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Animal Welfare Specialist

Animal Welfare Specialist

Terms of Employment: Full Time, At Will, Exempt
Reports to: Director of Corportate Outreach
Position Location: Los Angeles

Position Objective:

To support Mercy For Animals’ corporate outreach by reviewing the most current research on farmed animal welfare, determining the highest animal welfare standards, and advocating for those standards

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Conducting comprehensive reviews of current scientific literature on farmed animal welfare, including animal behavior in natural and artificial conditions
  • Drafting white papers on primary welfare issues concerning animal species most farmed in the U.S., India, Mexico, Brazil, and China
  • Developing data-oriented strategies for measuring variables that affect farmed animal welfare to determine priority issues and best practices
  • Determining least cruel production and slaughter practices for animal species most farmed in the U.S., India, Mexico, Brazil, and China
  • Drafting MFA’s recommended farmed animal welfare standards for animal species most farmed in the U.S., India, Mexico, Brazil, and China
  • Meeting with business leaders alongside MFA’s director of corporate outreach to advocate for MFA’s recommended farmed animal welfare standards
  • Attending conferences and presenting on behalf of MFA on farmed animal welfare issues
  • Providing expert commentary on investigative footage to law enforcement and media
  • Collaborating with director of corporate outreach on all projects and corporate engagement

Position Requirements:         

  • Degree in zoology, animal science, veterinary medicine, or related discipline with a preferred focus on farmed animals
  • Analytical and data-driven thinking
  • Quantitative skills and proficiency in basic data analysis
  • Ability to review research exhaustively and distill it to the most important points
  • Ability to translate complex topics into digestible terms
  • Preferred access to trade research databases
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Utmost organization and efficiency
  • Initiative and ability to work independently
  • Collegial personality conducive to teamwork
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Professional appearance and adherence to a healthy vegan lifestyle
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

Campaign Coordinator: Brazil

Campaign Coordinator: Brazil

Terms of Employment: Consultant 
Reports to: Director of Corporate Outreach
Position Location: Brazil

Position Objective:

To provide creative research for sustained pressure campaigns to push major corporations to eliminate cruel practices throughout global food supply chains and to strategize and execute such campaigns

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Research key details of major corporations, including corporate structure, history, animal welfare standards, leadership, social media handles, and affiliates
  • Draft and post petitions and petition updates, collaborating with petition campaigners as necessary
  • Facilitate video development for campaigns, including drafting video scripts, creating video concepts in collaboration with video editors, collaborating with voiceover actors, and facilitating video posting on YouTube, including drafting YouTube titles and text
  • Draft letters to board members, shareholders, and other key stakeholders in targeted corporations
  • Manage logistics of advertisement placement in newspapers, creation of mobile billboards, coordination of demonstration tours, and other creative tactics
  • Coordinate with Communications Department on celebrity asks, drafting celebrity letters, and general campaign promotion
  • Coordinate with Education Department to mobilize volunteers to take action on campaigns, including calls and texts to corporate decision makers and social media action
  • Draft and post blogs related to campaigns and corporate outreach successes
  • Develop websites related to campaigns and update sites per corporate successes
  • Coordinate with Education Department to post Facebook ads for campaigns, including drafting language, working with designers on ad designs, and working with Legal Department to ensure compliance

Position Requirements:         

  • Self-motivation, resourcefulness, and creative research skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in campaigning, grassroots organizing, communications, public relations, issue advocacy, or related area
  • Degree in a related field or equivalent experience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Docs
  • Willingness and ability to travel 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Professional appearance and adherence to a healthy vegan lifestyle
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

Campaign Coordinator: India

Campaign Coordinator: India

Terms of Employment: Consultant 
Reports to: Director of Corporate Outreach
Position Location: India

To provide creative research for sustained pressure campaigns to push major corporations to eliminate cruel practices throughout global food supply chains and to strategize and execute such campaigns

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Research key details of major corporations, including corporate structure, history, animal welfare standards, leadership, social media handles, and affiliates
  • Draft and post petitions and petition updates, collaborating with petition campaigners as necessary
  • Facilitate video development for campaigns, including drafting video scripts, creating video concepts in collaboration with video editors, collaborating with voiceover actors, and facilitating video posting on YouTube, including drafting YouTube titles and text
  • Draft letters to board members, shareholders, and other key stakeholders in targeted corporations
  • Manage logistics of advertisement placement in newspapers, creation of mobile billboards, coordination of demonstration tours, and other creative tactics
  • Coordinate with Communications Department on celebrity asks, drafting celebrity letters, and general campaign promotion
  • Coordinate with Education Department to mobilize volunteers to take action on campaigns, including calls and texts to corporate decision makers and social media action
  • Draft and post blogs related to campaigns and corporate outreach successes
  • Develop websites related to campaigns and update sites per corporate successes
  • Coordinate with Education Department to post Facebook ads for campaigns, including drafting language, working with designers on ad designs, and working with Legal Department to ensure compliance

