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Sydney Dogs and Cats Home strives to be Australia's leading shelter for companion animals. We seek to improve the lives of our animals, our people and our community.  A dedicated and collaborative team, Sydney Dogs and Cat Home employees are not only passionate about animals but also have the skill and experience required to create a positive environment for the people and pets who come through our doors each day.


Volunteer Coordinator

  • Full Time Position, 76 hours per fortnight (some Saturdays required)
  • Location: Austral, Strathfield and work from home


The Volunteer Coordinator's role is to manage all SDCH volunteer activities that directly support the day-to-day operations of SDCH.

This position will primarily be responsible for the recruitment, onboarding, training and management of volunteers to support the Animal Care Team. It will also have oversight and assist with the recruitment of volunteers for reception, transport, events and other special roles as required. This role includes management and implementation of programs that include; community service, corporate volunteering, aged care initiatives, schools, student placements and interns.


The Sydney Dogs and Cats Home (SDCH) is highly respected within the animal welfare sector, providing shelter, food and veterinary care to lost, homeless and abandoned animals, primarily dogs and cats, until a time when such animals can either be reunited with their owners or found a new, suitable home.


  1. provide companion animals in our care with best-practice care
  2. provide engagement programs that benefit companion animals, SDCH & the community
  3. attract and retain mission-motivated talent
  4. sustainable financial, systems and resources


  • Managing the recruitment, training, support and retention of volunteers
  • Regularly assess the shelter volunteer requirements with the Animal Care Manager and amend as needed
  • Coordination and implementation of the onboarding requirements for all new volunteers and program participants including WH&S requirements
  • Maintain the database of volunteer information and skills, matching volunteers to opportunities that suit their skills and availability
  • Maintain the volunteer roster schedule and record keeping in Salesforce
  • Provide regular communication with volunteers through email, e-newsletters, Social Media, video sessions etc.
  • Resolve and manage volunteer queries/issues in a timely, tactful and thoughtful manner
  • Manage the scheduling of community programs including invoicing and liaison with volunteers to implement the programs as required
  • Delivery of community programs as required
  • Supervision and assessment of student placements in collaboration with kennel staff
  • Develop a volunteer reward and recognition system
  • Work with the marketing team on initiatives to attract new Volunteers
  • Organise Social activities to harbour a culture of inclusion and gratitude towards our Volunteers
  • Work with ACT on continual learning opportunities for Volunteers, holding regular animal behaviour/care training sessions.
  • The above list is not exhaustive and the role may change to meet the overall objectives of the company.
  • Monitor statistics and data relating to the Volunteer Program to track progress and identify opportunities for growth and improvement
  • Reporting on Volunteer activity for monthly Board reports
  • Reporting for Annual Reports
  • Fulfil other duties as required by management and other department personnel as requested/required


  • Maintain a high level of knowledge of and competence in the use of SalesForce and MS Office Suits.
  • Amend and improve the design and function of SalesForce and other system integration as needed for optimal efficiencies and productivity


  • Have a detailed understanding of the SDCH mission, vision and values and uphold these values during all work-related tasks.
  • Have an in-depth knowledge of companion animal welfare and actively support SDCH in being a leading animal welfare organisation.
  • Work respectfully and constructively with colleagues and volunteers to achieve a high standard of shelter operations and a high level of employee and volunteer satisfaction.
  • Strive to be proactive within the workplace, to maintain the highest quality standards of work and actively participate in workplace improvements.
  • Represent SDCH at fundraising, media and promotional events as required.
  • Contribute to maintaining relationships and providing support to SDCH stakeholders including donors, volunteers, partners and sponsors.
  • Assist other SDCH departments as required.


  • Adhere to all SDCH policies and procedures.
  • Comply with all administrative requirements as stated in the Employee Contract, Employee Handbook, WHS Manual and all other relevant employment documents.


  • Minimum of 2 years experience in a similar role managing people / working with volunteers
  • Animal Care qualifications or equivalent experience is required
  • A passion for animals and animal welfare
  • Must be highly proficient in SalesForce (non-profit success pack), and MS Office Suite.
  • Drivers License required
  • Customer service focused: committed to providing exceptional customer service across all channels – written, phone and face-to-face. Ability to build strong relationships.
  • Communication: Strong communicator with the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, varying communication style depending upon the audience.
  • Attention to detail: excellent attention to detail with data and written skills when communicating with others, both internally and externally.
  • Teamwork: ability to work independently and willingness to assist and support others as required.
  • Time management/organisation: Organised and able to perform administrative duties within portfolio in an efficient and timely manner. Ability to multi and perform appropriately under pressure. Ability to use initiative, assume responsibilities for tasks and have a solution focused attitude to resolve problems

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Partnership Coordinator


The aim of this role is to create, develop and implement corporate and community partnerships to support the mission of Sydney Dogs & Cats Home.


The Sydney Dogs &Cats Home (SDCH) is highly respected within the animal welfare sector, providing shelter, food and veterinary care to lost, homeless and abandoned animals, primarily dogs and cats, until a time when such animals can either be reunited with their owners or found a new, suitable home.



  1. provide companion animals in our care with best practice care
  2. provide engagement programs that benefit companion animals, SDCH & the community
  3. attract and retain mission motivated talent
  4. sustainable financial, systems and resources


  • Engage and manage relationships with corporate and community partners
  • Managing the Corporate snuggles program and organise and attend these Snuggle events offsite
  • Work with Head of Fundraising and Marketing to manage the partnerships cycle from identifying new businesses, prospecting, relationship development through to pitching
  • Partnerships communications and correspondence, including emails, proposals and impact reporting
  • Work with Head of Fundraising and Marketing on a variety of corporate partnership opportunities, such as workplace giving, sponsorship, cause related marketing opportunities and others
  • Assist with Community Partner events such as Bark in the Park, The Pet Show, Dog Lovers Show
  • Assist with securing partnerships for events
  • Maintain an up-to-date stakeholder/partner database on Salesforce and set up and run reports as requested.
  • Assist with partnership-related content creation (including but not limited to marketing, images, graphics, and physical assets etc).
  • Representation of SDCH at community events as required.
  • Recruitment, training, induction, and supervision of all volunteers who support partnership-related events.
  • Admin duties and assisting other team members as required


The Partnerships Coordinator is personally responsible for ensuring that they:

  • Keep abreast of current and emerging trends in partnerships and fundraising.
  • Maintain currency of knowledge of appropriate designated software and related technology required to complete the positions descriptions responsibilities within the workplace.
  • Promote the culture, values, vision and mission of Sydney Dogs & Cats Home.
  • Follow the Staff Handbook, Code of Conduct and WHS rules and regulations, and all policies and procedures as required.
  • Action any reasonable additional responsibilities as requested by the Head of Fundraising & Marketing, General Manager, and the Leadership Team.


  • 3 years’ experience in partnerships
  • A self-starter, passionate about expanding partnerships with SDCH
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication and negotiation skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Not-for-profit experience favourable
  • Experience with Salesforce favourable
  • Exceptional organisational and planning skills

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Please apply by emailing with a cover letter and CV, using the subject line: Partnership Coordinator

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