A place where best friends work.

At HSCC we're proud of our dynamic work environment and our dedicated and hard-working staff who bring great passion for animal welfare and compassion for the human companions to their daily work. Our population of animal residents changes almost every day; we're constantly seeing animals off as they head on to new homes and welcoming visitors who come our way for a variety of reasons. With an average of about 100 animals in our building on any given day, there's never a shortage of work to be done. Our workplace culture and philosophy are all about the team. You won't find any lone rangers or solo flyers here - we get our work done together, support one another, and fill the gaps when the gaps need filling. And we're here because we care - about animals, about our customers, about our communities, and about each other. We work together, share lunch together on most days, and, when time permits, play together too.

Our staffing needs change from time to time so, even if there are no positions open at the moment, please check back often.

Director of Development & Communications

Position Summary:

Director of Development & Communications is the primary fundraiser and communications professional for HSCC. This position interacts with individual donors, vendors, sponsors, and media contacts to clearly communicate HSCC’s mission, and programs, events and funding needs. Work closely with the CEO, Board of Directors, and staff to successfully target and achieve annual fundraising goals. Professional development experience is required. 

Essential Functions:

  • Collaborate with the President/CEO in the development and execution of a coordinated, long-range fund development plan to include but not be limited to programs for planned and annual giving, major gifts, capital campaigns, endowments, bequests, special projects and benefit events
  • Lead HSCC in solicitation of individuals, businesses, vendors, and community organizations, including building media partnerships, for funding operations, events, and special programs and projects
  • Work closely with the Chair of the Development Committee and members of the Board of Directors in meeting fundraising goals
  • Plan and execute events, programs, and fundraising appeals to both build the organization’s presence in the community and increase its ability to raise the funds necessary to sustain and enhance its mission
  • Research and identify grant opportunities and work closely with the President/CEO to write grant applications and reports
  • Utilize a database that identifies and provides analytical information on constituents, existing and potential donors, including their donations and in-kind giving, use of traditional and social media outlets, and participation in HSCC’s community outreach and fundraising programs
  • Collaborate with the Director of Volunteer and Community Outreach in coordinating special events and managing volunteers
  • Generate and/or manage the writing, design, production, and distribution of all communications materials, including press releases, brochures, print and e-newsletters, web sites, social media, videos, and direct-mail and on-line fundraising appeals
  • Give media interviews and community presentations to promote the organization’s mission
  • Other duties and responsibilities as directed by supervisor

Desired Experience and Personal Characteristics

Candidates may or may not come from the animal welfare field, but it will be essential that they understand and can work effectively within the unique culture of a mission-driven organization such as HSCC. Experience working in an organization providing humane services is highly desirable.

Ideally, experience should include:

  • Successful execution of development plans, leading to significant positive results while serving at prior organizations
  • Personal experience, comfort, and success with soliciting individual and corporate donations, building donor relationships, and reaching out to new potential donors
  • Experience working with governing boards, municipal entities, the media, and volunteers
  • A proven ability to forge strong working relationships within the organization and community
  • Professional development experience with not-for-profit organizations is required
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree

The Director of Development & Communications must be a poised, and confident with a flexible and collaborative style, as well as a passion and respect for animals and people. S/he must be comfortable as HSCC’s spokesperson. Exceptional interpersonal skills are critical, including well-developed communication and diplomacy abilities.




HSCC is seeking a dynamic leader with a commitment to collaboration, a dedication to community, and the skills to elevate the impact of an already high-performing organization and its staff. The President & CEO will be responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the strategic direction set in partnership with the Board of Directors. Key responsibilities include the planning and management of operational, financial, and people resources.  We are seeking someone with experience working with a non-profit with a strong understanding of working in a mission-driven organization which includes enthusiasm for - and exemplary skill in – fundraising and financial development. The successful candidate will demonstrate both interest and capacity to build relationships and work with our many community partners.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated leadership skills and experience guiding a similarly sized ($1MM) organization. We’re looking for a charismatic and accomplished professional with experience achieving results – and who is innovative, flexible, and possesses expert communication and collaboration skills.

Founded in 1901, HSCC has been serving both the animals and people of Chittenden and Grand Isle counties for over 115 years. Our mission is to foster the compassionate treatment of animals and to prevent suffering. We are a private, independent, 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that receives no city, state or federal funding. HSCC is not affiliated with any national organization, and relies solely on the revenue generated by our programs and the tremendous generosity of our individual and business donors and sponsors.

If you are interested in leading our team, please submit a resume and brief letter detailing your qualifications and passion for our work to



Position Summary

The Medical Assistant will serve as support to the Medical Care Manager in meeting the health care needs of HSCC’s animals (cats, dogs and small animals), and will learn skills essential for pursuing a career in animal care or veterinary medicine. The internship will involve daily animal care and cleaning, animal handling and restraint, administering vaccines and treatments, helping to draw blood, giving medication, providing transportation to and from local veterinary hospitals, data entry, and communicating effectively with the staff on individual animals’ health care issues and concerns.  Proper training and protective equipment will be supplied. Interns will be required to handle potential fractious animals for examination and procedures, handle cleaning chemicals such as bleach on a regular basis, and lift up to 50 lbs. Special projects required for college credit can be accommodated.

Essential Functions

  • Assist with restraint and examination of animals upon intake to evaluate overall health status
  • Perform safe, humane handling of all animals making every effort to minimize stress
  • Administer vaccines and oral medications daily
  • Assist with medical procedures/tests such as blood draws, urine collection, fecal testing, etc.
  • Accurately maintain and organize animal medical files and assist with computer data entry
  • Perform routine tasks such as feeding and cleaning/disinfecting animal cages and supplies
  • Assist with med room inventory and filling medications
  • Assist with scheduling and transportation for spay/neuter, veterinary, and grooming appointments
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Desire to learn about companion animal health, veterinary medicine, and proper animal handling skills
  • Interest in animal sheltering and animal welfare
  • Experience in a veterinary hospital or animal welfare organization, and/or coursework in a related field of study
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to multi-task
  • Ability to take direction, follow protocols, and communicate (written & verbal) effectively
  • Upbeat, friendly, and outgoing personality with a commitment to superior animal care
  • Ability to work well under pressure and in intense and emotional situations on a daily basis
  • Willingness to: work as a team member, pitch in as needed, and have fun
  • Ability to commit to 10 hours/week minimum, and be on-time and reliable
medical assistant applicants should EMAIL heather klaff, MEDICAL CARE MANAGER, at