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 Animal Care Specialist (full-time and part-time). 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 Everyday Adoption Center; 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, creditc 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.

Scheduled shift is Sundays, Mondays and Fridays 7am – 3pm. Available to travel to Everyday Adoption Center 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 Everyday Adoption Center or shelter hours.

Please submit a letter of interest, including salary requirements, and a resume for consideration. Indicate if you are applying for full-time or part-time. You may fill out an application 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
Email: resumes@anticruelty.org
No phone calls please
The Anti-Cruelty Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Click here to download this job description. 

The Anti-Cruelty Society is seeking a full-time Manager of Special Events and Memorable Experiences to manage the Society’s special events designed to engage donors, sponsors, partners and friends to have the best experience at Society events and activities.
Who We Are
The Anti-Cruelty Society has been at the forefront of animal welfare and humane education since its founding in 1899. As one of Chicago’s oldest animal welfare organizations, our history is as large as our hearts. What started with just a single meeting would grow to be an entire community selflessly committed to helping pets and educating people.  

Responsibilities
•    Manage event logistics and details both on and off-site.
•    Coordinate with the marketing and communications team to manage pre and post event communications. 
•    Coordinate meetings and presentations as requested. 
•    Assist with the coordination of select Board, committee and council meetings and their activities.
•    Create reports and lists from the donor database and track meetings with sponsors, donors and potential donors in Raiser’s Edge database. 
•    Maintain the annual/monthly project and fundraising calendar of events and circulate/distribute as needed. 
•    Manage event responses, registrations, donations, including creating and maintaining databases. 
•    Work with accounting and mission advancement team to ensure completeness and accuracy of donor data as it relates to special events. 
•    Manage website content for events. 
•    Oversee all aspects of the Society’s participation in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon including: monitoring fundraising, disseminating eblasts, recruiting participants, and coordinating logistics with a team of 50 runners. 
•    Manage the special events budget process including tracking budgets for each event and managing invoices. 
•    Provide ongoing support for on and off site events across the organization. 
•    Provide engagement and management of third-party event opportunities. 
•    Create compelling sponsorship proposals for special events funding and identify and solicit cash and in-kind event sponsors up to $10,000. 
•    Establish on going relationships with sponsors including developing effective impact reports for each event. 
•    Work closely with the Volunteer Office to recruit and train event volunteers.
•    Work with shelter staff, volunteers, and behavior team to select appropriate animals for events including offsite adoption events.
•    Participate in community activities and civic programs as a representative of The Anti-Cruelty Society.
•    Negotiate contracts for sales and services. 
•    Provide effective stewardship for existing and new sponsors and partners. 
•    Participate in professional meetings, conferences, and committees as assigned.
•    Undertake special projects and assignments as directed.
•    Manage volunteers and part time staff to support positive experiences.
•    Other duties as requested by the VP of Mission Advancement or the Director of Development.

The ideal candidate must possess excellent organizational skills with the ability to manage several projects at the same time and be a creative thinker who brings out-of-the-box ideas to build memorable events. Must have the ability to handle large amounts of detailed information with accuracy, have solid written and verbal communication skills with the ability to work well under pressure. Must pay close attention to details and organize tasks and time to ensure timely completion of projects. Word processing skills and knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Raisers Edge) applications are preferred. Must interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, general public and media. The ideal candidate must have a positive personality with a can-do attitude, knowledge of The Anti-Cruelty Society’s mission and philosophy and love of animals.

A college degree is preferred but not required with a minimum of three years’ experience working in a related field.

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 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

Click here to download the job description. 

Chief Financial Officer/
Vice President of Accountability and Transparency

The Anti-Cruelty Society
Chicago, Illinois

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

The Anti-Cruelty Society is seeking a dynamic finance leader to ensure accountability, transparency, and the optimal effective use of the Society’s financial and capital assets to position the organization that is 120 years old with new leadership to achieve peerless levels of impact utilizing the human/animal bond to change the world.

We are seeking to fill this position as soon as possible so the successful candidate will be able to work with the current CFO before his retirement in early 2020.

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 current operating budget is $8.7 million. 

