Admissions Counselor

Animal Care Centers of NYC

Animal Care Centers of NYC

464 East Fordham Road , Bronx , NY - 10458

Michael Costa

Job Description

Definition: Under the direction of the Admissions Supervisor, the Admissions Counselor provides a high level of counseling and interaction with individuals turning in animals to ACC Care Centers. Helps maintain the human animal bond by working to prevent surrenders and works to minimize length of stay by compiling a comprehensive animal profile to help direct placement efforts, or by diverting intakes entirely.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Check voicemail and email accounts, promptly responding to all inquiries for relinquishment.
  • Maintain surrender appointment schedule.
  • Assist the general public in the admittance of animals through comprehensive interviews and completion of all necessary paperwork.
  • Conduct relinquishment interviews, providing appropriate counseling based on circumstances.
  • Through counseling, determine if prevention or deferment of admission is possible with additional support.
  • Manage use of ACC surrender prevention support resources at the direction of supervisor.
  • Keep supervisor informed of support resource supplies and needs.
  • Collaborate with ACC partner organizations to provide support beyond what AC&C can provide.
  • Collaborate with ACC adoption and New Hope departments to implement pathway planning, divert intake, or minimize length of stay for deferred intakes.
  • Accurately record all information provided by animal owner or guardian regarding animal history, health, and behavior.
  • Accurately and completely enter admission and animal information utilizing Chameleon shelter software.
  • Perform preliminary behavior and medical assessments to be shared with appropriate departments for pathway planning.

Skills and Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Minimum of 18 years of age.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Love of animals and ability to interact with them in a calm, non-threatening manner.
  • Reliability, high level of integrity and punctuality are essential.
  • Good communication skills and ability to work in a team environment and follow directions.
  • Bilingual preferred.
  • At least one of the following:Minimum one year experience performing behavior assessments, animal training, or other enrichment activities.Minimum one year experience in a veterinary setting, assessing health status, providing vaccinations, etc.Minimum one year in a heavy counseling or customer service/social service oriented role.

Work Environment: Ability to work in an animal care facility where euthanasia is performed. Ability to remain calm and assertive in stressful situations. Ability to suspend personal judgment and to be creative and solution oriented when dealing with customers. While performing the duties of the job, the employee is frequently exposed to odors or airborne particles including animal fur and toxic chemicals. The noise level in the environment can be very loud. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.

Reports To: Admissions Supervisor

Overtime: This is a non-union position and is eligible for overtime.

Animal Care Centers of New York City is committed to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate because of race, color, creed, gender, religion, national origin, disability, age, pregnancy, genetic predisposition or carrier status, marital status, or sexual orientation. Accommodations will be provided to qualified individuals requiring them.