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Mercy For Animals is the largest and most effective international charity focused exclusively on preventing cruelty to farmed animals.

As part of an international team of innovators changing the world, you will do the most meaningful work of your life at MFA.

We’ve obtained unprecedented convictions of factory farms, pressured major companies to change how they treat animals, inspired millions to pledge to go vegetarian, and won major legislative victories.

We believe each of us deserves to bring our whole self to a safe environment where we can do our best work. At MFA, we foster an inclusive workplace where we lift one another up. Surveys and a staff-led culture committee elevate our staff’s voices.

We provide strong protections for our staff, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, or race. We extend these policies to interactions with donors, volunteers, interns, and contractors. We also celebrate LGBTQ pride, support women's rights, and encourage diversity.

We offer employees ample time off, flexible schedules, telecommuting opportunities, and generous benefits. Self-care, mindfulness, and work-life balance are essential to building a sustainable movement for animals. Our offices are also dog-friendly and vegan.

Our staff is our most valuable asset. Continual learning is part of everything we do. Employees have access to a resource library with thousands of training videos. MFA also offers excellent opportunities for advancement.

Ready to join the MFA team?

Email general inquiries to Jobs@MercyForAnimals.org.

Check out our current openings:

    Administration
  • Controller

    Controller

    Controller

    Los Angeles Office or Remote in the U.S.

    As controller, you will oversee the financial management of Mercy For Animals’ global operations through localized partnerships with accounting firms and regional teams; and support the organization in financial planning and analysis, financial strategy, financial reporting, and budgeting.

    You will take ownership of establishing and improving internal controls to achieve peak operational efficiency, mitigate risk, and ensure organizational compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.  

    You will do vital work:

    • Prepare budgets and forecasts, analyze financial performance, and monitor cash flow for a budget of up to $16 million (revenue streams include membership and foundation support and individual and corporate giving in six primary countries of operation)
    • Design, implement, and manage systems and procedures to support project planning, budgeting, and tracking to ensure reconciliation and compliance with financial policies
    • Provide hands-on leadership for the finance team in the management and reconciliation of U.S. and Canadian accounts payable and receivable
    • Prepare monthly global financial reports and provide updates on financial status to key leadership
    • Work with the people operations team to process monthly payroll contributions and prepare annual payroll compliance testing for the U.S. and Canada
    • Prepare sales-and-use-tax filing for multiple states and ensure entries are accurate and payments are made in a timely fashion
    • Coordinate system updates for sales-tax rate changes, law changes, nexus updates, and new taxing jurisdictions
    • Manage independent audit of financial statements; preparation of local, federal, and state or provincial tax returns; and compliance with local, federal, and state or provincial reporting obligations in U.S. and Canada
    • Conceive of and implement continual improvement of financial management and reporting systems to achieve peak operational efficiency, including but not limited to cash-flow modeling, evaluation of third-party vendors, negotiating fees, vetting and implementing new software solutions, and ongoing cost-saving analysis
    • Establish internal controls, policies, and procedures to mitigate risk and remain compliant with local, federal, and state or provincial laws and regulations
    • Provide best-practice guidelines with respect to organization-wide processes, including planning annual budgets, maintaining operational efficiencies, and managing the financial structure of international entities
    • Work with the fundraising team to manage revenue channels, including grants and all other donation types
    • Lead monthly meetings with department heads to discuss budget-to-actual comparisons and make adjustments
    • Prepare monthly reports with financial summary to senior leadership and quarterly performance reports for the Finance and Investments Committee and board of directors
    • Perform daily finance-operations tasks that may include processing accounts receivable and accounts payable and gathering information to prepare balance sheets, profit and loss statements, and inventory reports

    Through your qualifications, the organization will reach new heights of financial stability and success:

    • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or business administration
    • CPA or willingness to obtain
    • Five to seven years of experience as a financial controller
    • Work experience in nonprofit finance (preferred)
    • Experience supporting international entities (preferred)
    • Experience with grant management (a plus)
    • Proven track record of budgeting, forecasting, and project planning
    • Advanced knowledge of Excel, Google Sheets, QuickBooks, or other accounting software

    Is this the right fit? Absolutely, if this sounds like you:

    I’m an innate problem solver, driven by analytics and metrics. I am a humble leader and enjoy working collaboratively. I thrive under pressure and deadlines, and I know how to effectively manage time and resources. I am vegan and care deeply about the mission and vision of Mercy For Animals.  

