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Location: Kanab, Utah

Are you an experienced leader who wants to save the lives of homeless pets? Have you worked before with large numbers of dogs and people? Bring your know-how and your love of animals and people to the world's largest (and most beautiful) sanctuary for homeless pets on earth. Here, you'll not only be overseeing the care of more than 400 wonderful dogs who all long to find homes, but you'll be using your people skills to manage a skilled animal care team and collaborate with other directors, as well as work with partner organizations around the country to help save the lives of dogs everywhere. You'll be contributing to implementation and planning for strategies to bring the entire nation to no-kill for homeless pets by the year 2025. You'll be helping to make history, and all among the stunning red rock canyons of southern Utah, which beckon you to hike, bike, and bask in the views. We hope to welcome you to Best Friends Animal Society.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • A minimum four years of professional leadership experience required with a background managing dog populations in group housing or sheltering living situations.
  • 3 - 5 years' experience developing and implementing department level strategic plans, including change management, ensuring alignment with organizational goals and priorities. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with well-developed organization skills. 
  • Ability to speak on, and professionally advocate for, Best Friends' position on issues, including public speaking, creating presentations and consulting.

Physical & Other Requirements:

  • Routinely lift 50 pounds and perform daily strenuous activity including, but not limited to lifting, carrying, reaching, stooping, squatting, cleaning, and bending.
  • Work at a computer or driving a car for extended periods of time with repetitive typing, sitting, arm, and hand motion. 
  • Work indoors and outdoors in a variety of weather conditions including extreme heat and cold.
  • Daily exposure to dogs, cats and other animals of all sizes, temperaments, and medical status. 
  • Valid driver's license with ability to travel, including overnight stays, when needed. 
  • Daily hours and days of the week may vary according to the needs of the department schedule; position includes weekends, nights and holiday work. 
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About this Employer

Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile

30 North 300 West
Kanab, UT 84741

Telephone (435) 644-2001
Reservations (435) 644-3400

40 Room Hotel

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Who We Are 

For over 30 years, Best Friends Animal Society has been running the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals and building effective programs that reduce the number of animals entering shelters.

Just for Pets

At the Best Friends Roadhouse & Mercantile, pets are just as much guests as their people are. For their comfort and happiness, we are pleased to provide:

  • Personal pet welcome
  • Complimentary self-serve pet washing facilities
  • Complimentary cleaning products, located in the service building
  • Pet walking service provided in half-hour increments by Best Friends volunteers and staff (a fee applies)
  • Pet visits by our staff during the day (a fee applies)
  • Fenced pet-park area with splash water feature (for pets of lodging guests)
  • Pet treats, beds and retail items in the mercantile building
  • Built-in cubbies and snuggling areas in select guest rooms

Best Friends Animal Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.