Shelter Manager

A full-time position is available for the person who:

  • will uphold the mission of the shelter and the health and well-being of the animals as her/his top priority
  • is detail oriented and highly organized;
  • enjoys working with people as well as with animals;
  • has the ability to delegate and seek staff growth and individual responsibility;
  • is willing to train staff and model a professional attitude;
  • is a creative problem solver who welcomes questions and other viewpoints;
  • has good communication skills and the willingness to work with the public for customer satisfaction in varied situations;
  • is calm and professional under pressure and can handle multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • understands the realities of working with a 501(c)(3) organization and seeks to maximize the use of funding, and control operating costs to ensure accountability to donors;
  • seeks ongoing educational opportunities;
  • has proficiency/willingness to learn MS Office Programs, PetPoint, Gmail, Google Docs, Dropbox and other programs as needed.

Responsibilities include:

  • management of 5-7 staff/kennel workers and volunteers in their duties;
  • oversight of day to day operations including animal care, cleaning, foster care, intake, adoptions, volunteer programs, building maintenance, inventory, and budget;
  • completion of paperwork and record keeping in a timely manner;
  • supervision of scheduling for vaccinations, testing, and vet appointments;
  • supervision of medications administered to the shelter animals and of the meds log;
  • scheduling and tracking of payroll hours and time off.


  • background in management is required, shelter experience at some level required;
  • some vet tech skills a plus, but not mandatory;
  • willingness to take occasional calls outside of normal shelter hours;
  • some weekend hours required, but flexible;
  • resume, cover letter of interest, and work-related references (two current supervisors, two previous supervisors, and two current/previous colleagues).

Position type: Full time salaried

Salary commensurate with experience and skills

Please email material to: Susan Rupert, President, Board of Directors at or call 931-967-8903 for questions or additional information.

About Animal Harbor

The Franklin County Humane Society, dba Animal Harbor, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide health care and temporary shelter for lost and homeless companion animals, find new loving homes for these pets, reduce pet overpopulation by promoting spaying and neutering, prevent cruelty to animals, and educate the community about animal welfare. The shelter opened in 2003 and relocated to its new facility in 2014. Animal Harbor takes in about 600 pets per year. 

About Franklin County Tennessee
Franklin County is a mostly rural county in southern middle Tennessee with seven cities or communities, great natural beauty and outdoor opportunities, a diversified manufacturing base, a thriving business community, quality educational opportunities, and a rich history. It is a good place to live, work, and raise a family. More information can be found at