Animal Welfare & Puppy Development Supervisor

  • Job Reference: AWDO-P8827
  • Date Posted: 2 June 2022
  • Recruiter: Guide Dogs
  • Location: Reading, Berkshire
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £33,000 to £35,200
  • Bonus/Benefits: + Excellent Benefits
  • Sector: Other
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time
  • Contact: CV Response Team

Job Description

Guide Dogs Jobs, Careers and Vacancies. Animal Welfare & Puppy Development Supervisor vacancy in Reading, Berkshire. Advertised by AWD online – Multi-Job Board Advertising and CV Sourcing Recruitment Services

Animal Welfare & Puppy Development Supervisor who has experience within the field of canine behaviour modification / dog training with experience coaching and training individuals and groups of people in caring and raising puppies is required to join our team at Guide Dogs.

 

SALARY: £33,000 per annum with the potential of rising to £35,200 per annum

BENEFITS: 26 Days Holiday plus Bank Holidays. A generous pension scheme, life assurance and enhanced pay for parenting and sickness leave. In addition, an Employee Assistance Programme, flexible benefits package and discounts and cashback scheme.

LOCATION: This is a home start role with attendance at the local Reading hub regularly required. There will be the requirement for travel to other South East geographical locations for most of the week.

JOB TYPE: Full-Time, Permanent

WORKING HOURS: 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week

 

APPLICATION PROCESS: Once we’ve reviewed your CV, we will email over some extra details regarding the application process that you will need to complete as soon as possible. Please keep an eye out for our email.

 

JOB OVERVIEW

We have a fantastic new job opportunity for an Animal Welfare & Puppy Development Supervisor who has experience within the field of canine behaviour modification / dog training with experience coaching and training individuals and groups of people in caring and raising puppies.

Working as the Animal Welfare & Puppy Development Supervisor you will oversee the local puppy development programmes and Puppy Development Advisors, providing training and ongoing support to volunteers responsible for the caring and raising of puppies in line with positive reinforcement techniques, and delivering the Guide Dogs Puppy Raising for Excellent Partnerships (PREP) programme.

As the Animal Welfare & Puppy Development Supervisor your main aim is to ultimately supply healthy, temperamentally sound, and socially well-prepared puppies for the canine assisted partnerships.

As a successful candidate, you will have an exciting opportunity to work in a growing and fulfilling environment where your efforts will be greatly appreciated by Guide Dogs and the thousands of people they help.

 

DUTIES

Your duties as the Animal Welfare & Puppy Development Supervisor include:

  • Ensure the required supply and standard of puppies are available for Canine Assisted Services partnerships. This will be done through providing expert puppy development knowledge, supervising Puppy Development Advisors, and overseeing the performance of puppy schemes
  • Line manage a team of up to 6 Puppy Development Advisors within your Region
  • Provide subject matter expertise on quality assurance processes and standards in puppy behaviour and development
  • Monitor progress reviews on puppies with improvement plans in place
  • Lead on recommendations for the timely identification of puppies for repurposing or withdrawal from the schemes
  • Coach, develop and support the achievement of practical skills within the team
  • Work with the Operations Manager and colleagues to develop and embed an efficient and effective regional puppy volunteering programme
  • As required, manage a puppy scheme
  • Manage volunteers, providing all training, coaching and mentoring
  • Support volunteers to progression and upskill in their understanding of puppy development and care
  • Supply healthy, temperamentally sound and socially prepared puppies
  • Plan, organise and facilitate virtual and face to face training sessions such as 1-1 visits, puppy classes, group visits and/or training plans on a regular basis
  • Manage the placement of puppies to volunteers
  • Identify temperamental and behavioural issues of puppies, working collaboratively with the training and behaviour team to create documented development or modification plans
  • Support the identification of health issues, promptly referring them to Dog Wellbeing team for review

 

WORKING AT GUIDE DOGS

Working at Guide Dogs is much more than just a job. Through the values that guide our work, we make a real difference, and change lives.

We believe that wellbeing at work is about creating an environment to promote a state of contentment which allows all employees to flourish and achieve their full potential for the benefit of themselves and for Guide Dogs.

 

CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS

Essential

  • 2 A-levels (Grade A-C) or equivalent qualifications; or/and recognised external/internal dog training qualification or equivalent experience in animal welfare or behaviour (QCF level 3 / SQCF levels 6-7)
  • Documented/accredited learning in at least one of the following areas; animal welfare or behaviour; volunteer management, people management, human behaviour change, teaching or mentoring
  • Current valid UK/EU Driving licence, or able to demonstrate how to complete the role without
  • Experience of coaching and training individuals and groups of people in practical skills and theoretical knowledge
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of dogs (and/or puppies specifically) with varied temperaments
  • Experience in using CRM databases
  • Eligibility to work in the UK

 

Desirable

  • A degree in an animal related subject, ideally animal behaviour, training and/or welfare or equivalent professional qualification (QCF level 6 / SQCF levels 9-10)
  • Membership to an accredited dog training organisation
  • Accredited learning in animal welfare, wellbeing or behaviour
  • Experience of managing a high performing team and/or training for leadership behaviours
  • Knowledge of visual impairment and the effects this can have on an individual’s mobility and dog handling ability

 

As this role requires an Enhanced Disclosure check the start date for the successful candidate will only be confirmed upon receipt of the check.

The Charity is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults with whom they work. They expect all of their employees and volunteers to fully share this commitment.

Please note: we reserve the right to close any of our vacancies early.

NO AGENCIES PLEASE

 

HOW TO APPLY

APPLICATION PROCESS: Once we’ve reviewed your CV, we will email over some extra details regarding the application process that you will need to complete as soon as possible. Please keep an eye out for our email.

CV’s of Job Applicants meeting this requirement may also be submitted to our Client for consideration. By submitting your job application to us you are hereby giving us your express consent to submit your details to our Client for this purpose.

JOB REF: AWDO-P8827

This job is being advertised by AWD online on behalf of Guide Dogs

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