Regulatory Affairs Manager, U.S.
Remote in metro-area Washington, DC
Mercy For Animals aims to end industrial animal agriculture by constructing a just and sustainable food system. We envision a world where animals are respected, protected, and free.
As a leading farmed animal advocacy organization, we know that achieving this goal requires a diverse, inclusive, and collaborative work environment—one that welcomes and sparks new perspectives and innovative ideas. If you are passionate about our mission, driven to make a big impact for animals, and eager to be part of a dedicated team, join us!
We currently seek a regulatory affairs manager to join our U.S. government affairs and public policy team. In this role you will innovate and execute regulatory affairs strategies that drive the development of a more just and sustainable food system. You will do so by identifying strategic opportunities for regulatory and administrative reforms at the state and federal levels of U.S. government; analyzing regulatory policies and assessing opportunities for impact; and authoring cogent petitions for rulemaking, white papers, public comments, and other technical written work products.
You will do invaluable work:
- Identify opportunities, conduct policy analyses, and develop strategies that further Mercy For Animals’ mission through regulatory and administrative policy reforms at the state and federal levels of U.S. government
- Draft administrative and rulemaking petitions, public comments, policy briefs, and other written work products to further Mercy For Animals’ public policy priorities
- Conduct outreach and engage with regulatory agencies—particularly USDA, FDA, EPA, and their state-level equivalents—to advance Mercy For Animals’ policy priorities
- Develop relationships with others engaged in regulatory affairs work, including those belonging to political organizations and associations not traditionally involved in animal protection, to inspire empathy for farmed animals
- Serve as the organization’s regulatory affairs expert, providing guidance and education on this topic to Mercy For Animals’ team members
- Ensure Mercy For Animals’ compliance with state and federal laws regarding policy advocacy
- Adhere to all organizational policies and procedures
- Perform any other duties assigned
Your qualifications will take our U.S. government affairs and public policy team to the next level:
- At least three years’ experience in regulatory affairs (experience in the rulemaking process at a federal or state government agency strongly preferred)
- Thorough understanding of rulemaking processes and strong technical writing skills
- Experience with agricultural, environmental, or animal welfare policy (preferred)
- Ability to anticipate and identify regulatory issues and assess for potential impact on farmed animals and others who are impacted by industrial animal agriculture
- Ability to manage competing deadlines and multiple projects at various stages of development using effective organizational skills and attention to detail
- High level of integrity and strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to build and maintain trusted relationships with agency officials and inspire empathy for farmed animals
- Excellent organizational, planning, and time-management skills
- Ability to work on multiple issues of varying complexity at once while meeting deadlines with polished deliverables
- Exceptional technical writing and spoken communication skills, including translating complex data and policy nuance into cogent, precise, and convincing regulatory analysis and speaking about it publicly
- Ability to work both independently and as an effective team member
- Commitment to the mission and values of the organization
- Ability to travel within metro-area Washington, DC, using reliable transportation to attend in-person meetings about once a month
- Awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds
- Commitment to continued personal and organizational growth in principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice
About Your Team Leader
Your team leader, Alex, is the director of government affairs and joined Mercy For Animals in August 2022. He has experience in campaign management, policy design, grassroots organizing, and direct lobbying. He has been involved in nonprofit policy and advocacy for more than 10 years, and has a varied policy background. Your team leader values compassion, determination, inclusivity, and diversity in thought process and lived experience.
Compensation and Benefits
Earn an annual salary of $65,635–$74,660, depending on qualifications, and enjoy a commute-free life as a remote team member. In addition to a collaborative and innovative work environment, you will be able to take part in our benefits package, including no- or low-cost health, vision, and dental insurance; generous paid time off and sick leave; and a 401(k) retirement plan, with a dollar-to-dollar employer match of up to 3 percent of your annual salary.
We consider traditional and nontraditional qualifications and carefully review each application, resume, and cover letter. Feel encouraged to go outside a traditional cover letter and state how you would add to our culture; what we would gain from having you on our team; and how you align with our organizational vision, mission, and values.
Our Commitment to You
Mercy For Animals is a globally minded organization. We are committed to the principles of equity and justice, and our culture celebrates authenticity—enabling every team member to shine. All employment decisions are based solely on individual qualifications, job needs, and job requirements, and potential team members of every color, orientation, age, gender, origin, veteran status, and ability are encouraged to apply. We strive to include candidates from historically marginalized communities and those from or in communities impacted by environmental, social, and economic injustice.
Come as you are, and help us transform our society and construct a truly compassionate food system.