Position Requirements:         

  • Self-motivation, resourcefulness, and creative research skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in campaigning, grassroots organizing, communications, public relations, issue advocacy, or related area
  • Degree in a related field or equivalent experience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Docs
  • Willingness and ability to travel 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Professional appearance and adherence to a healthy vegan lifestyle
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

Campaign Coordinator: Mexico

Campaign Coordinator: Mexico

Terms of Employment: Consultant 
Reports to: Director of Corporate Outreach
Position Location: Mexico

To provide creative research for sustained pressure campaigns to push major corporations to eliminate cruel practices throughout global food supply chains and to strategize and execute such campaigns

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Research key details of major corporations, including corporate structure, history, animal welfare standards, leadership, social media handles, and affiliates
  • Draft and post petitions and petition updates, collaborating with Change.org campaigners as necessary
  • Facilitate video development for campaigns, including drafting video scripts, creating video concepts in collaboration with video editors, collaborating with voiceover actors, and facilitating video posting on YouTube, including drafting YouTube titles and text
  • Draft letters to board members, shareholders, and other key stakeholders in targeted corporations
  • Manage logistics of advertisement placement in newspapers, creation of mobile billboards, coordination of demonstration tours, and other creative tactics
  • Coordinate with Communications Department on celebrity asks, drafting celebrity letters, and general campaign promotion
  • Coordinate with Education Department to mobilize volunteers to take action on campaigns, including calls and texts to corporate decision makers and social media action
  • Draft and post blogs related to campaigns and corporate outreach successes
  • Develop websites related to campaigns and update sites per corporate successes
  • Coordinate with Education Department to post Facebook ads for campaigns, including drafting language, working with designers on ad designs, and working with Legal Department to ensure compliance

Position Requirements:         

  • Self-motivation, resourcefulness, and creative research skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in campaigning, grassroots organizing, communications, public relations, issue advocacy, or related area
  • Degree in a related field or equivalent experience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Docs
  • Willingness and ability to travel 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Professional appearance and adherence to a healthy vegan lifestyle
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

Development Manager

Development Manager

Terms of Employment: Full Time, At Will, Non-Exempt
Reports to: Director of Development
Position Location: Los Angeles

Position Objective:

Manage development information systems and various programs within MFA’s array of revenue and external relations projects

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Work with direct marketing team to implement MFA’s annual direct marketing program
  • Serve as liaison between direct marketing team and relevant MFA staff to implement campaigns
  • Under guidance of direct marketing team, manage sustainer giving program for maximum growth and retention
  • Manage Hope Society program and benefits and implement outreach plan for mid-level donors
  • Manage peer-to-peer giving program strategy through marketing, campaign tracking, and campaigner outreach
  • Manage tribute program and third-party giving programs, including workplace giving, Combined Federal Campaign, and vehicle donation program
  • Monitor MFA’s ratings by charity watchdog groups and keep such groups updated with relevant information
  • Manage development website content and update as needed
  • Work with designers to create and revise development materials and features in MFA publications
  • Generate weekly and monthly reports on direct marketing metrics and revenue
  • Assist with event management tasks as assigned by event manager and manage silent auction efforts when applicable

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree with preferred focus on public relations, nonprofit management, or communications
  • Minimum of four years’ work experience in a related field, most preferably nonprofit or customer service
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • High level of organization and efficiency
  • Self-motivation with ability to work well independently and under pressure
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet competing deadlines
  • Ability to work creatively and effectively as a team member
  • Proficiency in MS Word, MS Excel, and Google Docs
  • Preferred experience with sales or donor databases
  • Professional appearance and adherence to a vegan lifestyle
  • Friendly, positive, customer service-oriented personality
  • Commitment to objectives of the organization

Fellowship Outreach Coordinator

Fellowship Outreach Coordinator

Terms of Employment: Part Time, At Will, Non-Exempt
Reports to: Director of Education and Education Project Coordinator 
Position Location: Remote

