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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:

    Capacity Building
  • Assistant Animal Welfare Specialist, Temporary

    Assistant Animal Welfare Specialist, Temporary

    Assistant Animal Welfare Specialist, Temporary

    Part Time (20 hours per week), Temporary (June–August)

    Remote in the U.S.

    As assistant animal welfare specialist, you will apply your academic and scientific training to help the Mercy For Animals research team identify and explore emerging areas of interest in animal welfare and the animal agriculture industry.   

    You will gain invaluable experience in effective animal advocacy and have the opportunity to build professional skills and conduct research to complement your area of study or specialization.  

    You will do invaluable work:

    • Research new and emerging animal welfare topics to help the team determine the next big priority areas
    • Explore noncritical but interesting research areas to contribute to the Mercy For Animals research blog
    • Help organize our animal welfare literature database
    • Create and deliver educational presentations for Mercy For Animals employees
    • Contribute to a white paper on an animal welfare topic with the potential to submit the paper for publication

    You have the following qualifications:

    • Degree in an area related to animal welfare (recent graduate or currently pursuing degree)
    • Interest or experience in animal agriculture and interest in improving conditions for farmed animals
    • Strong research skills

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

    I am currently a student in an academic program related to animal welfare or have recently graduated. I am curious and open-minded with a strong research background and an affinity for constructively dealing with difficult topics.   

    Compensation and Benefits

    Earn a wage of $12 per hour and enjoy a flexible part-time schedule and commute-free life as a remote worker.

    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.

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  • Public Engagement
  • Director of Communications

    Director of Communications

    Director of Communications

    Remote in the U.S. (DC or NYC Preferred)

    As director of communications, you will set and guide the strategy for Mercy For Animals’ website, social media, and media relations, ensuring a strong digital presence and consistent brand articulation within a diverse network and constituent base.

    You will spearhead a mission to strategically enhance internal and external communications. Your leadership will position our communications team to help construct a compassionate food system by reducing suffering and ending the exploitation of animals for food.

    You will do invaluable work:

    • Lead the development of Mercy For Animals’ communications strategy
    • Serve as spokesperson for the organization in the U.S. and Canada
    • Cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with key news media professionals
    • Manage media relations, curate and pitch content, increase audience engagement, and maximize media opportunities
    • Mentor and develop a team of editors, writers, and social-media content managers and specialists

    Your qualifications will take our communications to the next level:

    • Extensive knowledge of the animal protection movement
    • Communications management experience
    • Degree or other advanced training in communications or PR

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

    I’m a people person and persuasive communicator who is always cool under pressure. Collaboration, integrity, and innovation are my core values. I’m vegan, and I’m driven. Mercy For Animals’ mission is my mission.

    Compensation and Benefits

    Earn an annual salary of $60,000–$70,000, 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.


    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!
  • Government Affairs and Public Policy
  • Senior Policy Advisor

    Senior Policy Advisor

    Senior Policy Advisor

    Remote in the U.S.

    As senior policy advisor, you will drive and defend legislation, regulations, and government policies that reduce the suffering of animals used for food and enable increased market share of plant-based and cell-based foods.

    You will innovate and lead efforts to identify and develop strategies that further the mission and objectives of Mercy For Animals’ legislative and regulatory priorities.

    You will do invaluable work:

    • Lobby at local, state, and federal levels, working with legislators and regulatory agencies to advance Mercy For Animals’ policy initiatives
    • Develop, manage, and lead coalitions to expand support for our legislative priorities, building on common, intersecting interests with a variety of political organizations and associations, including nontraditional animal-coalition members
    • Foster bipartisan relationships with individuals, institutions, and organizations to positively influence and gain support for Mercy For Animals’ initiatives

    Your qualifications will take our legislative advocacy to the next level:

    • Three to five years of relevant experience working with elected officials to advance a legislative agenda
    • Bachelor’s degree in public policy; juris doctor degree preferred
    • Knowledge of state legislative and federal regulatory processes

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

    I have a high level of integrity and can easily build and maintain trusted relationships. I am highly organized with meticulous attention to detail and have exceptional written and verbal communication skills. I manage my time well and enjoy working on issues of varying complexity. I am vegan and passionate about ending the exploitation of animals for food.

    Compensation and Benefits

    Earn an annual salary of $50,000–$70,000, 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.

