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We’re Hiring: Family Ties Coordinator


October 31, 2023

The Saskatchewan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SaskSPCA) is the voice for animals and their people. Established in 1928, our programs and services help ensure the sustained humane treatment of animals. We recognize and promote the human-animal bond – the special relationship between humans and their animals.

If you are passionate about building partnerships and changing lives, we invite you to join our small-but-mighty team as our new Family Ties Coordinator.

Roles and responsibilities:

The successful applicant will oversee the SaskSPCA Family Ties Program. The goal of this program is to help keep families and companion animals together during times of crisis. The program focuses on both macro and micro level programs and has evolved, and will evolve, as needed based on the emerging family crisis.

Major areas of responsibility for the Family Ties Coordinator include but are not limited to the following:

  • Violence Link programs and resources
    • Address issues relating to the link between humans and animals through the Working to End Violence partnership
    • Support improved access to Animal Safekeeping and Co-sheltering programs
      • Provide advice and resources to support the work of existing programs
      • Facilitate the launch of new programs
    • Update and create new content for the SaskSPCA violencelink.ca website
    • Explore the possibility of establishing a Violence Link coalition in Saskatchewan
    • Represent the SaskSPCA in the STOPS to Violence Provincial Partnership and Humane Canada’s Canadian Violence Link Coalition
  • Animal Welfare Network
    • Lead the Saskatchewan Animal Welfare Network
    • Facilitate the timely collection and dissemination of data relating to the animal welfare sector in Saskatchewan
    • Work in partnership with the SaskSPCA Education Development Coordinator to oversee “who’s who in animal welfare”
  • Pet Food Bank
  • In conjunction with the SaskSPCA Communications Coordinator, oversee and manage the operation of the Pet Food Bank:
    • Prepare annual budgets and ensure accurate recordkeeping of all donations and expenditures relating to the Pet Food Bank
    • Solicit donations of pet food and other resources for the Pet Food Bank
    • Purchase pet food, as needed
    • Arrange for the storage, distribution, and transport of pet food and other supplies
    • Liaise with Pet Food Bank partners to determine their needs and coordinate timely delivery of pet food
    • Plan and coordinate special events relating to the Pet Food Bank
    • Develop pet care educational materials for distribution to Pet Food partners and clients
  • Other responsibilities:
    • Liaise with Point in Time (PiT) organizers to gather data relating to animals in their local PiT Counts (Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Regina)
    • Represent the SaskSPCA on external and internal committees as assigned
    • Create and deliver community education and professional training sessions

Qualifications and competencies:

  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal, organizational, and decision-making skills
  • Demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Work well individually and in teams
  • Possess a university degree or diploma in a relevant field such as veterinary technology, animal sciences, community development, or social work
  • Hold a valid driver’s licence
  • Be willing to travel and have access to a reliable vehicle
  • Can lift heavy items (under 20 kg) periodically
  • Understand the complexities of family violence, community socioeconomic status, and social determinants of health
  • Experience working with animal shelters, rescues, or veterinary clinics is desirable
  • Knowledge of animal husbandry is desirable
  • Submit satisfactory Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Checks

Job scope:

Plans and prioritizes own work to complete tasks in an organized and timely manner in adherence to SaskSPCA standards, policies, and procedures. Provides timely responses to public inquiries and manages demands on limited resources. Undertakes a variety of routine and non-routine duties. Works in close cooperation with other team members as required to fulfill responsibilities per expectations. Applies some discretion when performing assigned tasks, within established standards and precedents. Plans and reviews operations on a short-term basis. Deals with emerging and unpredictable events in a time-sensitive and timely manner.


The workflow is steady, and the incumbent occasionally experiences high volumes of work requiring coordination with others. Demonstrates strong teamwork skills. Deals with sensitive and personal private information. Deals with deadlines on a routine basis.

Working conditions:

The incumbent works in an office setting. Occasionally works outside of the office. Occasionally requires lifting heavy items (up to 20 kg).

Work schedule:

  • Full-time: 40 hours/week
  • Monday to Friday, with occasional weekend or evening work
  • Based in Saskatoon

To apply:

Submit your resume and a cover letter clearly outlining your experience and education to: info@saskspca.ca

Deadline for applications: November 8, 2023