    Compensation and Benefits

    Earn an annual salary of $60,000–$75,000, depending on qualifications. Our paid time-off policy, including 20 vacation days a year, staff-appreciation days, holidays, and sick leave, is as generous as our no- or low-cost health insurance. We also offer a 401(k) plan, not to mention a collaborative and innovative work environment.

    We consider traditional and nontraditional qualifications, so be sure to clearly convey in your cover letter your general fit for the role. A few things we would love to learn about are professional experience, internships, volunteer work, and side projects, as well as your overall alignment with our organizational vision, mission, and values.

    Mercy For Animals is a globally minded organization, and we value diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Potential team members of every color, orientation, age, gender, origin, and ability are encouraged to apply. We are committed to providing an inclusive, positive, respectful, safe, and supportive work environment where equal opportunities are available to all team members.

    By submitting your information, you are indicating that you have read our Privacy Policy and accept its terms.

    Apply Now!
  • Director of Operations

    Director of Operations

    Director of Operations

    Remote in the U.S., Brazil, or Latin America

    As director of operations, you will enable Mercy For Animals to be maximally efficient and productive by analyzing and improving processes, enhancing information sharing and interdepartmental communication, and collaborating with leadership on long-term operational planning.

    You will do invaluable work:

    • Collaborate with teams and departments across the organization to develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) and best practice guides (BPGs) for all support functions
    • Partner with teams and departments across the organization to implement SOPs and BPGs
    • Create and maintain an organization-wide inventory of up-to-date SOPs and BPGs that is centralized and easy to use
    • Develop and administer regular organization-wide workflow surveys; analyze results; and recommend improvements regarding processes, decision-making, collaboration, tools, and other resources to increase efficiency, achieve strategic goals, and maximize impact
    • Identify opportunities across the organization to recommend and implement effective cost-reduction strategies
    • Manage and improve the Mercy For Animals Intranet 
    • Develop, maintain, and analyze efficient monitoring and evaluation systems for key performance indicators in partnership with relevant teams and departments
    • Collaborate with the project management office to optimize project flow and management across the organization

    You have the following qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in business, nonprofit management, or a related field
    • Minimum three years’ operations or project management experience, ideally in the nonprofit sector
    • Proven success in developing, implementing, and overseeing plans to improve internal systems, processes, and procedures
    • Ability to create and implement strategies and effectively manage change

    Is this the right fit? Absolutely, if this sounds like you:

    I am highly organized and self-motivated, and I have a knack for devising out-of-the-box solutions to complex issues. I am globally minded and adept at culturally competent communications. A committed vegan, I am passionate about the mission, vision, and values of Mercy For Animals.   

    Compensation and Benefits

    Earn an annual salary of $60,000–$75,000, depending on qualifications, and enjoy a commute-free life as an at-home worker. Our paid time-off policy, including 20 vacation days a year, staff-appreciation days, holidays, and sick leave, is as generous as our no- or low-cost health insurance. We also offer a 401(k) plan, not to mention a collaborative and innovative work environment. *If you are based in Brazil or Latin America, annual salary and benefits may be different from those listed above. 

    Mercy For Animals is a globally minded organization, and we value diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Potential team members of every color, orientation, age, gender, origin, and ability are encouraged to apply. We are committed to providing an inclusive, positive, respectful, safe, and supportive work environment where equal opportunities are available to all team members.

    By submitting your information, you are indicating that you have read our Privacy Policy and accept its terms.

