Providing Dog Guides to Canadians with Disabilities
Careers
Thank you for your interest in Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. For those who want to do meaningful work and go home at the end of the day knowing they've made a difference, there are few places as fulfilling as at Dog Guides.

  •  Interested in a career as a Dog Guide Instructor/trainer?

    • If you are interested in becoming an instructor please send us your resume. We keep all applications on file for 6 months. Should a position open, we will contact you. 

      Many of our training staff have already been working at Dog Guides Canada as kennel staff or in our puppy program. We have also recruited people that have assisted as volunteers. 

      Occasionally there are vacancies for an Apprentice Instructor. This is a full time paid position and consists of three, twelve month contracts. During this time, apprentices learn to train dogs to high skill levels, learn about and work with people with a wide variety of disabilities and develop expertise in all aspects of dog care. Our instructors are also committed to work some evenings and weekends, including overnight travel throughout Canada. In addition, they are required to do public speaking at events and presentations. At the end of three years, an apprentice graduates as a highly trained and professional Dog Guide instructor with a long and fulfilling career. 


      If you have:
      • proven experience working with adults or children with disabilities,
      • excellent communication skills, both verbally and in writing. French speaking is an advantage,
      • experience working with, or training animals and can relate well to dogs,
      • are physically fit, since the job is physically demanding and involves working outdoors in all weather with strong active dogs.
      • ability to cooperate with co-workers, work as part of a team as well as unsupervised,
      • show initiative and problem solve in high stress situations
      • a full driving license and are able to work at our Oakville and Breslau locations

      Please send your resume to Ian Ashworth for future consideration. Resumes will be kept for 6 months.

  •  Puppy Program Supervisor

    • Are you passionate about your work and looking for a way to apply your skills and talents in a meaningful way?

      Do you have the leadership skills to jump into an organization in the midst of exciting and transformational change?

      At Lions Foundation Canada Dog Guides (LFCDG) we help people with medical or physical disabilities lead independent lives by providing them with a dog guide at no cost to support them in their daily lives. The school is unique in offering 7 different programs serving between 150-200 new clients annually and supporting over 1100 active clients. The school operates out of our central location in Oakville, ON and a breeding and training facility in Breslau, ON with plans to move to our new leading
      edge facility in early 2023. 

      The Opportunity:

      Reporting to the Director of Canine Development, LFCDG is seeking a Puppy Program Supervisor to lead a passionate team of staff responsible for all aspects of supporting our vital volunteer foster families.

      The position is part of the Management team and provides input, tactical and planning expertise to support the Puppy Program while working collaboratively with other supervisory/management staff to align operational plans related to Puppy Programs and integrate them with the organization’s other programs and overall strategic plan. We are looking for an individual who is ready and able to foster a productive and empowering work environment for all assigned staff and volunteers and build a team that can deliver on the assigned work and initiatives.

      LFCDG is in the midst of an exciting opportunity building a leading edge, client centered, new facility that aspires to be best in class. As a member of the Management team, the Puppy Program Supervisor will assist in providing input in shaping the project and ensuring the build reflects best design thinking to support the needs and interests of clients.

      Key Responsibilities:

      Program Management:

      • Develops and implements an operational plan for the Puppy Program and ensures the program and activities align with the organization’s overall strategy, goals, annual budget and program goals
      • Provides input into the optimal staffing levels and assignments for current and new program initiatives
      • Ensures home interviews, puppy visits, puppy assessments and training classes are booked and conducted in the most effective way for the staff and volunteers
      • Communicates with foster families regarding behavioural and medical issues as required
      • Ensures the timely, accurate and complete collection of puppy data related to health, temperament, breeding, and foster families is input into the RelDog database and keeps puppy files and computerized records up to date
      • Provides oversight of all components of the Puppy Program including investigating and solving problems, and adherence to client service standards
      • Contributes to the development and implementation of foster family /puppy training class programs and schedules and coordinates classes based on annual operational plan
      • Contributes to and monitors policies and procedures to ensure adherence to ADI and IGDF accreditation programs
      • Ensures compliance with sector accreditation
      • Ensures delivery of value by adhering to annual budget while balancing cost and service levels
      • Remains on-call after hours for all staff, client, puppy and class related emergencies as required

      Leadership:

