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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, or race. 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.

Paid Internship Opportunities

Six Months (July 1–December 31), 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 Development Department at Mercy For Animals, you will gain hands-on experience in development and valuable knowledge of the animal protection movement. This position will allow you to hone a variety of skills in customer service, fundraising, organization, and communication as you help the department run smoothly and effectively to reach its fundraising goals. 

You will assist with critical work:

  • Be the first point of contact and provide excellent customer service for supporters and donors who call or email, with a goal of responding within 24 hours: 
    • Assist donors who reach out with a variety of questions and needs, including unsubscribing from email lists, changing contact information, and updating communication preferences 
    • Redirect calls and emails as necessary if you aren’t the best person to take care of an issue (such as handling credit card information)
  • Help manage development’s organization-wide calendar in Asana so staff are aware of upcoming events, campaigns, and deadlines 
  • Help manage the development team’s calendars in Google, including scheduling departmental meetings and donor meetings for philanthropy officers and sending reminders about upcoming meetings and agendas that need review
  • Assist in managing and organizing multiple end-of-year donor thankathons, allowing the team to promptly thank donors for their gifts, and lead on organizing our Giving Tuesday thankathon
  • Help order any necessary office supplies to ensure philanthropy officers have the materials they need to communicate meaningfully with donors
  • Help the department share important updates at the biweekly all-staff meeting by creating compelling slides
  • Assist various team members with any other administrative tasks as they arise

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

  • Fundraising
  • Donor relations and communication
  • Human resources
  • Nonprofit management
  • Technology 

Requirements

  • Strong written and spoken communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work remotely
  • Passion for farmed animal advocacy 
  • Dedication to continual learning and growth in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice principles
  • Experience with programs such as Slack, Asana, G Suite, and Salesforce (a plus)

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.

Finance

Remote in the United States

Mercy For Animals aims to construct a compassionate food system by reducing suffering and ending the exploitation of animals for food. We envision a world where animals are respected, protected, and free to pursue their own interests.
 

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 to help spread compassion around the globe.

 

We are currently seeking a director of accounting to join our finance team. In this role, you will oversee and direct Mercy For Animals’ accounting operations and work with the department to ensure organization-wide financial management and controls.

You will do invaluable work:

  • Manage and oversee general day-to-day accounting 
  • Prepare budgets and forecasts with department, analyze financial performance, and monitor cash flow for a budget of up to $16 million 
  • Maintain, develop, and document processes for finance and accounting
  • Support international team members and accounting firms with best practices, troubleshooting, and monthly reconciliation
  • Prepare and analyze monthly global financial reports, including grant reporting, and provide updates on financial status to key leadership 
  • Maintain relationships and connect with external auditors and international accounting firms, bankers, and legal counsel to determine and implement best practices
  • Lead the organization’s efforts in annual audits and tax filings
  • Devise and implement strategies for continual improvement of financial management and reporting systems to achieve peak operational efficiency, including cash-flow modeling, evaluating third-party vendors, negotiating fees, vetting and implementing new software solutions, and conducting 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
  • Partner with the development team to ensure proper management of revenue channels and alignment of revenue reporting
  • Follow all organizational policies and procedures
  • Perform any other duties assigned 

Your qualifications will take our finance department to the next level:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration, or related field
  • CPA license or enough experience to obtain one
  • Five to seven years of accounting experience, preferably as a financial controller
  • Advanced knowledge of QuickBooks
  • Strong understanding of and ability to interpret and apply generally accepted accounting principles
  • Work experience in nonprofit finance and grant management (preferred)
  • Experience supporting international entities (preferred) 
  • Experience with Excel and Google Sheets
  • Ability to solve problems effectively, communicate clearly, and meet deadlines
  • Commitment to the mission and values of the organization
  • Commitment and openness to continued personal and organizational growth in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice principles 

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

I am an innate problem solver, driven by analytics and metrics. A humble leader, I enjoy working collaboratively. I thrive under pressure and deadlines and can effectively manage time and resources. I am passionate about the mission and vision of Mercy For Animals.

