Animal Shelter and Adoption Center
Shelter Manager job description
January, 2020

Gunnison Valley Animal Welfare League (GVAWL) is committed to protecting the health and well-being
of companion animals in our community. We shelter homeless, abandoned and lost animals, striving to
place them into safe and caring homes, and provide education and services to enhance the lives of
community members and their companion animals. GVAWL works in close partnership with both the
City and County of Gunnison and is licensed and regulated by the State of Colorado Pet Animal Care and
Facilities Act (PACFA). Our shelter facility is located at 98 Basin Park Drive, Gunnison, CO. The shelter
currently maintains open hours for the public and availability by appointment when possible.
The GVAWL Shelter Manager will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations and activities
of the animal shelter. Duties include ensuring that shelter animals receive proper care, maintaining
shelter facility and equipment, training and managing shelter volunteers, and ensuring that all required
documentation is complete and accurate. The Manager is expected to exhibit excellent communication
and interpersonal skills working with the public, volunteers and Board of Directors, maintaining a
professional attitude always.
Salary up to $40,000 annually (depending on experience) and paid personal time. A stipend for health
care is available. This is a full-time, exempt, year-round position.
– Oversee all aspects of the shelter’s animal intake and outcome processes, as well as owner
relinquishments, foster care and other GVAWL programs
– Supervise daily cleaning, feeding and disease control routine of the animals in the shelter, and of
the shelter facility
– Supervise animal care volunteers
– Maintain all required documentation including Animal Information Records (AIR), volunteer
records and shelter operations information as necessary
– Maintain and/or dispose of all confidential information with the strictest of confidence, agreeing
that such information shall be used only for the purposes of fulfilling specific Manager duties
and never disclosed to any outside source without specific instruction and approval of the Board
of Directors
– Ensure adherence to all policies, procedures and protocols
– Coordinate animal and organizational advertising with committee
– Maintain open hours for the public per the schedule mutually agreed upon by the Manager and
the Board of Directors

– Monitor and purchase shelter supplies. Monitor and coordinate shelter repairs or maintenance
– Work with, and train as required, City Neighborhood Services personal, Sheriff Department
personal, and other law enforcement officers
– Work effectively with all veterinarian offices, scheduling animal care appointments as needed
and arranging transport to and from vet
– Educate shelter visitors and the public, whenever possible, about how to properly care for
companion animals
– Manage all concerns and/or complaints from volunteers and/or the public in a respectful
manner, informing the Board when applicable
– Attend monthly Board meetings (3 rd Thursday 6pm-8pm) and keep Board apprised of general
shelter status and any concerns arising that can or should not be handled at the Manager level
– Answer phone messages and GVAWL emails in a timely fashion
– Attend, and assist with, GVAWL fundraisers
– Organize and attend non-fundraising GVAWL activities whenever possible, such as Pet Expo,
various adoption events and community parades and public events
– Assures the organization and its mission, programs, products and services are consistently
presented in a strong, positive manner
– Participates in the planning and presentation of educational information for the public
concerning GVAWL goals and objectives
– Maintain specified hours of availability for GVAWL business as well as flexible hours
o Suggested ‘on-duty’ hours:
 Tuesday 9am – 5pm
 Wednesday 12pm – 8pm
 Thursday 9am – 5pm
 Friday 12pm – 8pm
 Saturday 10am – 2pm

– Two years experience working with the public
– Demonstrated decision-making ability, including under times of stress
– Skilled in tact and diplomacy
– Demonstrated computer skills using Microsoft Office, Google Docs, email programs and online
reporting sites
– Excellent oral and written communication skills
– Ability to quickly learn procedures
– Ability to maintain accurate records, including but not limited to, Animal Information Records,
Excel Animal Log, Incident Forms, volunteer files
– Valid Colorado driver’s license
– Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university
– Relevant management experience in an animal shelter environment preferable
– Experience with recruitment, retention and supervision of volunteers preferable
– Experience working with other agencies, e.g. law enforcement officers, other animal shelters
– Able to use personal vehicle for shelter business, animal transports etc. Provide current proof of
vehicle insurance

– Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Assistant or Animal Behavior certifications (please provide
pertinent records)
– Basic skills in handling funds, credit card payments, and accepting donations delivered to the
shelter and acknowledging such appropriately
– Annual PACFA report
– Monthly Shelter Animals Count report


Please send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to:
Gunnison Valley Animal Welfare League
Attn: Kathy MacAllister
P O Box 1834
Gunnison, CO 81230
or email to
Applications will be accepted through January 31, 2020, or until position is filled. Expected start date is
March 2020.