      • Participates, in conjunction with other members of the Management team, in the preparation and monitoring of the annual plan & budget and strategic plans
      • Employs a variety of measurement strategies to evaluate results and future investment of resources
      • Partners and collaborates with cross-functional teams to diagnose issues, align processes and recommend enhancements
      • Builds and maintains strategic relationships and partnerships that benefit LFCDG’s programs and services
      • Identifies opportunities to increase the effectiveness, efficiency and quality of the Puppy Program and puts a focus on continuous improvement
      • Assists staff with puppy early training classes and assessments as required
      • Ensures all standards related to the Puppy Program are accessible to staff and that they are updated and maintained

      Human Resources:

      • Supervises all Puppy Program staff including performance and development goals, assigning accountabilities, setting objectives, establishing priorities, conducting annual performance appraisals, and recommending salary adjustments
      • Develops action plans and strategies to recruit, retain, mentor and motivate the Puppy Program staff and volunteers
      • Plans for and provides developmental coaching and training for staff
      • Monitors workload and processes and ensures efficiency
      • Schedules staff for daily operations and assigns staff to projects and functions, monitors and guides results
      • Evaluates volumes and staffing requirements according to the annual plan
      • Promotes a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality
      • Ensures that all staff on the team are fully trained on all aspects of their job and that the team is provided with all necessary tools and training to improve core expertise and continued career
      • Ensures annual performance goals for each staff member are established, that they align with operational plans and that they are communicated with that staff member

      You will bring to the opportunity:

      • Minimum of two years working in a canine training or breeding related function
      • Degree in an animal-related program is desirable (e.g., animal science, reproduction or biology and/or coursework specific to anatomy, physiology, genetics, nutrition, reproduction, behavioural science) but at a minimum, a fundamental knowledge of basic veterinary care, canine nutrition, anatomy and physiology
      • Strong preference for a 2 year post graduation as an instructor at an ADI or IGDF school
      • Recognized canine animal training accreditation (e.g., IGDF) or proven knowledge and basic experience in canine learning theory including canine behaviour, training and behaviour assessments, general dog care and safety
      • Proven experience and/or training in puppy/dog training, socialization, animal care (including whelping and breeding)
      • Proven supervisory and working experience with developing volunteer groups
      • Demonstrated capacity to work in a busy and at times, noisy work environment
      • Demonstrated capability in problem-solving and reasoning
      • Effective time management skills
      • Proven ability to foster positive, productive working relationships
      • Positive attitude, and ability to work independently and as part of a team
      • Ability to lift 50 lbs. of food products and dogs weighing 40 lbs.
      • Efficient use of PCs; the Internet; MS Word, Excel, and Outlook. Ability to learn new software
      • Valid Driver’s License
      • Use of personal vehicle will be required for travel to and from volunteer homes and training locations
      • Ability to work a flexible schedule when and if required
      • Some experience working within a not-for-profit organization is preferred
      • Very strong interpersonal and communication skills – both written and verbal. French language skills an asset
      • Excellent and demonstrated organization skills with the ability to effectively prioritize workloads, multi-task, respond adeptly to shifting priorities and act quickly to immediate needs

    • Despite these interesting times, if you are looking for a challenging opportunity to demonstrate your leadership and operational capabilities and a place to let your innovative thinking shine, please send your resume, salary expectation and a cover letter stating why you are interested in becoming LFCDG’s next Puppy Program Supervisor and how your skills set you apart by August 14th to:

      careers@dogguides.com

      LFCDG welcomes applications from people with disabilities. Applicants will be provided accommodations during the application process if needed. We thank all applicants for their interest and advise only successful candidates will be contacted for the next steps in the application process..

  •  Director of Programs and Client Services

    • Are you passionate about your work and looking for a way to apply your skills and talents in a meaningful way?

      Do you have the leadership skills to jump into an organization in the midst of exciting and transformational change?

      At Lions Foundation Canada Dog Guides (LFCDG) we help people with medical or physical disabilities lead independent lives by providing them with a dog guide at no cost to support them in their daily lives. The school is unique in offering 7 different programs serving between 150-200 new clients annually and supporting over 1100 active clients. The school operates out of our central location in Oakville, ON and a breeding and training facility in Breslau, ON with plans to move to our new leading edge facility (Oakville) in early 2023.

      The Opportunity:

      Reporting to the CEO, LFCDG is seeking a Director of Programs and Client Services to lead a passionate team of staff and volunteers responsible for all aspects of high quality client/dog matches including: the application process; client acceptance; in-house client housing/food facilities; training; and follow up experiences. The position is part of the Sr. Management Team providing strategic input, and tactical and planning expertise that supports program development and capacity building. We are looking for an individual who can provide strategic and thought leadership as the organization is developing a new strategic vision focused on enhancing quality and investing for growth through strategic partnerships and collaboration.