    Apply Now!
  • Development
  • Development Coordinator

    Development Coordinator

    Development Coordinator

    Los Angeles Office

    As development coordinator, you will serve as a front-facing donor-relations representative and provide administrative support to the Development Department.

    You will help cultivate donors, coordinate gift acknowledgments, and promote donor stewardship.  

    You will do invaluable work:

    • Respond to donor inquiries, via phone and email, in a timely and courteous manner
    • Manage timely acknowledgment of gifts
    • Draft and regularly update acknowledgment letters and process gift-related mail 
    • Regularly update and review donation records
    • Serve as liaison to caging and acknowledgment-processing vendors 
    • Create reports as needed to assess development and annual-giving performance
    • Coordinate relations with third-party fundraisers
    • Research major-gift prospects and provide philanthropy team with research reports 
    • Assist with portfolio-related data entry, and scan and upload necessary documentation for record keeping
    • Conduct in-person bank deposits
    • Retrieve mail from Mercy For Animals’ post office box weekly
    • Manage stock of development materials
    • Provide support to Development Department during events and special campaigns

    You have the following qualifications:

    • Minimum of one year’s professional experience in customer service, communications, or related field
    • Fundraising or nonprofit experience (preferred)
    • Experience with Salesforce or donor databases (preferred)
    • Strong attention to detail and ability to follow Mercy For Animals’ style and editing guidelines
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • High level of organization and efficiency
    • Self-motivation and ability to work well independently and under pressure
    • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet competing deadlines
    • Willingness to work a flexible schedule that includes weekends and overtime during development events and heavy work periods

    Is this the right fit? Absolutely, if this sounds like you:

    I am a friendly, positive, and service-oriented person. A good communicator with strong interpersonal skills, I enjoy collaborating with others. I work well under pressure and deadlines, and I know how to effectively manage time and resources. I’m vegan and fiercely passionate about animal welfare.

    Compensation and Benefits

    Earn an annual salary of $36,000–$45,000, depending on qualifications. Our paid time-off policy, including 20 vacation days a year, staff-appreciation days, holidays, and sick leave, is as generous as our no- or low-cost health insurance. We also offer a 401(k) plan, not to mention a collaborative and innovative work environment.

    We consider traditional and nontraditional qualifications, so be sure to clearly convey in your cover letter your general fit for the role. A few things we would love to learn about are professional experience, internships, volunteer work, and side projects, as well as your overall alignment with our organizational vision, mission, and values. 

    Mercy For Animals is a globally minded organization, and we value diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Potential team members of every color, orientation, age, gender, origin, and ability are encouraged to apply. We are committed to providing an inclusive, positive, respectful, safe, and supportive work environment where equal opportunities are available to all team members.

    By submitting your information, you are indicating that you have read our Privacy Policy and accept its terms.

    Apply Now!
  • Senior Vice President of Development

    Senior Vice President of Development

    Senior Vice President of Development

    Los Angeles Office or Remote in the U.S.

    As senior vice president of development, you will lead the strategy and execution of all fundraising activities, including the major gifts program, international funding, annual campaigns, and special events, to enable Mercy For Animals to achieve its vision of a world where animals are respected, protected, and free to pursue their own interests.

    You will manage and mentor a successful fundraising team and partner with organizational leadership to devise and implement a comprehensive fund-development plan to meet strategic objectives and financial goals.  

