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Pasadena, California, United States (on-site)
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PASADENA HUMANE is a non-profit animal welfare organization looking for passionate professionals to join our team. 



To lead the way toward a compassionate and caring community for all animals.


LEARNING: We commit to best practice and professional development through continuous education.

INTEGRITY: We value honest and transparent communication and decision making using evidence based practices.

COLLABORATION:  We value teamwork in our organization and partnerships with our community to deliver exceptional service.

KINDNESS: We show compassion, care, respect and empathy to all animals and humans without prejudice or discrimination.

JOB TITLE: Sr. Director of Animal Care

FLSA: Exempt

FT/PT: Full Time

Partner with the Chief Veterinarian to support operations, manage, and coordinate programs within the Health Department under the auspices of Pasadena Humane. The Health Department includes animal husbandry, shelter medicine, spay neuter surgery, behavior and wildlife. The Health Department supports public programs to provide veterinary services to the community including public spay/neuter, primary care clinics and vaccine clinics.  

The Senior Director provides expertise in shelter operations, team management, shelter design, population statistics, population management, domestic animal behavior, shelter administration (including legal issues surrounding ownership status, controlled substances, euthanasia, foster care etc), animal cruelty investigations, husbandry, pathway planning, evaluation and application of socially conscious sheltering tenets and capacity for care.  


The SDAC reports to the chief veterinarian. The SDAC supervisors Shelter Medicine Manager, SNiP Manager, Veterinary Health Manager, Behavior Manager. The SDAC also works closely with the Health Department Coordinators through an indirect reporting relationship.



  • Minimum of 10 years of professional experience in animal welfare, or veterinary care with a minimum of 5 years in a management role.   
  • Bachelor’s degree required in related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  
  • Ability to balance big picture, strategic thinking with day-to-day needs of the department. 
  • Proven leader with a commitment to a proactive management style that fosters collaboration and creativity within and across departments. 
  • Project management and budgeting skills highly desired.  
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. Good listener.  
  • Proficient in computer applications, including the shelter database systems and Microsoft suite. 
  • Strong sense of professional judgment and ability to maintain confidentiality. 
  • Must interact positively with supervisor, management, coworkers, volunteers, and the public to promote a team effort and maintain a positive and professional approach. 
  • Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision. 
  • Proven experience in effective management and supervisory skills 
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills 
  • Well-developed interpersonal, public speaking, written and verbal skills 
  • Solid critical thinking and program development skills 
  • Ability to negotiate effectively with staff and public 


Must come to work regularly and on time. Must be able to work early hours according to the needs of the department schedule, including weekends and holidays.


Fast-paced environment. Employees are exposed to numerous animals (living and deceased), including those with uncertain dispositions. They are required to act in a safe and responsible manner. 

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

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear and/or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Pasadena Humane is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy not to engage in discrimination against any individual, or harassment of any person seeking employment with our organization on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, genetic information or status as a covered veteran including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws. This policy applies to all employment practices, including recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, merit increase, salary, training and development, demotion, and separation. This policy is intended to be consistent with the provisions of applicable State and Federal laws. Federal law requires proof of citizenship or "alien right-to-work" status. Pasadena Humane maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 69575034
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Pasadena, California, United States
  • Company Name For Job: Pasadena Humane
  • Position Title: Sr. Director of Animal Care
  • Employment Type: Shelter Manager / Director
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: Over 10 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
  • Salary: $107,000.00 - $145,000.00 (Yearly Salary)
Pasadena , California , United States

Pasadena Humane is a donor-supported, nonprofit organization that provides animal care and services for homeless and owned animals in the Greater Los Angeles Area. For more than 100 years, we’ve promoted compassion and care for all animals through lifesaving programs and services to the community that support the human-animal bond and keep pets healthy and safe. In 2020, we had a combined 91.5% live release rate for dogs, cats and critters and saved 100% of healthy and safe animals.

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