Careers and Internships

Compassion in Action

The Anti-Cruelty Society is looking for people who support our goal to protect and care for animals in need. As Chicago’s oldest and most comprehensive animals shelter, we have been helping Chicago’s pets since 1899. Our mission is to build a community of caring by helping pets and educating people and we are the only animal welfare organization in Chicago offering outreach and ongoing education. 
 

Current Job Openings

The Anti-Cruelty Society is accepting applications for a part time Animal Care Specialist at our Everyday Adoption Center (EAC).

The hours will be Sundays, Mondays and Fridays 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Under the direct supervision of Shelter management, the Animal Care Specialist is responsible for maintaining the healthiest, sanitary, safe and comfortable conditions for animals in the shelter and EAC; learning the requirements for responsible animal care; sharing this information with the public; and screening potential adopters in order to ensure the best possible match between animal and adopter. Responsibilities include:

  • Feed, water and safely move animals; obey all special restrictions placed on animals; exercise caution when handling animals and seek help when necessary.
  • Mark all kennel cards and report any abnormalities to management as soon as possible.
  • Clean and disinfect all housing and holding areas according to established guidelines in the required time periods as well as throughout the day.  
  • Ensure that all animals are safe and secure when cleaning is finished.
  • Socialize animals as time allows.
  • Have adequate understanding of The Anti-Cruelty Society adoption and disposition policies and be able to communicate them to the public.
  • Have adequate familiarity with all of The Anti-Cruelty Society’s forms and their use.
  • Greet all guests in a pleasant manner, being objective, courteous and reasonable at all times.  Assist in directing the public to appropriate areas.
  • Determine applicant suitability for adoption according to the Anti-Cruelty Society’s policies.
  • Counsel adopters in general care, training and ownership responsibilities.
  • Respect the physical plant and equipment; report all building, caging and environmental problems to a management or maintenance staff member as soon as possible.
  • Ensure that all equipment is in good repair, adequately stocked and kept neatly in its appropriate place.  Stocking can be accomplished using wheeled carts.  
  • Operate and carefully maintain all records necessary to ensure accurate cash, credit and check handling.  
  • Accurately and efficiently complete all adoption and donation transactions and maintain proper cash POS registers.
  • Follow necessary closing procedures to ensure a balanced cash report. 
  • Secure monies and value equipment in lockbox.
  • Must respect animals and believe in The Anti-Cruelty Society‘s mission and philosophy.
  • Attend all scheduled meetings on and offsite.
  • Must adhere to PetSmart Charities policies and procedures.
  • Foster a positive working relationship with PetSmart management and staff.
  • Assume other duties as assigned which could include the role of a Customer Service Representative as needed.

High school diploma or GED required. 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.

Available to travel to EAC or shelter locations, work an extended schedule, including weekends, early mornings, evenings and holidays according to job demands. Ability to accommodate adjusted schedule to cover EAC or shelter hours.
Please submit a letter of interest, including a salary history and expectations and a resume for consideration. You may download an application or pick one up at the shelter front desk (510 N LaSalle) 7 days a week from  9am–5pm. 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
E-Mail: 
resumes@anticruelty.org
No phone calls please

Our mission is building a community of caring by helping animals and educating people. 

The Anti-Cruelty Society is accepting applications for Animal Care Specialist. Under the direct supervision of Shelter management, the Animal Care Specialist is responsible for maintaining the healthiest, sanitary, safe and comfortable conditions for animals in the shelter and EAC; learning the requirements for responsible animal care; sharing this information with the public; and screening potential adopters in order to ensure the best possible match between animal and adopter. 

