Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

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Founded in 1948, Guide Dogs of America has long been a leader in providing guide dogs to blind and visually impaired individuals. Regardless of where you work at Guide Dogs of America, you will contribute to fulfilling our mission. We recognize and support employees’ efforts to develop, expand their knowledge, improve their skills, and assume added responsibility. Yet, the greatest reward comes from knowing that you have a role in assisting blind and visually impaired individuals pursue their goals of greater independence and mobility.


Breeding Department Manager

Job Purpose

Oversees Breeding Program- including but not limited to, staff, volunteers (hosts and campus), and canines.  Manages breeding colony, breeder selection, healthcare, reproduction and technical aspects of breeding.  Manages data from primary or secondary data sources and maintains databases/data systems to support the improvement of genetics in the breeding colony.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversees Breeding Program staff- recruit, mentor, develop and successfully manage a team to achieve the objectives and the present and future needs the school.
  • Manage the breeding colony, including healthcare, reproduction and replacement
  • Maintains and clean and sanitized facility including assigned vehicles/puppy development area/whelping/stud dog area/treatment area/food prep/ etc
  • Maintains all computer records using cornerstone software pertaining to breeding stock and puppies in the nursery
  • Manages/Develops the Breeder Keeper/Hosts families Program
  • Prepares annual breeding plans.
  • Has a good understanding of pedigrees and ability to read them
  • Designated GDA representative for ABC breeder co-op
  • Develops and oversees the nursery volunteer puppy socialization program/puppy development
  • Develops/trains/ maintains volunteer whelping teams and whelps litters as necessary.
  • Designates which stud dogs to breed to which female-
  • Knows how to collect semen from stud dogs
  • Knows how to artificially inseminate breeding females
  • Has a basic understanding of medical problems related to breeding/whelping/neonates and stud dogs
  • Collects and prepares chilled semen for shipment and/or processes incoming semen to be inseminated.
  • Draws blood and runs progesterone chemistry on dogs due to be bred and/or whelp and interprets the results.
  • Maintains records on frozen semen
  •  X-rays pregnant dogs and interprets results
  • Has a strong understanding of neonate health issues
  • Dog grooming, bathing, transporting, bottle/tube feed as needed.
  • Maintain relationships with outside breeders.
  • Screen potential dogs/pups offered for donation to GDA.
  • Assures puppies get micro chipped and vaccinated
  • Monitors time clock and vacation schedule
  • Understanding of Canine Genetics
  • Understanding of canine behavior traits in relation to genetics and their effect on a breeding colony
  • Desire to work as a team within the program related to Veterinary /Training/Puppy Program/Kennel
  • Manage a team of employees including shifts/vacation time/sick time/training

Qualifications

  • High school graduate or GED
  • Previous experience in Service Dog Organization required
  • Minimum 4 years canine breeding experience required
  • RVT license preferred 

Working Conditions

  • Indoors and outdoors
  • Share office space
  • Multiple distractions
  • Some overnight/weekend and holiday shifts required
  • Telephone and computer work
  • Canine Health issues with blood/organs/deaths

