Careers at LifeLine

LifeLine is transforming a city with a troubled animal welfare legacy into a compassionate community deeply rooted in a culture of lifesaving that will create a model to be emulated nationwide. LifeLine is actively on its way to making its ultimate goal a reality: transforming metro Atlanta into a no-kill community that prioritizes saving the lives of its homeless pets. We are looking for passionate individuals to join or team and our cause! Are you IN? 

View all Fulton County Animal Services Positions here.

View all DeKalb County Animal Services Positions here.

We have three positions available at LifeLine Animal Project:

  • Chief Operating Officer (COO)
  • Kennel Attendant
  • Vet Tech (College Park)
  • Vet Tech (Avondale Estates)

Chief Operating Officer

Job Summary
As a key member of LifeLine’s senior leadership team, reporting directly to the CEO, the COO will oversee operations and staff in three distinct units and five locations. Responsible for leading other professional and director level staff and facilitating their success. Foster a consistent, positive, mission-driven culture of ongoing improvement and accountability. Ensure the development of lifesaving programs and services and the public’s easy access to these programs/services. Support the CEO in the overall success of LifeLine Animal Project.

Essential Job Functions

  • Oversee three distinct business units with five locations and independently operating teams (including shelters/adoption centers, clinics, and field services operations). Includes routinely spending time in each of the various facilities working with staff.

  • Create cohesiveness between the three business units and five locations:

  • Facilitate communication between teams for effective mutual support;

  • Develop uniform standards and procedures for animal care, adoption, rescue and foster care, and consistent compliance with the standards.

  • Update and streamline shelter data systems/processes and ensure accurate and consistent documentation and reporting of shelter data to facilitate management decisions.

  • Develop programs and services that are both effective and consistent and create easy public access to these services.

  • Oversee the development of staff:

    • Hire, train and support direct reports;

    • Instill a clear sense of mission and direction among all staff;

    • Create a culture of continuous process improvement and accountability for team members;

    • Ensure consistent, standardized training, development, and support for staff across all units;

    • Develop, mentor, and cultivate staff, working alongside them as needed.

  • Manage relationships with county governments, work with public officials, and assist CEO with contract negotiations.

  • Monitor budgets and identify and implement opportunities to improve efficiency and effectiveness without compromising care standards.

  • 24/7 responsibilities—including working overtime and weekends and being on-call as needed.

  • Participate in planning and execution of special events, fundraising, media promotions, and fulfillment of commitments to donors.

  • Manage special projects.

Education, Knowledge and Skills

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree.

  • Five-plus years of open-admission animal shelter management experience at a senior level.

  • Demonstrated success in overseeing other professionals and managing multiple large teams of people.

  • Knowledge of current, progressive animal sheltering best practices and lifesaving programs.

  • Field services management and government and/or community relations experience a plus.

  • Additional Skills and Abilities

  • Commitment to the lifesaving values of LifeLine Animal Project.

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills in individual and group settings.

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills including tact and diplomacy, team and consensus-building.

  • Flexibility and ability to adapt to changes in schedules/priorities and willing to work on the go at various facilities.

  • Versatile management style, able to see the big picture and create policies, processes, and programs, but also willing to get hands dirty when needed.

  • Organizational skills—able to prioritize and multi-task.

  • Innovative with a proven track record of achieving results.

  • Able to work with quirky and sometimes emotional people and situations.

  • Proficient in use of office equipment and shelter software including Clinic HQ, iShelters, Pet Point, Chameleon, or similar programs.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

  • Stand and walk for prolonged periods of time.

Compensation: The wages and benefits package are competitive. Relocation costs negotiable.

How to Apply: Email your one-page cover letter and resume to: LifeLine Animal Project Search Committee c/o Diane Blankenburg, Humane Network at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Acknowledgement will be emailed upon receipt of your cover letter and resume.

Learn more here!

Kennel Attendant

LifeLine Animal Project, Inc. is currently seeking a Kennel Attendant at the LifeLine Dog House & Kitty Motel facility in Avondale Estates, Georgia. Kennel Attendants are responsible for cleaning cages and kennels, feeding animals, processing animals during intake, assisting people looking for their lost pets and assisting customers who are interested in adopting a pet. Other duties may include washing dishes, doing laundry, unloading dog food, assisting with euthanasia and other tasks as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Previous animal related employment experience required. Examples of previous experience include employment at an animal shelter, veterinary clinic, doggy daycare or other animal related business where you had hands-on experience with animals.