  • Feed, water and safely move animals; obey all special restrictions placed on animals; exercise caution when handling animals and seek help when necessary.
  • Mark all kennel cards and report any abnormalities to management as soon as possible.
  • Clean and disinfect all housing and holding areas according to established guidelines in the required time periods as well as throughout the day.  
  • Ensure that all animals are safe and secure when cleaning is finished.
  • Socialize animals as time allows.
  • Have adequate understanding of The Anti-Cruelty Society adoption and disposition policies and be able to communicate them to the public.
  • Have adequate familiarity with all of The Anti-Cruelty Society’s forms and their use.
  • Greet all guests in a pleasant manner, being objective, courteous and reasonable at all times.  Assist in directing the public to appropriate areas.
  • Determine applicant suitability for adoption according to the Anti-Cruelty Society’s policies.
  • Counsel adopters in general care, training and ownership responsibilities.
  • Respect the physical plant and equipment; report all building, caging and environmental problems to a management or maintenance staff member as soon as possible.
  • Ensure that all equipment is in good repair, adequately stocked and kept neatly in its appropriate place.  Stocking can be accomplished using wheeled carts.  
  • Operate and carefully maintain all records necessary to ensure accurate cash, credit and check handling.  
  • Accurately and efficiently complete all adoption and donation transactions and maintain proper cash POS registers.
  • Follow necessary closing procedures to ensure a balanced cash report. 
  • Secure monies and value equipment in lockbox.
  • Must respect animals and believe in The Anti-Cruelty Society‘s mission and philosophy.
  • Attend all scheduled meetings on and offsite.
  • Must adhere to PetSmart Charities policies and procedures.
  • Foster a positive working relationship with PetSmart management and staff.
  • Assume other duties as assigned which could include the role of a Customer Service Representative as needed.

High school diploma or GED required. 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.

Available to travel to EAC or shelter locations, work an extended schedule, including weekends, early mornings, evenings and holidays according to job demands. Ability to accommodate adjusted schedule to cover EAC or shelter hours.

Please submit a letter of interest, including a salary expectations and a resume for consideration. You may fill out an application online or pick one up at the shelter front desk (510 N LaSalle) 7 days a week from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sorry, but we will not be able to consider applications without these documents.

Direct all applications to: 
The Anti-Cruelty Society
ATTN: Abby Breger, Training Manager
157 West Grand Avenue
Chicago IL  60654
Fax: (888) 391-0164
E-Mail:
resumes@anticruelty.org
No phone calls please

The Anti-Cruelty Society is an equal opportunity employer

Our mission is building a community of caring by helping animals and educating people. 

The Anti-Cruelty Society has opened its search for a Director of Shelter Services. The Director of Shelter Services is responsible for the effective and efficient daily operations of The Anti-Cruelty Society ensuring that all animals are properly cared for and humanely and safely handled.

Essential Job Functions

  • Supervise animal care, intake, and behavior staff including day to day operations of the shelter. Direct supervision of four departmental managers, and indirect supervision of 30+ shelter staff. 
  • Provide feedback, coaching, and performance appraisals for above mentioned staff.  
  • Oversee continuing education and training for animal care, intake, and behavior staff. 
  • Responsible for writing and maintaining shelter Standard Operating Procedures. 
  • Keep up to date with industry standards and protocols to ensure the best care and outcomes for each animal in our care. 
  • When necessary, participate in determining shelter animal euthanasia.
  • Participate in departmental budgeting process.
  • Meet regularly with Vice President of Operations to ensure the well-being and humane treatment of animals and the proper management of operations and facilities. Keep Vice President informed of animal welfare concerns, personnel issues, departmental progress, client concerns, and any other issues relevant to the professional manner of the organization. 
  • Work closely with the clinic and Medical Director to ensure cohesive veterinarian treatments and care.
  • Assure that staff keeps accurate animal inventory logs and animal medical records.
  • Participate in the interview process to hire shelter staff. 
  • Contribute to a culture of Praise, Engagement, Trust, and Support.
  • Assume other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in related field preferred. 
  • Five+ years of experience in related field and three+ years of experience in a managerial role. Non-profit experience 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 salary expectations, and a resume for consideration. Pay will be commensurate with experience and ability. Please note that applications that do not include all required documentation will not be considered.

Direct all applications to: 

The Anti-Cruelty Society
ATTN: Meshia Burrell, Vice President of People and Culture
157 West Grand Avenue
Chicago IL  60654
Facsimile: (888) 391-0164
E-Mail:
resumes@anticruelty.org
No phone calls please

The Anti-Cruelty Society is an equal opportunity employer

Our mission is building a community of caring by helping animals and educating people. 

The Anti-Cruelty Society has opened its search for a Major Gift Officer. The Major Gift Officer will identify, engage, cultivate, solicit, and steward current and prospective donors to significantly increase engagement and support from top donors and principal benefactors. In collaboration with the Chief Advancement Officer, the Major Gift Officer will use a relationship-based approach to build giving potential and expand the current base of support among individuals and corporations. Responsibilities include growing the annual giving and planned giving society, soliciting for annual gifts, major gifts, planned gifts, corporate sponsorships, and event sponsorships as appropriate. The Major Gift Officer also works with all other fundraisers, senior staff and volunteer leadership. 

