City of Fresno

SALARY: $11,958-$18,878/mo.  

FILING DEADLINE: Open Until Filled 

The Position and Ideal Candidate 

Be part of the City of Fresno’s new Animal Center Department! The Director will be part  of the collective and strategic planning in staffing the new state of the art clinic and  developing the program, while embodying the goals, innovation, and animal care  compassion that the City Manager envisions for the center and the community.  

Reporting to the Office of the City Manager, the Director will oversee the day-to-day  activities of the center, providing oversight and support in the development and  implementation of department policies and procedures, and managing current issues and  priorities. The Director will make critical decisions to resolve emergency situations and  to ensure the continuity of services and operations. The director is responsible for fulfilling  key objectives, directing and leading animal center staff, developing and managing the  department budget, ensuring compliance with all local, state and federal laws and  regulations, ensuring high quality animal care, and ensuring the cleanliness and  maintenance of the center. The incumbent will work directly with the staff, volunteers,  City Manager and key stakeholders in furthering the department goals and objectives.  

The ideal candidate for this critical position will be a compassionate leader, with a highly  collaborative management style who embodies a culture of customer service. The  incumbent should possess strong organizational and interpersonal skills, be a person who  will promote and embody a motivating work environment, and be committed to ensuring  the safety of staff and animals are at the forefront of all department activities. With many  key objectives to fulfill, it is important that the ideal candidate be a flexible and strategic  thought leader who can identify needs and provide sound recommendations to City  leadership.  

The ideal candidate should possess knowledge in animal care services such as field and  kennel operations, volunteer and adoption programs, and public relations. In addition,  qualified candidates must possess: any combination of education and experience that  has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for an Animal Center Director 

may be considered qualifying. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is to  possess five years of increasingly responsible directly related management experience,  including three years at the supervisory level, and a Bachelor’s degree in public or  business administration, or related field. A Master’s degree is highly desirable. 

Possession and continued maintenance of a valid California Driver’s License is required  at time of appointment.

Incumbents may be required to work nights, weekends and holidays and respond to after hours emergencies as needed. The incumbent will be exposed to a working environment  with animals (primarily dogs and cats) which may lead to possible exposure of unpleasant  odors and noises, allergens, interactions with animals, and possible exposure to zoonotic  diseases; and will be required to handle and restrain animals humanely and safely using  approved protocols and practices. 

This is an unclassified position in which the incumbent serves at the will of the City  Manager. 

Department Highlight 

The Animal Center was built by the City of Fresno to provide state-mandated animal  control services. Our Center provides temporary kennels for Fresno’s homeless pet  population while they wait to be reclaimed by their owners. If unclaimed, the pet is then  adopted into a forever home. Our mission is to increase live outcomes for animals by  reducing the euthanasia rate. With guidance from our partners, we strive to reunite pets  with their owners by providing resources to City of Fresno residents.  

The Animal Center includes four divisions: Administration, Community Engagement,  Animal Services and Veterinary Services. 


This division is responsible for day-to-day administrative functions including  budget, finance, personnel management, policy and procedure development,  safety and risk management, licensing, purchasing and procurement, volunteer  recruitments, data analytics and transparency reporting, and grant funding  opportunities. 

Community Engagement: 

This division is responsible for outreach with the purpose of increasing life-saving  outcomes via adoptions, fostering, rescue transfer programs, and transport. 

This division is comprised of the Animal Resource Officer  team, the Community outreach team, and the Animal Services Representative  Team.  

Animal Resource Officers work in the field and respond to at-large animal  concerns, bite cases, and potential endangered animal calls; the Community  outreach team focusing on community education and outreach, and placing  animals into their forever homes; and our Animal Services team are often the first  point of contact for the public, providing customer service in person or by phone.  

Animal Services: 

The Animal Service Division is primarily responsible for animal intake health  assessment and vaccination to ensure the health of the animal entering the center 

and the protection of animals in the kennels by mitigation of contagious diseases.  Includes daily deep cleaning of kennels, continuous removal of animal waste  during the day, feeding, visual assessments, and appropriate behavior and  enrichment including time in play yards to ensure the mental and behavioral well 

being of the animals. 