    We consider traditional and nontraditional qualifications, so be sure to clearly convey in your cover letter your 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!
  • Administration
  • Vice President of Finance

    Vice President of Finance

    Terms of Employment: Full Time, At Will, Exempt
    Reports to: Senior Vice President of Support
    Position Location: Los Angeles office, Remote possible

    Position Objective:

    To oversee the financial management of Mercy For Animals’ global operations through localized partnerships with accounting firms and regional staff; serve as primary liaison and workflow manager between staff, auditors, and accountants in the U.S. and Canada; and support senior leadership in financial planning and analysis, financial strategy, financial reporting, and budgeting while maintaining and improving internal controls

    Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

    • 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
    • Support international staff and accounting firms with best practices, troubleshooting, and monthly reconciliation
    • Oversee U.S. and Canadian credit card accounts, manage transaction card flow, and reconcile accounts payable and receivable in partnership with MFA’s accounting firm
    • Prepare monthly global financial reports and provide updates on financial status to key leadership
    • Work with the people operations systems manager to process monthly payroll contributions and prepare annual financial payroll compliance testing for U.S. and Canada
    • 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
    • Maintain relationships with external auditors and international accounting firms, bankers, and legal counsel to determine best practices
    • Conceive of and implement continual improvement of financial management and reporting system 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 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
    • Manage direct reports in daily finance operations
    • Work with financial advisor to make recommendations for investment accounts
    • Follow all human resources and administrative policies and procedures
    • Perform any other duties assigned by supervisor

    Position Requirements:

    • CPA or bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or business administration
    • Five to seven years’ professional experience
    • Advanced knowledge of Excel, Google Sheets, QuickBooks, or other accounting software
    • Experience supporting international entities (preferred)
    • Proven track record of budgeting, forecasting, and project planning
    • Ability to problem solve effectively and meet deadlines
    • Work experience in nonprofit finance (preferred)
    • Regular domestic travel to meet with senior leadership
    • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

    Mercy For Animals offers competitive salaries, benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 401k retirement plan, and a pleasant vegan work environment.

    Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

    Mercy For Animals provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran. MFA complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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

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  • Technology
  • Vice President of Technology

    Vice President of Technology

    Vice President of Technology

    Remote

    As vice president of technology, you will lead the strategy and execution of all information technology functions to help Mercy For Animals achieve its vision.

    You will spearhead a mission to ensure optimal support and maintenance of existing applications and development of new technical solutions.

    You will do invaluable work:

    • Develop and direct the IT Project Management Office (PMO) and serve as technical lead
    • Develop and implement IT PMO processes and policies, system monitors, and controls
    • Liaise with other departments and stakeholders to meet current technology needs and develop sustainable long-term strategies for the organization
    • Implement best practices and act as a strategic advisor, providing insight to drive innovation and constant improvement
    • Manage key components of enterprise resource planning and technical infrastructure to drive organizational efficiency and program effectiveness
    • Oversee Mercy For Animals’ technology team and development of web applications

    Your qualifications will take the organization to the next level:

    • Five or more years of progressively responsible experience in information technology strategy
    • Three or more years of supervisory and management experience
    • Knowledge of HTML5, CSS3, Sass, PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, and jQuery
    • Degree in information technology or related field

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

    I’m a leader who champions collaboration and innovation. A strong communicator with excellent interpersonal skills, I enjoy digging in and working alongside a team. I deliver broad technical knowledge and skills with the utmost professionalism.

    Compensation and Benefits

    Earn an annual salary starting at $80K, 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.


    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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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.

 

Liz Quick

Senior Vice President, Development

Elizabeth Quick (Liz) is our senior vice president of development. She manages all fundraising efforts and development staff. Liz has over six years of nonprofit experience ranging from digital and direct mail strategy to event fundraising, mid-level and major giving, and strategic management. Liz went vegan over seven years ago after learning of the harsh realities of factory farming. She lives in sunny Los Angeles and is the proud dog mama to a Chihuahua named Cocobella and very lazy pug named Penny.

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.

Jake Morton

Vice President of Creative

Jake Morton is MFA's vice president of creative. A longtime MFA supporter and once volunteer, Jake first became involved in animal protection as a teenager after meeting MFA’s then president, Milo Runkle, during an outreach event in his hometown.

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.

Lena Ludwig

Vice President of Administration

Lena Ludwig is our vice president of administration, spearheading efforts to maintain a strong infrastructure. Lena oversees the organization's policies, operations, and finances. She has been vegan for almost two decades. Although she flourished in the corporate sector, Lena's true calling is to be a career animal rights activist. With her experience and passion united, Lena becomes more inspired and dedicated every day as part of MFA's team.

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.

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.

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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