Position Objective:

Extend the reach of the Mercy For Animals Fellowship Program through consistent veg outreach at 10 influential U.S. universities. Train and work with MFA fellows and student activists to increase the number of activists at each school, recruit future MFA fellows, and deliver presentations on effective animal advocacy to student groups.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties: 

  • Travel the Northeast to all of the fellowship universities during fall and spring semesters
  • Conduct pro-veg outreach, such as leafleting, gathering Meatless Monday pledges, and distributing veg starter guides, at fellowship universities Monday through Thursday
  • Organize and set up outreach activities with MFA fellows and other student volunteers
  • Build and maintain the student activist base by recruiting volunteers, training them in effective outreach, and encouraging them to stay involved
  • Serve as MFA’s eyes and ears on the ground at each school to recruit future MFA fellows and network with students interested in animal advocacy
  • Communicate regularly with the education project coordinator to achieve MFA’s fellowship program goals
  • Prepare and deliver presentations on effective advocacy to student groups
  • Create and schedule weekly Meatless Monday emails and text messages with support from the education project coordinator
  • Assist MFA fellows in writing op-eds or letters to the editor
  • Assist in recordkeeping for general fellowship organization through Google Docs, Microsoft Office, and other office suites

Position Requirements:         

  • Willingness and ability to travel
  • Driver’s license and insured vehicle
  • Friendly, positive, and outgoing personality
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in grassroots advocacy
  • Thorough knowledge of animal rights issues and MFA campaigns
  • Thorough knowledge of dietary change advocacy research, strategies, and effectiveness
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Docs
  • Proven exceptional organizational skills
  • Ability to carry heavy boxes of literature
  • Professional appearance and adherence to a healthy vegan lifestyle
  • Support for MFA’s philosophy and ability to professionally advocate MFA’s positions
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

Graphic Designer

Graphic Designer

Terms of Employment: Full Time, At Will, Exempt
Reports to: Director of Communications 
Position Location: Los Angeles 

Position Objective:

To produce high-quality graphic design content for the organization’s varied needs in a timely, competent manner. This includes, but is not limited to, memes, websites, emails, brochures, donor materials, magazines, and organization documents. Keep up-to-date on the digital landscape with intimate knowledge of the latest social media, content, and emerging technology platforms.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Collaborate closely with all departments to develop, produce, and edit graphic content of the organization as assigned
  • Create and execute all educational leaflets and department material
  • Create and execute all development-related materials, including new donor packets, email solicitations, websites, peer-to-peer services, and event material
  • Oversee graphic and creative layout for MercyForAnimals.org, ChooseVeg.com, investigations websites, and any other organizational website
  • Work with the merchandise department to create compelling designs for products as well as email and social media advertisements
  • Participate in the creative development of viral memes and gifs and see them through production
  • Discover and create new recurring graphic formats to post on MercyForAnimals.org, social media, and other graphic sharing services

Position Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in a related field or equivalent experience
  • A compelling graphic design portfolio that illustrates design skills and experience
  • Minimum of three years of previous experience in graphic design
  • Proficiency in Adobe and other related programs
  • Ability to work well in a team, take direction, demonstrate initiative, and represent MFA professionally

Human Resources Coordinator

Human Resources Coordinator

Terms of Employment: Full Time, At Will, Non-Exempt
Reports to: Director of Operations
Position Location: Los Angeles

Position Objective:

To assist the director of operations in day-to-day HR operations, including HR administrative tasks, recruitment, compliance, time and attendance, benefits administration, and employee wellness

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Provide administrative support to the director of operations, including meeting coordination, data entry, and HR program management
  • Administer HR policies regarding benefits, time and attendance, and other personnel actions
  • Assist in maintaining records and procedures for controlling personnel transactions and reporting while protecting personnel data
  • Assist in recruitment process, post job ads, conduct phone screens, schedule interviews, and maintain applicant-tracking software
  • Coordinate background and reference check process with external vendor to ensure timely information and process flow
  • Assist in creation and updating of job descriptions as needed
  • Provide HR staffing, termination, time and attendance, hiring, and turnover reporting as needed
  • Maintain personnel files and audit them quarterly for incomplete and missing documentation
  • Assist in creation and implementation of employee wellness and betterment programs
  • Assist with employee, contractor, and intern onboarding and orientation
  • Assist in creation and implementation of standardized SOPs and organization-wide Google drive system
  • Handle all external general job inquires

Position Requirements:         

