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BREEDING STOCK COORDINATOR

San Rafael, CA

Established 70 years ago, Guide Dogs for the Blind is dedicated to quality student training services and extensive follow-up support for graduates. Our programs are made possible through the teamwork of staff, volunteers and generous donors. Services are provided to students from the United States and Canada at no cost to them. GDB strives to be a model employer that is committed to diversity and embraces equal opportunity in the workplace. We welcome bicultural and bilingual candidates!

SUMMARY:

Guide Dogs for the Blind, providing enhanced mobility to qualified individuals through partnership with dogs, is seeking a Breeding Stock Coordinator as a staff liaison for the breeding stock volunteer custodian population and Guide Dogs for the Blind. The Coordinator conducts multiple facets of the custodial application process, places breeding stock dogs in custodial homes, and monitors their progress and well-being to ensure that they are being properly cared for. The Coordinator provides constituent service, volunteer education and dog behavior modification instruction to promote successful placements and ensure that custodians are adhering to the placement agreement. 

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Develops and maintains a resource list of qualified candidates desiring to become breeding stock custodians. Conducts interviews, dog handling evaluations and home visits as part of the screening process. Participates in placement decisions based on this information.

Serves as staff liaison to approximately 200 active breeding stock custodians, providing direction and advice on all issues pertaining to the dogs’ reproductive career, care, and well-being with an emphasis on constituent service and volunteer education.

Screens and responds to approximately 25 weekly incoming queries (telephone, internet and walk in) about the volunteer breeding stock custodial program.

Conducts timely and accurate administrative tasks within the organization’s multidisciplinary programs as needed. Fulfills clerical functions such as telephone and visitor reception, database administration and responding to internet inquires and correspondence as needed.

Conducts the Dog Management Class (DMC) and campus seminars and events as needed. Weekend work required.

Performs ovulation-timing techniques including blood draw for serum progesterone level tests, vaginal cytology and vaginoscopic examinations on in-season bitches. Tracks and interprets results and determine appropriate breeding dates. Conducts brucellosis tests and interpret results. Conducts semen collection and follows semen assessment procedures.

 Promotes the multiple aspects of the Guide Dog’s breeding program and markets volunteer opportunities through newsletter submissions, bulletin postings, public speaking and related communication.

 Works cooperatively, respectfully and effectively with all programs in an effort to meet organization-wide and shared strategic, program and production goals.

Incorporates the use of computer technology to streamline tasks and recordkeeping, and to effectively analyze aspects of the program for further refinement or improvement.

Adheres to Guide Dogs for the Blind’s safety policies and procedures and encourages others to do the same. Promptly reports incidents and accidents according to campus procedures.

 Undertakes miscellaneous clerical, technical and support duties as assigned.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills.

Able to maintain professional yet caring demeanor in emotionally charged situations.

Ability to educate, adaptively problem solve and interact positively with coworkers and custodial families.

Proficient with e-mail and voice mail; word processing, spreadsheet and database programs.

Demonstrated ability to effectively instruct others on dog behavior modification, health care and canine reproduction. Skilled at translating theory into daily, effective dog handling.

Adept at learning new procedures.

Must safely handle a variety of large breed dogs, weighing up to 90 pounds, with varying strength and manageability. Ability to safely lift up to 40 pounds. Employees are required to seek assistance when lifting dogs or objects weighing more than 40 pounds.

Valid California driver’s license and insurability at regular risk rates.

Available to work on Saturdays.

Undergraduate degree preferred.

POSITION SPECIFICATIONS:

Part time 24-28 hours weekly.  Available to work on Saturdays.

COMPENSATION & AMENITIES:

Guide Dogs for the Blind's headquarters are located in San Rafael, California, about 20 miles north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Featuring an 11-acre, park-like setting, the campus includes an administration facility, dormitory, a kennel complex and a veterinary clinic. The kennel complex incorporates day and boarding facilities for staff dogs who meet the requirements for joining us in the workplace; employees also receive preferential treatment in adopting a career change dog from GDB. Open to visitors, we hope you'll stop by for a tour when you're in the neighborhood!   Even better, join us for one of our public graduation ceremonies; the 2013 graduation calendar is available on our website.

An attractive and competitive benefits package and salary commensurate with experience will be offered to the right candidate.

 If this position fits your background and goals, please apply on our website www.guidedogs.com. Otherwise, we encourage you to forward the announcement of this opportunity to others who may be interested and qualified.

Equal Opportunity Employer