Annual salary range: $137,358 to $246,841,plus an outstanding benefits package.
Application deadline: Monday, February 3, 2020
Riverside County is seeking a progressive and agile leader to serve as its Animal Services Director in a department with a vision for promoting an environment of responsible pet ownership through animal welfare initiatives, community outreach, and humane education in a culture of compassion, creativity, and integrity. This is a unique opportunity for a strategic and politically astute leader with a broad animal services and management background to have a meaningful impact in this thriving county. Reporting directly to the County Executive Officer, the ideal candidate is a strategic thinker, capable of program implementation through teamwork and collaboration.
The Animal Services Director manages, directs, and controls animal service activities, programs, and operations. The position is responsible for oversight of three operational divisions including Animal Control Field and Shelter Services, Administrative Services, and Veterinarian Services, and ensures that Animal Services policies and procedures are designed and implemented to meet the needs of Riverside County and its residents. Reporting to the County Executive Officer, the incumbent serves in an at-will capacity. In this role, the Director oversees a staff of 189 and a budget of over $24 million.
The ideal candidate will be a highly-skilled, dynamic, insightful leader with a solid understanding of current animal service principles and practices. Excellent customer and community relations skills along with political acumen and a thorough knowledge of the legislative environment will serve the incumbent well, as will solid financial abilities to build and maintain fiscal sustainability. The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker, capable of program implementation through teamwork and collaboration, and is able to communicate effectively with people from all walks of life, including community representatives, elected officials, board members, executive team members, internal staff, and the media. The Animal Services Director must be able to manage people and the creative process with inspiration, show capacity to multi-task and manage a diverse array of activities, programs, and people, while leading with diplomacy, inclusive communication, and positive motivational leadership. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, preferably with a major in business or public administration, or a closely related field AND Four (4) years of experience in a management or administrative capacity in a public sector organization involved in animal control, law enforcement, code enforcement, health care or a closely related field is required. A Master’s degree is preferred.
To be considered, please submit your cover letter with resume, and a list of six work-related references (who will not be contacted in the early stages of the recruitment). Resume should reflect years and months of positions held, as well as the size of the budget and staff you have managed. Apply on our website: https://executivesearch.cpshr.us/JobDetail?ID=590
For more information about this recruitment, please contact:
Frank Rojas, CPS HR Consulting, Tel: 916 471-3111