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In 2013, URI launched PALS (People and Animals Living Safely) – New York City’s first-ever co-sheltering program that enables domestic violence victims and their pets to reside together in shelter. The PALS Program Coordinator will be responsible for the day-to-day operations and growth of PALS, a groundbreaking program that offers a range of comprehensive services, including intervention, counseling, advocacy, education, and coordination to meet the human and animal welfare needs of domestic violence victims and their pets. The PALS Coordinator will serve as an animal welfare resource to all URI’s domestic violence program staff and animal welfare partners; to develop and implement safe, confidential services to ensure that the whole family – adults, children and pets – are protected from domestic violence.
POSITION REQUIREMENTS, EDUCATION & ESSENTIAL SKILLS
• Develop and implement a comprehensive outreach strategy to promote PALS and raise awareness of the link between domestic violence and animal welfare
• Conduct comprehensive assessments for families seeking shelter and participation in PALS and offer ongoing support to ensure animal welfare issues are addressed, including assisting with safety planning, ensuring access to appropriate pet supplies, addressing medical needs, and overseeing the discharge planning process
• Work closely with community partners to coordinate timely access to veterinary care for pets, including a vet exam, spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchipping, basic care, and treatment related to animal abuse
• Conduct preliminary pet assessments for animal behavior concerns and coordinate access to behavior therapy, where appropriate
• Work with URI’s domestic violence program leaders to ensure consistency, collaboration and complementary services between sites and programs
• Identify, secure and monitor all necessary pet supplies and products related to PALS and oversee the inventory management process
• Provide ongoing pet welfare education to clients, including an initial PALS orientation, case conferences and individual and group counseling, to support the continuum of care for adults, children and pets residing in shelter
• Other duties as requested to meet department and organizational needs
• Bachelors’ degree in Human Services field. Licensed Social Worker (LCSW/LMSW), preferred
• 3-5 years of experience working with victims of domestic violence required
• Basic knowledge of handling animals, identifying signs of animal abuse/cruelty and/or illnesses
• Knowledge of and interest in the link between domestic violence and animal abuse, and strong desire to be a bridge between the human welfare and animal welfare communities
• Strong organization, engagement and inter/intra agency collaborative skills
• Strong clinical skills, including assessment, intervention, referral and advocacy
To apply for this position, please forward your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
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