Contra Costa County

Located in northern California, Contra Costa County extends from the northeastern shore of San Francisco Bay to San Joaquin County. With a population of just over 1 million, the County is among the 10 most populous counties in California and home to one of the State’s most ethnically, culturally and socioeconomically diverse populations. Contra Costa is home to numerous attractions, including wildlife refuges, state parks, historic sites, and a variety of museums. The wine country of Napa and Sonoma counties, picturesque seaside communities such as Carmel and Monterey, and the Sierra Lake Tahoe region are all within driving distance.

The Animal Services Director (ASD) oversees the planning, organizing, and administering of activities within Contra Costa Animal Services (CCAS). This includes responsibility for the enforcement of state laws and county ordinances related to animal control, and in developing policies, procedures, regulations, and facilities. In addition, this position will patrol areas as necessary to carry out lawful guidelines for licensing, impounding, treating, adopting, and disposing of animals in the county. The ASD is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Supervisors under the administrative supervision of the County Administrator’s Office. A key priority for this role relates to the vital importance of relationships and communication with the broader community. This includes the need for outreach and providing services to those that need support, leading efforts toward expanding lifesaving opportunities, facilitating partnerships, and in providing greater levels of education, visibility, and transparency to services provided by CCAS.

This position requires five or more years of progressive full-time experience in a supervisory or administrative capacity involving substantial public contact and public relations responsibilities. At least three of those years should be as a program manager or manager of an administrative support function within a county or city animal control program or as an Executive Director of a Humane Society or his/her designee responsible for administering a county or city animal control program. Possession of a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Business/Public Administration or a closely related field is required. The salary range for this position is $140,020 – $211,306 annually, DOQ. To be considered, please visit the Avery Associates Career Portal at to upload your letter of interest, resume and contact information including email addresses for five work-related references to Paul Kimura. This position is open until appointment is made (first formal review of resumes on March 1, 2024).

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