  • Two to four years of experience in the principles and practices of human resource administration and support
  • Preferred bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply basic HR policies and procedures
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Professional appearance and adherence to a healthy vegan lifestyle
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

Operations Coordinator

Operations Coordinator

Terms of Employment: Full Time, At Will, Non-Exempt
Reports to: Director of Operations
Position Location: Los Angeles

Position Objective:

To assist the director of operations in day-to-day office functions; serve as organization’s representative at MFA headquarters during normal business hours; respond to general phone and email inquiries; and provide accounting, vendor, and logistical support

 Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Manage all means of general inquiry, including telephones, visitor reception, mail, shipping, and general MFA email account
  • Take primary responsibility for day-to-day office functions, including photocopying, scanning, ordering and stocking office supplies, monitoring and payment of utilities, and maintaining storefront
  • Process general office payment requests and staff reimbursement requests
  • Utilize QuickBooks to complete bookkeeping tasks assigned by supervisor and CPA
  • Manage online expense reporting program and travel tool Concur
  • Assist staff with Concur usage and training
  • Assist with Corporate Card program and card maintenance
  • Monitor credit limits
  • Maintain organization’s electronics inventory
  • Assist with annual audit
  • Provide administrative and accounting support to directors
  • Coordinate and schedule organization-wide staff meetings
  • Create and distribute meeting agendas, attachments, and information decks

Position Requirements:         

  • Two to four years of relevant office experience, preferably including bookkeeping
  • Proficiency in use of office software, including QuickBooks Online and Google
  • Detail-orientation and well-organized work style
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to learn a variety of processes and use of new software
  • Professional appearance and adherence to a healthy vegan lifestyle
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

Staff Attorney: Administrative Law

Staff Attorney: Administrative Law

Terms of Employment: Full Time, At Will, Exempt
Reports to: General Counsel
Position Location: Flexible

Position Objective:

To assist MFA’s legal advocacy department in effectively using the legal system to advocate on behalf of farmed animals by advancing petitions, lawsuits and other actions against federal government agencies to ensure robust enforcement of existing laws.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties: 

  • Oversee MFA’s work that focuses on improving federal administration of laws that affect farm animals
  • Identify opportunities for petitions, lawsuits and other actions against federal government agencies to advocate for improved administration of protections for farmed animals
  • Utilize FOIA and other data collection methods to create rulemaking reports, petitions, and legal complaints that are designed to improve federal administration of laws that affect farm animals
  • Prepare petitions, legal complaints, rulemaking comments and testimony for various state government farmed animal initiatives
  • Cultivate relationships with Congressional offices and relevant Agency employees
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with attorneys in private practice and other animal protection organizations
  • Work with MFA support staff to mobilize members, supporters, and the media on behalf of improved agency administration of federal laws
  • Oversee legal interns and fellows

Position Requirements:

  • Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school
  • Preferred minimum of 5–7 years’ experience practicing law, with experience in Administrative Law (e.g., FOIA, rulemaking, and suing agencies)
  • Demonstrated ability to create and deliver presentations, address and overcome problems, and negotiate with third parties
  • Strongly preferred ability to conduct press conferences and interviews with media
  • Proven exceptional organizational and writing skills
  • Ability to work well in a team setting
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Professional appearance and adherence to a vegan lifestyle
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

Staff Attorney: International Law and Operations

Staff Attorney: International Law and Operations

Terms of Employment: Full Time, At Will, Exempt
Reports to: General Counsel
Position Location: Los Angeles, CA or Remote

Position Objective:

To oversee and manage the expansion of Mercy For Animals’ foreign operations and coordinate international farmed animal legal advocacy efforts

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Manage the expansion of MFA’s international advocacy efforts through the establishment of several foreign corporate entities
  • Oversee compliance with appropriate foreign human resources, labor and employment, tax, contract, and corporate compliance laws, regulations, and policies
  • Research, analyze, and develop expertise in international farmed animal laws and policies
  • Manage and assist in MFA’s international legal advocacy efforts through legislation, litigation, and policy-making
  • Draft and review contracts, leases, and other legal documents related to MFA’s foreign operations
  • Handle any other legal issues that may arise during the day-to-day operations of MFA’s international expansion
  • Create and maintain close working relationships with foreign counsel
  • Assist on an as-needed basis with contract review, corporate compliance, labor and employment, human resources, and intellectual property legal issues for MFA’s U.S. operations
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with attorneys in private practice and other animal protection organizations

Position Requirements:         

  • Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school
  • Preferred master’s degree in international affairs or a related field
  • Preferred minimum of three to five years’ experience in international law with a preferred focus on international labor and employment/corporate law
  • Ability to work well in a team setting
  • Detail-oriented and well-organized work style
  • Ability and willingness to travel
  • Proven exceptional organizational and writing skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to create and deliver presentations, address and overcome problems, and negotiate with third parties
  • Professional appearance and adherence to a healthy vegan lifestyle
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

Undercover Investigator

Undercover Investigator

Terms of Employment: Full Time
Reports to: Director of Investigations
Position Location: This position requires moving to and living in various areas for weeks or months at a time.