Essential Job Functions

  • Develops ongoing relationships with major donors through a managed portfolio of donors and prospects.
  • Responsible for minimum annual fundraising goals including both renewable gifts and new incremental revenue and actively pursues gifts from individual and corporate constituents.
  • Cultivates and expands relationships for through individual meetings, targeted gatherings or community networking.
  • Stewards donors and prospects through direct contact to establish long term relationships.
  • Directs, leads, and expands the Humane Heroes Giving Society to support sustained annual giving from major donors.
  • Manages and coordinates the planning giving program through the Rose Fay Thomas Society including acquiring and engaging new members and ensuring current members receive regular and personal communications.
  • Designs and disseminates customized solicitation strategies targeting organizational objectives and donor interests in partnership with cross-departmental teams.
  • Works with Manager of Donor Ops and the Senior Manager Donor Relations to establish ongoing strategy to identify corporate and individual prospects.
  • Effectively develops, maintains, and stewards strong relationships with existing and potential donors including tracking engagement for each prospect.
  • Identify donors with capacity to increase giving levels and develop and implement plans to elevate gifts.
  • Works collaboratively with Marketing to promote organizational messaging and brand.
  • Promote a collegial atmosphere within the organization, working cooperatively with all staff to raise the profile of the organization to meet the overall financial and advancement goals.
  • Participate in the department’s goal setting process, reporting variances in projected revenue in accordance with established procedures and schedules.
  • Support efforts of the Mission Advancement team as needed including supporting special event logistics and event-based relationships.
  • Contribute to a culture of Praise, Engagement, Trust, and Support.
  • Work on special projects or other assignments as required.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field. Master’s degree preferred. 
  • Minimum of seven years of experience with gift solicitation, one year of supervisory experience 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 salary expectations, and a resume for consideration. Pay will be commensurate with experience and ability. Please note that applications that do not include all required documentation will not be considered.

Direct all applications to: 

The Anti-Cruelty Society
ATTN: Meshia Burrell, Vice President of People and Culture
157 West Grand Avenue
Chicago IL  60654
Facsimile: (888) 391-0164
E-Mail:
resumes@anticruelty.org
No phone calls please

The Anti-Cruelty Society is an equal opportunity employer

Staff Accountant

 

The Anti-Cruelty Society

Chicago, Illinois

 

Our mission is building a community of caring by helping animals and educating people. 

 

The Organization

The Anti-Cruelty Society has been at the forefront of animal welfare and humane education since its founding in 1899.

The celebration of the Society’s 120th anniversary included both a reconfirmation of our core commitment to be An Open Door to Compassion—never turning an animal away, and the beginning of a bold and courageous planning process to envision and achieve an even more impactful future. The organization begins the next chapter in its long history with very strong foundations extant in vibrant organizations: an engaged board of directors, a passionate and committed staff with an unusually high average tenure of service, a solid financial base far greater than not-for-profit best practices, a large and loyal donor base, and a broad array of services.

The Position

Reporting to the Senior Accountant, the Staff Accountant will work in a general accounting role to reconcile organization payments, revenues, receipts, payroll expenses, and create other financial reports as needed. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with excellent communication skills who is highly organized, conscientious, self-motivated with great attention to detail and strong problem-solving skills.  

The Staff Accountant is a critical member of the Finance team. He/she will help develop, improve and streamline accounting systems and internal financial controls and procedures. The ideal candidate will demonstrate project ownership and initiative paired with a solid foundation of technical skill and accounting knowledge.

Significant Expectations

  • Understands departmental responsibilities, policies, procedures, and processes in order to assist the Finance department as needed
  • Gathers and organizes financial data from the finance department
  • Assists in the accurate and timely monthly closing of the financial statements and month-end account reconciliations
  • Maintains financial records by entering, verifying and backing up data
  • Reconcile credit card and bank statements
  • Assist with Federal, State, and Local tax filings
  • Assist with year-end closing
  • Assist with gathering information for both internal and external audits
  • Ensure the integrity of accounting records
  • Assist with ad-hoc management reporting
  • Consistently provide recommendations on improving financial operations
  • Responsible for supporting topics such as revenue recognition and billing operations.
  • Special projects as necessary involving accounting, analysis, reporting or operating aspects of the company

Key Personal Qualities and Abilities

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated focus on providing accurate information, analysis and schedules
  • Detailed-oriented; meticulous attention to detail, including the ability to perform detailed analytical tasks
  • Comfortable with a very busy, widely varied position
  • Strong computer skills with intermediate experience using Excel
  • An understanding of GAAP required
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Outstanding problem-solving skills
  • Enthusiastically able to provide calendar and deadline driven results
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality
  • Knowledge of and empathy with the mission of the Society

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 1-3 years of relevant and recent experience in an automated environment, preferably in a not-for-profit setting.

