Director of Community Medicine – SF Bay Area #5240

Director of Community Medicine – SF Bay Area #5240

We are seeking a Director of Community Medicine for an animal shelter that believes all cats and dogs deserve access to high-quality veterinary care. The Director of Community Medicine (DCM) is an experienced veterinarian, a skilled surgeon, a dynamic leader, passionate about provide the highest level of care in a compassionate, culturally competent, and non-judgmental manner, and drive to improve community access to affordable veterinary care. The DCM is passionate about building high performing, collaborative teams. This hands-on leadership position is responsible for the vision, strategy, medical practice, and protocols of the Community Medicine programs for client-owned animals. These include a high quality, high volume spay/neuter clinic, mobile vaccine clinics, and a new community clinic. The DCM shares a mix of administrative and clinical responsibilities; is a values leader and member of the Director’s Circle; and will have influence on several strategic initiatives across the organization.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Partner with leaders across the organization to implement the Community Medicine goals and vision, and build and maintain a sustainable financial model
  • Is a visionary for the changing landscape in access to care
  • Has strong medical knowledge and experience to provide a spectrum of care which meets clients where they are
  • Participates in strategic planning, annual departmental budge & goal setting and implementation of the organization’s vision
  • Represents and shares the organization’s innovation and expertise by presenting at local and national meetings and conferences
  • Designs, updates, and implements medical protocols for the clinics. Works with the nursing team to develop, update, and implement standard operating procedures and protocols
  • Provides leadership, oversight, and medical guidance for the mobile vaccine clinics
  • Responsible for ensuring the Community Medicine department is in full compliance with all state and federal laws regarding the practice of veterinary medicine, controlled substances, and animal welfare
  • Works with Animal & Control veterinarians to maximize their partnership and improve welfare of client-owned animals
  • Provides high quality volume spay neuter to client-owned animals
  • Perform other general surgeries and special procedures as appropriate
  • Cultivates and leads a collaborative Community Medicine team
  • Partner with hospitals to establish standards of veterinary medical care for all public clients
  • Foster teamwork and communication across the organization, ensuring community medicine programs are working effectively with all departments
  • Manage and improve processes and protocols to improve customer service, patient care, and community medicine goals. Navigate key issues, problems, and opportunities
  • Represent the organization publicly, advancing their reputation as a partner and leader
  • Attract, develop, and retain talent to ensure that people with the right skills and motivations are in the right place at the right time
  • Develop and recommend an annual budget that supports Community Medicine strategic goals and operating plan
  • organize workload and flow, maintain records and documentation, oversee appointment scheduling
  • ensure decisions, policies, and procedures are effectively communicated
  • ensure a safe work environment, following all safety guidelines for staff and patient and modeling safe work practices
  • provide quality customer service to clients, volunteers, and staff while actively promoting the mission, services, programs, and events


  • DVM/VMD or equivalent
  • Licensed to practice in the State of California, or ability to obtain license
  • Experience in high-volume spay/neuter clinic and/or post graduate surgical training
  • Previous experience leading and managing teams and programs with proven results
  • Experience in low-cost, high-volume preventative care is a plus
  • Bilingual (Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese) a plus
  • Experienced in surgery
  • Demonstrated success in managing a diverse team of professionals, skilled in managed varied relationships and successful at facilitating collaboration and cooperation
  • Skilled and effective communicator
  • Team player who has the ability to interface with all levels throughout the organization
  • Strong planning and analytical skills
  • Ability to embrace and foster change, creatively solve problems, and multi-task
  • Computer proficiency, including practice management and software applications
  • Comfortable and proficient with MS Office, veterinary practice software
  • Ability to collect and analyze data; present results
  • Ability to make decisions and explain rationale behind actions taken
  • Ability to acquire knowledge and learn new skills, committed to life-long learning

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