The Shelter Director will play an integral leadership role on the Barn Sanctuary team. The Shelter Director must be an experienced manager and animal care provider. Duties include managing the operations of our shelter team (supervising 3 full-time caregivers and our facilities staff). The Shelter Director will oversee our animal care and rescue programs and ensure quality, life-long care for the 120 animal rescues at Barn Sanctuary.

Manage animal care and shelter staff
Management of animal care schedules and charting, health checks, feed and supply ordering, and database
Taking on regular animal caregiver shifts
Training and supervising animal caregivers as assigned
Scheduling vet visits and animal transportation
Researching new treatment options for various conditions
Working with veterinarians to develop treatment protocols, etc.
Maintaining staff schedules
Assisting in the planning for the department budget
Developing, maintaining and executing procedures and policies for safe, responsible rescue, travel and on-site care.
Expanding and overseeing adoptions
Ensuring the safety and life-long care of each resident at the sanctuary
Working with humane educators to ensure the use of accurate stories and information
Develop safety and security protocols for the sanctuary and ensure these protocols are practiced by the shelter staff and communicated with Barn Sanctuary staff, volunteers and visitors


Leadership Responsibilities
Representing Barn Sanctuary well at community events and with our veterinary partners
Giving occasional tours of the sanctuary
Assist with the Executive Director in planning for and maintaining the shelter budget
Preparing reports for the Executive Director and Board
Developing and maintaining positive relationships with other sanctuaries


Previous animal experience is required
Minimum two years management experience
Minimum two years experience at animal care facility
Excellent time management and communication skills
Reliability and attention to detail is essential
Strong organizational skills; proven ability to manage multiple priorities and projects in fast-paced work environment
Ability to work well with variety of people
Team player and able to monitor and report on all shelter staff duties
Very reliable and dependable
Positive attitude
Commitment to Barn Sanctuary’s animal care policies and organizational programs and goals
Valid driver’s license with clean driving record required
Compliance with a vegan lifestyle while on the premises is required.


Additional Experience Sought
Animal shelter and managerial experience.
Experience with large animals is a giant plus.
Capacity and certifications to conduct lab work a plus.


Full-time, exempt (salaried) position
Reports to the Executive Director
Work schedule varies; regular weekend and holiday availability required
Some evening hours required
The job requires significant physical work
Occasional travel may be required to assist with transport for animal adoptions or rescues
Competitive compensation and benefits, including health insurance and flexible paid time off



 To Apply:

Apply on via the link. Include a cover letter with at least two references.

Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

Barn Sanctuary is an equal opportunity employer that strictly prohibits discrimination against any employee, independent contractor, volunteer, or applicant for any position because of an individual’s race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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About Barn Sanctuary

Barn Sanctuary is dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating abused and neglected farmed animals by creating a safe haven where these individuals can recover, thrive, and serve as an example for why we strive to lead society towards a plant-based lifestyle.

We envision a world in which farmed animals are seen as individuals and treated with empathy and compassion.

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