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.

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!

 

As general counsel, you will ensure the legal compliance of all Mercy For Animals affiliates in all aspects of day-to-day operations, including but not limited to corporate governance, fundraising, tax, intellectual property, privacy, labor and employment, contract, and insurance law.

In partnership with other senior leaders, you will spearhead a mission to develop, implement, oversee, and evaluate Mercy For Animals’ global strategic plan and objectives, as well as participate in managing the organization. 

You will do invaluable work:

  • As a member of the senior leadership team, work with the president and other senior vice presidents to provide strategic leadership and guidance to Mercy For Animals
  • Advise staff on the legal issues affecting the operations of an international nonprofit organization, including corporate governance, finance and tax, charitable solicitation, planned giving, international grantmaking, labor and employment, and lobbying
  • Manage the organization’s intellectual property portfolio, various insurance policies, and contracts
  • Support and advise the board of directors, including drafting and revising corporate policies, bylaws, minutes, agendas, and resolutions
  • Advise staff on legal issues associated with programmatic advocacy for corporate campaigns, investigations, public policy, and volunteer organizing
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with private pro bono counsel and attorneys in other animal protection organizations 
  • Communicate and meet with members and supporters of the organization as appropriate 
  • Follow all organizational policies and procedures and ensure legal department is in full compliance 
  • Work closely with the president to navigate the complex and evolving legal landscape as it pertains to our organizational mission and vision 
  • Perform any other duties assigned

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

  • Juris doctor degree from an accredited law school and admission to practice in at least one state
  • Minimum of eight years’ experience practicing law 
  • Familiarity and experience with international law (preferred) 
  • Familiarity and experience with nonprofit law (preferred)
  • Thorough knowledge of animal rights legal issues and Mercy For Animals campaigns  
  • Demonstrated ability to create and deliver presentations, address and overcome problems, and negotiate with third parties 
  • Proven exceptional organizational and writing skills  
  • Comfort exercising strategic judgment to help navigate complex legal situations in furtherance of the organization’s mission.
  • Ability to work well in a team setting 
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills 
  • Willingness and ability to travel 
  • Commitment to the mission and values of the organization 
  • Commitment to continued personal and organizational growth in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice principles

Compensation and Benefits 

Earn an annual salary of $92,000–$98,000, 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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Mercy For Animals’ mission is 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.

We know that achieving this mission requires a diverse, inclusive, and collaborative work environment––one that welcomes and sparks new perspectives and innovative ideas within an equitable and just framework.

We are committed to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) and our culture respects authenticity, enabling every team member to be their best self.

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