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Careers at SPCA New Zealand

Head of Veterinary Services

Full-time, permanent position

Location: Mangere, Auckland

SPCA is one of the best loved and most respected charities in New Zealand, with a proud history of helping animals in need since 1883. SPCA Auckland cares for animals that have been lost, abandoned, injured, or abused.

We are looking for an experienced and capable Head of Veterinary Services to take on the management of our in-house Veterinary Hospital. You would play a crucial role in leading a highly collegial team and filling one of the most rewarding roles available in animal care.

In this role, you will be overseeing our vets, providing leadership on all veterinary matters throughout the hospital and helping to set the professional standards of animal care and hygiene for the SPCA. Vets at the village are supported by qualified nurses along with multiple assistants and volunteers.

The SPCA handles approximately 10,000 animals per year and the opportunity for education and experience is limitless. While our work is comprised of shelter work, the sheer number of cases we see in a year allows for more experiences and learning than just ‘shelter work’.

The hospital is equipped with all the daily functioning equipment along with digital full body and dental x-ray, dental machine, IV fluid pumps, surgical suite and anaesthetic monitoring equipment.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • You will be a confident people person and have team management experience
  • Comfortable working with a large number of nursing staff along with 5th year vet students and you would need to work with several different groups within the SPCA Village
  • Ability to act as a leader within a team and be willing to work cooperatively with other departments on an everyday basis
  • The successful candidate will be confident with both surgery and medicine and have a minimum of 2-3 years’ experience. Further experience and clinical qualifications would be looked on favourably but we are seeking a leader not necessarily an advanced clinician
Your responsibilities would span over a 5 day work week (1 weekend required per month) and the package includes 4 weeks annual leave, Continual Professional Development (CPD) leave and a reimbursement package along with paid veterinary memberships. You will be supported by a Head Nurse and a Clinic Administrator.

If you think you have what it takes and want to contribute to the welfare of thousands of Auckland’s animals in need, please CLICK HERE to apply. Applications close at 4pm on Friday 20th October.

Applications without a cover letter and CV will not be accepted.

A position description is available on request by emailing paula.quigley@spca.org.nz.

 


Veterinary Clinic Administrator

Full time, Permanent Position

Location: Mangere, Auckland

SPCA is one of the best loved and most respected charities in New Zealand, with a proud history of helping animals in need since 1883. SPCA cares for animals that have been lost, abandoned, injured, or abused.

Our Veterinary Hospital is looking for a clever and capable Clinic Administrator to take on the administrative duties of running our in-house vet clinic. You would be a crucial factor in a highly collegial team and filling one of the most rewarding roles available in animal care.

The clinic is fully equipped and supported by experienced Vets and Vet Nurses along with multiple assistants and volunteers. It handles approximately 10,000 animals per year.  

This role will require a good understanding of financial information and processes, plus the ability to help lead and manage our clinical team. You will be working alongside our Head of Veterinary Services and Head Nurse to ensure the hospital runs smoothly and efficiently. Amazing technical skills are not a main focus for this role but it will help if you have the tools and the knowhow to get the job done.

You will also be involved in the support of the other departments in the SPCA which all contribute to the welfare of thousands of animals.

Training and coaching is available for the right candidate but if you can hit the ground running with your previous clinic management experience that would be ideal. An understanding of shelter medicine and prior leadership experience would be an advantage too. A great attitude is essential.

In return we offer a competitive salary, solid annual leave package and continuing professional development (CPD) support.

If this sounds like the job for you, please CLICK HERE to apply. Applications close 4pm Friday October 13th.

Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. A position description is available on request by emailing paula.quigley@spca.org.nz.


Veterinary Nurse

Full time, permanent veterinary nurse

Location: Mangere, Auckland

SPCA is one of the best loved and most respected charities in New Zealand, with a proud history of helping animals in need since 1883. SPCA cares for animals that have been lost, abandoned, injured, or abused.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and passionate Veterinary Nurse to work in our veterinary hospital in Mangere. In this exciting role you will be working with a great team in a unique, challenging and high volume environment and you will have many opportunities to further develop and strengthen your nursing skills.

Our dedicated team of veterinary nurses provide professional support to our hospital vets to achieve the best outcome for animals. You will be expected to demonstrate a high level of professionalism and empathy, and as part of the team, ensure that the animals receive best practice care and treatment.