Please submit a letter of interest, including salary expectations, and a resume for consideration. Pay will be commensurate with experience and ability. Please note that applications that do not include all required documentation will not be considered.

Direct all applications to: 

The Anti-Cruelty Society
ATTN: Meshia Burrell, Vice President of People and Culture
157 West Grand Avenue
Chicago IL  60654
Facsimile: (888) 391-0164
E-Mail: resumes@anticruelty.org
No phone calls please

The Anti-Cruelty Society is an equal opportunity employer

The Anti-Cruelty Society is accepting applications for a full-time Veterinary Assistant in our Clinic. Under the supervision of Clinic management, the Veterinary Assistant is responsible for maintaining healthy, sanitary, safe and comfortable conditions for animals in the clinic and rehabilitation centers; learning the requirements for responsible animal care.

Initial training will include:

  • Feeding, cleaning, providing oral medications
  • Animal restraint
  • Subcutaneous injections and fluids
  • Recording observations and treatments on medical charts
  • Assisting veterinarians as they conduct physical exams
  • Cleaning/sterilizing surgical instruments, gowns, drapes

Second tier training will include:

  • Performing post-surgical recovery
  • On site testing for Feline Leukemia, Heartworm, Parvo Virus
  • Microscope reading of fecal samples, skin scrapes
  • Prepping animals for surgery; animal restraint, shaving/preparing surgical site
  • Anesthesia machine, monitoring equipment training
  • Digital radiology

Advanced training includes:

  • Surgical log usage
  • Intravenous injections
  • Anesthesia drugs and dosages
  • Intubation
  • Cephalectomy

 

High school diploma or GED required. 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 salary expectations and a resume for consideration. You may fill out an application online or pick one up at the shelter front desk (510 N LaSalle) 7 days a week from 9am -5pm. Sorry, but we will not be able to consider applications without these documents.

 

Direct all applications to: 
The Anti-Cruelty Society
ATTN: Abby Breger 
Training Manager
157 West Grand Avenue
Chicago IL  60654
Facsimile: (888) 391-0164
E-Mail: resumes@anticruelty.org
No phone calls please

Internships

HR Intern

Once you have identified a position you'd like to apply for, please send your resume and personal statement to resumes@anticruelty.orgYou must also fill out an application here.

The Intern Program is open to all individuals who have completed a minimum of 2 years of college and have maintained a minimum GPA of 2.5. The internship may lead to academic credit from participating schools or it may simply be a means for individuals to further their own skills and knowledge. Interns may contact The Anti-Cruelty Society directly to inquire about internships or they may be referred by another source. The Society may publicize the internship program online, in college, university or Society publications. Please note that intern positions are unpaid.

All internship application materials may be submitted electronically to resumes@anticruelty.org. In addition to the completed application form and personal statement, applicants will be expected to submit two confidential letters of recommendation and college transcripts.

These may be sent to:
The Anti-Cruelty Society 
Attn: Meshia Burrell
157 W. Grand Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60654.

Personal Statement: On a separate sheet of paper, please write a short proposal stating how an internship at The Anti-Cruelty Society relates to your academic and career goals. Please keep the statements to one page.

About Working at the Society

The Anti-Cruelty Society is looking for people who support our goal to protect and care for animals in need. As Chicago’s oldest and most comprehensive animal shelter, we have been caring for and protecting Chicago’s pets since 1899. Our mission is to build a community of caring by helping pets and educating people and we are the only animal welfare organization in Chicago offering outreach and ongoing education. 

As an organization, we are committed to the following: 

  • Providing compassionate care for any animal in need
  • Attempting to find a home for every healthy or rehabilitable cat and dog that comes to  us
  • Intervening to prevent cruelty to animals
  • Partnering with the community to educate on animal issues and inspire compassion and respect
  • Providing low or no cost spaying or neutering. 

