Job Description: The Project Manager will oversee the No Kill South Carolina project under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer, in order to effectively work with organizations throughout South Carolina on all efforts aimed at increasing live release and decreasing euthanasia. The main responsibility of this position is to work with Charleston Animal Society program staff and partnering organizations to provide direct community outreach to partnering organizations within the state and relate to vested partners, ensuring that everyone is on track and has the resources they need. Individual will be responsible for the management and operations of projects and resources that expand capacity of these efforts with the organization and collaborative partners. The Project Manager will monitor all activities related to assigned projects and track progress, complete grant reports, and track budget. The position is responsible for keeping projects on target to ensure goals are reached on time and that applicable sections of the strategic plan are applied. This individual will share information, resources, and support for targeted animal groups, along with building relationships and supporting efforts to improve animal health and welfare in the state of South Carolina.
· Manage and professionally represent all aspects of No Kill South Carolina projects between Charleston Animal Society and collaborative partners of the initiative.
· Direct management and execution of planned activities, including, but not limited to: Conversing with and participating in the selection of partner groups; The development of a structured sharing/coaching program between partnering organizations; The development of specific measurements and process for tracking/sharing; Assist staff in coaching/sharing (coaching will include information sharing, mentoring, communication, and guidance on such topics as fundraising, marketing, and building successful partnerships for collaboration); Develop and plan No Kill South Carolina summits to deliver specific and engaging workshops that encourage capacity building and sustainability; Work with community leaders on specific work plans; Aid in making travel arrangements for staff and partners; Provide long-term support and guidance to partner communities; and, Review and discuss results of measurements and identify needs for programmatic change.
· Promote strategies and tools to improve lifesaving efforts in other communities. Draft and coordinate project/program support materials to allow for duplication in other areas. Strategies may include, but are not limited to:
1. Finding homes for homeless animals through innovative adoption campaigns;
2. Preventing births of unwanted animals through a high-volume, high-quality spay/neuter program;
3. Saving lives of abused, injured and ill animals through individually customized medical and behavioral treatment regimens;
4. Fighting animal cruelty wherever it exists by assisting law enforcement and advocating for stronger laws;
5. Containing outbreaks of deadly disease through a community-wide rabies and infectious disease vaccination program;
6. Reuniting loved ones with their families through an in-depth lost and found program;
7. Reducing the number of free roaming cats through a trap-vaccinate-alter & return to habitat comprehensive plan;
8. Helping families keep their pets for life through a nonjudgmental food bank and a network of support for underserved families and communities;
9. Guiding children to grow into humanitarians through a comprehensive education initiative; and,
10. Fostering animals until they are healthy through a vast network of volunteer families.
· Assist partner organizations with data tracking and concerns as needed.
· Serve as main contact person for assigned projects.
· Participate in selection process of partner agencies.
· Visit agencies as needed to ensure understanding of expectations for project/s and to establish positive relationships.
· Act as a liaison between Charleston Animal Society and collaborative partners to encourage communication and transparency.
· Maintain regular communication with the project grantor agency and other contacts that have a vested interest in the project/s.
· Schedule and facilitate meetings, in-person and remote, in order to keep all participants informed, motivated, and encouraged.
· Coordinate support between organizations to acquire the assistance needed for a particular issue.
· Research and prepare materials for reports and metrics. Give presentations as needed.
· Research best practices, industry standards, sustainability concepts, and other information.
· Make recommendations, provide summaries and/or detailed reports of findings as required.
· Solicit and provide stories and pictures of saved animals and successful program implementation for media, internal communications, grant reporting, etc. At times, write stories for multi-channel communications outlets.
· Participate in strategic planning process and cross departmental projects as assigned.
· Support all other department activities which will contribute to the advancement and success of the initiative.
· Perform other duties as assigned.
NOTE: The Petco Foundation has graciously awarded Charleston Animal Society grant funding to support the launch of this multi-year project – which will last a minimum of 2 years, but is expected to become a long-term statewide effort.
Bachelor’s degree preferred
Minimum 3 years successful project/program management and team leader experience required
Minimum of 5 years in animal advocacy required
Communication/marketing/media experience is a plus
Proficient in Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
Comprehension of sheltering statistics and ability to analyze trends
Knowledge of budget creation and management
Knowledge of business technology (file sharing, webex, phone conferencing)
Knowledge of animal sheltering software a plus (PetPoint, Shelter Animal Counts)
Knowledge of data-driven and research-based best practices in the field
Excellent administrative/ organizational and computer skills
Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) and a high level of confidence, integrity, interpersonal skills, and a professional presence for effectively interacting with collaborative partners and investors at all levels
Ability to represent Charleston Animal Society and the positive message of the no kill philosophy (community-based, not organization-centric) in all areas of work
Must be mission and goal oriented
A strong sense of teamwork & collaboration with staff, volunteers and external constituents
Must be very detail oriented and have strong project management skills
Must be self-motivated and able to work independently and meet deadlines
Upbeat, flexible, and extremely positive / nonjudgmental
This position requires the ability to personally embrace and engage others in the mission of Charleston Animal Society and the positive message of the no kill philosophy
· Must pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check.
· Must be comfortable with in-state travel requirements as necessitated by the position (approx. 60%)
· Be willing to attend workshops, conferences, and other skill enhancing learning opportunities
· Weekend work is occasionally required (detail)
Valid driver’s license with good driving record required
Charleston Animal Society
2455 Remount Road
North Charleston, SC 29406-6138