Compensation and Benefits 

Earn an annual salary of $65,000–$75,000, 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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Organizing

Remote in the United States

 

Mercy For Animals aims to construct a compassionate food system by reducing suffering and ending the exploitation of animals for food. We envision a world where animals are respected, protected, and free to pursue their own interests.
 

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 are currently seeking a distributed and digital organizing manager, U.S., to join our organizing team. In this role, you will manage and grow Mercy For Animals’ U.S. organizing program and increase the movement’s capacity by implementing distributed and digital strategies that develop grassroots leadership. This work will entail building people power through recruitment and management of volunteers, using online and offline tactics to activate volunteers, designing and executing training programs, and supporting campaigns. 

 

You will do invaluable work:

  • Develop distributed organizing strategies to build a network of trained, action-oriented volunteers and organizers
  • Manage digital mobilizing and action to advance strategic goals and specific campaigns (animal welfare, plant-based, legislative, and public policy) 
  • Direct strategy for email engagement and mass communication, targeted ads, and digital content for the organizing team 
  • Introduce and oversee mobile structures and tools, including broadcast SMS and peer-to-peer tools, and enable volunteer leaders to help run our programs, including communication channels, trainings, and outreach 
  • Manage systems and platforms used to maintain records and engage volunteers, including CRM programs, email listservs, communication and social platforms (such as Slack and Facebook groups), and contact lists
  • Assist with coordinating, designing, and facilitating training events, strategy sessions, field meetings, visibility events, or other large events as needed
  • Communicate and engage with volunteers regularly, and manage affiliated volunteer leaders and teams
  • Adhere to all organizational policies and procedures
  • Perform any other duties assigned 

 

Your qualifications will take our digital organizing work to the next level:

  • Minimum of three years’ experience in distributed or digital organizing or campaigning (distributed campaign technology and advocacy or political organizing experience strongly preferred)
  • Experience in training design and facilitation, grassroots advocacy, or volunteer management, preferably in the animal protection movement (volunteer experience considered)
  • Experience using digital organizing tools and advocacy software or the ability to learn new software quickly and independently (experience using Salesforce or comparable CRM program, Engaging Networks, Hustle, Spoke, ThruTalk, or ThruText a plus)
  • Strategic and analytical thinking skills; strong problem-solving skills; and a deep commitment to feedback, learning, and improvement
  • Careful attention to detail, as well as project-management and organizational skills for complex projects and competing deadlines, whether working independently or collaboratively
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills (public speaking experience a plus)
  • Ability and willingness to travel two or three times per year and work flexible hours, including occasional weekends
  • Commitment to the mission and values of Mercy For Animals, including comfort with pressure campaigns for animal welfare and campaigns concerning legislation, public policy, and accessibility of plant-based foods 
  • Commitment to continued personal, organizational, and movement-wide growth in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice principles

 

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

I’m a dynamic, data-driven leader who is excited about developing digital teams and building power for change. I thrive in fast-paced environments where I can launch and test new projects and tools, engage in rapid prototyping, and embrace giving and receiving feedback as a means of continual improvement. I am a systems thinker and structure creator. Working with volunteers energizes me, and I am adept at fostering long-term relationships while recruiting, training, and supporting activists in grassroots campaigning. I’m a people person who enjoys connecting with folks from a wide range of backgrounds, and I am especially excited about increasing volunteer engagement, retention, and development.

 

About Your Team Leader

Your supervisor, Michael (he/him), is Mercy For Animals director of organizing. Michael has been active in social movements as an organizer, a campaigner, and a trainer since the ’90s. Michael believes that distributed people power and a commitment to collective action are critical to building a compassionate food system. He strongly values healthy relationships, gumption, a growth mindset, clear communication, and a commitment to effective teamwork. Outside Mercy For Animals, Michael enjoys parenting, reading, trail running and hiking, board games, baking, martial arts, and live music. 

