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Board Member - Foster Coordinator

Foster Coordinator

The foster coordinator position is a board position with a high level of responsibility that is intended to act as a liaison between the foster homes and the MoKan Greyhound Adoption board of directors. The MoKan Greyhound Adoption Board of Directors is a working board, not a governing board.

Responsibilities as a Board Member:
• Attend at least two (2) board meetings during the year.
• Check MoKan e-mail and respond to messages at least once a day.
• Check Facebook page and groups at least once a day.
• Chairs at least one committee and offers to take on special assignments when appropriate.
• Schedule, attend and lead committee meetings specific to your area of expertise if appropriate.
• Gets to know other committee members and builds a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus.
• Attend functions, fundraisers and special events to gain visibility as a board member, to get to know the other volunteers and to help manage the success of the events.
• Participate in industry Listservs and Facebook Groups to stay informed in the industry, to utilize for the purpose of promoting adoption program events and fundraising efforts and to help promote the resources to other volunteers.
• Assist as needed during emergencies.
• Participate as a foster home regularly so that you may help promote fostering to other volunteers, continue to gain education with regards to managing different types of dogs and to enable you to help troubleshoot problem situations.
• Participate in fundraising for the organization.
• Has or gains full understanding and has or gains a commitment to the mission, goals and objectives of the organization. Has or gains full understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Directors. Has or gains full understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the volunteers. Has or gains full understanding of the day-to-day activities of the organization.
• Suggest possible nominees to the board who can make significant contributions to the work of the board and the organization.
• Follow conflict-of-interest and confidentiality policies.

Responsibilities as Foster Coordinator:
• Solicit new foster homes by getting to know the volunteers and talking to them about the joys and benefits of being a foster home.
• Have new foster homes submit a fostering application, read the manual and submit a signed waiver.
• Work with the dog manager to know when homes will be needed and to ensure that the appropriate dogs are going into the appropriate foster homes. Communicate with those homes to ensure there are no conflicts or concerns with that dog.
• Ensure that foster homes are using the foster home personality profile online
• Manage the crate library by labeling the crates and tracking which foster homes have which crates and tracking the check out and check in dates. Ensuring that current foster homes have MoKan Greyhound Adoption foster crates if they need them and that crates held by inactive foster homes are moved back into the crate library.
• Distribute or facilitate the distribution of heartworm meds, flea treatment and food when requested. Be the liaison between the treasurer and the foster home when a foster family needs reimbursement for food.
• Facilitate medical appointments (along with the board) with the foster homes and the veterinarians.
• Ensure that foster homes are following the foster manual and make changes to the foster manual (along with the board) as necessary.
• Ensure that all adoptables are getting out to events; facilitate their transportation to events when applicable.
• Track foster home contact information, track in and out dates for the dogs, and arrange for breaks for homes that need them.
• Moderate Foster Home e-group.
• Prepare monthly reports to the board and offer other reports as needed.

Qualifications as a Board Member:
• Ability to listen, think clearly and creatively, problem solve, work well with people individually and in a group, act as cheerleaders, mentors, and guides to the other volunteers and adopters.
• Willing to prepare for and attend board and committee meetings, ask questions, take responsibility for special projects and complete them thoroughly and on time, contribute personal resources generously and financial resources as circumstances allow.
• Develop necessary skills (if you do not already possess them) through continuing education, research, reading, etc. for the purpose of staying up-to-date on industry topics, advancing knowledge on dog-specific topics, learning skills such as cultivating and soliciting funds, cultivating and recruiting board members and other volunteers, read and understand financial statements, learn more about the substantive program area of the organization.
• Possess sensitivity to and tolerance of differing views, a friendly, responsive and patient approach, community-building skills, personal integrity, a developed sense of values, concern for the non-profit’s development and a sense of humor.

Qualifications as Foster Coordinator:
• Ability to listen, think clearly and creatively, problem solve, work well with people individually and in a group, act as cheerleader, mentor, and guide to the foster homes.
• Develop necessary skills (if you do not already possess them) through continuing education, research, reading, etc. for the purpose of staying up-to-date on industry topics, advancing knowledge on dog-specific topics, learning skills related to all varieties of dog behavior
• Possess sensitivity to and tolerance of differing views, a friendly, responsive and patient approach, community-building skills, personal integrity, a developed sense of values, concern for the non-profit’s development and a sense of humor.

Our Impact

  • Total Dogs Adopted

    687

  • Dogs Adopted in 2020

    80

  • Volunteer Hours in 2020

    199

  • Adoption Events in 2020

    19

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