APNM Seeking Animal Relocation Program Manager
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Animal Protection of New Mexico, Inc. (APNM), a 33-year-old non-profit animal advocacy organization, is seeking a full-time Animal Relocation Program Manager. This is a one-year position - made possible through a generous grant from the ASPCA® - reporting to one of APNM's Program Directors.

Our research shows that many of New Mexico's animal shelters and rescue organizations, via existing programs or with the aid of outside volunteers, relocate a significant number of dogs and cats to various destinations both in and out of state in an effort to increase their chances of finding homes. The Animal Relocation Program Manager is responsible for a detailed project with the ultimate goal of increasing the efficiency, capacity, and effectiveness of animal relocation efforts in New Mexico.

Job Responsibilities:

Collaborate closely with the Program Director and Animal Shelter Program Manager to analyze and prioritize assessment data gathered via an updated, statewide animal shelter survey.

Focus on developing systems that will:

  • have the greatest impact on quality placement
  • ensure conditions that support optimal animal health and well-being
  • improve animal health at both source and destination shelters
  • ensure more streamlined and humane transportation methods
  • provide improved follow-up and reporting
  • be documented through operational manuals and can be replicated

Gather new information about existing foster quarantine networks already being used in relocation efforts in New Mexico and elsewhere, and assess additional needs. Develop a foster quarantine pilot project in one community and a how-to manual.

Continue working with team leaders and committees formed following the ASPCA Relocation Conference held in Santa Fe in November 2011.

Other duties as assigned to support the fulfillment of grant provisions and advancement and success of desired project goals.

Knowledge Requirements:

  • Knowledge of current animal welfare, protection and sheltering policy issues, with special emphasis on relocation challenges
  • Knowledge of shelter and rescue operations, standards and best practices
  • Knowledge of New Mexico and its communities

Skills Requirements:

  • Ability to work with and organize a diverse constituency around a common goal
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly detail-oriented and thorough
  • Strong ability to analyze systems and existing conditions
  • Adept at problem-solving and project management
  • Self-motivated
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Highly computer, Internet and email literate
  • Work well under pressure and ability to manage simultaneous priorities
  • Adept at data collection, report writing and public presentations

Additional Information:

  • Travel, perhaps extensively, within New Mexico, is required
  • Travel to select destinations in Colorado may be required
  • Evening and weekend work occasionally required
  • Media experience a plus


  • Undergraduate degree preferred, but will consider relevant experience in lieu of degree
  • Preferred candidate will have experience in systems analysis and/or process management
  • One to three years animal relocation experience highly preferred (shelter side or rescue side)


A competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous health benefits package are offered.

Only qualified applicants should email a cover letter and resumé as soon as possible to Leslie King at leslie@apnm.org. This position will remain open until filled.

This position is made possible through a generous grant from the ASPCA.