 

Compensation and Benefits

Earn an annual salary of $51,000–$55,000, 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.


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

Remote in the Greater Chicago Area (United States)

 

Mercy For Animals aims to construct a compassionate food system by reducing suffering and ending the exploitation of animals for food. We envision a world where animals are respected, protected, and free to pursue their own interests.
 

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 are currently seeking a regional organizer, Midwest U.S., to join our organizing team. In this role, you will help grow Mercy For Animals’ U.S. organizing program and increase the movement’s capacity through regional community building, leadership development, and action initiatives. This includes designing and piloting a fellowship program to empower volunteers, grassroots advocates, and coalition groups to work toward a just and compassionate food system.

You will do invaluable work

  • Grow the Mercy For Animals volunteer network by recruiting, training, and leading people from across the region
  • Engage and inspire both new and existing volunteers to take action
  • Design and pilot a fellowship program aimed at identifying, engaging, and developing grassroots advocates in the animal protection or food justice space by coaching leadership and organizing skills
  • Coordinate organizing events, including recruitments, trainings, gatherings, and actions, to advance Mercy For Animals’ campaigns and support volunteer fellowship and leadership teams
  • Communicate regularly with volunteers, volunteer leadership teams, and coalition partners to establish strong working relationships that advance organizing and campaign initiatives, including cultivating relationships with community leaders, decision-makers, funders, media, and other stakeholders in the region
  • Manage and co-create efficient organizing systems and materials, including engagement tools, communication systems, volunteer records, and supply inventory
  • Adhere to all organizational policies and procedures
  • Perform any other duties assigned

Your qualifications will take our organizing work to the next level:

  • Minimum of two years’ experience in organizing and leading volunteer efforts, preferably in the animal protection movement (volunteer experience considered)
  • Action research, campaign strategy, training design, coalition building, coaching, media engagement, or fundraising experience (a plus, volunteer experience considered)
  • Strategic and analytical thinking; strong problem-solving skills; and a deep commitment to feedback, learning, and improvement
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills (public speaking experience a plus)
  • Strong attention to detail, as well as project management and organization skills to meet competing deadlines, whether independently or collaboratively
  • Enthusiasm and skills for engaging, empowering, and motivating a diverse group of people
  • Ability and willingness to travel two or three times a year and work flexible hours, including occasional weekends
  • Commitment to the mission and values of Mercy For Animals, including comfort with pressure campaigns for animal welfare and campaigns concerning plant-based menu additions, legislation, and public policy 
  • Commitment to continued personal, organizational, and movement-wide growth in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice principles

 

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

I’m a dynamic, team-oriented leader who loves working and connecting with people from a wide range of backgrounds. I am adept at relating to people with differing opinions owing to my highly effective communication and interpersonal skills. I want to build power through volunteer leaders and teams who will engage in and advance campaigns and help people achieve shared purpose despite uncertain conditions. I am creative yet practical, bringing innovative ideas and solutions to the table while focusing on process and impact and embracing feedback as key to growth. I am deeply committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in my work and the animal protection movement.  

 

About Your Team Leader

Your team leader, Shayna (she/her), is the organizing manager for the United States. She volunteered with Mercy For Animals before coming on full time in 2016. Her early experiences as a volunteer taught her the importance of meeting people where they are and leading with compassion. She believes people are our greatest power and organizing is critical to achieving our mission and vision. Shayna strongly values a growth mindset, open communication, teamwork, and a solutions orientation. Outside Mercy For Animals, she enjoys reading; listening to audiobooks; trying to keep her many plants alive; engaging in anything competitive; and spending time outdoors with her chihuahua, Marchesa.

 

Compensation and Benefits

Earn an hourly wage of $20–$23 (annual salary of $41,600–$47,840), depending on qualifications. 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.

 

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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