Animal Control Program Manager

City of Cedar Rapids

Come join a team dedicated to serving our community! The City of Cedar Rapids is welcoming applications for an Animal Control Program Manager.   At the City, we are committed to employing individuals who reflect our community’s diverse backgrounds. 

We appreciate and leverage the vast experience individuals bring beyond the technical requirements of a job. If you are an individual with similar experience listed here please consider applying. Experience and skills combined with commitment to our core values is key to building a greater community now and for the next generation; therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to this position. Any person who anticipates needing accommodations for any part of the recruitment process please contact Katie Ulmer ( or 319-286-5138).

What's in it for you? 

The City provides outstanding pay, benefits and time off. With participation in the Wellness Program, the Choice Family PPO plan cost is only $63.88 per month for 2022! Additionally we offer:

  • Medical co-insurance for participating providers of 90% plan / 10% employee
  • Iowa Public Employee’s Retirement Pension plans (IPERS) (Download PDF reader)  with a 9.44% City contribution and 6.29% employee contribution
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • Up to $3,000 per year in educational assistance
  • 4 weeks of paid parental leave
  • Annual pay increases
  • Typically receive annual cost of living increase depending on budget
  • 100% City paid basic life insurance
  • Dental, vision, long-term disability, and supplemental life insurance
  • View our non-bargaining Choice Plan Benefits Summary (Download PDF reader)


About the position: 

Manages the City’s Animal Control programs, services and activities.   Oversees the daily shelter operations and personnel activities.  Monitors animal control field operations.

Position Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

Successful completion of a pre-employment background check, NCIC background check, Polygraph, fingerprinting, physical examination (if applicable) and drug screen are required prior to employment with the City of Cedar Rapids.

Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills

  • Supervises the work of assigned personnel, including assigning and reviewing work, providing guidance, and conducting performance evaluations.
  • Manages the daily operations of the shelter, animal care, facility maintenance, and disinfection. Maintains working relationship with local veterinarians.
  • Manages and coordinates animal control operations and field services. Ensures personnel remain current with continuing education programs and certification. 
  • Manages the strategic planning, policy development, and data collection and reporting activities of the division.
  • Represents Animal Control at City functions and meetings. Interfaces with other community groups as required. Provides educations, prevention, and consultations for animal control to schools and organizations within the community.
  • Works with Finance to oversee timely preparation and execution of the division’s budget. Monitors and reports variances in revenues and expenses in relation to annual budget. Monitors program and project purchasing recommendations.
  • Develops, coordinates, and manages community outreach efforts, including fundraisers with local businesses, adoption weekends at local pet partners, and shelter tours.  
  • Reviews and analyzes methods, equipment used, and performance to find ways of increasing effectiveness, improving results, or effecting economies in operational and program activities.
  • Researches and responds to public inquiries concerning division activities and policies. Serves as division spokesperson and news media liaison.
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum qualifications & Requirements

Required Education and Experience

  • At least two years of relevant college-level course work or an Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in Animal Science, Office Management and
  • Five (5) to seven (7) years’ experience of office management, animal sheltering, and customer service or
  • An equivalent combination of education and/or experience
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse population 

Required Licenses or Certifications

  • Euthanasia certification 
  • Must be able to obtain National Crime Information Center (NCIC) certification within six months from date of hire
  • Must successfully complete NCIC background check, polygraph examination and be fingerprinted upon acceptance of offer of employment

Job ID: 78684

Posted 12 days ago

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