Vacancy: Puppy Development and Training Manager


Auckland Based/ 37.5 hours a week - working from home, travel involved.

Closing Date for applications 18th December 2020 (we will be in touch from Jan 4 2021).

Please send your CV and a cover letter to Mimi Hooper: Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.  

Assistance Dogs New Zealand Trust (ADNZT) is looking for a Puppy Development and Training Manager. Join a small, passionate team that is dedicated to enriching the lives of New Zealander's living with a disability. Our team all work remotely from home and travel is required. This new role will help to shape the future of our life-changing program and will allow the organisation to grow over the coming years. 

Job Description:

- Managing 2 direct reports and providing ongoing technical support to ADNZT Puppy Development and Dog Training staff throughout New Zealand.

- Work with a team of Puppy Development Coordinators and Dog Training Coordinators to ensure the ADNZT staff and stock interests are met in order to produce the highest quality trained dogs.

- Always consider the welfare of the staff, dogs, reputation and accreditations of ADNZT and the special needs of their clients.

- Contribute to matching process.

- Contribute to the Breeding Committee to ensure breeding programme meets ADNZT standards and requirements and appropriate breeding standards.

- Provide technical knowledge that enables processes be written and maintained related to dog training and puppy development.

- Contribute to fundraising and marketing activities where required. 



- Internationally recognised dog training qualification – International Guide Dog Federation or equivalent

- Canine Health and Husbandry or equivalent 

- Canine Behaviour or equivalent 


Person Specifications:

- Reliable, proactive, motivated, conscientious;

- Empathetic and caring towards staff at all times;

- Excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills;

- Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines;

- Excellent organisational and project management skills; 

- Collaborative and adaptable to change.