Animal Health & Regulation Director
DEFINITION: Under general direction, plans, organizes, and
administers countywide Animal Health & Regulation programs; directs
the enforcement of state and local animal control laws, ordinances,
and codes; and performs related duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Incumbent is directly
responsible for the efficient and effective operation of the County
Animal Health and Regulation system. The Director is responsible for
the provision of direction and policy guidance to the Supervising
Animal Control Officers and volunteer force at each shelter
location. The Director is responsible for policy analysis and
recommendations to the Public Health Program Manager.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
- Plans, organizes and administers programs to enforce county,
state, and local laws involving the control, licensing,
sheltering, quarantine, issuance of citations, disposal, and
immunization of animals; identifies the need for, and
develops and implements Animal Health and Regulation divisional
policies and procedures; determines needs of the community for
Animal Health & Regulation programs and develops plans and
programs to meet those needs; develops, implements, and monitors
the annual budget for the division; prepares statistical reports
for program evaluation, performance measures, contract
compliance, budget reports and correspondence.
- Monitors and reviews state legislation to determine impact on
Animal Health and Regulation programs and operations, prepares and
revises ordinances pertaining to animal health and regulation for
approval by the Board of Supervisors.
- Establishes and maintains cooperative relations with federal,
state, local agencies, and volunteer groups concerned with the
care, well-being and control of animals, for the implementation of
animal health regulations and programs; directs the preparation,
negotiation, and administration of County contracts to
provide animal control services to other local agencies and
memorandums of understanding (MOU) with volunteer groups for
services and goods provided for the Animal Health and Regulation
- Evaluates staff training needs and provides direction to the
Supervising Animal Control Officers in the development and
implementation of the staff training and development program;
interviews and selects employees; evaluates employee
performance; initiates disciplinary action as necessary.
- Supervises preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual
reports regarding performance measures, contract compliance,
budget reports and other public information; and responds to
public and media inquiries regarding all aspects of Animal Health
& Regulation operations.
- Cooperates with the criminal justice system to prosecute
violations of animal control regulations; represents the Animal
Health and Regulation program before City Councils, Board of
Supervisors, volunteer groups, state and federal agencies through
media contacts, speaking engagements, group presentations, and
- Three years of administrative, fiscal, and supervisory
experience and one year of experience in an enforcement-related
- equivalent combination of training, education and experience
that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.
If the enforcement-related experience was obtained as part of the
three years of administrative, fiscal, and supervisory experience,
no additional experience is required.
Experience working with volunteers and in the field of Animal
Health and Regulation is preferable.
Additional Requirements: Possession of a valid California
Class C Driver's License. Completion of course PC 832 in Arrest,
Search, and Seizure and Firearms training prior the end of the
twelve month probationary period.
Knowledge of: administrative practices, principles and
methods of budget preparation and control; performance monitoring;
negotiation techniques; principles and practices of supervision;
training methods and techniques.
Ability to: identify program needs, service
elements, and trends and recommend effective solutions,
improvements, and programs; define program objectives and procedures
and direct work accordingly; communicate effectively orally and in
writing; establish and maintain cooperative relationships
with employees, law enforcement and other governmental agencies,
volunteer organizations, civic groups, the general public, and
professional groups; influence others to work together toward common
goals; exercise tact, diplomacy, and independent judgment; assign,
prioritize and delegate work of self and others; speak before
groups with divergent interests; tolerate stress; hire, train,
evaluate, and supervise staff; represent the department in relations
with others; prepare a variety of written documents; allocate
financial and human resources; develop and monitor budgets.
Supplemental Information: Employment in this class may
require successful completion of a criminal background