Position Objective:

To obtain employment at factory farms and slaughterhouses in order to document conditions. Investigators must be prepared to witness unimaginable cruelty and engage in intense manual labor while maintaining their composure and cover to gather information necessary to expose and stop farmed animal abuse.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Conduct thorough research on various farmed animal welfare issues and agricultural practices and facilities
  • Apply for and obtain employment in the animal agriculture industry, including factory farms, hatcheries, livestock markets, and slaughterhouses
  • Using hidden cameras, thoroughly document conditions and practices in the above mentioned facilities, paying particular attention to animal welfare issues 
  • Maintain daily records and communications with the director of investigations during the course of the investigation
  • Review, compile and transmit footage, photographs and notes to the director of investigations
  • Retain strict cover and confidentiality in relation to all cases and any other sensitive information before, during, and after each case
  • Sustain a professional work ethic and meet or exceed all job expectations of the agricultural facility while maintaining cover and following all federal and local laws
  • Be available to meet with law enforcement and provide testimony for all legal proceedings resulting from a case
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the director of investigations

Position Requirements:

  • The highest level of personal integrity, intelligence, responsibility, and intestinal fortitude
  • Capability to work independently in physically and emotionally grueling environments
  • Exceptional research and organizational skills
  • Ability to use discretion in confidential matters relating to cases
  • Thorough knowledge of factory farming, animal husbandry practices, and animal welfare issues
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization
  • Strong preference given to candidates who are bilingual

Vegetarian Support Specialist

Vegetarian Support Specialist

Terms of Employment: Full Time, At Will, Non-Exempt
Reports to: Director of Education
Position Location: Los Angeles or Remote

Position Objective:

To identify and reach members of the public who are near a critical tipping point between eating meat and eating vegetarian and provide support and resources to tip them toward eating vegetarian

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Monitor and reply to incoming emails from individuals who are attempting to reduce or eliminate animal product consumption but having difficulties
  • Carry out “social listening” on social media to identify individuals who are at or near a tipping point between eating meat and eating vegetarian and provide them with Mercy For Animals resources to help them go or stay vegetarian
  • Monitor social media outlets and public forums to identify individuals at or near a tipping point to provide them with MFA resources and to stimulate community discussion about vegetarian eating
  • Assist with the coordination and training of volunteers to help with the email replies and social listening
  • Record and review analytics related to email and social media response to ensure goals are met and work is completed in a timely manner
  • Carry out other activities to assist those who are at or near a dietary tipping point as assigned by supervisor
  • Research new ways to identify and reach members of the public at or near a dietary tipping point
  • Keep apprised of research on barriers to vegetarian eating and on successful methods of changing diets and habits
  • Work closely with MFA’s director of education and other staffers within Education Department to help ensure the organization’s vegetarian advocacy efforts are synergistically coordinated

Position Requirements:         

  • Ability to perform basic computer tasks, such as typing, scrolling, and clicking, extremely quickly for prolonged periods of time
  • Impeccable work ethic
  • High level of attentiveness
  • Thorough knowledge of vegan and vegetarian eating issues
  • Thorough knowledge of diet change advocacy research, strategies, and effectiveness
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Professional appearance and adherence to a healthy vegan lifestyle
  • Support for MFA’s philosophy and ability to professionally advocate MFA’s positions
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

Video Editor

Video Editor

Terms of Employment: Full Time, At Will, Non-Exempt
Reports to: Media Production Manager
Position Location: Remote

Position Objective:

To work with the media campaigns coordinator, director of education, and director of communications to edit pro-vegetarian educational videos about factory farming and related topics for online distribution via social media

