Position: Full-time

Salary: Starts at $55,000/annually


We are seeking a dynamic and visionary Director of Humane Education to lead and expand our comprehensive humane education initiatives. As a primary pillar of our work at the APA, humane education is integral to creating a compassionate community for both pets and people. This role is a key member of our leadership team and collaborates closely with the CEO, organizational leadership, community partners, area schools, and volunteers.

The successful candidate will refine and enhance our array of programs that educate and engage individuals of all ages, strengthening the human-animal bond. This role involves utilizing the outcomes of a comprehensive community needs assessment to tailor our offerings effectively. We encourage creativity and innovation, providing a unique opportunity to lead and shape a leading-edge Humane Education program that reflects our community’s needs and aspirations.

Key Responsibilities:

· Strategic Planning: Develop and execute a comprehensive humane education strategy that supports APA’s goals, integrates community needs as identified through assessments, and fosters a compassionate environment for pets and people.

· Program and Curriculum Development: Craft and enhance a research-based curriculum and educational materials for diverse age groups – children, adolescents, and adults. Design workshops, classes, and presentations that are relevant and adaptive to evolving community needs.

· Community Engagement & Partnerships: Actively identify, cultivate, and strengthen relationships with schools, civic organizations, and community partners to broaden the impact of humane education and enhance the visibility of the APA.

· Volunteer Supervision, Support, and Management: Determine volunteer roles essential for program success, work collaboratively with the volunteer manager to recruit and train volunteers, and ensure their effective engagement through ongoing support and development.

· Evaluation and Reporting: Develop and implement robust evaluation methods to maintain and elevate program quality. Regularly report on program impacts to the APA team, community partners, and donors to demonstrate efficacy and areas for enhancement.

· Program Coordination: Oversee the organization and communication for all humane education activities, ensuring smooth operation of programs whether on-site, in schools, or within the community.

· Training and Resource Development: Act as a primary resource and lead the development and delivery of training programs for staff and volunteers involved in educational and community initiatives.

· Marketing Support: Collaborate with the communications team to ensure humane education programs are accurately and compellingly promoted through various channels including the website, social media, and direct communications.

· Budget Management: Develop and oversee the humane education budget, ensuring financial efficiency and accountability, and aiming for positive financial outcomes.

· Progress Reporting: Provide regular reports to CEO and other stakeholders regarding progress and success of humane education initiatives, providing insights into achievements and challenges.

· Systems Management: Oversee and manage departmental systems, ensuring accurate data management and reporting, including the tracking of grant funding and key performance indicators (KPIs).


· Commitment to excellence and a passion for the APA’s mission and work.

· Bachelor’s degree in education or related field.

· Minimum of 3 years of experience in education or youth development; experience with animal welfare and humane education preferred.

· Engaging, positive, and caring approach to educating individuals and groups of all ages.

· Demonstrated ability to build relationships with schools and community partners.

· Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage and inspire diverse audiences.

· Demonstrated ability to develop and implement educational programs, including curriculum design, lesson planning, and assessment.

· Proven leadership and project management skills, with the ability to effectively coordinate volunteers and collaborate with external partners.

· Experience with budget management.

· Knowledge of current trends and best practices in humane education and animal welfare.

· Proficient in use of MS Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), desktop publishing and database software.

The Animal Protective Association of Missouri (APA) is an innovative and progressive leader in animal welfare, dedicated to bringing people and pets together, advancing humane education, and creating programs beneficial to the human-animal bond. With a 102-year history in the St. Louis region, the APA helps over 6,000 pets find safe loving homes each year. Thousands more are helped through wellness, outreach, and supportive programs that keep pets healthy and with the people who love them.

The APA is committed to being a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace where all employees and volunteers feel valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunities for employment, growth, and advancement in all areas of the organization.

The culture of the APA is built on trust, compassion, accountability, joy, support, and respect. We continually invest in the personal and professional growth of our team members and value innovation and new ideas that make it possible for us to meet the needs of the community we serve.

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