The behavior team is responsible for building and recommending enrichment plans  for center animals as well as assessing animals that come into the center.  

Veterinary Services: 

The veterinary team is responsible for the medical care of all center animals. They  make medical assessments of the animals, recommend and implement treatments  as needed, and care for sick or injured animals housed at the center.  

The Community 

The City of Fresno is located in the heart of the state of California in the fertile San Joaquin  Valley. From the agricultural fields on the valley floor to the snow-capped peaks of the  Sierra Nevada Mountain range, the Fresno area offers something for everyone. With a  population of approximately 540,000 residents, Fresno is the fifth-largest city in California  and serves as the financial, industrial, trade, and commercial capital of the central San  Joaquin Valley.  

The City is located amongst three National Parks, residents and visitors enjoy Fresno’s  proximity to Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks. With approximately  300 days of sunshine each year, the Mediterranean climate allows for year-round  recreational activities, including sailing, snow and water skiing, fishing, backpacking, and  golfing. Living in Fresno has the benefit of urban amenities and the unique charm of a  suburban atmosphere. Housing prices are typically lower than California’s other major  metropolitan areas. There are four large school districts including Fresno Unified, Central  Unified, Sanger Unified, and Clovis Unified, and a variety of private institutions.  

The City is also home to colleges and universities, most notably California State  University, Fresno as well as Fresno City College and Fresno Pacific University.  Residents enjoy various social, cultural, and athletic activities in an affordable community  environment. 

City Government 

Fresno is a full-service charter city operating under a strong mayor form of government.  The Mayor is elected at large and does not serve on the Council but has veto power over  certain actions taken by the City Council. There are seven Council Members. The Council  appoints the City Attorney and the City Clerk. The City Manager, who is appointed by the  Mayor, is responsible for appointing all other department heads in the City.

Compensation and Benefits 

The City of Fresno offers an attractive and competitive salary and benefits package.  The salary range for this position is between $143,496-$226,536. The employee  benefits package, as noted below, is subject to change and includes: 

  • Retirement: Fresno City Retirement System; reciprocity with other public  California systems. The City’s pension funds are among the best-funded public  systems in California. The City does not participate in Social Security. 
  • Health Insurance: City contributes toward the current monthly premium for  medical, dental, and vision for employee and dependents. 
  • Flexible Spending Account: IRS 125 Plan for health/dependent care. Deferred Compensation: 457 plan available. 
  • Auto Allowance: Employees in this classification may be provided with an auto  allowance of $300 per month. 
  • Management Leave: 80 hours per fiscal year, prorated with cash out provision. Supplemental Management Leave: May be granted up to 32 hours per fiscal year  upon City Manager approval. This leave may be placed in a retiree Health  Reimbursement Arrangement account. 
  • Annual Leave: Accrue 15.50 hours per month, with cash out provision.. Holidays: Ten (10) City-observed holidays annually, plus birthday and two (2)  personal days per year. 
  • Life Insurance: Equal to annual salary; premium paid by City. 
  • Long-Term Disability: City pays premium for 66.66% of monthly salary up to  $7,500 per month after 30 days. 
  • Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP): DROP is an optional, voluntary  program that allows for retirement benefits deposited in a special savings  account within your Retirement System while continuing to work for the City of  Fresno. To participate, must be at least age 50 with 5 years of service. Benefits  include ownership of DROP account monies; compound interest earnings; and  alternative distribution options. 
  • Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA): Eligible retirees can use remaining  Sick Leave balance at 80% of hourly rate and other leave balances, if applicable,  to reimburse medical insurance and qualified medical expenses, tax free. 

The Process 

To pursue this phenomenal career opportunity, please visit our website at To apply, please complete an employment application and  upload your letter of interest, resume, and five work-related references. 

This recruitment is Open Until Filled and may close at any time. Applications will be  reviewed and a select group of candidates will be invited to interview. Applicants  deemed to have the most relevant qualifications will be referred for further  consideration. First consideration of applications: Week of April 8, 2024. 

If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact Sandra  Chavez Martin, Assistant Director at 559-621-6988 or by email: 

Equal Opportunity Employer