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Puppy Program Coordinator

Job Purpose/Summary

This position manages the volunteer puppy raiser population which consist of puppy placement, puppy raiser support, communication with program departments and public awareness. In addition responsible for providing direct support to puppy raisers through orientation as well through volunteer area leaders in Southern California region.


 Duties and Responsibilities

  • Procurement of puppy raisers
  • Handle enquiries from potential volunteers and conduct interviews and assessments to determine suitability as a puppy raiser
  • Maintaining adequate supply of carefully screened puppy raisers who will maximize the success of puppies in the program  This includes review of incoming applications, telephone and home screenings
  • Place puppies with accepted volunteer puppy raisers.  Provide orientation and follow-up to puppy raisers to ensure volunteer has adequate information and understanding of responsibilities required by a puppy raiser in order to abide by GDA puppy raising guidelines
  • Provide puppy raisers with supplemental information via newsletters, emails, social media or phone calls.
  • Arrange boarding of pups and dogs when required
  • Organize puppy matriculation and subsequent turn in process, compile puppy medical and training records and prepare files for advanced training.
  • Conducting or delegating/training as necessary the interviewing of all potential puppy raisers, and responsible for final approval of each selected family
  • Developing and holding orientations for all puppy raisers prior to receiving their GDA puppy
  • Re home of all dogs to appropriate homes as needed
  • Coordination and training of Area Leaders that support the mission of GDA
  • Plan and conduct a yearly Area Leader training
  • Attend monthly Puppy Raiser meeting on a regular rotation
  • Coordinating Puppy Raiser Events
  • Coordinating and Scheduling puppy raisers as needed to attend fund raising and public speaking events
  • Working in conjunction with the Director of Training making sure the  appropriate number of dogs for  IFT are available
  • Collaborate with Canine Development in regards to overseeing the Puppy Head-start program including the continued development and structure of the program, as well as the volunteers
  • Maintain accurate and up to date database of puppy raisers
  • Manage and handle puppy sitting request
  • Handle and plan the IFT’s – including catering, certificates and notices
  • Attends Graduation, as well handles notifications to PR of dogs graduating in a timely manner, hold a meeting prior to graduation with Puppy Raisers who dogs are graduating, prepare certificates
  • Notify PR of dogs being career changed in the program
  • Maintain registration puppy microchip information



High school graduate or GED

Valid driver’s license

Available to work nights and weekends

Ability to oversee and manage others

Strong interpersonal communication skills

Previous canine experience required


Please send cover letter and resume to Guide Dogs of America