Characteristics of the Position
Acting in the capacity as a professional Veterinarian, provides expert guidance and direction to the Cook County Department of Animal Control and the Cook County Board of Commissioners in formulating and reviewing policy and enforcing State and County ordinance, laws, etc. relative to the control, registration of animals and investigation of animal involved incidents. The Administrator must have a commitment to excellence, collaboration and engagement with Community partners. Provides expertise in answering questions regarding animals, animal bites, examination procedures, animal diseases and laws regarding animals. Reviews departmental and County programs regarding responsible pet ownership and provides seminars on these subjects. Responsible and accountable for the strategic, programmatic, financial, and operational management of the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control.
Key Responsibilities and Duties
Collaborates with Cook County agencies and other community partners to ensure coordination, and effective communication in support of mutual goals and programmatic objectives.
Manages complex programs and projects from inception to completion;
Communicates pet disease management to a wide range of audiences and stakeholders, including veterinarians, the general public, and a major media market;
Provides the expertise in answering questions regarding animals, animal bites, examination procedures, animal diseases and laws regarding animals for the Animal and Rabies Control Wardens, Veterinarians, and the general public.
Conducts an on-going review and monitoring of the department’s bite cases and animal pickups. Monitors rabies in raccoons by reading public health releases and through personal contact with public health officials. Provides knowledge of the problem to outside agencies.
Conducts seminars to educate the public on the prevention of rabies, handling stray animals and animal bites and to promote the understanding of the relationships of humans and animals in the urban community.
Manages Wildlife surveillance program for human-wildlife conflict (control) and zoonotic disease surveillance.
The duties listed are not set forth for purposes of limiting the assignment of work. They are not to be construed as a complete list of the many duties normally to be performed under a job title or those to be performed temporarily outside an employee’s normal line of work.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Thorough knowledge of veterinarian medicine.
Knowledge of Federal, State and local laws concerning animals and the environment.
Basic knowledge of Animal Control Ordinances and Procedures.
Knowledge of the support network of the state and local veterinary associations.
Skill in representing the agency, making presentations to County and outside agencies and groups, relating information of a technical and official nature.
Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with tact and courtesy to internal and external agencies.
Accurate judgment in making decisions, reorganizing established precedents and meeting new problems. Ability to identify opportunities for process improvement.
This position may require moderate to extensive travel to work assignments throughout Cook County, for which the employee must provide his or her own adequate means of transportation.
Requires a driver’s license.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Doctoral Degree in Veterinary Medicine, plus three (3) years of work experience in the practice of veterinary medicine
Must have a current license to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Illinois, a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) certification, and Illinois drug enforcement certifications.
MPH, MS or PhD in a related field
Experience in Environmental Health: Shelter Environments; Global Health; Infectious Disease; Epidemiology; Disease Investigation; Disease Control; or related field.