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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 Mercy For Animals.

We’ve obtained unprecedented convictions of factory farms, pressured major companies to change how they treat animals, inspired millions to choose more plant-based foods, 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 Mercy For Animals, 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 team members, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, religion, ability, veteran status, or origin. We extend these policies to interactions with donors, volunteers, interns, and contractors. Committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Mercy For Animals celebrates LGBTQ+ pride, supports women’s rights, and promotes the anti-racist principles of the Black Lives Matter movement. Join our mission to build a just and compassionate food system.

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. Mercy For Animals also offers excellent opportunities for advancement.

Full-time positions
Government Affairs and Public Policy

Remote in the United States

Initial Application Review: Tuesday, May 31, 2022

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 director of government affairs, U.S., to join our government affairs and public policy (GAPP) team. In this role, you will advance Mercy For Animals’ mission and vision by developing and leading strategic government affairs efforts in the United States at the federal, state, and local levels of government. You will lead the U.S. GAPP team in driving legislation, regulations, and other government policies that erode support for industrial animal agriculture, reduce the suffering of animals in the food system, and build support for a plant-based food system.

You will do invaluable work:

  • Lead efforts to strategize, research, and develop legislative and regulatory initiatives in the United States
  • Oversee and manage the U.S. GAPP team, including guiding team members on policy design, legislative drafting, advocacy strategy, lobbying, and coalition building
  • Oversee all U.S. lobbying at the local, state, and federal levels, supporting team members in their work with policymakers to advance Mercy For Animals’ policy initiatives 
  • Review and draft legislative language, regulatory comments, policy briefs, campaign plans, press releases, donor reports, and other external and internal documents
  • Manage the budget and annual operating plans for the U.S. GAPP department
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the organization by attending conferences and events, conducting press conferences, meeting with stakeholders in government, and participating in media interviews regarding any of the organization’s government affairs undertakings 
  • Maintain strong relationships with key decision-makers and existing and potential partners
  • Support, empower, and coach U.S. GAPP team members to ensure they have the clarity, tools, and ownership to carry out their duties
  • Communicate with and inspire members and supporters of the organization to take action and support policy initiatives
  • Prepare program impact reports and grant reports to share our progress with donors and other key stakeholders
  • Work with the legal affairs department to ensure that Mercy For Animals remains compliant with applicable laws relating to lobbying
  • Follow all organizational policies and procedures, and ensure that the U.S. GAPP team is in full compliance 
  • Perform any other duties assigned by team leader

Your qualifications will take our government affairs and public policy team to the next level:

  • Five or more years of experience in government affairs or public policy, preferably with a focus on advocating legislative or regulatory reform
  • Three or more years of leadership or management experience, preferably leading a government affairs team and preferably in a remote setting
  • A proven track record in policy design and analysis—experience working for a government agency, legislative office, or equivalent desirable but not required
  • Experience drafting legislative language or petitions for rulemaking or other regulatory comments 
  • Exceptional writing and public-speaking skills
  • Strong negotiation skills and experience mentoring junior team members in navigating challenging coalition dynamics 
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills 
  • Willingness and ability to travel (estimated six to eight trips per year)
  • Commitment to the mission and values of the organization
  • Commitment to continued personal and organizational growth in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice principles

 

About Your Team Leader

AJ Albrecht is Mercy For Animals’ managing director for the United States and Canada and was previously the director of government affairs in the United States. AJ joined Mercy For Animals as the organization’s first government affairs hire in 2019 and grew the U.S. GAPP team to what it is today. A licensed attorney, AJ has a deep understanding of the law and legislative policy work. More importantly, she is an animal lover, environmentalist, and social justice activist and believes we will not create a just and sustainable food system without an intersectional and inclusive movement.

Compensation and Benefits

Earn an annual salary of $75,000–85,000, 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.

Application Details

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.

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Technology

Remote in Brazil, Mexico, or the United States

Initial Application Review: Tuesday, May 31, 2022

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 global director of data and analytics to join our technology team. In this role, you will create, nurture, and grow the organization’s global operational data needs, with a strong passion for data and analysis and a clear vision for how data can transform organizational strategy. The global director of data and analytics is a hands-on leadership role, responsible for leading a team to deliver high-quality, high-value data products; working to scale the data function in a cloud-based SaaS systems environment; and ensuring consistency in the organization’s approach to data collection, analysis, and reporting.