  • Ability to stand for extended periods (8 hours a day) and to bend and reach to perform assigned work activities. Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs. without assistance.

  • Ability to interact with impounded dogs, cats and other animals including vicious, stray, sick or injured animals. Ability to determine which animals are aggressive.

  • Ability to handle seeing and dealing with animals that have been abused, neglected or treated cruelly.

  • Ability to learn/perform a variety of animal care related work activities.

  • Must be available to work early mornings and on weekends.

  • Must pass background check and drug screening.

  • Must have reliable transportation.

  • High school diploma or GED required.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and salary history to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Vet Tech (College Park)

LifeLine Animal Project, Inc. has an immediate opening for a Veterinary Assistant at the LifeLine Spay & Neuter Clinic in College Park, Georgia. Responsible for daily care of surgical atients, assisting doctors and technicians with surgical and anesthetic procedures, and general housekeeping, this position is an excellent opportunity for an experienced assistant. LifeLine offers competitive pay, insurance benefits, paid time off and holidays to all full-time employees.
Essential Job Functions:
• Assists with public intake and release of patients as needed.
• Responsible for prepping patients for surgery, observing all clinic procedures to enforce sterility and safety of patients.
• Able to monitor anesthesia, with a clear idea of abnormal conditions.
• General duties in the operating room during surgery to assist with movement of patients, recovery of patients, and general flow.
• Cleaning of facility and surgical pack preparation as assigned.
• All other duties as assigned.

Skills, Knowledge and Education:
• One to two years of experience in a veterinary clinic, hospital animal shelter or control facility.
• Handle (on average) 30-60 dogs and cats per day.
• Learn characteristics of animal behavior (for example: be able to identify aggressive or fearful behavior).
• Use appropriate safety equipment for fractious or feral animals (will train) – the use of safety equipment is mandatory.
• Must be able to work standing or sitting for 8 or more hours.
• Able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs repeatedly throughout the day with assistance.
• Bend and kneel repeatedly.
• Respond quickly to a variety of medical situations.
• Cope with death either due to surgical complication or euthanasia.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and salary history to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Vet Tech (Avondale Estates)

LifeLine Animal Project, Inc. has an immediate opening for a Veterinary Assistant at the LifeLine Spay & Neuter Clinic in Avondale Estates, Georgia. Responsible for daily care of surgical atients, assisting doctors and technicians with surgical and anesthetic procedures, and general housekeeping, this position is an excellent opportunity for an experienced assistant. LifeLine offers competitive pay, insurance benefits, paid time off and holidays to all full-time employees.

Essential Job Functions:
• Assists with public intake and release of patients as needed.
• Responsible for prepping patients for surgery, observing all clinic procedures to enforce sterility and safety of patients.
• Able to monitor anesthesia, with a clear idea of abnormal conditions.
• General duties in the operating room during surgery to assist with movement of patients, recovery of patients, and general flow.
• Cleaning of facility and surgical pack preparation as assigned.
• All other duties as assigned.

Skills, Knowledge and Education:
• One to two years of experience in a veterinary clinic, hospital animal shelter or control facility.
• Handle (on average) 30-60 dogs and cats per day.
• Learn characteristics of animal behavior (for example: be able to identify aggressive or fearful behavior).
• Use appropriate safety equipment for fractious or feral animals (will train) – the use of safety equipment is mandatory.
• Must be able to work standing or sitting for 8 or more hours.
• Able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs repeatedly throughout the day with assistance.
• Bend and kneel repeatedly.
• Respond quickly to a variety of medical situations.
• Cope with death either due to surgical complication or euthanasia.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and salary history to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Visit our Amazon wish list

Sign up for updates

Pet Wellness Days

Low Cost Pet Vaccination Clinics!

Complete Annual Vaccination Packages for Dogs & Cats Starting at Only $40!
Convenient Saturday Hours

Learn More...

kitten

petcofoundationlogofinal

Follow Us!

LifeLine Animal Project

Founded in 2002 and now managing DeKalb and Fulton County Animal Services, LifeLine Animal Project is the leading non-profit organization working to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable dogs and cats in metro Atlanta shelters. Together, we will make Atlanta a no-kill community.

LifeLine Animal Project is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible.

S5 Box

Login