Animal Rights Policy Associate- Office of the President

  • Norfolk, VA
  • Full-time

Company Description

This job is posted by The PETA Foundation on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The PETA Foundation formed in 1993 to provide general and administrative support services to PETA and certain other charitable animal protection organizations, including accounting and legal services, creative consultation, employee benefit administration,  and employee recruitment.

About PETA

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), with more than 2 million members and supporters, is the largest animal rights organization in the world.

PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: factory farms, laboratories, the clothing trade, and the entertainment industry. PETA also works on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds, and other "pests" and the abuse of "backyard" dogs.

PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.

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Job Description

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is searching for a full-time policy associate to support our efforts to put an end to animal abuse worldwide. This role is responsible for a combination of administrative, research, and advocacy-related tasks. Reporting directly to the president, with wide latitude for independent initiative and judgment, this role coordinates the planning, organization, and development of specific projects in order to accomplish the goals of the organization most effectively.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

• Coordinate and perform in-depth analyses in order to suggest strategies

• Develop and maintain productive relationships to implement PETA's advocacy initiatives effectively

• Prepare reports, briefings, presentations, and responses on strategic issues

• Draft correspondence and respond to inquiries and requests, utilizing discretion and independent judgment

• Oversee Web content related to assigned projects

• Travel within and outside the U.S. on assignments

• Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor


• Degree in a related field or equivalent experience

• Minimum of three years of professional experience

• Strong working knowledge of animal rights issues and PETA campaigns

• Excellent professional research skills, with the ability to conduct research on complicated issues, especially in circumstances in which information availability is limited

• Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion

• Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills

• Demonstrated ability to organize and manage multiple projects

• Proven ability to exercise independent judgment

• Proven ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines

• Previous public-speaking experience and the ability to comfortably create and deliver presentations

• Professional appearance and adherence to a vegan lifestyle

• Ability and willingness to travel

• Ability to lift and carry 20 lbs.

• Must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid U.S. driver's license, a minimum of three years of driving experience, and a satisfactory driving record

• Support for PETA's philosophy and the ability to professionally advocate PETA's positions on issues

• Commitment to the objectives of the organization

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