Career Opportunity: Animal Services Division Director

Multnomah County is seeking a progressive, visionary leader with a passion for animal care to serve as its next Animal Services Director.

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This recruitment is open until filled.

The annual salary range for the Animal Services Director is $103,128.24 - $154,693.82. The finalist candidate's starting salary will be based on qualifications and experience. Multnomah County has a generous and comprehensive benefits package.

Position Summary

The Animal Services Director is a Division Manager position reporting to the Director of Community Services for Multnomah County.  In this role you will lead Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS), and will oversee services for animals and people, including lost & found pets, licensing for dogs and cats, pet adoption, and humane law enforcement.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in public health, business administration, public policy, or another related field.
  • At least five (5) years’ experience as a subject matter expert in animal care services, leading an animal welfare organization, animal shelter program, or transferrable skills from other roles.
  • Strong leadership skills, with oversight and administrative experience, preferably in a large or complex organization.
  • Value a culture of inclusivity, sustainability, and innovation.


  • Lead Multnomah County Animal Services division, a progressive, open admission, public animal care and control agency guided by its mission to protect “the health, safety, and welfare of animals and people in Multnomah County.” 
  • Manage a humane shelter for the community’s lost, stray, and unwanted animals as well as the County’s shelter hospital.
  • Oversee the Animal Services Division’s 59 employees who along with volunteers provide 24-hour response to animal emergencies and public safety incidents involving animals as well as lost and found services, pet adoption services, foster care opportunities, and a wide range of animal care services. 
  • Manage the division’s $8.6 million budget in line with the division's mission and priorities.
  • Represent the County in the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP), a coalition of the largest animal welfare organizations serving the four-county Portland metropolitan area. ASAP’s mission is to end the euthanasia of social, healthy, and treatable cats and dogs in the local shelters by collaborating on spay/neuter programs along with educational and outreach efforts. These collaborative efforts in addition to the staff’s dedicated service to the animals under its care is reflected in the County’s live release rate which regularly exceeds 90%.

About Multnomah County Animal Services

The North Star of Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) is to provide excellence in the quality of care for animals in its shelter, and to provide equitable service to the community. MCAS is the primary agency serving found animals from all of the jurisdictions within Multnomah County, including: the cities of Portland, Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview, Wood Village, and all unincorporated areas. MCAS is responsible for enforcing Oregon animal laws pertaining to cruelty, neglect, and minimum care standards, and for enforcing Multnomah County Code Chapter 13. MCAS is a Division of the Multnomah County Department of Community Services (DCS). Learn more at

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Velveeta, a dog adopted in June 2022.