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Animal Health & Regulation Director

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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.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 program.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 written materials.


  1. Three years of administrative, fiscal, and supervisory experience and one year of experience in an enforcement-related field. or,
  2. 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 investigation.

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