You will be required to work some weekends and public holidays on a rostered basis.

Required attributes

  • Veterinary nursing qualification
  • Practical experience in a veterinary clinic
  • Dedication to animal welfare
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Great time management
  • Good retention and recognition
  • Able to work with and support both staff members and volunteers
If you are interested in a role where no two days are the same, and the work you do every day makes a difference to the lives of animals in need, we want to hear from you! SPCA is a great place to work where some of the benefits include a caring team environment, lots of fun staff events and discounted pet food and accessories.

If you think you have what it takes and want to contribute to the welfare of thousands of Auckland’s animals in need, please CLICK HERE to apply.

Applications without a cover letter and CV will not be accepted.

A position description is available on request by emailing paula.quigley@spca.org.nz.

 


Front of House/Centre Support – SPCA Waikato

Full time, permanent position

Location: Hamilton, Waikato


Are you motivated, well organised, professional and passionate about animal welfare?  If so, this role could just be for you!

SPCA Waikato are currently seeking a person for the position of Front of House/Centre Support. This role is no ordinary reception position. With varying responsibility, this position includes customer service, administration, animal care and field work.

You will be the friendly and professional first point of contact with the Waikato SPCA from the public or stakeholders either via the telephone or in person at the Front Counter, as well as back up and support for all other SPCA functions.

Hours of work will be 40 hours per week, including weekend work and rostered public holidays.

Outline of the role:

Front of House/Reception- As the face and the voice of Waikato SPCA, a pivotal part of the role is to ensure all stakeholders have a positive experience. This includes dealing with members of the public on the phone, face to face and via email with regards to animal welfare advice, incoming animals, adoptions and general enquiries.

Data Entry/Filing- To ensure the smooth running of the Centre, paperwork must be kept up to date and data correctly entered into the computer system.

Inventory and Ordering- Ensuring the Centre has adequate stock to run on a day to day basis.

Animal care- Due to our small team we have an all hands on deck policy and all staff will need to help with animal care of a variety of species.

Field Work- All staff are expected to help with ambulance drop off and pickups, as well as taking part in an on-call weekend emergency response.

About you:

You must have a can do attitude with proven customer service skills with the ability to stay calm, collected and positive in difficult situations. You will have outstanding communication skills and attention to detail.

As this position will involve the handling of a variety of animals of which many will be sick, injured or of unknown temperament, you must have good animal handling skills and understanding of animal husbandry.

Previous experience in an animal welfare related role is desirable.

Applicants must have a clean full drivers licence and be able to drive a manual vehicle.

To apply for this position please send a Cover Letter and a copy of your CV to Laura Vander Kley to centremanager@waikatospca.org.nz.

Application close on by Friday the 6th October 2017.


SPCA General Manager- People and Safety

Permanent, full time role

Location: Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch

SPCA is currently on a journey of becoming a unified organisation with a regional approach. The aim is to have one effective SPCA voice, one strategy, one Board and one culture to improve animal welfare across New Zealand.

This role will be crucial in the SPCA transformational change and so you must be an experienced leader with people, culture, safety and wellbeing as your passions.

Together, as one organisation, SPCA has over 500 employees across the country and over 4000 volunteers. Our people are important to us and allow us to deliver better animal outcomes for animals in New Zealand. 

This role will form part of the Senior Leadership Team of SPCA and will report directly to the CEO.  You will be accountable for embedding a People and Safety strategy and culture, leading transformational change and being a trusted advisor to senior leaders in driving effective leadership and people practices.  You will also be responsible for leading the development and facilitating the implementation of Health& Safety and HR standards and procedures across SPCA. You’ll need to be an experienced senior HR and Safety leader who is already working at a senior leadership level. 