The vanguard of animal welfare is expanding life-saving services beyond traditional boundaries and buildings into communities where services are not present but most needed. The Anti-Cruelty Society is poised to take a leadership position in this enterprise as it embarks upon Imagine 125, Our Envisioned Future, a dynamic process of planning the future of the organization. The aspirations of the organization will require significant growth in development revenue. 

The Position
Reporting to the President, the Vice President of Accountability and Transparency/CFO will lead in financial analysis, budgeting, forecasting, general ledger administration, and supervision of all accounting and auditing functions. The position oversees the administration of estates and the Society’s investment portfolio. The position directs fiscal and financial activities in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and best practices, utilizing financial information for strategy and planning to advance the organization’s mission and exceed the expectations of our donors and constituencies. 


Significant Expectations
•    Advance the mission, vision, goals, and plans of the organization in collaboration with the President and the senior leadership team.
•    Act as Chief Financial Officer and strategic advisor to board and senior leadership team.
•    Assess and evaluate financial performance of the organization with regard to long-term operational goals, budgets, and forecasts.
•    Oversee the preparation and communication of periodic financial statement. Ensure the accuracy of the general ledger.
•    Lead in the preparation of annual budget.
•    Build a high-performance finance team.


Key Personal Qualities and Abilities
•    A passion for accountability and transparency.
•    Superlative leadership skills and the ability to inspire peak performance.
•    Vision and the ability to commit vision to action and outcomes.
•    A commitment to collaboration, cooperation, and collegiality within the organization and in the community.
•    Never being satisfied with the status quo with a passion for continuous improvement.
•    Superlative communication skills and a strong team orientation. 
•    A commitment to continuous personal and professional growth.


Qualifications
•    Bachelor’s Degree
•    Five to seven years of accounting experience gained through increasingly responsible positions.
•    Significant management and supervisory experience. 
•     A Master’s Degree in finance, accounting, or business administration with specialization in accounting or finance preferred.

Please submit a letter of interest, including salary expectations, a writing sample 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

Click here to download the job description. 
 

Veterinary Assistant - Rehab

The Anti-Cruelty Society is accepting applications for a full-time Veterinary Assistant in our Cat Rehabilitation Centers.  This position reports to the Clinic Manager with responsibilities to include:

  • Administering medication, providing subcutaneous fluid therapy, restraining animals, recording observations and treatments on charts.
  • Feeding and cleaning housed animals.
  • Admitting and providing housing.  Transferring patients and routes all paperwork accordingly.
  • Performing fecal testing, blood tests and recording test results.
  • Maintaining rehabilitation areas including kennels, countertops, cabinets and floors.
  • Performing other functions as assigned by the Clinic Manager and/or Medical Director.

The ideal candidate should have one year of previous experience and must respect animals. The successful candidate must also believe in The Anti-Cruelty Society‘s mission and philosophy. 

Please submit a letter of interest, including a salary history and expectations and a resume for consideration. You may fill out 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: Abby Breger
Training Manager
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 accepting applications for a full-time Veterinary Assistant in our Clinic.  This position reports to the Director of Clinic Services with responsibilities to include:

  • Performing inductions, tracheal intubation and monitoring anesthesia.
  • Clipping and scrubbing animals prior to surgery and assisting in surgery.
  • Monitoring recovery, sterilizing surgical packs, maintaining surgical logs and maintaining surgical/prep/clinic areas.
  • Restraining animals, administering oral and injectable drugs, performing intravenous catheterization and fluid therapy.
  • Recording observations and treatments on patient charts.  
  • Maintaining kennel area and cages.
  • Performing radiography, fecal, heartworm, feline leukemia and parvo virus testing, skin scrapes and cephalectomy.
  • Filling prescriptions, discharging patients and giving client instructions. 
  • Maintaining equipment such as anesthesia machines, autoclaves, dental equipment, microscopes, x-ray machine, clippers and other instruments.
  • Performing other functions as assigned by Clinic Director.   

The ideal candidate should have one year of previous experience and must respect animals. The successful candidate must also believe in The Anti-Cruelty Society‘s mission and philosophy. 

Please submit a letter of interest, including a salary history and expectations and a resume for consideration. You may fill out 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: 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.