Physical Requirements

  • Increased bending
  • Unpleasant smells
  • Lifting 50 pounds

Qualified applicants please send resume to kdwallace@guidedogsofamerica.org


Licensed Veterinarian

Job Purpose

To provide leadership to the veterinary service programs and provide care and oversight of all GDA animals.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for ensuring operations comply with all state and federal laws regarding the practice of veterinary medicine on site.
  • Provide and/or manage professional veterinary care, including surgery, radiography and internal medicine, for dogs brought to the veterinary clinic.
  • Ensure appropriate staffing, training, retraining, monitoring, evaluation and recognition of direct and indirect reports and volunteers within the Vet department.
  • Responsible for efficient workflow, assuring timely quality care and service for all dogs.
  • Evaluate standards of care to ensure GDA is up to date with current standards.
  • Develop and manage local preferred veterinarian networks to provide the desired standard of care and services for the medical needs of all GDA dogs.
  • Establish and negotiate preferred provider rates and consistent treatment protocols for all veterinarian service providers.
  • Develop standard operating procedures and clinical protocol as appropriate.
  • Participate in strategic planning process.
  • Confer with outside veterinarians, caring for GDA dogs to assure that their recommended treatment is consistent with our protocols and other conditions, and that results are appropriately documented and reported.
  • Participate in authorizing outside veterinary care according to our policy and procedures.
  • Consult with breeder keepers, puppy raisers, graduates and dogs up for adoption concerning their dogs’ care by phone, email and when appropriate in person.
  • Update veterinary concepts through continuing education.
  • After hours emergency phone consults.
  • Manage inventory, storage systems and vendor relations to maintain an appropriate level of all supplies, drugs and equipment and tracks expenses.
  • Process invoices, expense reimbursements and other paperwork related to inventory control.
  • Manage service contracts with outside vendors, clinics, hospitals, etc.

Qualifications

  • Must be a licensed Veterinarian, licensed to practice in the state of California
  • Must have 3+ years veterinary experience
  • Ability to organize, meet deadlines, delegate tasks, evaluate and supervise work force
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills and be able to communicate with all agents
  • Ability to lead and manage change
  • Experience in a non-profit environment a plus

Working Conditions

  • Clinic environment with multiple dogs
  • Works mainly indoors
  • Share office space
  • Five day workweek 9am-5pm (Saturday)
  • Some on call for emergency phone calls required

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 60 lbs. and 80 lbs. with assistance
  • Must be able to stand for long periods.
  • Travel maybe required

Qualified applicants please send resume to kdwallace@guidedogsofamerica.org


Full-Time Vet Technician

Job Purpose

To assist the licensed Veterinarian with the care of the GDA canines/felines.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Veterinarian, oversees that the Vet department operates safely and efficiently and that the GDA dogs in the program have their needs met in a timely manner.

  • Performs blood draws and laboratory tests.
  • Supervises the procedures that the Vet tech is able to perform.
  • Aides the Veterinarian in the diagnosis of some chronic issues that may be present.
  • Responsible to assure that results of the examination/visits are entered into the appropriate record in a timely manner.
  • Interacts with the graduates and puppy raisers for more serious issues.
  • Takes x-rays as ordered and assures that everyone’s radiation badge are updated per state regulations.
  • Keeps Vet room clean at all times.
  • Provides and oversees anesthesia administration during surgery and/or special procedures.
  • Recovers animals as needed.
  • Responsible to see that all equipment is clean, in working order and is turned off at end of day.
  • Clean countertops, tables and autoclave.
  • Assure all packs are ready for use.
  • Perform procedures as required.

Qualifications

  • High School diploma or GED
  • Registered Veterinary Technician, licensed to practice in California preferred.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience working with canines
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal skills and have the ability to interact with all types of people/personalities
  • Experience in a non-profit environment a plus

Working Conditions

  • Multiple interruptions
  • Noise level high due to barking dogs
  • Working in a small area
  • Above average number of phone inquires

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 60 lbs. and 80 lbs. with assistance
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to use hands and arms in handling, positioning and manipulating different items and dogs.

Compensation based on experience, GDA offers excellent benefits.

Qualified applicants please send resume to kdwallace@guidedogsofamerica.org

 


Trainer Mobility

 Job Purpose

Responsible for the assessment and training of guide dogs. Matching trained guide dogs with clients who are blind or visually impaired and providing training to ensure safe, effective, independent mobility.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Follows GDA techniques for dog care and kennel maintenance.
  • Consistently provides an entire string of specially trained dogs to be partnered with clients.
  • Trainers will provide clear and accurate reports on the progress of their assigned in-for-training dog. Implements and organizes the training for students in class and effectively teaches students to utilize their guide dog. Guides Apprentice instructors in all aspects of class work and teaching students in the use of their guide dog. Applies GDA training techniques and the correct procedures for documenting their dogs’ progress, giving class lectures and students critiques. Provides assistance in the class setting by staffing overnight Dorm duty, which includes assisting students with general instruction, dog care and matters that arise. Managing any critical situations requiring immediate intervention, and reporting incidents to class instructors. Conducts effective graduate follow-up visits, applicant interviews and graduate assist.

