Puppy Raising Supervisor

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Alberta and NWT
Calgary, AB
Job description
  • Recruits, interviews and takes responsibility for the selection of Puppy Raisers and boarders. Ensures that supporter resources are in place to meet the planned allocation of puppies. Trains and supports the volunteers throughout their puppy raising careers to ensure their on-going development and performance management.
  • Assesses, monitors and records all of the puppies’ social, educational, temperamental and physical development. Maintains accurate and current documentation including progress and health records.
  • Manages the placement of puppies to the puppy raisers within their scheme. Identifies puppies that are ready for intake into training and recommends those that should be withdrawn.
  • In collaboration with the Manager, Canine Development and Training, plans, organises and conducts training classes on a regular basis to provide best practice, education and support to Puppy Raisers and boarders. This includes identifying and negotiating the cost of suitable venues.
  • Identifies temperamental and behavioural issues and ensures the application of appropriate solutions. Highlights all health issues and promptly refers them to be reviewed. Recommends appropriate time and place for castration and spaying.
  • Investigates and documents all complaints and accidents relating to puppies and Puppy Raisers and takes appropriate action, in line with current Health and Safety policies.
  • Any other activities relevant to the role that will positively impact what it means to be blind and partially sighted today

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills. Communicate effectively using a good standard of written and verbal English. Able to demonstrate aptitude for puppy and dog handling. Able to practically apply theoretical knowledge. Able to undertake demands of the role. Including walking long distances and controlling and walking with a range of dog breeds, ages and temperaments. Team player and able to work independently. Able to apply a professional approach and comply with policies and procedures.
  • Basic skills in Microsoft Office software including Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word
  •  Knowledge of the local scheme area. 

Experience and Education

  • Previous experience supervising a puppy raising scheme an advantage 
  • Previous experience in the areas of animal welfare or behaviour. Previous experience in the field of people management. Previous experience in a teaching or mentoring role.
  • Current valid driving licence.
  • High school or the equivalent. Certification in an appropriate subject is desirable. Accredited learning in the areas of animal welfare or behaviour. Accredited learning in the field of people management. Accredited learning in the area of teaching or mentoring.
  • Eligibility to work in Canada: Proof of identity and eligibility to work in Canada
Working conditions
  • Able to meet the requirements of the training program in terms of work hours plus any required travel or periods of working away from home.  Overnight hotel stays away from home. Able and willing to work unsociable hours and support promotional events.
  • Comfortable with dogs in the workplace/office.
  • The successful candidate will be required to carry out other such duties as may reasonably be required, commensurate with the grade of this position. All employees will be expected to excel in being customer centric and advocate for CNIB at all times.
Application and contact information

CNIB strives to establish and maintain an inclusive workplace and believes that the diversity of our workforce is an invaluable asset. CNIB is committed to following recruitment and selection practices based on merit, transparency, accessibility and inclusion ensuring that all candidates are given a fair opportunity for employment with CNIB.

To help ensure that this commitment is met, CNIB is committed to working with all candidates that require an accommodation. If you require an accommodation, please let us know what accommodation you require and CNIB will work with you to meet your needs at every stage of the recruitment and selection process.

For more information or to submit your resume, please contact Karen.Hanlon@cnib.ca

Please send cover letter and resume, and mention how you learned of this position.

Please note that the successful candidate will be required to pass a standard Criminal Record Check.

We thank all applicants for their interest in CNIB, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.