    You will do invaluable work:

    • Deliver a successful and ambitious individual-giving campaign to cultivate, expand, and diversify Mercy For Animals’ global support base
    • Prepare and manage the Development Department budget, including projecting and achieving goals for both revenue and expenses
    • Provide periodic analyses of the progress, effectiveness, and efficiency of development programs and systems, identifying potential challenges and recommending solutions
    • Partner with the events team to ensure success of all fundraising and donor-cultivation events
    • Manage the day-to-day activities and workflow processes of the Development Department

    Your qualifications will take the organization to the next level:

    • Minimum of 10 years of nonprofit experience, including five years of development leadership experience (required)
    • Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, business, or related field, with advanced training in development
    • Nonprofit experience managing an annual giving program of at least $5 million
    • Successful track record in individual and major giving, including experience managing restricted funding, with demonstrated success in major-donor cultivation and solicitation
    • Knowledge of financial management to allocate resources, prepare and manage budgets, analyze financial data, and project fundraising income
    • Expertise in building, managing, and mentoring successful fundraising teams
    • Willingness to travel frequently

    Is this the right fit? Absolutely, if this sounds like you:

    I’m a positive and proactive leader, with an innate ability to inspire and motivate others. A strong communicator with exceptional interpersonal skills, I enjoy collaborating and interacting with people from all backgrounds, all over the globe. I thrive under pressure and deadlines, and I know how to effectively manage time and resources. I’m vegan and fiercely passionate about animal welfare.

    Compensation and Benefits

    Earn an annual salary of $75,000–$95,000, depending on qualifications. Our paid time-off policy, including 20 vacation days a year, staff-appreciation days, holidays, and sick leave, is as generous as our no- or low-cost health insurance. We also offer a 401(k) plan, not to mention a collaborative and innovative work environment.

    We consider traditional and nontraditional qualifications, so be sure to clearly convey in your cover letter your general fit for the role. A few things we would love to learn about are professional experience, internships, volunteer work, and side projects, as well as your overall alignment with our organizational vision, mission, and values.

    Mercy For Animals is a globally minded organization, and we value diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Potential team members of every color, orientation, age, gender, origin, and ability are encouraged to apply. We are committed to providing an inclusive, positive, respectful, safe, and supportive work environment where equal opportunities are available to all team members.

    By submitting your information, you are indicating that you have read our Privacy Policy and accept its terms.

    Apply Now!
  • Capacity Building
  • Social Change Researcher

    Social Change Researcher

    Researcher, Social Change

    Remote in the U.S., Brazil, or Latin America

    As a social change researcher, you will plan, design, conduct, manage, and report on social change research projects to further the mission of Mercy For Animals and establish the organization as a leader in effective animal advocacy. 

    You will do invaluable work:

    • Conduct detailed research of social issues related to effective animal advocacy, including tactics in social change; influential messaging; demographic outreach; increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the animal protection movement; and understanding and addressing compassion fatigue
    • Apply a variety of research techniques to gather relevant information, including literature reviews, case studies, and interviews (face-to-face, telephone, and online)
    • Design surveys, questionnaires, and polls 
    • Analyze, evaluate, and interpret research data
    • Document, report, and present research findings to internal and external stakeholders
    • Attend and present research findings at relevant scientific and animal advocacy conferences 
    • Build relationships and collaborate with other researchers in animal advocacy

    You have the following qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in sociology or a closely related field (master’s or doctorate preferred)
    • Three to five years of research experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
    • Excellent research and analytical skills
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills, as well as a high degree of organization and efficiency

    Is this the right fit? Absolutely, if this sounds like you:

    Curious by nature, I want to research a wide range of topics beyond my area of specialization, including nutrition, animal welfare, and the environmental impacts of animal agriculture. I am a collaborative team player, with a high degree of emotional intelligence. I am self-motivated and driven by a desire to make a positive difference in the world.

    Compensation and Benefits

    Earn an annual salary of $48,000–$60,000, depending on qualifications. Our paid time-off policy, including 20 vacation days a year, staff-appreciation days, holidays, and sick leave, is as generous as our no- or low-cost health insurance. We also offer a 401(k) plan, not to mention a collaborative and innovative work environment.*If you are based in Brazil or Latin America, annual salary and benefits may be different from those listed above. 

    We consider traditional and nontraditional qualifications, so be sure to clearly convey in your cover letter your general fit for the role. A few things we would love to learn about are professional experience, internships, volunteer work, and side projects, as well as your overall alignment with our organizational vision, mission, and values. 

