The purpose of the program officer position is to advance the Foundation’s work in canine health and welfare. Within the field of canine health, the Stanton Foundation has identified the inability of many pet owners to afford ‘best option’ recommendations for veterinary care as a primary challenge. It thus supports a “Spectrum of Care” clinical research program to provide good evidence on the efficacy of lower cost options. It also supports research on financing options, pet insurance and business case studies of veterinary practices with low fees but strong profitability.
Within the general area of canine welfare, the Foundation supports programs designed to help the least well-off dogs. These programs include partnerships with humane societies in low-income states, university-based research on purebred dog breeding, and a variety of direct assistance shelter programs.
Specific responsibilities of the canine health and welfare officer include:
Staffing proposals for clinical research grants including background research to 1) identify any previous work proposing or testing similar ideas, 2) assess the business implications of the proposal, and 3) review the background bio on the applicant.
Summarizing and presenting this research to the Foundation’s Spectrum of Care Clinical Research Advisory Panel, and generally acting as liaison and staff to the panel and staff.
Identifying ongoing clinical and business research that would increase the veterinarian’s ability to serve clients of modest income.
Coordinating with AVMA and state VMA’s on joint projects.
Managing grants with major shelters, CVM’s and other grantees.
DVM or equivalent degree with prior experience in canine practice highly preferred. Candidates with strong business/economics background and experience in veterinary medicine will also be considered.
Sufficient quantitative training to read and assess clinical research veterinary studies and other academic work. Grant management experience is desirable.
Strong interest in the business of veterinary medicine and ideally some formal training in business or economics. The Foundation is highly analytic in its approach to projects.
Good digital skills, including prior experience with digital secondary research and comfort with using Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Talent for coordinating “marque” experts in veterinary medicine and related fields.
Additional Salary Information: Benefit package including health, matching 401(k) contributions, pet insurance, tuition support, student debt refinancing and repayment program.
One release day weekly to work in small animal practice (if desired)
About The Stanton Foundation
The Stanton Foundation, created by Frank Stanton, long time president of CBS and dog lover, has the advancement of dog health and welfare as one of its primary missions. The Foundation’s support for canine health and welfare includes both research and traditional grant programs to improve the health of dogs, promote their welfare and strengthen the human/dog bond. The Foundation is pragmatic in its orientation and approaches the question of, “What is good for the dog?” without preconceptions. Although it is a New York foundation, the Stanton Foundation’s programmatic work is based in Cambridge, MA. It makes grants of approximately $25 million each year and has approximately $275 million in assets. (See www.thestantonfoundation.org for more detail.)