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  • 1.  Organizational Structure

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    Posted 04-22-2024 02:10 PM
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    Hi all, 

    Our organization is experiencing a period of growth (68% over the past two years!) and I am reflecting on our organizational structure and operational processes to ensure we're effectively meeting the needs of our animals and community members. I'd love to learn more about how other humane societies organize their teams and handle various aspects of their operations. 

    What departments does your organization have and how are they structured?
    Animal Care Team Structure:
    How is your animal care/medical/health/behavior team structured?  How do these teams collaborate and communicate with each other? 
    Areas of Overlap: In your organization, what areas have you identified as overlapping between different teams or departments? How do you manage these overlaps to ensure efficiency and clarity in responsibilities?
    Foster/Adoption Process Ownership: Who owns the foster/adoption process in your humane society? How is this process structured, and what roles are involved in facilitating foster placements and adoptions?
    Change Management: Do you have experience going through a organizational change? What went well? What could have gone better? 

    I recognize these are very broad questions and perhaps difficult to answer, but I'd love to learn from other groups on what works for them, especially if you've recently gone through a big change or a restructure. 

    If you have any other questions to add to this thread, please feel free. 

    Many thanks!