Second Chance Program Jobs

The Second Chance Program gives at risk juveniles ages 12-17 the opportunity to work under the supervision of a certified dog trainer to learn to provide basic obedience training to shelter dogs in preparation for adoption.

This partnership of kids and dogs works.  Our kids experience personal growth and earn the respect of their peer trainers, the staff, community partners, and their assigned dog.  They learn self-respect.  Second Chance dogs learn the good manners necessary to find a permanent, loving home.

Second Chance kids have a 5% recidivism rate and many come back with their families long after graduation to volunteer.  Obedience trained Second Chance dogs are  adopted into forever homes.

Second Chance is a fun, innovative, successful Guilford County JCPC funded program.  We are growing and we are looking for good people to help us grow our program.  If you have a strong desire to make a positive difference in the lives of children and dogs in our community, please take a look at our open positions and consider applying to become part of our team.

To apply for any open position, please submit your resume and cover letter to 

Second Chance Program Director

  • People & Paws 4 Hope (PP4H) is a 501c(3) non-profit that has served youth ages 12 - 17 and unwanted shelter dogs in Guilford County North Carolina since 2011. We are seeking a Program Director for our Second Chance Program who has the skills, experience, positive energy, and desire to do something meaningful and make a real difference.

    Under supervision of a professional dog trainer, Second Chance kids learn to provide obedience training to rescue dogs in preparation for adoption. They experience success and pride in their accomplishment as they earn the respect of their canine partners, trainers, family and peers. We teach emotional control, goal setting, communication techniques, and other life skills which better equip our graduates to succeed in life. Second Chance dogs learn the good behaviors they need to become a permanent part of a loving family.

    The Second Chance Program Director works closely with and reports directly to the PP4H Executive Director and is responsible for all aspects of Second Chance Program operations, including a variety of administrative and program management tasks such as planning, organizing and scheduling program activities, managing participant data and required agency reporting, and working with program staff to facilitate the success of program participants.

    The successful candidate must be organized, detail-oriented, and comfortable working with referral agencies, funding sources, juvenile participants and their families, animal rescue groups and rescue dogs.

    This position is responsible for ensuring that the Second Chance Program operates in accordance with People & Paws 4 Hope's organizational and operational standards, as well as the standards required by our governing state and county and funding agencies.

    The Second Chance Program operates year-round, offering classes in our climate controlled facility. Classes are conducted during the week in the summer and on Saturdays in the fall, winter and spring to accommodate participants' school schedules. Each participant is required to complete a six-week training program with a minimum of four hours of contact each week to successfully complete the program.

    The Program Director position is budgeted at an annual salary of $24,960 for 20-30 hours per week, and the successful candidate is expected to complete these hours on-site when classes are in session. Specifically, this position will:

    • Support organizational planning and coordination of programs and activities
    • Work with staff to develop measurable goals for program participants, execute training that facilitates success, and measure achievement against individual goals
    • Ensure compliance to organizational policies and practices
    • Support and oversee contact with referral sources according to policy
    • Develop and manage PP4H forms compatible with grant regulations as required for tracking and reporting
    • Maintain the accuracy and integrity of program data source(s) and complete required entry to ancillary systems in a timely fashion
    • Maintain a database of program participants and families
    • Schedule and conduct monthly staff meetings
    • Attend required and requested meetings with Juvenile Justice, Guilford County Schools and other agencies
    • Act as a liaison between animal rescue units and PP4H
    • Manage program canine data in system of record including dates of engagement, name of canine, name of shelter or rescue unit, and adoption information

    Required qualifications include:

    • B.S. degree or 5 years of progressive management experience in a relevant field (non-profit organizations, state or local governmental agencies)
    • knowledge of program management and development procedures
    • experience in data collection and reporting
    • excellent organizational and management skills
    • ability to work with juveniles, families, outside agencies, and dogs
    • technical proficiency in Microsoft Office productivity suite, including Excel and Word, as well as the aptitude and willingness to learn the ancillary data entry and management systems required by various funding agencies
    • strong desire to make a positive difference in the lives of children, dogs and the community
    • ability to work and contribute to the success of a team
    • at least 21 years of age
    • valid NC driver's license
    • no history of child or animal abuse or neglect

    This program has a very real impact on the lives of the kids and dogs it serves. We invite you to join us for the most rewarding job you ever had. To learn more about the Second Chance Program, please visit us on the web,, or on Facebook,

    We look forward to hearing from you soon!

    Location: Greensboro, NC

    Type: Permanent part-time position

    Schedule: 20 - 30 hours per week

    Rate: $$24,960 annually