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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
  • Senior Vice President of Programs

    Senior Vice President of Programs

    Senior Vice President of Programs

    Los Angeles Office or Remote in the U.S.

    As senior vice president of programs, you will lead the organization’s core program areas: investigations, corporate engagement, public engagement, capacity building, and government affairs and public policy. You will work closely with the president, senior leadership, and department heads to establish, oversee, and implement strategies, plans, and policies to achieve short- and long-range goals and further the mission of Mercy For Animals.

    You will be a thought leader and a strategic partner to the president, liaise with donors, and serve as a spokesperson for Mercy For Animals’ programs. 

    You will do crucial work:

    • Lead all program operations to ensure they produce effective, measurable outcomes and are consistent with the priorities, overall strategy, and mission of the organization
    • Provide leadership and support to department heads in the program areas of investigations, corporate engagement, public engagement, capacity building, and government affairs and public policy 
    • Implement quality-control systems for program departments, establishing clear goals and expectations in partnership with department heads 
    • Optimize communication between all program areas to ensure projects are coordinated effectively
    • Lead and motivate all program team members to foster morale, promote employee engagement, and develop high-performing teams
    • Engage in long-range planning and evaluate and advise on the impact of new programs and strategies, including managing the program budget and ensuring all program areas do not exceed budgetary limits
    • Analyze complex and problematic situations and determine prudent solutions to ensure the organization’s survival and growth

    Your qualifications will take the organization to the next level:

    • Bachelor’s degree in business, public relations, nonprofit management, communications, or a related field, or equivalent experience
    • Minimum of 10 years’ related professional experience, preferably in the farmed animal protection movement
    • Thorough knowledge of farmed animal welfare issues, with the ability to expertly assess and determine program strategy and accurately convey program information to internal and external stakeholders
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Self-motivation, with the ability to work well independently and under pressure
    • Strong leadership skills to drive inspired action and creative and technical innovation
    • Organizational expertise and dexterity in managing multiple complex projects and relationships at once
    • Experience managing projects in Asana (preferred)
    • Willingness and ability to travel and work some evenings and weekends 

    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 am a highly effective advocate and can smoothly navigate even the most difficult conversations and situations. I thrive under pressure and deadlines, and I know how to manage time and resources effectively. I understand the nature of Mercy For Animals’ investigative work and am comfortable with the high degree of risk that comes with this type of work. I’m vegan and fiercely passionate about farmed animal protection. 

    Compensation and Benefits

    Earn an annual salary of $85,000–$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!
  • People Operations
  • Team Rewards & Relations Manager

    Team Rewards & Relations Manager

    Team Rewards and Relations Manager

    Los Angeles Office or Remote in the U.S.

     As team rewards and relations manager, you will partner with the senior vice president of people operations to design and implement coordinated strategies for HRIS, total rewards, performance management, and team-member relations. 

    You will support team members in reaching their full potential and contribute to Mercy For Animals’ mission by fostering a culture that is aligned with the organization’s values and creates a diverse, inclusive, equitable, and engaging work environment for all.

    You will do mission-critical work:

    • Conduct annual compensation reviews to ensure adherence to our compensation philosophy
    • Prepare and produce semimonthly payroll for Mercy For Animals USA and monthly payroll for Mercy For Animals Canada
    • Update state withholding and unemployment tax rates as required
    • Prepare and distribute annual W2s for Mercy For Animals USA and T4s for Mercy For Animals Canada
    • Review, assess, and implement benefit plan(s)
    • Manage COBRA enrollment and reporting, ACA reporting, and all leaves of absence
    • Partner with the senior vice president of people operations, the legal team, and regional operations managers on the creation, review, and update of all people operations policies and procedures, including handbooks
    • Assist in the investigation and resolution of team-member relations issues and complaints
    • Update, manage, and streamline HRIS to maximize end-user adoption, utilization, and satisfaction
    • Manage all system-related onboarding activities, including enrolling in Namely payroll, processing required paperwork, and ensuring compliance with worker authorization rules and regulations
    • Manage all offboarding activities, including calculating final pay, processing required paperwork, severing email and online access, requesting return of equipment, and scheduling exit interview 
    • Maintain team-member deduction elections for 401(k), 401(k) Roth, and flexible spending accounts and associated annual compliance reports
    • Respond to and meet with team members who have questions about their benefits, personnel files, and internal team conflict resolution in a timely and courteous manner

    Your qualifications will take the organization to the next level:

    • Three to five years of experience in human resources, specifically payroll and benefits administration, performance management, team-member relations, and HRIS management 
    • Bachelor’s degree in human resources or related field, or equivalent additional years of experience
    • PHR, SHRM-CP, or equivalent certification (preferred)
    • Extensive knowledge of federal and state employment and payroll laws and practices, specifically California employment law 
    • Ability to clearly explain laws, regulations, policies, and procedures to team members 
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with effective listening skills

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

    I am very detail oriented, with a sharp focus on quality of work. A good communicator with strong interpersonal skills, I enjoy collaborating with others. I have a proven track record of personal ownership and managing expectations. I’m vegan and passionate about creating a better world for animals. 

    Compensation and Benefits

    Earn an annual salary of $48,000–$55,000, 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!

Jobs Around the World

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

Other Ways to Get Involved

Join our growing network of compassionate outreach volunteers and interns.

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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.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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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"What keeps me focused is to remember that we are their only hope."

—Camilla, an undercover investigator in Brazil