In this role, you will:

  • Be passionate and skilled in leading change, on boarding and taking SPCA on a positive change journey
  • Turn strategy into achievable operational goals and be able to execute and report on these in a professional and effective manner
  • Be a trusted leader who is able to make the right decisions for the success of the various people, animals and centres across the region
  • Be competent Health & Safety, risk management and compliance and be a strong advocate for wellbeing
  • Contribute to the development of the SPCA strategy and culture, and develop and implement a People & Safety strategy to support the broader SPCA strategy
  • Lead the development of a capability plan to ensure delivery of the organisation’s strategy
  • Provide coaching, development, support and direction to direct and indirect reports
  • Review and recommend policies, processes and systems to support all aspects of remuneration, benefits, engagement and recognition.
Key requirements:
  • Extensive experience in a senior HR and Health& Safety management role
  • Proven success with understanding and implementing of best practice HR and Health & Safety programmes
  • Proven leadership ability in developing effective and engaging Health & Safety culture
  • Outstanding communication skills
What SPCA can offer you:
  • Highly capable Senior Leadership Team
  • Onsite parking
  • Competitive remuneration
  • Better work stories!
  • Supportive culture
  • SPCA discounts for you and your pets
If you think you have what it takes, please Click Here to apply. 

 Applications for this role close on 29th September 2017.

A position description is available on request by emailing amy.ewles@spca.org.nz. Applications without a cover letter will not be accepted.

 


Retail Manager

SPCA Op-Shop, Three Kings

Full time, permanent paid position

SPCA is one of the best loved and most respected charities in New Zealand. We have a proud history of helping animals in need and advocating for animal welfare and have been doing this since 1883. There are 8 SPCA Op Shops throughout Auckland, these shops help raise the funds that we need for the work that we do. They are an integral part of the process used by our organisation to save the lives of the animals that come through our door.

We are excited to announce that a Retail Manager position is now available at our busy Three Kings Op Shop. We are seeking an enthusiastic individual with a positive attitude who wants to play a part in helping the animals of Auckland by raising money through selling donated goods.

You will need to have excellent customer service skills and lots of energy as you will be on your feet all day. The ideal candidate will also have cash handling experience and excellent interpersonal skills as they will work alongside an awesome team of volunteers on a daily basis. For this reason, previous experience leading a team is preferential. This roles hours are 10:00AM-5.30PM, Monday to Friday.

A key benefit to this role is going home every day with the knowledge that the work you do supports an amazing cause.

Key responsibilities
  • Management of the shop, Retail Assistant and volunteer team
  • Merchandising and op shop presentation
  • Sorting and managing donations (some lifting required)
  • Rostering and volunteer recruitment
  • Local marketing initiatives
  • Retail Sales, administration and reporting
Skills and abilities
  • Team leader/management experience is preferential
  • Retail experience
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • A positive, friendly and can-do attitude
  • Strong computer skills
  • Exceptional organization and time management skills
  • Flexible, professional and pro-active team approach
  • The ability to work to a budget, meet deadlines and achieve KPI’s
Are you committed to the values of SPCA Auckland? Do you think this role sounds like something you’d be good at? If you think you are the right candidate for this position please send your CV and Cover letter to Emma Starr at emma.starr@spca.org.nz by the 28th September.
Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Please contact your local SPCA centre for other opportunities.

Animal Welfare Inspector

3 x full time, permanent positions available

  • Are you interested in compliance work and are passionate about animal welfare?
  • Are you looking for a job where you can really make a difference?

SPCA is one of the best loved and most respected charities in New Zealand, with a proud history of helping animals in need and advocating for animal welfare since 1883. We service the Auckland region between Port Waikato to Wellsford.

 

Every day of the year our Inspectorate team are investigating animal welfare complaints, enforcing the Animal Welfare Act, prosecuting offenders, responding to emergency animal welfare cases and advising people of their obligations in caring for their animals.

We are looking for motivated and suitably experienced people to join the SPCA Auckland Inspectorate Team. We currently have 3 positions available.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate extensive knowledge of the Animal Welfare Act, have practical experience with animals, and: 

·               Have the qualifications and experience required to hold an inspector warrant under the Animal Welfare Act, or be willing to train to reach this standard

·               Preferably be warranted and experienced as an Animal Welfare inspector

·               Be a self motivated team player, who is enthusiastic and passionate about a career as a compliance professional.

·               Have excellent communication and conflict management skills and the physical abilities to carry out the role effectively.

·               Have a flexible approach to the hours of work, be able to work unsupervised and to prioritise effectively, managing complex workloads.

·               Will have a full current New Zealand driver’s licence

A position description will be available on request.

If you meet all of the above criteria and wish to apply, then please send a copy of your CV and cover letter to the Human Resources Coordinator, Paula Quigley at paula.quigley@spca.org.nz

Applications close on Friday July 21st 2017.

Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.