Youth Impact Specialist
Position Details
Milwaukee Campus - Milwaukee, WI
Part Time
College Degree/Equivalent Experience
Position Description

The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is looking for a part-time Youth Impact Specialist to join our youth programs team. The youth programs team reaches roughly 8,000 young people each year and works with a variety of populations, schools, and organizations. WHS is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation with six operating locations, a budget of approximately $12 million, and a four-star rating from Charity Navigator. This position will work out of our Milwaukee Campus approximately 20 hours per week. In order to ensure optimal program impact, our ideal schedule for this position would be Tuesdays through Thursdays working 11:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. during the school year and 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for ten weeks during the summer; however, we can be flexible with scheduling during the school year if it would mutually satisfy the needs of our program and the right candidate for the position. Occasional evenings and weekends are required.


This position supports the Wisconsin Humane Society youth impact programs, which work to engage young people in WHS’s mission and services, with a focus on underserved youth from communities with limited access to pet care information and services. Programs that the Youth Impact Specialist leads include:

School year:

  • Partnership with COA Youth and Family Services. We offer after-school programs for young people grades 1-6 at COA’s Goldin Center.
  • Book Buddies program. An after-school reading program for 3rd to 5th graders provided in partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools/Milwaukee Recreation.
  • Other partnerships. We offer programs in partnership with other organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Milwaukee and schools and community groups in areas of our city with limited access.


  • People & Animals Learning (PAL). The Youth Impact Specialist will coordinate and run our PAL program, which serves 10- to 13-year-olds each summer. Students work in pairs over a two-week period to train a shelter dog with basic cues. By working closely and bonding with shelter animals, PAL participants expand their circles of compassion to include animals. PAL seeks to increase self-esteem and pro-social skills like empathy and conflict resolution.
Position Summary

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead high impact programs in alignment with organizational resources and priorities that engage young people of all ages in the Wisconsin Humane Society’s mission, with an emphasis on relationships and programs with underserved youth.
  • Coordinate logistics of assigned programs on- and off-site.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with staff at partner organizations.
  • Accurately collect and report outcomes that support program and organizational impact goals.
  • Support volunteers and seasonal staff.
  • Participate as a member of the youth programs team in implementing the organization’s youth impact strategy and programs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience working with youth.
  • Experience working with youth with barriers is highly desirable. Understanding or a desire to understand systemic challenges that affect underserved communities is required.
  • Emotionally capable of handling high-pressure situations in a professional manner in a fast-paced environment.
  • Comfortable presenting to diverse groups.
  • Mature, hardworking, enthusiastic, and willing to perform a variety of tasks with a smile.
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with students, teachers, and community partners.
  • Good communication skills, flexibility, and an ability to effectively work in a team environment are essential.
  • Capable of developing and completing work assignments with minimal supervision in a highly motivated manner.
  • Excellent organization and problem-solving skills. Basic computer knowledge and skills a must.
  • Previous animal handling experience is a plus. Willingness and ability to learn safe animal handling skills.
  • Able to work evenings and occasional weekends.
  • Commitment to treat animals and people with respect and kindness.


All staff are eligible for the following benefits package on their hire date:

  • 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • 30% off discount on animal adoption fees
  • 10% off merchandise discount in our Animal Antics Store
  • Limited retail (i.e. apparel, pet food, special order merchandise), service fee, event, and education program discounts

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please complete the Apply Now section at the top of this job page to begin your online employment application. Only applications submitted through our online application system may be considered. Please know that it is our policy to reply to each and every application received once we have a status update.

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Equal Opportunity Employer

The Wisconsin Humane Society believes in equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment. WHS’s success depends on the effective utilization of qualified people regardless of the age, race, creed, color, disability, marital status, veteran status, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual preference, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

About Us

The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is the oldest and largest shelter in Wisconsin. It was founded in 1879 and operates shelters in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Door, and Brown Counties, as well as a Spay/Neuter Clinic in West Allis. The organization offers adoption services, educational programming, and veterinary resources for animals from low-income households, retail stores, volunteer programs, and dog training classes. The Milwaukee shelter also houses the states busiest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. WHS is an independent nonprofit and receives no general government funding and is not part of any national umbrella group.

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