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.
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.