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Check with seller Public Relations Coordinator: Anchorage Animal Care & Control Anchorage

Published date: April 3, 2022
  • Location: Anchorage, Alaska, United States


With limited supervision, the Public Relations Coordinator develops and administers a comprehensive Public Relations (PR) program that furthers the mission and goals of the Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center (AACC) and that increases public awareness of the organization’s roles and services in the community. Creates and implements multimedia public relations campaigns and public outreach, coordinates all contact with media outlets, and coordinates the sales of municipal dog licenses.

This position requires a high level of professionalism, customer service and ability to use sound judgement while interacting with the public, media, employees, and volunteers.


Two years public relations or media experience
Ability to establish good rapport with members of the media and vendors
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, to include public speaking and presentations
Knowledge of the principles and practices associated with effective public relations communication
Excellent attention to detail, time management and organizational skills.
Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite
Knowledge of desktop, online and commercial publishing methods, software and techniques
Ability to develop effective PR materials, including their content, layout and overall appearance
Maturity of judgement and behavior
Ability to work well independently and in a team format


BS or BA degree
Experience working with animals
Supervisory experience


Humanely treat and care for all animals entrusted to AACC.
Follow all company/client safety and standard operational policies and procedures.
Coordinate the creative development of all publications and other written materials distributed by the organization
Serve as contact person to cooperatively work with the media and all other interested groups, to include: responding to media inquiries, overseeing media interviews, assisting and training Center staff who speak with the media, write and distribute newsworthy information to the media and arranges all media appearances and interviews.
Prepare and coordinate multi-media public service campaigns to educate the public about responsible pet ownership, humane animal treatment and other animal related topics
Work closely with news media, community leaders, and others to increase public awareness of the organization and its roles, services, and objectives
Coordinate and establish consistent messages and activities for press releases, publications, and website content
Coordinate public relations strategy for potentially controversial animal control issues involving the public
Plan and coordinate dog licensing sales campaign to increase licensing compliance
Coordinate and implement vendor license sales and online purchase of dog licenses
Coordinate and handle marketing and promotion of special events
Coordinate various events both away from and at the shelter to educate the public about the function of AACC, as well as responsible pet ownership, humane animal treatment, pet disaster preparedness, safety with animals, and other animal related topics
Manage ongoing and develop new community outreach programs. Current programs include Pet Food Bank, Shelter Cat Storytime, and Kitten Social Hour held at Horizon House, an assisted living home and low-cost rabies vaccination clinics
Work with volunteers on outreach programs, photography or adoptable animals and other public relations-related activities
Manage, monitor, and update social networking outreach for AACC, as well as updating the AACC section of the Municipal website as needed. Current social channels include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, NextDoor and WordPress blog.
Attend meetings and corresponds with citizens, state and national organizations, governmental groups, and other humane and animal control agencies to gain new ideas and information pertaining to humane issues
Provide tours of AACC to members of the public and provide public presentations about AACC’s role in the community, responsible pet ownership, pet disaster preparedness, and safety with animals on request
Schedule and conduct presentations in the Anchorage School District on responsible pet ownership and safety with animals
Prepare reports as required work with the Animal Control Advisory Board on Animal Control issues
Prepare and present PR presentations at the Board meetings, including compiling news clips and website mentions in order to report quantity and quality to Board.
Act as official spokesperson in conjunction with director, president and other designated personnel, and represents the organization at meetings and functions as assigned
Participate in animal behavior evaluation programs
In coordination with ALPS management and the Anchorage Health Department, develop and implement planning for emergency pet shelters with in the Municipality in the event of a disaster
Keep appropriate personnel informed of PR activities
Maintain media contact information and create press materials as needed
Participate in regular or special training to upgrade or improve job skills, knowledge, performance or professionalism
Represent Denali Universal Services and the Municipality in a positive, courteous and professional manner
Willingness to perform other duties as required


Safety and Security: Promotes a safe work environment for co-workers and customers
Commitment to Excellence: Identifies what needs to be completed and takes action to achieve a standard of excellence beyond job expectations
Corporate Values: Understand, embraces, and integrates DUS corporate values into everyday duties and responsibilities
Customer Service: Identifies and responds to current and future client needs by providing excellent service to internal and external customers
Teamwork: Resourceful team player that builds, strengthens, and maintains collaborative relationships with others inside and outside the organization
Leadership: Maintains a productive climate and confidently motivates, mobilizes, and coaches employees to meet high performance standards and goals


Analytical Skills: Visualizes, articulates and solves a variety of problems and concepts and makes appropriate decisions based on available information
Adaptability: Adapts to changing conditions and work assignments, sets priorities and manages multiple assignments, and tasks
Attention to Detail: Ensures one’s own and other’s work and information are complete and accurate
Communication Skills: Listens, writes, and speaks effectively, and positively relates and interacts with co-workers, media, and other publics
Conflict Resolution: Prevents, manages, and/or resolves conflict
Creative Thinking: Creates something new or original; explores ideas, generates possibilities, looks for many solutions rather than just one; generates new ideas by combining, changing, or reapplying existing ideas
Decision Making: Makes choices or reaches conclusions by establishing objectives, gathering relevant information, identifying alternatives, setting criteria for the decision, and selecting the best option
Time Management: Manages time effectively when accomplishing tasks, projects, and goals


Full-time regular employees have the opportunity to enroll in medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and 401k Retirement Plan and are provided access to our employee assistance program, effective on the date of hire.


The majority of work is performed in a professional office setting with a wide variety of people with differing functions, personalities and abilities. Some exposure to the shelter’s noisy and odorous environment; may interact with the public in emotional and occasionally hostile situations; care for and handle all animals in a safe, effective and humane manner


The employee’s work requires routine walking, standing, bending and carrying items. There may be a lack of immediate access to critical medical services as well as urban community services.


It is DUS’s business philosophy and practice to provide reasonable accommodations, according to applicable state and federal laws, to all qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities.


DUS is an equal opportunity employer.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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