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Compile provided images or video clips, pre-written scripts, and other provided media into polished, high-quality short videos for Facebook, YouTube, and other social media platforms
  • Follow instructions regarding desired video aesthetic, timing, and structure and offer creative input on these elements
  • Select appropriate fonts, music, and other visual and audio elements to establish an engaging, persuasive look and feel that is consistent with Mercy For Animals’ style
  • Incorporate feedback from team members to revise videos in a timely manner
  • Brainstorm creative new video ideas and work with media campaigns coordinator to bring them to fruition
  • Adapt new and existing videos to be distributed on MFA’s international sites and shared with international animal protection organizations
  • Facilitate translation of videos for international audiences through tasks such as hiring voice actors
  • Keep abreast of animal protection-related viral videos circulated on social media
  • Monitor new investigative releases by MFA and other organizations to keep track of farmed animal cruelty clips that could be useful for viral videos
  • Stay up-to-date on latest video editing techniques and work to continually advance video production skills

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with preferred focus on digital media, film, or related area
  • Minimum three years’ video editing experience
  • Expert knowledge of and ability to operate editing software, such as Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Suite, and After Effects
  • Demonstrated ability to realize a creative concept from start to finish
  • Savvy visual storytelling skills
  • Great time management, multi-tasking, and prioritization skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to collaborate as part of a team and take initiative
  • Ability to take over projects from other editors while staying true to the original concept or design
  • Good working knowledge of online video content
  • Support for MFA’s philosophy and commitment to objectives of the organization 

Appreciated Not Required:

  • Experience in motion graphics and animation

Web Developer

Web Developer

Terms of Employment: Full Time, At Will, Exempt
Reports to: Software Engineer
Position Location: Los Angeles or Remote

Position Objective:

Aid in the development, maintenance, and improvement of MFA websites, apps, and web applications, and provide general IT support

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Assist in creating and updating webpages and applications in PHP, HTML, and JavaScript
  • Assist in basic image manipulation in Adobe Photoshop
  • Conduct quality assurance testing on MFA websites, web applications, and systems
  • Assist in releasing files to final production environments
  • Elicit from staff information/materials necessary to fulfill IT support requests and fulfill such requests in a timely and professional manner
  • Keep on top of new trends for websites, apps, and social media integration

Position Requirements: 

  • Three years' work experience in software or web development
  • Excellent working knowledge of HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Preferred knowledge of Linux system administration
  • Ideally experience with smartphone app development
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to problem solve effectively and work under deadlines
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

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Meet Our Team

Nathan Runkle

President

Nathan Runkle is the founder and president of Mercy For Animals. Raised on a farm in rural Ohio, Nathan has long had a deep connection with farmed animals. After a local farmed animal abuse case involving a piglet slammed headfirst into a concrete floor during an agricultural project at a nearby high school, Nathan founded MFA to give "food" animals a much-needed advocate in his local community.

Since founding MFA over a decade ago, Nathan has overseen the organization's growth into a leading national force in the prevention of cruelty to farmed animals and promotion of compassionate food choices and policies.

A nationally recognized speaker on animal advocacy, factory farming, and veganism, Nathan has presented at colleges, conferences, and many other forums from coast to coast.

Through his work with MFA, Nathan has been an outspoken advocate for animal rights, featured in hundreds of television, radio, and newspaper interviews, including on ABC's World News Tonight, Nightline, and 20/20, CNN, and National Public Radio, and in USA Today, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune.

Nathan works closely with MFA's diverse group of members, supporters, and employees to develop and fulfill objectives within the organization's four areas of focus: education, legal advocacy, corporate outreach, and undercover investigations.

Nathan has worked alongside elected officials, corporate executives, heads of international organizations, academics, farmers, celebrities, and film producers to pass landmark farmed animal protection legislation, raise public awareness about vegetarianism, and implement animal welfare policy changes.

VegNews magazine has recognized both MFA and Nathan for making substantial contributions to the vegetarian movement, naming Nathan one of the "25 Most Fascinating Vegetarians" and one of the country's "Top 20 Activists Under 30 Years Old," and twice naming MFA "Non-Profit of the Year." In 2009, at the age of twenty-five, Nathan became the youngest person ever inducted into the US Animal Rights Hall of Fame.

Nick Cooney

Vice President

Nick Cooney serves as vice president, overseeing MFA’s advocacy efforts, corporate outreach, and fundraising. Nick is also the author of several books, including Change of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social Change. He has lectured on effective advocacy across the U.S. and Europe, and hundreds of media outlets have spotlighted his work.

