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Missoula County Animal Control Program Manager in Missoula, Montana

invites applications for the position of:
Animal Control Program Manager

SALARY: $27.51 - $34.63 Hourly
DEPARTMENT: Missoula City-County Health Department Admin
DIVISION: Environmental Health
OPENING DATE: 08/23/21
CLOSING DATE: 09/28/21 05:00 PM
BARGAINING UNIT: Non-Union Personnel Plan
WORK SITE: Missoula Montana

• Please complete all sections of the online application, even if a resume is submitted or requested.
• Please include with your completed application the following attachments: College Transcripts (unofficial are accepted), a Letter of Interest (that includes motivation to work in animal control), and a Resume.
• Incomplete applications may be disqualified.
• Complete job description available upon request to the Department of Human Resources.
DEFINITION: Manages the animal control program and supervises staff for the Environmental Health Division of the Missoula City-County Health Department to ensure the health and safety of domestic animals and the community.

REPRESENTATIVE EXAMPLES OF WORK: Serves as a member of the Health Department management team. Participates in strategic and emergency planning, quality improvement, performance management, workforce development, and accreditation. Serves as part of incident command during emergencies. Participates in division and departmentwide strategic activities. Identifies trends, opportunities, and resource needs, and advocates for regulations and policies that protect public and domestic animal health. Supervises animal control officers and shelter staff including hiring, staff training and development, performance evaluation, disciplinary action, and termination. Facilitates cooperation and teamwork among staff. Plans, schedules, and coordinates work assignments; reviews quality, quantity, and accuracy of work; implements methods for assuring employee safety. Prepares the animal control fund budget for review and approval by the Division Director. Develops and maintains funding sources; manages contracts; monitors and approves budget expenditures; handles funds, makes deposits and balances statements. Projects needs and costs for capital improvement, operations, and personnel. Promotes and enforces dog licensing requirements to ensure that program funding levels are maintained. Facilitates the development of programs to prevent pet overpopulation and unnecessary euthanasia of cats and dogs. Organizes spay/neuter and vaccination clinics. Collaborates with other sheltering organizations. Interacts with the public to resolve conflicts. Serves as a resource for assigned staff to provide technical leadership, rule interpretation and conflict resolution. Develops and implements public education/information campaigns. Represents the animal control program before local governing bodies, civic organizations, and service groups. Serves as liaison to local law enforcement agencies. Drafts new or revised animal control ordinances for Director’s review and governing body approval. Participates in developing and evaluating proposals for state legislative action. Develops and evaluates policies and procedures for implementing adopted animal control regulations and programs. Schedules and attends animal control board meetings. Oversees and assures administrative and judicial enforcement of animal control regulations; coordinates with city and county legal staff; monitors enforcement activities and participates in resolution of cases. Responsible for ensuring compliance with laws regarding animal bite response and rabies. Maintains and upgrades computer data systems for managing dog licensing, officer dispatch, complaints, and impounded and adopted animals. Responsible for the overall operation of the public animal shelter to include the care and welfare of animals, shelter facility maintenance and repair, grounds maintenance, and maintenance of the vehicle fleet.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Requires a bachelor’s degree in a field related to public health, biological sciences, or management. Related master’s degree is preferred. Requires three years of experience in position which involved program management, and two years’ experience in direct staff supervision. One year of experience working in animal control, animal handling, or animal research is preferred. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Requires a valid Montana Driver's license. New employees will be asked to volunteer vaccination status for required vaccines upon hire and will be offered assistance during hiring to receive necessary immunizations. Employees who have not received the vaccines required for their positions or who are unwilling to voluntarily provide vaccination status for required vaccines will receive a reasonable accommodation where such accommodation does not require an undue hardship or endanger the health or safety of any person.

PHYSICAL/ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS: Most work is performed at the animal shelter. The work involves contact with animals at the shelter and in the field and may include feeding animals and cleaning kennels. Work may involve exposure to hostile people, vicious animals, animal disease, offensive odors, chemical disinfectants, and strong cleaners. Requires occasional heavy physical activity and lifting (50-75 lbs). Work schedule requires flexible hours to participate in meetings or presentations outside of normal business hours and weekend animal control duties.


200 W Broadway
Missoula, MT 59802
Position #2020-00276