Medical Director, Shelter Services - Relocation Assistance and Sabbatical Leave Benefits!
Denver Dumb Friends League [cid:106439]
Location: Denver, Colorado
Type: Full Time
Salary: 150,000 to 170,000 Yearly
DVM or equivalent
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: 1364207
Do you love shelter medicine and teaching? The Dumb Friends League in Denver, Colorado is looking for an experienced veterinarian with a passion for teaching to join our team! This is a leadership position within the League’s veterinary team. The League provides our veterinarians a competitive salary, a four 10's schedule, and amazing benefits includingrelocation assistance, sabbatical leave benefits, student loan assistance and annual support for continuing education.
Purpose of Position: Serve as the League’s lead shelter medical and surgical staff member. Establish appropriate veterinary policies for all shelter operations.
Develop, implement, and monitor medical programs that improve the standard of animal and veterinary care for all League shelters.
Collaborate with the shelter leadership team to ensure the League’s operations are conducted using appropriate and up-to-date medical practices.
Remain up to date on trends in veterinary medicine, and in shelter medicine and incorporate this knowledge into League procedures.
Manage and develop an effective staff: providing effective communication, leadership, guidance, and resources. Determine staff qualifications and competency: recruit, interview, select, hire, train, orient, mentor, evaluate, coaches, counsel, discipline, and reward.
Establish and monitor staff safety and regulatory compliance.
Supervise, coach and mentor staff Veterinarians and Veterinary interns, in the provision of veterinary medicine and regarding core values outside of medicine and surgery.
Create training programs for staff Veterinarians and Veterinary interns.
Provide outstanding veterinary care to homeless and stray pets including physical exams, diagnostics, treatment plans, preventative medicine, case management, surgery, euthanasia, and necropsies, as needed.
Perform surgical procedures routinely, as often as needed, including high quality, high volume spay/neuter, dentistry, and various soft tissue and orthopedic procedures.
Oversee the management of cases, advocating for the best outcome for individual animals within the League’s scope of care.
Practice, teach and direct incremental medicine, using critical thinking and decision-making skills within the League’s scope of care.
Participate in euthanasia decision making. Oversee the euthanasia training program to ensure it meets state regulations. Create and provide trainings, maintain licenses, and monitor DEA compliance. Certify staff to perform euthanasia procedures. Collaborate with shelter leadership on euthanasia training and SOP development.
Assume regular overnight on-call responsibilities for shelter and foster and emergently hospitalized animals, by phone.
Work with other departments to effectively and efficiently coordinate care and quarantine of infectious disease animals.
Work with cruelty investigations staff for evaluation, documentation and testimony about the condition of animals involved in investigation cases.
Consult and provide assistance to patrons and external veterinarians regarding animals at or adopted from the League.
Serve as a liaison promoting the League’s philosophy and goals to veterinarians, vendors, the public, and other animal welfare related organizations.
Contribute to and support a culture of learning generally, and specifically for colleagues, veterinary interns, and veterinary support staff.
Deliver League specific training programs regarding veterinary medicine as requested.
Deliver animal welfare related continuing education presentations for partner organizations and in the community.
Contribute to and help maintain a culture of collaboration and teamwork within Veterinary Services and across the League.
Develop SOPs and ensure they are updated and practiced with staff and volunteers.
Work with the veterinary services manager to understand and implement the annual budget.
Monitor and evaluate departmental/area processes and procedures alongside veterinary services leadership to maximize efficient uses of resources.
Participate in inter-departmental meetings and discussions to support and develop League initiatives, as needed.
Participate in strategic initiatives as appropriate
Work in collaboration with the Development and Communications teams to support fundraising efforts and campaigns, such as providing impact stories and reports resulting in financial support.
Participate in donor events, meetings, and tours.
Ensure program grant compliance, and quality of services and evaluations.
People are the key to fulfilling our mission. Making internal and external patrons and their needs a primary focus is expected in all situations. This position interacts with and collaborates with employees at all levels of the organization. Communication occurs through face to face, telephone, and electronic interactions and may also include contact with the general public and League business partners. Communication and contact must be clear, understandable, cooperative, professional and respectful in all circumstances. Employees are expected to actively support a positive team environment, directly address conflict, and appropriately express concerns.
Competencies are work behaviors and expectations necessary for successful job performance. They encompass knowledge, skills, abilities, attitudes, and actions. Additional definitions for competencies may be obtained from Human Resources
Organizational Key Competencies – Integrity and Ethics; Adapting to Change and Ambiguity; Customer and Community Focus; Emotional Intelligence; Excellence.
Leadership Key Competencies – Project and Process Management; Delivering Results; Developing Direct Reports; Building and Leading Effective Teams.
Position Key Competencies – Analytical Thinking; Community Partnerships; Conflict Management; Financial Acumen; Strong Leadership; Fiscal Responsibility; Innovation, Team Building; People Development; Project Management; Strong teaching and mentorship skills; Strategic Thinking.
Supervisory or Managerial Responsibility – Lead Veterinarian, Veterinarians, Interns, and Volunteers.
Travel – This position may require travel to different work sites.
Work Conditions and Physical Requirements
Handle and restrain animals of various sizes, weights, and temperaments. Subject to animal bites or scratches. Work performed in high noise level areas. Exposure to cleaning chemicals, fumes, dust, animal dander, and feces. Exposure to radiation in association with performing radiology procedures. Physical efforts require constant bending, stooping, standing, climbing stairs, and walking. Repetitive motion associated with medical and surgical care. Frequent lifting of animals and objects with reasonable accommodation.
Full Time Benefits – Medical, dental and vision insurance; Flexible spending accounts; League-paid Life and Short-Term Disability Insurance; Paid Time Off (PTO); Holiday Pay; 401(k) with matching; Veterinarians are eligible for student loan reimbursement (SLRP); Student loan repayment up to $300 a month; Relocation Assistance; Sabbatical Leave benefit; and more! Please visit our website for a comprehensive list of all offered benefits.
Compensation: Starting at $150,000 - $170,000 annually (starting pay commensurate with market, experience, and equity)
Experience in shelter medicine and/or HQ/HV setting
Ability to effectively lead a team
Demonstrated excellent surgical skills
Strong interpersonal communication skills
High emotional intelligence
Ability to effectively communicate in writing
Effective time management skills with the ability to triage cases and workload
Ability to work well within a fast-paced environment
High attention to detail
Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs
Education: Doctoral degree in veterinary medicine
Work Experience: Five years of clinical experience post-graduation which includes practicing veterinary medicine, teaching veterinary medicine and providing leadership for or managing a team
Licensure: Current Colorado veterinary license with clean practice record and Current DEA license or ability to obtain DEA license
Experience performing orthopedic surgeries.
Leadership or management experience in clinic, hospital, or shelter environment
Experience as a teacher or mentor of veterinary professionals or students
For over 100 years, the Dumb Friends League has been working to end pet homelessness and animal suffering by providing a strong and steadfast voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. As the largest community-based animal welfare organization in the region, we care for more than 20,000 homeless pets and horses each year at our four facilities and are a national model in animal welfare.