Jake Morton

Director of Operations

Jake Morton is our director of operations, managing the organization’s day-to-day operations, finance, human resources, and collaborating with MFA’s communications department to create fun advocacy materials, including videos and merchandise. A longtime MFA supporter and once volunteer, Jake first became involved in animal protection as a teenager after meeting MFA’s president, Nathan Runkle, during an outreach event in his hometown.

Vandhana Bala

General Counsel

Vandhana Bala serves as our general counsel, working to put animal abusers behind bars. Vandhana became interested in animal rights in law school, became a vegetarian, and spent nearly a decade working at animal shelters and hospitals. Vandhana is now a committed vegan, and envisions a day when animals are viewed as more than personal property in the eyes of the law.

Matt Rice

Director of Investigations

Matt Rice, our director of investigations, works with MFA’s undercover investigators to expose animal abuse at factory farms and slaughterhouses. Among other successes, these investigations have led to raids of factory farms, rescues of abused farmed animals, and passage of anti-cruelty laws. Most importantly, they have opened the hearts and minds of millions of people to the power of their food choices to create a kinder world.

Ari Solomon

Director of Communications

Ari Solomon is our director of communications, managing all things social media. He also serves as the liaison to celebrities involved in MFA’s campaigns. A prolific writer, Ari's work appears regularly on The Huffington Post, and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and The Advocate. Ari’s videos on veganism, including Sh*t Vegans Say, have become viral sensations, with nearly 2 million combined views.

Jaya Bhumitra

Director of Corporate Outreach

Jaya Bhumitra serves as our director of corporate outreach, encouraging major food retailers, grocery stores, and fast-food giants to adopt and strengthen animal welfare policies. After learning about California’s Proposition 2, a bill aimed at ending extreme confinement of farmed animals, Jaya immediately went vegan. Jaya shares her home with her partner, Chris, and three beautiful rescued animals.

Johnathan Skinner

Software Engineer

Johnathan Skinner is our software engineer, overseeing the organization’s impressive catalogue of websites. Wellsprings of information on the benefits of veganism and the cruel plight of farmed animals, MFA’s websites are visited by thousands of people every day. Johnathan began his professional career as a video game programmer, landing a job as a game creator for Nintendo just one year out of high school.

Krista Hiddema

Managing Director, Canada

Krista Hiddema is managing director for MFA in Canada, spearheading corporate outreach initiatives and media relations, and leveraging MFA’s influence to strengthen governmental protections for animals in Canada. Krista and her husband, Nigel, share their home with their rescued companion animals, Pitou, Smurfette, Blue, Honey, Spice, Chip, and Dale.

Brooke Mays

Editor in Chief

Brooke Mays, MFA’s editor in chief, reviews all of MFA’s written material, and serves as managing editor for our semi-annual magazine, Compassionate Living. After an MFA investigation revealed startling animal abuse at an egg factory farm that supplied to Trader Joe’s, her letter to Trader Joe’s led the grocery giant to drop the cruel egg producer. Brooke has proven time and again that the pen is mightier than the sword!

Cailen LaBarge

Staff Attorney

Cailen LaBarge serves as staff attorney, assisting the general counsel with proactive litigation, nonprofit administration, and legal analysis. After an animal law clerkship opened her eyes to the suffering of farmed animals, Cailen became an advocate and a vegan. Cailen lives with her best friend, a pup named Floyd.

Lina Cohen

Staff Attorney

Lina Cohen serves as staff attorney at MFA, lending support to undercover investigations and legislative efforts to end animal suffering on factory farms. Lina interned at MFA as a law student and joined the team after graduation. Lina is passionate about animal rights and always on the lookout for new vegan restaurants in LA.

Clare Bland

Philanthropy Officer

Clare Bland serves as our philanthropy officer, ​bringing 23 years of development, program management, and nonprofit leadership experience to her role.​ ​Learning how smart and affectionate farmed animals were moved Clare to leave them off her plate for good. Clare and her husband Michael share their lives with two quirky rescued mutts, Ralph and Rufus.

Kelcey Meadows-Lucas

Philanthropy Officer

Kelcey Meadows-Lucas serves as philanthropy officer, 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 still feisty dog, Patches, his sister, Maizy, and her husband and toddler son.

John Karas

Philanthropy Officer

John Karas is our 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.

Mikael Nielsen

Volunteer Manager

Mikael Nielsen is our volunteer manager, mobilizing activists around the world. While Mikael had always been an animal lover, it was a friendly turkey on TV that inspired him to become vegan in 1996. Mikael says that working for Mercy For Animals is a dream come true.