      LFCDG is in the midst of an exciting opportunity. We are building a leading edge, client centered, new facility that aspires to be best in class. The Director of Programs and Client Services will play a key role in shaping the project and ensuring the build reflects best design thinking to support the needs and interests of our clients.

      Key Responsibilities:

      Client Services:

      • Provide oversight of all customer services including investigating and solving problems, and adhering to customer service standards
      • Develop and implement customer service standards
      • Monitor and measure results of customer service programs and activities as related to strategic outcomes
      • Develop and implement client /dog training class programs and schedules based on annual operational plan including apprentice program
      • Manage apprentice program and development opportunities for staff to support growth and excellence
      • Oversee, develop, and monitor policies and procedures to ensure adherence to ADI and IGDF accreditation programs

      Strategic Leadership:

      • Develop annual team operational plan & budget aligned with the LFCDG strategic plan and resources
      • Employ a variety of measurement strategies to evaluate results and future investment of resources
      • Partner and collaborate with cross-functional teams to diagnose issues, align processes and recommend enhancements
      • Build and maintain strategic relationships and partnerships that benefit LFCDG’s programs and services
      • Contribute as a thought leader within the dog guide and client service sectors

      Human Resources:

      • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality
      • Manage staff performance and development goals
      • Support managers and supervisors to be fully trained on all aspects of people management and planning including: recruiting, retaining, training, mentoring, and motivating staff
      • Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach on a consistent basis
      • Monitor workload and processes and ensure efficiency
        Assign staff to projects and functions, monitoring and guiding results
      • Evaluate volume and staffing requirements according to the annual plan

      You will bring to the opportunity:

      • An undergraduate degree in a related discipline
      • Strong preference for 5 year post instructor qualification from an organization accredited by ADI or IGDF
      • Proven experience working and managing and in the disability sector
      • Knowledge of service delivery programs and practices is required
      • Knowledge of training & development in adult education is an asset
      • Knowledge of accessibility legislation, standards and best practices related to areas of responsibility
      • Demonstrated planning, evaluation and project management experience
      • Minimum 5 years as a Senior Manager in a related role with experience in growing, managing, mentoring and inspiring internal teams
      • Demonstrated ability to think and plan strategically and manage tactically
      • Excellent organizational, planning and time management skills, including handling multiple, concurrent and diverse tasks
      • Ability to use discretion, judgment and tact in handling sensitive/confidential information/situations
      • Experience working directly with a volunteer Board of Directors
      • Excellent written, verbal and listening communication skills
      • Excellent interpersonal, networking and strategic relationship-building skills to influence and develop constructive working relationships with a wide range of persons and organizations
      • Strong leadership skills
      • High degree of professionalism and integrity
      • Technical literacy in the MS Office, as well as various internet research tools

      Despite these interesting times, if you are looking for a challenging opportunity to demonstrate your strategic planning capabilities and a place to let your innovative thinking shine, please send your resume, salary expectation and a cover letter stating why you are interested in becoming LFCDG’s next Director of Programs and Client Services and how your skills set you apart by July 31st to the attention of the hiring
      committee:

      careers@dogguides.com

      Re: Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides – Director of Programs and Client Services

      LFCDG welcomes applications from people with disabilities. Applicants will be provided accommodations during the application process if needed. We thank all applicants for their interest and advise only successful candidates will be contacted for the next steps in the application process



  •  VOLUNTEER POSTING: Photographer

    • We are looking for motivated volunteer photographers who are able to join us for photoshoots and events on a regular basis. These photoshoots would take place throughout the week and on occasional weekends at (or near) the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides training facility in Oakville, ON. The ideal candidate(s) must be able to work independently and within a team environment.

      Volunteer Description

      • Analyze and decide how to compose a subject
      • Use various photographic techniques and personal equipment
      • Capture subjects in commercial-quality photographs
      • Enhance the subject’s appearance with natural or artificial light
      • Use photo enhancing software

      Volunteer Requirements

      • Maintain a digital portfolio, often on a website, to demonstrate work
      • Show initiative and ability to prioritize tasks and complete within a limited time frame
      • Demonstrate strong organizational skills and attention to detail
      • Excellent communication skills - both verbal and written
      • Flexible availability – able to accommodate daytime, evening, and weekend shifts/events
      • Police background and vulnerable sector check is required
      • Comfortable with dogs

      For more information, or to apply to this position, contact Maria
      mgalindo@dogguides.com ,

      Please ensure the subject line of your email reads “Volunteer Photographer Application”. We thank all those who apply but will only be contacting candidates of interest.