Animal Behavior Specialist

The Anti-Cruelty Society is accepting applications for a full-time Animal Behavior Specialist.  This position reports to the Animal Behavior and Intake Manager with responsibilities to include performing behavior assessments, developing and maintaining enrichment programs and implementing behavior modifications. In addition, the Animal Behavior Specialist shall support the Behavior Help line by responding to calls and/or emails as directed by the Manager.


  • Plan and coordinate shelter behavior assessments to ensure timely completion.
  • Stay abreast of current enrichment trends to ensure compliance with Standards of Care in Animal Shelters.
  • Implement and manage animal behavior modifications plans.
  • Provide and distribute behavior and/or training information, as well as referrals to other specialized organizations and persons.
  • Prepare and distribute information as a supplement to behavior counseling.
  • Purchase and maintain shelter toys/environmental enrichment items.
  • Maintain Charlotte’s Cat Corner population.
  • Instruct School of Dog Training classes and substitute for absent instructors.
  • Respond to Behavior Help line inquires (via email or voicemail) professionally and knowledgeably.
  • Provide counseling and/or training to the general public in regards to companion animal behavior.
  • Keep abreast of department specific topics.
  • Create and perform employee workshops and seminars.
  • Contribute ideas and articles to the Society’s publication.
  • Attend Society sponsored programs, meetings, events and funded seminars when applicable.
  • Assume other duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate must have excellent phone etiquette, verbal/written communication and basic computer skills as well as excellent interpersonal skills. The ability to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences, provide and support a vision and direction are also required. Must have the ability to multi-task and handle numerous assignments simultaneously. Strong leadership skills are required with the ability to take initiative. Candidates must be able to work well in a team environment while motivating and developing staff while possessing a professional, positive and enthusiastic attitude. Excellent listening and feedback skills as well as good problem solving skills. Must possess excellent public speaking skills in order to effectively and professionally facilitate programs, lectures and discussions. Must also present a neat and professional appearance to the public as well as a polite and friendly demeanor.

Bachelor’s degree is preferred. CPDT required within two years of hire with a minimum of one year of experience working in this field or related field preferred.
Note: A comparable combination of education, experience or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skills and ability required may qualify an individual.

Please submit a letter of interest, including a salary history and expectations and a resume for consideration. Sorry but we will not be able to consider applications without these documents.

Direct all applications to:

The Anti-Cruelty Society
ATTN: Meshia Burrell

Director of Human Resources

157 West Grand Avenue
Chicago IL  60654
Facsimile: (888) 391-0164
No phone calls please


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