    Mercy For Animals is a globally minded organization, and we value diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Potential team members of every color, orientation, age, gender, origin, and ability are encouraged to apply. We are committed to providing an inclusive, positive, respectful, safe, and supportive work environment where equal opportunities are available to all team members.

    By submitting your information, you are indicating that you have read our Privacy Policy and accept its terms.

    Apply Now!

Jobs Around the World

We are also hiring in Mexico, Asia, India, and Brazil.

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Meet Your Future Team Members

Our Leadership Team

Changing Hearts. Changing Minds. Changing the World.

Leah Garcés

President

Leah Garcés serves as MFA's president. Leah has nearly 20 years of leadership experience in the animal protection movement. She oversaw international campaigns in 14 countries at the World Society for the Protection of Animals and launched Compassion in World Farming in the United States. Leah is also on the advisory boards of Encompass and Seattle Food Tech.


Leah lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, three kids, and two cats.

Lucas Alvarenga

Senior Vice President, International

Lucas Alvarenga serves as MFA’s senior vice president of international programs. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Lucas has extensive marketing experience and co-founded an e-commerce company. When Lucas decided to dedicate his life to reducing suffering, he launched pro-vegan projects in Brazil, including a 21-Day Meatless Challenge in partnership with the Brazilian Vegetarian Society. Lucas joined MFA on his 15th anniversary as a vegetarian. He led MFA’s growth in South America’s largest country for three years. In his current role, Lucas uses this experience to build MFA’s work in other regions of the world.

LeAnn Harris

Senior Vice President, Support

LeAnn Harris serves as MFA’s senior vice president of support. Her role provides strategic leadership to our support areas of communications, creative, optimization, and administration. In various industries from broadcast media to financial services, she has gained years of experience driving organizational growth and efficiencies. She is grateful for the opportunity to give a voice to the voiceless and help further our mission. LeAnn lives in Southern California and loves vegan burgers, her morning coffee, and discovering new cruelty-free fashion brands.

Air Copeland

Senior Vice President, Programs

Airrion Copeland aka Air serves as MFA’s senior vice president of programs. Air has over 12 years of experience in strategic program direction, primarily in the health and wellness sector. Air implemented a plant-based nutrition and yoga program developed by Dr. Dean Ornish at UCLA Health and has produced several award-winning documentaries, including the critically acclaimed film White Wash, a history of African American surfers, narrated by Ben Harper with an original score by The Roots.

 

Lindsay Oliver

Vice President of Investigations

A former undercover investigator, Lindsay Oliver has gone behind the closed doors of factory farms, pet stores, vivisection labs, and other facilities to expose animal abuse. She is currently MFA's vice president of investigations.

Melanie Heymans

Senior Vice President, People and Culture

Melanie Heymans serves as MFA’s senior vice president of people and culture. Melanie and her team are responsible for overall administration of the people operations functions for all MFA offices. They drive initiatives that support and strengthen our organizational culture and ensure a diverse and inclusive work environment for all team members. Originally from Austria, Melanie moved to the U.S. in 2010 with her husband and has worked with several mission-driven and nonprofit organizations to build strong people operations functions and foster supportive, diverse, and inclusive cultures. Melanie lives in Washington state and enjoys travel, good food, exploring nature, and living an active and compassionate life.

 

Geetika Sripathi

Vice President of Capacity Building

Geetika Sripathi is MFA's vice president of capacity building. With a background in integrated marketing communications and digital media, Geetika applies best practices from the corporate sector to advocate for farmed animals. A lifelong vegetarian, Geetika felt compelled to go vegan after seeing shocking undercover footage of the dairy and egg industries. She lives in New York City with her rescued pup, Mookie.

