategic objectives and the present and future needs of the department. •Leads team members using a performance support process including goal setting, feedback, and development. •Collaborates with the volunteer engagement department to identify the need for volunteers as well as interviewing, training, and providing on-going supervision and feedback, support and recognition of volunteers working within the department. •Assists with breeding activities including insemination, pregnancy ultrasound and pregnancy x-rays as needed. •Performs other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE Bachelor’s Degree in animal science, zoology or related field required. Minimum of 3 years of canine behavior / obedience training required. Program management experience required. Previous supervisory experience preferred. Candidate must be familiar with basic genetics. Whelping experience required. Experience with insemination techniques and working with a guide dog breeding program preferred. Additional years of experience may be substituted for the university requirement.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES •Must be extremely well organized and self directed with the ability to work well under pressure, handle multiple priorities and meet deadlines and have acuity with detail. •The ability to function effectively as a member of a team, and a willingness to participate in activities and assignments that will benefit other members of the team or will contribute to the accomplishment of team objectives. •Ability to exercise good judgment, take initiative and make recommendations in resolving problems and provide guidance to other staff. •Must possess the ability to evaluate and interpret data, define problems, analyze business issues and develop workable solutions. •Must possess sound business judgment, exercise professional conduct, understand and follow business ethics and standards and maintain a high level of confidentiality in all duties. •Can skillfully prevent, diagnose, and handle veterinary or temperament problems with puppies. •This position may be required to be on campus when deemed necessary at the direction of management. •Must be flexible with personal commitments to work around volunteer and dog’s needs •Must possess a passion and commitment for the guide dog mission. •Must have strong interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills in English and be able to work with Guide and Service dog problems all over the world. •Must be willing and comfortable working around large breed dogs. •Must possess excellent interpersonal skills; must have the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with others. •Must be proficient in latest version of Microsoft Office products. •Must possess a valid driver’s license with no restrictions and the ability to travel locally, nationally and internationally as needed. •Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as strong organizational skills, and have acuity with detail. •Must be able to establish and maintain professional, productive and courteous interactions with employees that promote positive teamwork, as well as with volunteers, donors, clients and all constituents of Leader Dog. This encompasses going beyond giving and receiving instructions and includes but is not limited to (a) performing work activities requiring interacting or speaking with others; and (b) responding appropriately to constructive feedback or suggestions for improvement from a supervisor.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Upon receiving notice, reasonable accommodations may be made, if possible, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to effectively communicate over the phone in emergency situations. The employee is regularly required to crouch, stoop, kneel, stand, reach with hands and arms. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds. There may be occasional driving. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.
Leader Dogs for the Blind reserves the right to change, amend, add, delete, and otherwise assign any and all duties, responsibilities and position title as it deems necessary to meet the needs of its business.
Leader Dogs for the Blind is an at-will employer. This means that the employment relationship may be ended at any time without notice by the employer or employee for any reason. Neither this document, nor any manual issued by Leader Dogs for the Blind, is a contract of employment.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Medical, dental, vision, 401k with 5% match, short term/long term disability, life insurance, pet insurance, personal and vacation time.
About LEADER DOGS FOR THE BLIND
Leader Dogs for the Blind is a remarkable organization with a mission to enhance the lives of people who are blind and visually impaired. It provides guide dogs to enhance mobility, independence and quality of life. Each year, over 270 students attend our 25-day residential training program to be paired with a guide dog. This is a life-changing event that opens the door to independence, safety and self-worth for many of our clients.