Hospital Director

Organization: Ohio Wildlife Center (AZA Member)
Location: Columbus, Ohio, Country
Job or Internship: Job

Ohio Wildlife Center Posting: HOSPITAL DIRECTOR

October 8, 2012


Founded in 1984, Ohio Wildlife Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization fostering awareness and

appreciation of Ohio’s native wildlife. As a leader in wildlife rehabilitation and conservation education, Ohio

Wildlife Center treats more than 5,000 animals every year and reaches thousands of adults and children

through education programming. Ohio Wildlife Center operates a Wildlife Hospital, a 20-acre Education &

Pre-Release Center and SCRAM! (humane wildlife removal service) with a permanent staff of 12, seasonal staff

& interns and 250+ committed volunteers.

The Hospital Director is responsible for daily management and oversight of hospital staff, interns and

volunteers; training and procedures; operations and animal care. The position reports directly to the

Operating Director and is responsible for creating, maintaining and evaluating the following in the Hospital

department: permit compliance; budget and resources; personnel and volunteer administration; programming

and customer service strategies; animal care guidelines and related training; vendor relations; hospital

cleanliness and asepsis and human and animal safety guidelines.

Major Functions and Responsibilities:

• Adopts organizational strategies and policies

• Develops and maintains department’s administration, operation and budget

• Directly supervises hospital staff, interns and animal care volunteers (hospital, pre-release facility,

hotline and sub-permit home care); coordinates scheduling and work assignments

• Sets annual departmental goals and coordinates timely execution

• Ensures hospital cleanliness and minimizes risk of harmful exposure to staff, volunteers and animals

• Develops and implements hospital policies and procedures, in compliance with state and federal


• Manages hospital resources; inventories supplies and equipment

• Directs permit-required data retention processes and reporting

• Oversees management and care of animals present to hospital including: triage, recovery, pre-release

• Creates, delivers and evaluates on-going instructional curriculum for staff and volunteer (examples

include: hospital essentials, animal handling, medications, orphan rearing, wound management &

species-specific training)

• Coordinates Wildlife Hotline procedures, training and scheduling

• Prepares routine reports to Ohio Wildlife Center management

• Instills a culture of collaboration, teamwork and appropriate delegation and dispersal of responsibility

• Manages relationship with Animal Care Unlimited staff and volunteer veterinarians

• Understands and ensures compliance with federal, state and local regulations

• Personally commits to Ohio Wildlife Center’s Core Values

• Additional duties as assigned by Operating Director

Minimum Requirements:

• Bachelors or Associate degree in related field (e.g., wildlife management, zoology, biology) or

equivalent experience; registered veterinary technician or DVM with wildlife experience desired

• Five years of supervisory experience

• Minimum five years’ experience in medical treatment of animals

• Proven history of successful volunteer management

• Excellent oral and written communications skills; including public speaking

• Working knowledge and experience in wildlife rehabilitation

• Competency in basic word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software

• Experience in conflict resolution and strong creative problem-solving skills

• Extensive knowledge of general biology of native Ohio wildlife

• Understanding of and commitment to the role and mission of Ohio Wildlife Center

• Physically fit; able to lift 50 pounds and no aversion to inclement weather

• Obtain rabies vaccinations (upon employment)

• Clean background check, valid Ohio motor vehicle operator’s license and good driving record

Additional Expectations:

• Be well versed on the laws of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ohio Division of Wildlife, and animal

regulations of local municipalities

• Maintain professional appearance (includes wearing appropriate, well-kept uniform)

• Adhere to policies and operating standards of Ohio Wildlife Center

• Positively promote Ohio Wildlife Center’s programs and services

• Maintain positive attitude and public image at all times

Direct Reports: Admissions Coordinator, Wildlife Technician, seasonal staff (1-2), interns (up to 12),

volunteers (80-120).

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

The following physical requirements must be met by a candidate to successfully perform the essential functions

of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the

essential functions. Ability to work evenings and weekends as required and willingness to travel is necessary.

Employee is regularly required to use steps; stand on feet for up to four hours at a time; balance, stoop and

kneel; lift and/or move 25 pounds and sit at a desk while using a keyboard. Position also requires employee to

see, read, talk or hear; use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is also frequently required to walk

and reach with arms and hands. The employee is occasionally required to climb and lift and/or move up to 50

pounds and work outdoors in inclement weather. The noise level in the work environment is usually


Compensation: This is a permanent salaried position. Ohio Wildlife Center provides a competitive salary and

benefits package commensurate with experience. Interview and relocation expenses are the responsibility of

the applicant/successful candidate. There is a 90-day introductory period.

Send cover letter, resume and three references to: Kelly Dufour at Learn

more about Ohio Wildlife Center at and

This job description is not an implied contract between the employer and employee. The employer reserves the right to

make changes at any time and at its discretion.