Regional Organizer, East Coast U.S
Remote in the United States (eastern states)
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 regional organizer, East Coast U.S., to join our organizing team. In this role you will help grow Mercy For Animals’ organizing program in the U.S. and Canada region and increase the movement’s capacity through regional community building, leadership development, and action initiatives. This includes recruiting and training volunteers, organizing online and offline events, assisting with the coordination of the organizing internship program, and supporting the U.S. and Canada organizing team both regionally and nationally.
You will do invaluable work:
- Grow the Mercy For Animals volunteer network by recruiting, training, and coaching volunteers to engage in distributed hubs across the East Coast region
- Support the engagement and action of distributed volunteer hubs through developing and providing materials, resources, and tools; conducting one-on-one meetings with volunteers and hub leaders; and collecting and implementing feedback from hubs
- Develop Mercy For Animals’ volunteer base by engaging and motivating prospective, new, and existing volunteers to take action, including identifying and coaching hub leaders
- Support hubs in organizing events, including those focused on recruitment, trainings, gatherings, and collective action, to advance Mercy For Animals’ campaigns and local hub initiatives
- Communicate regularly with volunteers, volunteer hub leaders, and other strategic partners through a variety of channels and establish strong working relationships that advance organizing and campaign initiatives
- Manage and co-create efficient organizing systems and materials, including engagement platforms, communication systems, volunteer records, and supply inventory
- Work closely with the organizing manager for the United States and Canada and other Mercy For Animals team members to support cross-departmental volunteer recruitment, placement, and engagement
- Co-lead the organizing internship program
- Adhere to all organizational policies and procedures
- Perform any other duties assigned by your team leader
Your qualifications will take our organizing team to the next level:
- Minimum of one to two years’ experience in organizing and leading volunteer efforts, preferably in the animal protection movement (volunteer experience considered)
- Experience in campaigning, training design and facilitation, coalition building, or media engagement a plus (volunteer experience considered)
- Strong interpersonal skills, with a deep enthusiasm for building relationships and empowering and motivating diverse groups of people
- Excellent written and spoken communication skills (public-speaking experience a plus)
- Strategic and analytical thinking and a deep commitment to experimentation, feedback, and improvement
- Creative problem-solving skills, with an interest in process and workflow improvement and a solutions-oriented mindset
- Strong project-management skills, including attention to detail and organizational skills to meet competing deadlines, independently and collaboratively
- Comfort learning and using new tools and systems, including Salesforce, Pardot, Zoom, Asana, Slack, and social media (experience with these tools a plus)
- Willingness and ability to travel as needed and work flexible hours, including occasional nights and weekends (estimated travel two to three times per year discussed in the interview process)
- Fluency in Spanish a plus
- Commitment to the mission and values of Mercy For Animals and comfort with pressure campaigns focused on animal welfare and campaigns concerning legislation, public policy, and accessibility of plant-based foods
- Commitment to continued personal, organizational, and movement-wide growth in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice principles
About Your Team Leader
Your team leader, Shayna (she/her), is the director of organizing for the United States and Canada. She volunteered with Mercy For Animals before coming on full time in 2016. Her early experiences as a volunteer taught her the importance of meeting people where they are and leading with compassion. She believes people are our greatest power and organizing is critical to achieving our mission and vision. Shayna strongly values a growth mindset, open communication, teamwork, and a solutions orientation. Outside Mercy For Animals, she enjoys reading; listening to audiobooks; trying to keep her many plants alive; engaging in anything competitive; and spending time outdoors with her chihuahua, Marchesa.
Compensation and Benefits
Earn an annual salary of $54,748–$62,276 (paid hourly), 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.