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Senior Program Manager, Pet-Inclusive Housing
Michelson Found Animals Foundation in Los Angeles, California
Date Posted 10/21/2020
Philanthropy-Animal Care
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled


The Michelson Found Animals Foundation is a cutting edge non-profit organization managed by savvy business and science professionals focused on social entrepreneurship. We are a well-funded organization that takes pride in bringing together great minds from diverse backgrounds in our mission to reduce shelter euthanasia and support pet parents nationwide. Our culture and work environment sets us apart from traditional non-profits and inspires our talented team to create innovative ideas and solutions to complex programs and initiatives. Our animal-friendly, creative office suites are located on the westside of Los Angeles, with work-from-home (WFH) in place until COVID restrictions lift. You can learn more about this role and our organization at


Following the completion of a national study fielding research that demonstrates the benefits of pet-friendly housing to owner/operators, residents, and communities, our goal is to develop resources and partnerships that increase the availability of pet-friendly rental housing. The Michelson Found Animals Foundation is seeking a Senior Program Manager, Pet-Inclusive Housing to lead this new initiative.


You will…

  • Report to the Director of Collective Impact and Executive Director to spearhead the creation and dissemination of critical messaging, research, tools, and best practices to thought leadership and external partners in support of increasing pet-inclusive rental housing in the United States
  • Develop strategies and execute on those initiatives to work in conjunction with owner/operator efforts related to pet-friendly rental housing
  • Create usable tools in partnering with national and local business associations, nonprofit partners, and organizations to educate property managers and residents on pet-inclusive rental housing
  • Understand and interpret lots (and lots!) of data and information and build solutions from the text. And then even more.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations outlining findings at relevant local and national conferences focused on housing and homelessness
  • Fulfill both short-term and long-term goals of increasing pet-inclusive rental housing across the United States
  • Long and short-term program planning, budgeting, setting performance goals, tracking results, and reporting
  • Develop program policies, procedures, plans, and associated communications needed
  • Communicate, relate, and interact with a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, in person and over the telephone, often where relations may be confrontational or strained

You gotta…

  • Know how to effectively message. And we mean lots! You’ll interact with owner/operators, legislative offices, nonprofits and work together to effect change for pets and people alike!
  • Be comfortable with public speaking and delivering poignant messages
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and verbal) required
  • Critically think and be solution-oriented. You understand that part of solving problems might mean making a bigger pie, not taking somebody else’s slice of the current one!
  • Have experience finding synergies among communities that don’t always see eye to eye. Or paw to paw
  • Thrive in working on multiple projects, can both lead and collaborate, know how to “make the trains run on time,” and want to make an impact
  • Be a self-starter. You know how to think on your own and recognize the myriad lenses through which people are funneled
  • Have a results-oriented mindset with deadlines and deliverables as your mantra
  • Love driving ideas and projects forward!

You have/are…

  • 8+ years of professional experience in supportive/affordable housing, property management, leasing, program development, program management, homeless services, social justice issues in the Greater Los Angeles area. Or, an equivalent combination of experience and education that provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of this position
  • Exceptional program management skills and experience including the ability to prioritize and handle multiple large projects with competing deadlines simultaneously, working effectively and efficiently to provide quality service delivery
  • A proven ability to develop and maintain and nurture partnerships with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders, including colleagues and partner organizations, government officials, and stakeholders
  • Exceptional facilitation skills that drive to action and results, including the ability to facilitate groups of people with divergent opinions
  • An experienced and confident communicator that demonstrates excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills (including proofreading and editing); exhibits astute interpersonal skills and diplomacy
  • Strategic thinker who is able to develop ideas while not losing sight of the details
  • Flexible, adapt to changing business needs and have an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Highly collaborative: maintaining a positive, team player attitude who is at ease working with multiple and diverse stakeholders and who brings enthusiasm, curiosity, humility, and humor to their work
  • Experience supervising staff to include coaching, mentoring, evaluating, and providing strong leadership to support employees in achieving goals and objectives in a dynamic work environment
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficient at G Suite

Michelson Philanthropies is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees

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