Senior Director, Shelter and Veterinary Services Research

Please make sure to attach your resume to complete your application.


As members of the Research Leadership Team (VP of Research and two Senior Directors), the Senior Directors of Research assist in designing and implementing the research direction for the ASPCA. Specifically, the Senior Director of Shelter and Veterinary Services (SVS) Research leads the research direction for the ASPCA’s Shelter and Veterinary Services Division. This role oversees the creation and capture of data, analytics and research to generate continuous improvement in our strategic and research plans, drive the direction of our work, and develop and disseminate new insights for the animal welfare field.  This person will be responsible for the supervision, direction and guidance of the Directors of Research and Senior Managers of Research, who are primarily responsible for doing the hands-on research and program evaluation work in collaboration with partner departments across the organization including but not limited to SVS.  The person in this position helps guide the organization’s strategic and programmatic direction through direct thought partnerships with department and division leaders across the organization, as well as through coaching their direct reports in their thought partnerships with partner teams. The position serves as a spokesperson on research and assists in overseeing the dissemination and measurement of impact (in concert with the ASPCA’s Communications and Policy and Position Team) of research conclusions to academic, public and professional venues.  This person should also be enthusiastic and thoughtful about participating in a strategic way in the translation of the research learnings into practice within the ASPCA and across the animal welfare space.


The starting salary for this role is contingent on the employee’s primary location of residence and its respective cost of labor. As a point of reference, we’ve included our ASPCA locations broken down by geographic zone to illustrate what the hiring salary range would be in each of the following areas:

  • Zone 1 (Asheville, NC; Columbus, OH; Miami, FL; Weaverville, NC): $112,000-$122,000
  • Zone 2 (Washington D.C.; Los Angeles, CA): $124,000-$134,000
  • Zone 3 (New York, NY): $137,000-$147,000


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Oversee research projects, program evaluations, and other research activities: (30%)

  • Oversee all research projects pertaining to the Shelter and Veterinary Services Division.  Ensure all research undertaken by the team is aligned with the ASPCA’s and SVS’s goals, needs, and desired impacts including all implications and potential audiences for the findings
  • Provide insights and feedback on research design, implementation, analysis, and reporting/sharing to ensure work is prioritized, scoped, and structured appropriately.
  • Drive division and program direction by overseeing the development and analysis of data and transforming it into meaningful and strategic insights
  • Play a key role in driving the advancement, quality, and application of research, both within the ASPCA and in the animal welfare field
  • Ensure all data collection and reporting against goals is accurate, efficient and complete
  • Oversee all processes for research review and approval within reporting team
  • Oversee Access to Veterinary Care Research Grant Program and other field-facing research initiatives
  • Serve as an ASPCA media spokesperson for research, data, and measurement-related issues
  • Present research findings at national conferences and events and support publication of research findings in peer-reviewed journals
  • Effectively share findings internally at all levels of the organization

Team Leadership (20%)

Work collaboratively with the other members of the Research Leadership Team to:

  • Set the vision, strategy and annual plan for the Research Team
  • Guide direction of Research Team, prioritization of work, professional development, and team culture
  • Guide the measurement of impact of ASPCA programs across the organization
  • Support the ASPCA’s Strategic Planning process as it pertains to measurement and research
  • Set and organize regular reflection points for ASPCA executive leadership to monitor and measure organization-wide and team-level progress against strategic plans and programs, using key data and insights gathered through research and evaluation
  • Develop and manage budget and expenditures for research as appropriate
  • Structure and staff Research Team effectively to achieve goals

Supervise Research Staff: (30%)

  • Develop staff within reporting structure to maximize their potential, growth, and engagement through setting clear expectations, giving and receiving effective, ongoing feedback, and providing rich opportunities for staff to learn and grow in their roles
  • Ensure team sets ambitious goals and has a clear plan for achieving them

Provide Expertise and Share Knowledge (20%)

  • Provide subject matter expertise across the ASPCA in an area relevant to animal welfare
  • By providing appropriate expertise and insights, be able to rapidly engage with additional new projects as required
  • Continue to build the reputation of the ASPCA by serving on national-level advisory groups focused on animal welfare research and/or other topics relevant to animal welfare
  • Stay generally abreast of the field of animal welfare in the areas of animal sheltering, high-quality high-volume spay/neuter, animal relocation and placement, shelter medicine, and increasing access to veterinary care


  • Graduate degree required


  • 10-15 years of experience in research
  • Experience in nontraditional research settings (nonprofit, government) strongly preferred
  • Experience in the animal welfare field a plus
  • 3-5 years of applied research experience
  • Peer reviewed publication history
  • 3-5 years of experience overseeing research projects
  • 3-5 years supervisory experience

Knowledge Requirements:

  • Expert knowledge of research design
  • Expert knowledge of applied research and ability to think creatively about how to get research learnings into use by the priority audiences
  • Practiced in big picture and strategic thinking, planning, and implementation   

Additional Information:

  • Must be a self-guided, creative, highly organized and motivated individual requiring minimal supervision
  • Must be nimble and able to rapidly re-prioritize own work as well as direct reports
  • Must be able to thrive in a remote office
  • Some travel required


Excellent at quickly creating positive relationships to provide leadership and be viewed as a valued partner by peers, supervisors, and others outside of their direct reports, Excellent organizational, interpersonal and writing skills (verbal, written and typing), Excellent supervisory skills with an ability to manage remotely and delegate responsibility as needed, Experience with data analysis approaches, Expert skills in public speaking with media, public, and professional audiences, Skilled in creating a plan and moving forward in the face of ambiguity



English (Required)

Education and Work Experience:

Doctorate (Required)


Data Collection and Analysis, Preferably Related to Animal Sheltering or Animal Welfare Systems, Management Experience

COVID Statement:
The ASPCA strives to maintain a COVID-free workplace. To that end, being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment for all ASPCA employees, including new hires, except where prohibited by applicable state or local law. The ASPCA makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs that prohibit a person from being vaccinated.

Our EEO Policy:

The ASPCA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.

Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws.  A reasonable accommodation is a change in the ASPCA’s standard application process, which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on the ASPCA.  Please inform the ASPCA’s People Team if you need an accommodation in order to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process.

Individuals seeking employment are considered without regards to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status,  or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.

ASPCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/D/V).

Please don’t forget to attach your resume to complete your application.

About Us:
The ASPCA was founded in 1866 on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment by humans and must be protected under the law. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with more than two million supporters nationwide, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, equines, and farm animals throughout the United States.

The ASPCA is headquartered in New York City, where we maintain a full-service animal hospital, spay/neuter clinic, mobile spay/neuter and primary pet care clinics, a rehabilitation center for canine victims of cruelty, kitten nursery, adoption center, and two community veterinary centers.

The ASPCA also operates programs and services that extend nationwide. We assist animals in need through on-the-ground disaster and cruelty interventions, behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy, and the advancement of the sheltering and veterinary community through research, training, and resources.

At the ASPCA, we are committed to fostering a collaborative and compassionate culture and we welcome all voices to contribute to our lifesaving mission. Our staff represent a vast array of backgrounds and diversity dimensions, bringing with them valuable experiences and perspectives. They join the ASPCA to learn, grow, and continually do their best work on behalf of animals. We are inspired by our staff, partners, and the communities we support across the country who work to improve animal lives. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the ASPCA because it elevates our organizational culture, aligns with our Core Values, and enables us to move further and faster toward the ASPCA’s vision – that all animals live good lives; valued by society, protected by its laws, and free from cruelty, pain and suffering.