Susan Weingartner

Development Projects Manager

Susan Weingartner is our development projects manager, organizing major events and other fundraising projects. She is an accomplished photographer, and for years her touching photos of rescued animals have raised much in vital funds for several organizations, including MFA. Susan and her son share their home with their three extremely outgoing cats, Aragorn, Kali, and Michael.

Kristen Diederich

Development Systems Manager

Kristen Diederich is our development systems manager, expanding fundraising programs and managing day-to-day tasks. Kristen interned with MFA for just one week before being hired and is now based in our LA headquarters, working to protect farmed animals full time.

Kate Ziegler

Senior Investigations and Research Associate

Kate Ziegler is our senior investigations and research associate, analyzing evidence documented by MFA’s undercover investigators for potential violations of law. Kate credits her family with shaping her into the socially conscious and compassionate person she is.

Kyle Fujisawa

Investigations and Research Associate

Kyle Fujisawa serves as investigations and research associate, conducting extensive research into agribusiness practices and animal welfare standards. In college, Kyle joined UC Santa Cruz’s animal advocacy club, where he first learned about MFA. He later became club president, working closely with MFA to develop more effective outreach techniques and maximize the number of students reached.  

Mark Devries

Investigations and Research Associate

Mark Devries serves as investigations and research associate, assisting MFA undercover investigators who are in the field. Mark analyzes investigative footage and also conducts economic and corporate research. He is producer and director of Speciesism: The Movie, which is widely used as an introduction to animal rights. It is also the world's first drone-based investigation of factory farming and has been viewed by tens of millions worldwide.

Sarah Von Alt

Communications Specialist

Sarah Von Alt serves as communications specialist, overseeing the creation of content for MFA's blogs and social media. Sarah joined the team in her home state of Ohio, where she organized grassroots outreach and worked with volunteers. Her creativity, willingness to learn, and drive make her the perfect fit for our ever growing social media presence. Sarah shares her life with her rescue mutt, Frannie, who loves coming to the office for a hard day of napping. 

Joe Loria

Emerging Social Media Specialist

Joe Loria serves as our emerging social media specialist, researching new social opportunities and creating content. Experienced in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, he has been instrumental to the success of numerous PR and social media campaigns. Upon discovering the horrors faced by farmed animals, Joe decided to become vegan. He is currently a proud cat dad to his fancy feline, Scout.

Tammy Borchert

Administrative and Merchandising Assistant

Tammy Borchert serves as our administrative and merchandising assistant, bringing expertise and years of experience in nonprofit apparel and campaigning. Strongly impacted by an in-depth study of yoga and two lovely rescued companion animals that shared her home, Tammy became vegan and has never looked back.

Alan Darer

Education Project Coordinator

Alan Darer is our education project coordinator. He works with activists on college campuses around the country, and leads the charge in the creation, launch, and evaluation of our online ads. Alan was raised a vegetarian, and after the shock of viewing a video about the cruel egg industry, he became vegan and started interning at MFA. The rest is history!

Jamie Berger

Media Campaigns Coordinator

Jamie Berger serves as our media campaigns coordinator, executing mass media vegan advocacy efforts. Her professional experience includes both federal lobbying and public relations, and The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and other major national news outlets have featured her written work. 

Nicole Furlan

Web Developer

Nicole Furlan serves as our web developer. Nicole has been defending all animals ever since her dog saved her life. A nearly lifelong vegetarian, she became vegan after watching undercover factory farming footage. She also advocates for unfairly stereotyped dog breeds and shares her home with her husband, Billy, and two loving rescued pit bulls, Brady and Bruno.

Cameron McBride

Assistant Web Developer

Cameron McBride serves as our assistant web developer. Upon discovering the effects of heavy meat consumption on the human body, Cameron adopted a healthy and humane plant-based diet. He currently shares his home with his wife, Erin, and three loving companion animals.

Krystal Caldwell

Statistics Analyst

Krystal Caldwell is our statistics analyst, responsible for research design, data analysis, and testing. She dedicates her time to improving the lives of animals because there are no justifiable reasons to treat animals with anything but respect.

Courtney Dobbin

Project Coordinator: Canada

Courtney Dobbin is project coordinator for MFA in Canada. She works closely with the managing director, assisting with media matters, campaigns, outreach, and more. After joining the team, she quickly discovered that her prime purpose was to reduce animal suffering across the country while planting seeds of compassion into the hearts of people.