As an employee of The Anti-Cruelty Society, no matter what department you work in, you can take great pride in knowing that you are making a difference in the lives of the animals in our care.

Every day, we prove true to our values and provide the best possible care to any animal that comes through our doors. Our staff is comprised of compassionate people who are committed to furthering our mission of building a community of caring by helping pets educating people. 

At The Anti-Cruelty Society, we value a culture revolved around respecting one another and encouraging each other to do our best work. We value each and every contribution our staff and volunteers make daily and celebrate all successes, both big and small.  All our staff and volunteers share a common passion for our mission, and we work hard to maintain that sense of enthusiasm and cheerfulness within the workplace. After all, work doesn’t always have to be serious, you just have to seriously love what you do. 

We provide the best quality animal care through our core values: 
Collaboration—only through partnerships and relationships can we achieve our mission
Excellence—we will strive to have a best practice model in all that we do
Professionalism—we will act with integrity and in an ethical manner
Leadership—we will plan for the next generation of issues that will impact our organization,
our community and pets
Communication—we will fearlessly outline and communicate our commitment
to being advocates for animals
Transparency—we support the Asilomar Accords and proudly and publicly report our statistics.
 

We offer competitive pay and benefits to our employees such as vacation and sick coverage, medical coverage, and much more. Pets of Society employees also benefit! All full-time employees are eligible for use of our Veterinary Clinic and are offered discounted rates with our partner VCA hospitals. Full-time employees may also enjoy discounts at our in-house retail store. 

Our workplace offers a compassionate and fun environment where staff members are able to interact with the animals in our care on a daily basis. Not an animal expert? Don’t worry. We offer professional hands-on training to all our employees before beginning their job. 

Benefits

Full-time employees of The Anti-Cruelty Society are offered competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package. Our employee benefits and perks are designed to help ensure the overall health, productivity, and happiness of each of our full-time staff members. 

Regular full-time employees and their pets are given  access to many of The Anti-Cruelty Society programs and services. This includes: 

  • Access to veterinary services 
  • Discounted dog training classes
  • Free Parking
  • Discounts at The Anti-Cruelty Society in-house retail shop

We are committed to the overall health, productivity, and happiness of our employees. We offer our full-time staff members the following benefits:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Plans
  • Short & Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program(EAP):
  • Paid Holidays, Paid Vacations, Personal Days, and sick leave.
  • Jury Duty/Election Official Pay
  • Bereavement Leave
  • AD&D Insurance
  • Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Retirement Benefits

Our comprehensive hands-on training program is designed to help new staff members learn a little more about the Society as well as how to properly care for animals in a shelter environment. 
We offer On-the Job Training with your department’s training supervisor to review the basic functions of your position through hands on experience and practical application.
Our module training is designed to introduce you to the organization, safety for your job, and other topics related to working at a shelter.

Employment FAQ

To be considered for employment, we ask you to please submit a letter of interest, including a salary history and expectations for the desired position, as well as a resume for consideration. You are also required to fill out an application, which can be downloaded online or picked up at the shelter front desk (510 N. LaSalle St.) 7 days a week from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
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
E-Mail: resumes@anticruelty.org
No phone calls please

To make your application stand out, you must first satisfy all the requirements for the specified position. These requirements can be found within the job description. 
In your letter of interest, be sure to tell us how your specific skills and experiences align with this position, this includes any experience volunteering or working with animals. 
Letters of interest are important because they allow us to better get to know you beyond your application and resume. Your letter should represent your experiences as well as your professionalism, so be sure to proofread your letter and check for any typos.   

The application process should only take a couple of weeks. Once you send us your application materials, our Human Resources team will review the documents as soon as possible. If all requirements are met, someone from our Human Resources team will contact you regarding next steps. 

Yes. However, we encourage you to narrow down your search to the position(s) that best fit your personal skills and experiences. 

After sending us  your application materials, our Human Resources Manager will review the documents with relevant department managers. Chosen applicants will then be contacted regarding next steps.

Yes. You can reapply for either the same position or a different open position.
Be sure to include any additional experience you may have had in your application.

If you have any additional questions, comments, or concerns, please email us at resumes@anticruelty.org.

Once you have identified a position you'd like to apply for, please send your resume and letter of interest to resumes@anticruelty.org.  You must also fill out an application here.