You will do invaluable work:

  • Drive the scope and effectiveness of the organization’s data and analysis functions
  • Ensure cloud-based data is centralized, cleansed, and modeled to support data analysis requirements from all functional groups within the organization
  • Create a common data framework so that all company data can be analyzed in a unified manner
  • Execute a plan to develop and refine our ability to measure and optimize our data usage and data-driven decision-making performance
  • Ensure that all transactional systems can communicate with the data warehouse and that production data adheres to a unified data model
  • Develop a roadmap for the data and analytics functions that clearly defines ownership and responsibility between the central data technical function and the functional groups
  • Manage a team of two (our Salesforce administrator and our data, analytics, and integration developer), as well as the team’s change and incident management policies and procedures 
  • Collaborate interdepartmentally, ensuring data needs are addressed and required data is modeled and available to analysts and end users
  • Work closely with stakeholders to gather feedback and understand the organization’s evolving data needs, championing new ideas and enhancements based on current and projected organizational needs and changes in technology 
  • Work closely with colleagues to develop, define, and disseminate data, analytics, and reporting capabilities and formulate value propositions, leading the team to define data-related user experience and technical requirements
  • Set the long-term strategy for Mercy For Animals’ data and analytics product portfolio, particularly the evolution from data-centric to intelligence-centric solutions
  • Help leadership plan for any changes to our data strategy or needs
  • Identify new technical and data partners that facilitate strategy, create business plans and road maps, and document requirements that support strategic objectives
  • Supervise project management for data-related product development, enhancements, and support 
  • Partner with the project management office to lead project management training 
  • Adhere to all organizational policies and procedures
  • Perform any other duties assigned 

Your qualifications will take our technology team to the next level:

  • Masters, doctorate, or equivalent experience in a quantitative field (preferred) (computer science or statistics strongly preferred)
  • Five or more years’ experience in a leadership position managing a data or an analytics team 
  • Five or more years’ experience creating and maintaining extract, transform, and load processes; data models; data lakes; and data warehouses
  • Five or more years’ hands-on experience with Salesforce and BI visualization tools, such as Tableau and Domo
  • Experience leading at least one corporate or organization-level data platform implementation
  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders on the executive and senior-leadership levels
  • Ability to adapt quickly to new or unfamiliar tools, data, and problems, as well as develop end-to-end data-strategy solutions for a global organization undertaking complex problems
  • Problem-solving effectiveness, with excellent listening skills and capacity to understand stakeholders’ questions and needs
  • Ability to collect and translate business requirements into technical specifications, identify the most innovative approaches, develop project plans, oversee and manage implementation, and create staff training
  • Curiosity and a flexible attitude in shifting environments
  • Fluency in English as a first or second language
  • Comfort with autonomous or hyper-collaborative work in a fully remote setting
  • Commitment to the mission and values of the organization
  • Commitment to continued personal and organizational growth in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice principles

 

About Your Team Leader

Your team leader, the global vice president of technology, is a mission-driven technologist who joined Mercy For Animals in 2019 after 20 years in CTO and consultancy roles for major international corporations. He believes that a strong technology strategy and its effective implementation are vital for mission-driven organizations to maximize their impact.

As a leader, he doesn’t believe in the existence of “technology” problems. Technology is a tool, and in his experience, organizations face challenges for many reasons, from process to people to product misfit. Throughout his career, the guiding principle at the heart of each of his teams has been that success always comes from the whole team, not from any one person. Therefore, he continually seeks to invest in talent and ensure the people he works alongside are successful. 

Professionally, he’s always on the lookout for the next big challenge, investing himself strategically and operationally in continuous improvement and innovation. Personally, he enjoys reading (particularly about time travel/alternative history), cooking, mountains, and spending time with his wife and companion animals.

Compensation and Benefits

Earn an annual salary of $69,817–$87,271 (in the United States*), depending on qualifications and experience. 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 401(k) retirement plan, with a dollar-to-dollar employer match of up to 3 percent of your annual earnings.

*Benefits and salary outside the United States will be shared early in the interview process.

Application Details

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.

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Paid internships
Paid Internship Opportunities

Four Months, 10-15 Hours per Week

Remote in the United States

Mercy For Animals, a leading global nonprofit working to end the exploitation of animals for food and construct a compassionate food system, seeks internship candidates wishing to develop and apply skills in a nonprofit animal protection organization committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Mercy For Animals’ U.S. paid internship program is a short-term opportunity open to students and entry-level or transitioning applicants

We know that to achieve our goals and realize our vision, we need diverse perspectives, drawn from a wide range of backgrounds, that help us expand and elevate our efforts in a united way.

We are publicly recruiting for paid internships to ensure we move beyond our immediate network and honor our ongoing commitment to inclusion and diversity to create a robust animal protection movement, organization, and society. We strongly encourage candidates from historically marginalized communities to apply. 

As an intern in the U.S. Government Affairs and Public Policy Department at Mercy For Animals, you will gain experience and participate in the following:

  • Legislative advocacy, including participating in coalitions and meetings with policymakers or government affairs staff
  • Public policy research and writing
  • Legislative and regulatory processes

We are looking for mission-aligned candidates with interest in key elements of our work:

  • Advocacy
  • Coalition building 
  • Environmental justice
  • Food justice
  • Grassroots activism
  • Legislation
  • Racial justice

Compensation

Interns are paid an hourly rate between $17.31 and $20.00, depending on education or experience, as well as given consistent weekly feedback. Additionally, interns will have opportunities to collaborate with other team members in the organization and grow their professional networks. Students may also work with their institutions to obtain academic credit.

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