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Cat Foster Manager

Posted: 10/31/2022

Overall Summary and Description: Are you looking for a rewarding career that allows you to make a direct impact on thousands of animal’s lives each year? Bring your know-how and love of animals to one of MN’s largest foster-based animal rescue. At Ruff Start Rescue, you'll not only oversee the medical and behavioral care of the cats and kittens but also use your people skills to manage skilled foster homes and collaborate with other managers.

Availability: Ability and willingness to allow a flexible schedule are key.  This is a salaried position with a time commitment of at least 40 hours a week.  Most of these hours can be done remotely, but you will be required to be in the office (Princeton) for training and then at least 2-3 days a week after being fully trained.  Daily emailing and/or phone calls is a must. We do have set office hours, but there may be times you go over these hours if needed depending on your job duties. 


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate vetting for animals in the cat program. Maintaining up-to-date information regarding the status of all of the cats in our program.

  • Communicate with foster families regularly-This includes urgent animals needing to be moved.

  • Creating and maintaining a response timeline for foster homes and general foster questions from the public. Ideally, the response time for general emails would be 24-48 hrs.

  • Help foster homes understand what is urgent and to text and call in those situations.

    • Work with vetting and/or intake manager to create or update informational documents for fosters to lessen the emergency calls.

  • Assist with Foster Recruitment.

  • Professional development.

    •  An opportunity to build your skills through Classes, webinars, books, and expos.

    • Create and implement new processes to help the rescue grow internally/externally and implement cost-saving processes. 

  • Manage FTA (foster-to-adopt) program. Ensure the program is being utilized as expected in the appropriate time frame.

  • Work proactively to identify any training or behavioral issues with foster animals.


This position oversees: 

Anywhere from 100-200 cats at any time in the rescue 

1-2 pet profile coordinators


Specific Job Skills and requirements

  • A passion for making a positive difference in the lives of animals.

  • Non-profit experience is a plus. Animal welfare or related fields are a plus.

  • Collaboration skills are a must to value differences, build rapport and discuss Ruff Start policies, procedures, and changes effectively.

  • Access to the internet on a daily basis.  Must have a laptop. 

  • Smartphones are a must with access to FB, Google Drive, and Gmail on a daily basis. 

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and work in a fast-paced environment under sometimes tight deadlines. 

  • Ability to show compassion and empathize with the foster and adoptive families. 

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

Personal Characteristics

  • Demonstrates honesty, integrity, and discretion. Skilled at handling sensitive and confidential situations.

  • Maturity and good judgment.

  • Work as a team player, supporting the overall goals of the organization.

  • Possibility-driven, proactive, personable, energetic, collaborative, and tactful.

  • Brings a strong drive for results, while maintaining a calm approach to managing change and working through unexpected or challenging situations.

  • Well organized.

  • Respect for all people and animals.

  • Must be able to approach problem-solving logically, research history, avoid biases and focus on what is in the best interest of the rescue data to draw the right conclusions—even under pressure.

  • Deep and abiding passion to professionally advocate Ruff Start Rescue's position on key animal welfare and No-Kill issues.



  • Health insurance is available for employees after  90 days. RSR will pay 50% of the employee's monthly premium.

  • Retirement plan with up to a 3% employee contribution available after 90-days.

  • Optional insurance options are available after 90-days - you pay a 100% premium at a discounted group rate.

    • Short term disability

    • Life Insurance

    • Dental Insurance

    • Accident Insurance

    • Hospital Indemnity Insurance

    • Critical Illness Insurance

    • Cancer Insurance

    • Vision Insurance

  • PTO 

    • First-year 10 days Prorated from 90 days

    • Years 1 and 2 15 days (3 Weeks)

    • Year 3 and 4 20 Days (4 Weeks)

    • Year 5 and 6 25 Days (5 Weeks)

    • Year 7 + 30 Days (6 Weeks)

    • When an employee rolls over to a new year bracket we would prorate from their anniversary date.

      • Ruff Start Rescue recognizes seven paid holidays each year. Should a holiday fall on a weekend, the holiday will be observed on the workday closest to the holiday.

  • Employee Discount

  • Professional Development courses covered up to $200 annually. 


Salary: $35,568+ DOQ

Reports to: Senior Placement Manager


Applicants, please note: to be considered for this position, you must submit a cover letter in addition to a resume to


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