The Humane League is seeking self-motivated, experienced animal advocates to conduct outreach and campaigns to help animals in one of the following cities: San Francisco, Miami, Atlanta, or Seattle. These will be paid, full-time positions. Both locals and people willing to relocate are welcome—we keep on file all good candidates who may be able to relocate to other locations in the future. Primary duties will include:
1. Vegan Outreach - traveling to local Universities and other locations to pass out booklets on veganism and factory farming. This will primarily be done during the college semesters, and will focus mostly on the colleges and univerisities in the greater metro area. Leafleting will also be done outside of certain music concerts, festivals, and other events. You may be expected to go on brief one to two week 'tours' to other large schools in the area. In addition to leafleting, you will engage in other veg outreach activities including setting up and re-stocking free Vegetarian Starter Kit newsstand boxes and working with restaurants to encourage them to carry more vegan options. You will also be responsible for recruiting and organizing local volunteers to assist with outreach.
2. Running Cage-Free Campaigns - working with universities and university student groups to convince dining services teams to switch to using cage-free eggs in campus dining halls. This will require arranging meetings and meeting with dining service directors from most local universities and colleges and becoming well-versed on the facts regarding cage-free egg production. You will also be focusing on two to three schools at a time where an actual campaign for a cage-free policy change will be conducted, which will entail: working with student groups to solicit their support and involvement on the campaign; getting petitions and letters signed on campus; doing online data gathering and research; using Facebook and online petitions to generate further student support for a change; and speaking to campus media about the issue. Some meetings on the cage-free issue may also be conducted with other institutions such as hospitals, bakeries and restaurants.
3. Conducting Humane Education Classes - giving a powerpoint-based presentation to high school and college classes on factory farming and its impact on animals, the environment, and human health. Presentations may sometimes cover vegetarian nutrition as well. Most scheduling and promotion of these presentations will be done by another Humane League staff person; your duties will be final follow-up with teachers as to what specifically they would like, and conducting the actual presentations.
4. Promote the Development of The Humane League's Local Office - hold fundraisers including a Walk for Animals and Vegetarian Runner's Group to draw new members in and help raise funds; promote certain leafleting events and other events online to recruit volunteers; attend and/or table at animal advocacy events, environmental events, and similar events in the area to sign up volunteers and donors; communicate with area animal activists who have questions or want to get involved; further help develop The Humane League's membership.
Very strong interpersonal communication skills: the ability to persuade others, communicate our message well, make friends or friendly connections, speak clearly, be comfortable with public speaking, etc. This is the most important quality for the position.
Self-motivation: the ability to set your own schedule and to-do lists and carry them out in a timely, efficient manner to achieve as much as possible for animals in the limited amount of time you have each day.
Understanding of the issues: being well-versed in all issues regarding factory farming and vegetarianism/veganism.
Works well with others: the ability to work well the Humane League's other staff members.
Professionalism: being able to dress and act professionally when necessary in order to achieve our campaign, education, and fundraising goals.
Able and willing to receive large shipments of leaflets and load and unload these 20-30 lb. boxes.
Salary for campaign staff ranges between $18,000 and $25,000 based on need and experience.
This position has no end date; The Humane League will continue its presence in the area for years to come. The start date of this position is flexible. Please note that as we are a small non-profit, and as all money spent on staff is money that can't be spent directly on helping animals, the salary for this position is fairly low. We encourage applicants to consider this job to be a Peace Corps/AmeriCorps/City Year/etc.-style job: the applicant's goal is not to make a great deal of money but to have a position that provides valuable experience and helps tens of thousands of animals.
You should be aware that until The Humane League has a group of volunteers and supporters in the area, much of your work will be done on your own (for the first few months at least). Senior staff will train you and work with you for the first few weeks, helping you get things going, and will communicate with you on an ongoing basis and provide you support in the form of research, advice, constant communication, and traveling to the office when necessary. You will need to work from home (aside from work activities that require you to visit schools or other places), and so will need a fast internet connection and sufficient space.
The Humane League - PO Box 23819 - Philadelphia, PA 19143 - (617) 877-3589 - email@example.com