Kenny Torrella

Vice President of Public Engagement

Kenny Torrella serves as MFA’s vice president of public engagement. He works with MFA’s team of writers and editors and has garnered media coverage for farmed animals in mainstream news outlets, such as the Associated Press, The Washington Post, and Fortune magazine. After watching undercover investigation footage from factory farms and slaughterhouses 10 years ago, Kenny became vegan and has been active for animals since. He lives in Washington, DC, with his partner and their rescue dog, Rihana.

Jesse Marks

Vice President of Corporate Engagement

Jesse Marks is MFA’s vice president of corporate engagement. He leads a team working with major food companies and government institutions to eliminate cruel practices from their supply chains and to increase the market share for plant-based food. Jesse has been in the animal protection movement since 2002 and has over a decade of professional experience in advocacy, campaigns, and communications for animals. Originally from Australia, Jesse was previously the director of farmed animal advocacy at Animals Australia, where he helped pioneer corporate engagement in the region, develop innovative new outreach tactics, and build cutting-edge digital advocacy tools. Having moved numerous times to be where he could best serve animals, Jesse now calls home wherever his wife, Karen, and their rescue dog, Nina, are.

John Seber

Vice President of Legal Affairs

John Seber is MFA’s vice president of legal affairs and deputy general counsel. John provides legal support to MFA’s programmatic and support departments while pursuing strategic legal opportunities on behalf of farmed animals. John has successfully litigated cases affecting animals in federal and state courts throughout the United States. He graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School and magna cum laude from Georgetown University.

Kathleen Schatzmann

Vice President of Legal Advocacy

Kathleen Schatzmann is vice president of the Legal Advocacy Department. Her team drives and defends global policy to reduce farmed animal suffering, secures institutional meat reduction, and enables increased market share of plant-based and cell-based foods. Kathleen is a lifelong animal advocate who brings more than a decade of experience to this position. She and her husband share their home with two beautiful children, two geriatric dogs, and a cage-free lovebird.

Daina Bray

General Counsel

General Counsel Daina Bray advises MFA and its directors, management, and staff on all legal issues that arise in MFA’s work to protect farmed animals. With 15 years in legal practice, including five years as lead attorney for a major international animal-protection nonprofit, Daina brings a breadth of nonprofit, international, and animal law experience to MFA. Daina is a past chair of the American Bar Association Animal Law Committee (2017–2018), the current vice chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Animal Law Section, and a Fulbright scholar. She received her law degree from Stanford Law School and her bachelors in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead scholar.

Sandra Lopes

Managing Director, Brazil

Sandra Lopes is MFA’s managing director in Brazil. Sandra has over 20 years of experience in animal protection through national and international organizations. She went vegan in 2004 after being vegetarian for nearly her whole life. Born and residing in São Paulo, Sandra is a proud mom of two daughters, four cats, and a dog.

Kelcey Meadows-Lucas

Philanthropy Officer

Kelcey Meadows-Lucas is one of MFA's philanthropy officers, helping our donors fulfill their dreams of ending farmed animal cruelty. Adopting a feisty terrier 15 years ago opened her heart to all animals. Kelcey soon became vegan and dedicated her life to helping animals. She brings more than a decade of fundraising experience to her position. Kelcey shares her home with her husband and toddler son.

John Karas

Philanthropy Officer

John Karas is MFA's philanthropy officer for the East Coast and the South. He works with friends and supporters who wish to match their personal philanthropic goals with MFA strategic initiatives. John is a graduate student researcher of social change and brings more than a decade of development experience to his position. John and his wife are parents of three great kids and share their home with adopted cats Rico and Captain, and rescue labs Baylor and Lola.

Tracy Keys

Philanthropy Officer

Tracy Keys is one of MFA’s philanthropy officers, helping donors make the greatest impact for animals with their giving. Prior to joining the MFA team, Tracy was executive director at the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Tracy received her BA in comparative literature from the University of California at Irvine. Her passion for animal rights began after reading Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation and participating in campus vivisection protests. She lives in Laguna Beach with her husband, two mixed-breed cats, and a Shih-Tzu rescued from the local shelter where she volunteers every Sunday.

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