Director of Animal Control Field Services

Humane Rescue Alliance | Washington, DC

Job Summary

The Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) is seeking an outstanding professional to join our team as the Director of Animal Control Field Services. This individual will help lead the District of Columbia’s Animal Control department and be a part of transforming animal welfare in the nation’s capital.  


 The Director of Animal Control Field Services (ACFS) provides leadership to the ACFS team and ensures services are provided on a continuous round-the-clock basis. Plans, coordinates and supervises field and animal control activities which includes the interpretation and enforcement of laws and ordinances related to the rescue of wild and domestic animals, rabies control, animal cruelty and neglect and provides education to the public regarding responsible pet care, conflict resolution and related laws. The Director will work closely with the Vice President of Field Services to develop future direction of the department’s growth and scope.


The successful candidate will:

  • Demonstrate a proven track record of animal welfare and management experience, including the ability to lead a successful team.
  • Be a creative self-starting problem solver, committed to getting the job done right regardless of challenges and without close direction.
  • Share a commitment to collaborative-style work and enthusiasm for working across multiple departments in a large, multi-faceted organization with a focus on professionalism and growth.
  • Have experience working with local law enforcement or similar agencies collaboratively to meet the goals of the organization and ensure related protocols are followed.
  • Possess the ability to move between diverse situations – from in-field operations to Council offices –and represent the organization and department appropriately for the situation.
  • Possess a commitment to the HRA mission and be highly motivated to make a difference in the lives of animals and people.  Must be able to think outside of established processes to develop new areas of work for the department.
  • Possesses the ability to maintain effective working relationships and resolve conflicts in a way that further develops staff including co-workers.
  • Have a demonstrated ability to lead, manage, and motivate a team, and for identifying skills in others that can be developed.
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to maintain calm and be organized in highly active environment.
  • Has excellent interpersonal skills with a customer service orientation. Ability to communicate effectively, courteously, and professionally with a wide variety of constituencies including staff, volunteers, current and potential donors, representatives of other animal welfare organizations, private and public agencies, public officials, the press and private citizens “concerned” about the treatment of animals.
  • Be excited about growing life-saving programs and working in a diverse shelter environment at a progressive organization committed to finding solutions for animals who come in to our care.