Hiring a Program Assistant for the McVitie program

How to apply:
Qualified and interested applicants are invited to email their resume with a cover letter to We thank all interested applicants, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

About Vancouver Humane Society 

The Vancouver Humane Society has existed since 1985 to provide an alternative to sheltering animals. Over time, animals have been helped through trap-neuter-return programming and more recently, providing funding for veterinary assistance for people and their pets who are in need. The Vancouver Humane Society is also an organization working to end the exploitation of animals, and has programming focused both on the reduction of animal use in food and in entertainment. The office is a vegan environment, with vegan defined as: “a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.” 

The Opportunity 

The Program Assistant reports to the team responsible for managing the fundraising and service delivery for the McVitie program, which provides veterinary assistance to people and animals in need. The primary responsibilities include writing stories for social media and the website about the animals in need, and liaising with pet guardians and veterinary hospitals to gather photos and follow-up after the procedure to find out how the pet is recovering.  


  • Collect and assemble stories and photos for fundraising, while providing a trauma-informed listening ear for pet guardians.  
  • Follow up with veterinary clinics to provide payment for services.  
  • Transcribe voicemails from guardians for the Program Manager.  
  • Assist with other tasks as necessary to support the smooth functioning of the program. 

About You 

✔ You are a quick learner and capable of understanding complex social situations. 

✔ You enjoy telling succinct and meaningful stories. 

✔ You have great attention to detail. 

✔ You thrive in working as a team. 

✔ You have an understanding of structural poverty and of the benefits companion animals receive and provide in the lives of structurally vulnerable people. 

✔ You are happy to promote and articulate the mission, mandate, philosophy, and values of the Vancouver Humane Society, including both a passion for animal well-being and for trauma-informed service delivery. 

✔ You work within an anti-oppression framework and have excellent customer service and interpersonal skills. 

✔ You have efficient organizational skills including understanding of basic accounting, computer software including Word, Excel, and WordPress, and have strong record keeping, scheduling, and problem-solving abilities. 

✔ You are skilled at prioritizing, self-directed, and self-motivated and have strong, concise communication skills to keep the VHS team well-informed about your work activities. 

✔ You are detail-oriented with a strong grasp of English grammar and are comfortable shifting your writing style to accommodate for different audiences. 

✔ You are comfortable and happy to eat a plant-based diet when in the office environment. 

Benefits of Joining the VHS Team 

Vehicle use: Use of a vehicle is reimbursed at $.61/km. 

Dog-friendly workplace. 

Supportive & friendly work environment. 


· Start Date: ASAP. 

· Permanent – Part-time, 20 hrs – week / Flexible schedule. 

· Location: Broadway and Main, remote work. 

Reports to: Executive Director 

Salary: $22.00 /hour 

Application deadline: August 14, 2022