Qualifications

  • High school graduate or GED
  • Instructors must be a qualified GDMI
  • Insurable driving record
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork and communication skills
  • Ability to train a broad range of dog temperaments
  • Strong initiative and problem-solving skills when working independently

Working Conditions

  • Increased noise-barking dogs
  • Working with all sizes of dogs
  • Indoor and outdoor in all types of weather
  • Able to work weekends, evenings, holidays and spend nights in the Dorm

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 40 lbs. and 70 lbs. with assistance
  • Must be able to bend, squat, stoop, etc.
  • Ability to walk up to 8 miles each day

Qualified applicants: Please send resume to KDWallace@GuideDogsofAmerica.org.


IT Support Technician

Job Purpose

Assist IT Manager in supporting the organization – including but not limited to, staff, volunteers, and visitors (hosts and campus). 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversees Breeding Program staff- recruit, mentor, develop and successfully manage a team to achieve the objectives and the present and future needs the school
  • Installing and configuring computer hardware, software, systems, networks, printers and scanners in a complex IT environment
  • Monitoring and maintaining computer systems and networks
  • Responding in a timely manner to service issues and requests
  • Providing technical support across the company (this may be in person or over the phone)
  • Setting up accounts for new users
  • Repairing and replacing equipment as necessary
  • Testing new technology
  • Ordering replacement equipment and supplies
  • Event Support and weekend work as needed

Qualifications

  • Experience with Microsoft Operating systems, i.e. Windows Server and Windows 10 (Required)
  • Experience with Microsoft Hyper-V Virtualization
  • Experience with Microsoft SQL Server
  • Experience with Microsoft Exchange Server
  • Experience with Cisco networking
  • Experience with Wifi networking
  • Experience with VPN networking
  • Experience with VOIP telephone systems
  • Adept at use of Microsoft Office Suite Pro (Required)
  • Working knowledge of Apple IOS used on Smart Devices
  • Experience working with ISP Support departments troubleshooting internet connectivity

Education & Skills

  • Experience with Microsoft Operating systems, i.e. Windows Server and Windows 10 (Required)
  • A technical, logical thought process
  • Problem-solving skills
  • An ability to stick to strict deadlines
  • An ability to prioritize tasks
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Minimum three (3) years of experience working in Microsoft Windows computing environment.
  • Experience supporting Windows Server 2012 and 2016 Hyper-V, Exchange 2010 Threat Management Gateway 2010 and SQL 2008 and above.
  • Experience with Voice over IP communications and wireless telephony
  • Support of User applications such as Raiser’s Edge, Cornerstone and Idexx Systems
  • Must be able to attain Windows/Networking/Phone certifications
  • Ability to lift and move heavy equipment.

Working Conditions

  • Indoors and outdoors
  • Share office space
  • Multiple distractions
  • Some after hours/weekend and holiday shifts required
  • Telephone and computer work

Physical Requirements

  • Lifting 50 pounds

Qualified applicants please send resume to kdwallace@guidedogsofamerica.org

 


About Guide Dogs of America

At Guide Dogs of America, all of our volunteers, donors, clients and staff share a belief that we don’t just train guide dogs, we inspire others to live their lives. Guide Dogs of America places more than 50 dogs each year, serves more than 300 graduates across the U.S. and Canada and has been enriching the lives of others for 70 years.

Guide Dogs of America is a Four Star Charity of Charity Navigator and a “Best” award recipient of the Independent Charities of America and earned the 2018 Platinum Seal of Transparency from Guide Star. Our guide dogs are provided at no cost to our clients and our program receives no federal, state or local government funding. Guide Dogs of America is an accredited member of the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dog International.