- Policy Associate, Farm Animal Program, USA
Policy Associate, Farm Animal Program
Animal Welfare Institute (AWI)
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1951 whose mission is to alleviate the suffering caused to animals by people. With headquarters in the Eastern Market district of Washington, DC, AWI employs approximately 27 staff and consultants, with most located at its headquarters and others operating from locations around the country. AWI is program oriented—more than 90 percent of our budget goes to support our programs to protect terrestrial and marine wildlife, farm animals, animals in research, and companion animals via educational programs, strategically crafted campaigns, political advocacy, and engagement with industry, policymakers, scientists, and other NGOs.
AWI is currently seeking a Policy Associate to join the group’s farm animal program team at its Washington, DC headquarters. This position focuses on working within broad-based stakeholder coalitions to promote a higher-welfare, sustainable food system. The position also includes lobbying for stronger farm animal standards by the US Congress, state legislatures, and industry trade associations. The Policy Associate works within the AWI farm animal team to meet the organization’s objectives of eliminating factory farms, supporting higher-welfare farms, and achieving humane transport and slaughter for all farmed animals.
Participate on AWI’s behalf in a variety of stakeholder coalitions to promote a higher-welfare, sustainable food system
Advocate for farm animal protection before the US Congress, state legislatures, and administrative agencies
Advocate for the adoption of stronger farm animal protection standards by relevant professional organizations and industry trade associations
Develop contacts and avenues of communication among agriculture industry officials, government officials, and other NGOs
Draft, revise, and/or update reports and other publications
Draft, revise, and/or update website content
Participate in farm animal program planning and priority setting
Represent AWI at hearings, meetings, and events
Represent AWI in interviews with the media, as directed
Supervise interns and volunteers
Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in relevant field; advanced degree in law, public policy, or animal science a plus
Skills and Experience
Degree in relevant field, including law, public policy, political science, and/or animal science
An understanding of and passion for farm animal welfare issues
Knowledge of federal and state policy-making process preferred
Strong written and verbal communication and public speaking skills
Ability to work well both independently and within a team
Ability to coordinate activities within coalitions composed of various stakeholders
Ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously
Director, Farm Animal Program
Washington, DC. Remote working will not be considered for this position. Occasional travel to meetings and conferences required.
Salary and Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience and abilities. Benefits include employer-paid medical, prescription, and dental insurance, employee-paid vision insurance, 401(k) with employer match, paid leave, on-site parking, and IRS commuter benefit program.
Job posted on 2nd July 2019
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