Assistant Dog Care Coordinator  - South Elgin

Anderson’s Assistant Dog Care Coordinator’s main focus is to ensure that intake protocols and routine medical protocols for all dogs in Anderson’s animal care program are followed using fear-free methods. The Assistant Dog Care Coordinator works collaboratively across programs and departments to achieve program, department and organizational goals. This role also supervises the Dog Care Specialist staff and volunteers at Anderson’s South Elgin shelter when the Dog Care Coordinator is not present to ensure all policies and protocols are followed.


Reports to: Dog Care Coordinator 

Job Type: Full-time, hourly, non-exempt 


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (to include, but not limited to)
  • Maintain a flexible schedule to be present and oversee the medical intake of dog transfers. 

  • Follow appropriate intake procedures for an accurate and timely intake of all incoming dogs while modeling fear free handling methods. 

  • Communicate with Anderson’s Relinquishment and Transfer Coordinator, Foster Coordinator and Dog Care Coordinator to adequately plan for the intake of incoming dogs. 

  • Ensure that every dog in the pre-adoption area and Isolation has an intake card completed with accurate, up-to-date information. 

  • Ensure that each dog in the animal care program is visually or physically examined every day to identify new (and monitor existing) health and behavior issues and that disease and behavior management protocols are implemented effectively. Participate in canine health and temperament discussions with management as appropriate. 

  • Communicate dog population and individual dog health concerns to Anderson’s clinic staff and ensure the continuity of treatment plans. 

  • Notify the Director of Animal Care of matters of importance (illness outbreaks, bite incidents, animal behavior concerns, etc.) relating to the dog care program in an appropriate and timely manner. 

  • Administer medications and vaccinations using fear-free handling techniques and according to protocol. 

  • Enter appropriate information into Pet Point in a timely and accurate fashion. 

  • Work with management staff of offsite adoption locations to ensure that dogs at these locations remain up-to-date on routine veterinary care. 

  • Support organizational culture by exuding a positive demeanor even during times of high-stress and emotion; and by confidently completing quality work at an efficient pace. 

  • Stay well-informed and participate in conversations on current developments in dog shelter care and the emotional and physical health of shelter animals. 

  • Treat all animals humanely, properly and with compassion at all times, regardless of the situation or circumstance and promote a humane and caring attitude toward animals. 

  • Other duties as assigned. 

While applicants who are proficient in the desired skills for this role and have open availability are preferred; candidates who may lack the skills, but demonstrate ambition, compassion, understanding of Anderson’s mission, and enthusiasm for our future will be given strong consideration. 
  • High level of knowledge of dog care and highly proficient in techniques such as microchip implantation, blood draws, vaccination administration, medication administration, etc. Fear free certified. 

  • Can successfully support a positive organizational culture and assist in building rapport among dog care staff and volunteers. 

  • Affection for animals of all kinds, concern for their welfare, and a willingness to accommodate animals in the workplace. 

  • Knowledge of common animal medical and behavioral concerns; the limited admission, no-kill and open admission adoption philosophies; the benefits of positive reinforcement training, animal enrichment and low-stress/fear free handling and restraint. 

  • Self-motivated, can multi-task and work independently to accomplish goals. 

  • Ability to work occasional evenings and holiday shifts as may be required, work non-standard hours when needed. Weekend shifts may be routine. 


  • Work Environment: Exposure to animals; potential exposure to zoonotic diseases, animal bites and scratches; exposure to high noise levels when in kennels; work may be performed outdoors with exposure to all weather conditions. 


  • Physical Activities: Able to drive, stand, walk, and talk for up to ten hours a day; able to lift up to 50 pounds without assistance. Physical ability to bend, squat, and engage in repetitive motions of legs, arms and hands; and to hear and see at levels where the movement of animals and objects is not physically limited. Must have the ability to input data, read computer screens and printed material, communicate effectively in-person, via phone, video conferencing and e-mail, and operate office equipment. 


Anderson Animal Shelter was incorporated in 1966 as the Humane Society of North Central Illinois. Over the years, the shelter has transitioned from a traditional community animal shelter to one of the most progressive humane societies of its kind. Anderson Animal Shelter collaborates with public and private organizations and individuals to shelter, care for and promote the adoption of stray and unwanted companion animals. We advocate for the compassionate and humane treatment of these animals through direct care, humane education and community outreach programs. 



All volunteers and staff of Anderson Animal Shelter must understand and accept that, even though all reasonable accommodations are made to support the physical and emotional health of our shelter animals, there are situations in which animals must be euthanized. 



Candidates with open availability will be preferred. Please email resume and cover letter to for consideration. 


Adoption Center

180 N Randall Road

North Aurora, IL 60542

Next to Pet Supplies Plus

(847) 697-2880 ext 80

Adoption Center Hours

By appointment only.


Main Shelter

1000 S La Fox Street

South Elgin, IL 60177

(847) 697-2880

(847) 697-8229 fax

Adoption Center Hours

By appointment only.


Entrance is second door

1000 S La Fox Street

South Elgin, IL 60177

(847) 697-2880 ext. 25

Center Hours

By appointment only.


Adoption Center

412 W Army Trail Road
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Inside Petco

(847) 697-2880 ext 90

Adoption Center Hours

By appointment only.

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