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Espanola Humane wants your help to save lives! Espanola Humane is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We are a progressive, innovative shelter that offers a collaborative environment, excellent compensation and benefits.

Lifesaving Operations Manager

The Manager of Lifesaving Operations oversees Española Humane’s lifesaving programs, including adoptions, foster care, transport and intake diversion. The Manager will collaborate with volunteers, animal care teams and program coordinators to achieve the lifesaving mission. The Manager will report directly to the Director of Operations.

The Manager embraces a progressive, proactive and creative approach to maximize every available opportunity for successful placement and outcome. Our lifesaving work prioritizes client engagement over screening and barrier-centric approaches and as the Manager, this position oversees those endeavors from a high level, with a team that is aligned with similar goals and outlook.

The Manager is enthusiastic, well-organized and people- and lifesaving oriented. The Lifesaving Operations Manager is committed to a continuous improvement culture, constantly learning and evolving to better serve the pets, as well as implementing industry-leading processes. He/she has a strong desire to help people and pets, with a commitment to lifesaving programs and services. He/she facilitates departmental communication through coordinated efforts regarding pets in the shelter’s care and community engagement.

Principal Duties

Overall leadership and oversight of lifesaving programs, including setting and meeting Service Level Agreements, maintaining a high level of customer service and expanding key relationships and partnerships.

  1. Community Outreach
  • Develop and support relationships that are critical to furthering Española Humane’s mission, i.e. supporters, fosters, rescues, community members
  • Engage with the public and community as a resource for pet information and owner support
  • In coordination with the Marketing/Communications Team, monitor and coordinate marketing strategies of available pets through social media, website and any other communications channels
  1. Managerial
  • Lead and mentor direct reports and team to create an open and judgment-free environment to better serve the shelter’s pets and supporters
  • Model and promote a staff culture that is friendly, outgoing and collaborative
  • Provide oversight and direction to direct reports for successful program operations
  1. Volunteer
  • Identify volunteer opportunities, develop training modules and integrate trained volunteers for program growth and success
  1. Administrative
  • Develop, implement and execute programs to further the shelter’s lifesaving goals
  • Program reporting
  • Program data management


  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in a managerial role ideally completed through work at an animal nonprofit or rescue organization.
  • Strong ability to serve as staff leader and mentor; excellent supervision and staff/volunteer support skills with proven ability to work with different work styles and to facilitate clear communication.
  • Ability to build alliances with community organizations and agencies.
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The shelter in Española, New Mexico is changing the way city animal shelters are viewed through progressive community programs, free spay/neuter services and a commitment to saving the lives of the pets coming into the open admission shelter.

Completing over 5,300 surgeries in 2018, Española Humane is searching for a Veterinarian who is committed to life saving programs and services to join the dedicated team. The Veterinarian reports to the Director of Medical Care and is responsible for medical care for shelter pets, spay/neuter surgeries and wellness clinic services. This position will perform specialty surgeries, spay/neuter surgeries and medical care for shelter pets. Typical surgery case mix includes dental extractions, mass removals, amputations, wound repairs and optic surgeries, with occasional emergency surgeries.

The ideal candidate is upbeat, enthusiastic with a strong desire to help people and pets. Emphatic communication skills and a strong desire to improve the quality of pets in the community are essential qualities of the candidate. Exceptionally strong interpersonal skills and the ability to forge effective relationships with a wide variety of people in a wide variety of circumstances will insure the Veterinarian’s success.

The position is exempt, full-time with a flexible schedule, typically Monday – Friday.

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