Acting in the capacity as a professional Veterinarian, provides expert guidance and direction to the Cook County Department of Animal Control and the Cook County Board of Commissioners in formulating and reviewing policy and enforcing State and County ordinance, laws, etc. relative to the control, registration of animals and investigation of animal involved incidents. The Administrator must have a commitment to excellence, collaboration and engagement with Community partners. Provides expertise in answering questions regarding animals, animal bites, examination procedures, animal diseases and laws regarding animals. Reviews departmental and County programs regarding responsible pet ownership and provides seminars on these subjects. Responsible and accountable for the strategic, programmatic, financial, and operational management of the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control.
Key Responsibilities and Duties
Collaborates with Cook County agencies and other community partners to ensure coordination, and effective communication in support of mutual goals and programmatic objectives.
Manages complex programs and projects from inception to completion;
Communicates pet disease management to a wide range of audiences and stakeholders, including veterinarians, the general public, and a major media market;
Provides the expertise in answering questions regarding animals, animal bites, examination procedures, animal diseases and laws regarding animals for the Animal and Rabies Control Wardens, Veterinarians, and the general public.
Conducts an on-going review and monitoring of the department’s bite cases and animal pickups. Monitors rabies in raccoons by reading public health releases and through personal contact with public health officials. Provides knowledge of the problem to outside agencies.
Conducts seminars to educate the public on the prevention of rabies, handling stray animals and animal bites and to promote the understanding of the relationships of humans and animals in the urban community.
Manages Wildlife surveillance program for human-wildlife conflict (control) and zoonotic disease surveillance.
The duties listed are not set forth for purposes of limiting the assignment of work. They are not to be construed as a complete list of the many duties normally to be performed under a job title or those to be performed temporarily outside an employee’s normal line of work.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Thorough knowledge of veterinarian medicine.
Knowledge of Federal, State and local laws concerning animals and the environment.
Basic knowledge of Animal Control Ordinances and Procedures.
Knowledge of the support network of the state and local veterinary associations.
Skill in representing the agency, making presentations to County and outside agencies and groups, relating information of a technical and official nature.
Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with tact and courtesy to internal and external agencies.
Accurate judgment in making decisions, reorganizing established precedents and meeting new problems. Ability to identify opportunities for process improvement.
This position may require moderate to extensive travel to work assignments throughout Cook County, for which the employee must provide his or her own adequate means of transportation.
Requires a driver’s license.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Doctoral Degree in Veterinary Medicine, plus three (3) years of work experience in the practice of veterinary medicine
Must have a current license to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Illinois, a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) certification, and Illinois drug enforcement certifications.
MPH, MS or PhD in a related field
Experience in Environmental Health: Shelter Environments; Global Health; Infectious Disease; Epidemiology; Disease Investigation; Disease Control; or related field.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive Salary
About Cook County Government
Cook County offers great benefits and the chance to participate in a strong tradition of public service.
Cook County is home to more than five million residents, roughly 45% of Illinois’ population. Cook
County Government provides a range of vital services and programs that enhance the quality of life for
residents across the region. These services range from health care to urban planning. Cook County is
committed to empowering its employees to bring our constituents the best that public service has to
SNAPSHOT OF COOK COUNTY:
• Cook County employs over 22,000 employees who work in a variety of skilled jobs and trades.
• Health Care – Cook County established the nation’s first blood bank in 1937. Cook County
Hospital was the first to have a dedicated unit for trauma services. Today our healthcare system
treats more cancer patients than any other provider in the metropolitan area.
• Technology – Cook County’s Bureau of Technology provides technology support to Cook County
offices and employees, with its wide area network providing service to more than 120
• Courts – Cook County oversees one of the nation’s largest unified criminal and ...civil justice
system and administers the largest single jail site in the country.
• Highway – Cook County maintains almost 600 miles of roads and highways.
• Land – Cook County assesses the value of more than 1.5 million parcels of taxable land and
collects and distributes tax funds as a service for local government taxing bodies.
• Safety – Cook County provides vital services to local government, from conducting elections in
suburban areas to offering 911 services in unincorporated areas and municipalities.
Located in the Loop District of downtown Chicago, one of the most formidable business districts in the
world, the area has an astounding number of cultural foundations, stunning parks such as Millennial
Park and Maggie Daley Park, steps away from the Chicago Riverwalk, award-winning restaurants and
plenty of shopping!
In addition, Chicago is serviced by multiple bus and train lines for public transportation from the suburbs
to the city, taxis are plentiful, public parking garages for motorist, and bicycle share rentals and local
bike lanes for bicyclist.
Cook County employees have access to a variety of benefits, including:
• Medical and Pharmacy Plans
• Dental Plans
• Vision Plan
• Flexible Spending Accounts – Health Care and Dependent Care
• Life Insurance – Group Term and Supplemental Life
• Commuter Benefits
• Pre-paid Legal Services
• Retirement Benefits