Job Description

The Youth Education Manager is responsible for the implementation of all children’s humane education initiatives, nurturing a sense of compassion and respect for living beings and fostering humane attitudes toward animals. The education manager will work in the community to create lasting relationships, promoting the benefits of companion animals and HSPPR’s impact in the community. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Including by not limited to the following -

The Youth Education Manager works under the direction of the Director of Communications to set priorities for humane education programs for youth that align with HSPPR’s strategic plan. The Youth Education Manager builds and cultivates strong professional working relationships with community partners, while collaborating with members of the organization, to develop and implement impactful programs. Schedule flexibility a must, with evenings and weekends required as needed. Some travel to Pueblo and HSPPR’s Pueblo campus may be required. 

    • Youth Program Development

      • Direct all year-round activities related to youth educational opportunities, including Camp Whiskers & Wags.
      • Manage program communication with participants, supply needs, and scheduling.
      • Ensure youth programs are in accordance with HSPPR mission, policies, and philosophies.
      • Research, design, develop, and implement age-appropriate educational curriculum and presentations for a variety of audiences.
      • Provide positive and interactive learning environment for program participants.
      • Conduct outreach programs and shelter tours for educational institutions, educators, youth organizations (to include scouts), and other community organizations as appropriate.
      • Develop, plan, and conduct youth programs on-site at HSPPR’s campuses to engage youth (and their families) in HSPPR’s mission and promote the human-animal bond.
      • Support other departments during special events through youth activities as necessary. 

      Administration of Youth Program

      • Responsible for preparing annual youth programs budget and maintaining expenses within budgetary guidelines.
      • Maintain records for compliance with state child care licensing, including staff training, required inspections, child record-keeping protocol, child care procedures and regulations, and nurse consultant procedures.
      • Monitor quality and effectiveness of programs, and modify as needed to keep programs relevant and impactful.
      • Track and report quarterly youth program statistics.
      • Monitor trends in both animal welfare and education policy to ensure the effectiveness and relevance of HSPPR’s youth programs.
      • Build and maintain teacher, school, and other relevant community group contact lists.

      Public Relations, Fundraising, and Other Duties

      • Promote giving opportunities as appropriate, including youth fundraising, school donation drives, scout days, and other youth giving projects.
      • Represent HSPPR at events as required.
      • Practice and encourage the humane treatment of animals.
      • Perform all other duties as assigned. 

      Supervisory Duties

      • Recruit, train, coordinate, motivate, evaluate, and recognize camp counselor staff.
      • Direct and coordinate duties of youth program volunteers.

Skills / Requirements

Our ideal candidate will bring to HSPPR the following combination of skills, knowledge and experience:

Physical Demands

  • Regularly sits at computer station, often in a shared office environment.
  • The employee must regularly lift and/or move 25 or more pounds of moving weight and occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 or more pounds of moving weight. 
  • Occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and smell.
  • Regularly required to sit, reach with hands and arms, talk, hear, and is frequently required to stand and walk.  May be expected to be on feet for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to use both hands and arms to grip, pull and push utilizing safety equipment such as, but not limited to catch poles, snappy snares, leashes, ropes, muzzles.
  • Consistently exposed to animals in the workplace and animal allergens under conditions with limited alternatives available.
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception.
  • Must handle various animals of various sizes, may include aggressive animals and potential exposure to zoonotic diseases. 
  • Regularly exposed to noise and potential exposure to hazardous weather conditions.
  • Potential exposure to cleaning supplies and/or other substances containing toxic or caustic chemicals.

 Education/Experience Necessary

  • BA/BS required, with preferred emphasis in education or related field.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in education, with preferred focus in elementary grades, as well as solid classroom management and child supervisory experience.
  • 2 years of experience in a supervisory or managerial position.
  • Solid knowledge of learning styles, educational processes and trends, and stages of child development.
  • Demonstrated successful project management skills, including ability to balance multiple priorities and maintain program schedules.
  • Sound judgment and ability to exercise complete discretion when dealing with confidential information.
  • Ability to engage in “big picture” thinking, while also carrying out detailed tasks.
  • Extreme flexibility/adaptability and a strong work ethic.
  • Superior presentation, writing, and other communication skills.
  • Director-qualified for school-age large child care center, with knowledge of procedures and requirements for Child Care Center certification preferred.
  • Adult, child, infant first aid, CPR/AED, and Universal Precautions certification preferred.
  • Medication administration training and certification preferred.
  • Knowledge of animal behavior and animal handling experience preferred.
  • Valid Colorado driver’s license, good driving record, and reliable personal transportation.

Important Notes

Who Are We?  The Only AAHA Accredited Shelter in Colorado!

Employment at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region - Colorado

HSPPR is a nonprofit animal shelter serving El Paso, Pueblo, and Douglas County and the City of Centennial.  We employ a total of 160 full and part-time employees.  Employees must be 18 years of age, a drug test and background check are mandatory for employment.  In addition to competitive salaries, we offer comprehensive benefits to our full-time staff members. They include:     

Health Insurance     401K with employer matching at 5% of salary      Dental and vision Insurance*     Aflac Group Insurance*     Short term disability Insurance      Paid time off      Holidays      Direct Deposit          (*) Employee pays full premium

 The core values of the staff unite and guide us to provide the best service to the animals in our care, our organization and our community. 

HSPPR Operating Values: 

  • Compassion: We believe that kindness and respect toward animals is an essential element in building a more humane and civil society.  We work to elevate empathy and behavior in order to prevent animal cruelty, exploitation, and neglect. 
  • Stewardship: We will responsibly manage expenses and revenue, acting for the long-term greater good of the organization, conserving our resources and preserving our environment. 
  • Integrity: We encourage honest dialogue about issues and solutions.  We are willing to explore all options and listen to all perspectives to arrive at the best decisions.  We take responsibility for our behavior –every action counts.   
  • Excellence: We make a difference every day.  We are committed to the safety and protection of people and animals.  We foster a learning environment, encourage new ideas, and care enough to provide constructive feedback. 
  • Collaboration: We are united in the pursuit of our mission.  We will be known as an organization that is inclusive, fair, and transparent. We expand and develop partnerships to further our mission.