The Humane League UK

Global Animal Welfare Specialist, Chickens

Remote UK or US with international travel


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Who we are: 

The Humane League UK is a charity ending the abuse of animals raised for food by influencing the policies of the world's biggest companies, demanding legislation, and empowering others to take action. We're a mission-driven, energetic team focussed on problem-solving and effective teamwork, and have grown significantly over the last few years. Thanks to our targeted approach, our effectiveness in reducing animal suffering and our efficient use of donations, The Humane League has been named Top Charity by the independent evaluator Animal Charity Evaluators for every rating period. 

The Humane League is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive environment and being an equal opportunity employer. We are proud to be a Disability Confident Committed Employer, demonstrating our commitment to recruiting, retaining, and supporting disabled people and people with health conditions, based on their skills and talent. 

In compliance with laws and in furtherance of our commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, all applicants will receive unbiased consideration for employment without discrimination based on race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, neurodiversity, age, or veteran status.

You can read more about how The Humane League UK is working on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion here.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility, please contact us via hiring@thehumaneleague.org.uk and we will be happy to discuss via email or telephone reasonable adjustments that you may require throughout the process.


The position:

We are seeking a tenacious, determined and well organised individual with the drive to create progressive change for millions of farmed animals. You will be part of a small, high-impact team specialising in corporate outreach and policy. 

This is a full time, remote position based in the United Kingdom or the United States. Full-time hours equate to 40 hours/ week if based in the US and 37.5 hours/ week if based in the UK. This position requires domestic and international travel.

If you would like to learn more about this role, you can watch the recording of our recent hiring webinar here.

Who you are:

You have a deep understanding of how the poultry industry works and are determined to use this knowledge to improve it. You are an advocate for animals and are excited to bring your knowledge to other advocates around the world, working together to put this theory into practice. You are innovative, with a relentless attitude towards your work.

Reporting to the Global Animal Welfare Manager, you are as comfortable reading and writing research papers as you are in the boardroom and on the farm. The primary focus of the position is to engage in dialogue and maintain relationships with food companies and governmental groups to deliver advice on farm animal welfare science. The position requires extensive research and you will be working closely with Open Wing Alliance members to organise meetings and strategise on securing improvements in welfare for chickens from a science-based perspective.

You are passionate about The Humane League’s mission of ending the abuse of animals raised for food. While working with autonomy is an important part of your role, strong collaboration and communication skills are paramount to your success. You will have the ability to work independently and as a member of a team in a fast paced environment and be able to prioritise and manage multiple tasks effectively and efficiently.


Primary Duties:

  • Remain up-to-date with science and evidence base for poultry. 
  • Conduct extensive research into the scientific literature and corporate data relating to animal agriculture systems and industries.
  • Produce animal welfare education materials for Open Wing Alliance (OWA) members to utilise and share with the animal agriculture industry to support higher welfare initiatives.
  • Support campaign groups that are working with major food companies to advance protections for farmed animals within their supply chains.
  • Produce referenced supporting documentation for our policies on farm animal welfare and deliver presentations on the science behind these policies.
  • Professional communication with the animal agriculture industry and when needed corporate executives.
  • Work cohesively with team members intra- and inter-departmentally to coordinate on strategic initiatives.
  • Work closely with OWA members to support them and coordinate on strategic initiatives.
  • Track industry progress, working closely with other welfare specialists and the Global Research & Insights Analyst when required.
  • Attend conferences and support OWA members at corporate meetings when required. 
  • Domestic and international travel as required.


Requirements:
 
This position requires technical knowledge and advanced education (Veterinary Degree/Master’s) in farm animal welfare science, or equivalent experience. On-farm experience required.

In addition:

  • Attend events and protests as required.
  • Participate in team meetings including note-taking and facilitation. 
  • Attend in-person workshops several times a year.
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the Global Animal Welfare Manager.


Key competencies:

Strategic: You know what gets results and have a clear, ambitious plan to achieve them. You know what success looks like.

Communication: you are an excellent communicator and can adapt to different tones and styles. You have an exceptional grasp of writing both scientifically and in lay terms, able to adapt accordingly to the situation. You display confidence and relentlessness, especially when faced with confrontational or particularly difficult situations and interactions.

Cooperative: Although this position is highly independent, the success of this role relies on your ability to work cooperatively and collaborate with team members, as well as other NGOs and stakeholders.

Project management: You have the ability to manage multiple projects and tasks through to completion in a fast-paced environment. You are flexible, have strong planning, social, emotional and organisational skills.

Thought-leadership: An informed opinion leader on animal welfare science and the go-to person for the organisation. You are able to give advice, guidance and insight into all welfare issues and ways to improve systems relating to poultry. 

Problem solving: You are a forward-looking thinker who anticipates needs, actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions with strong decision-making capability. Self-directed and able to plan and coordinate many projects simultaneously, often working with ambiguous guidelines.


Salary, benefits and location:
Our employees all work remotely but still enjoy a supportive, collaborative environment. 
This role is open to candidates based in both the United Kingdom and the United States and as such the specific benefits related to the position will vary depending on your location.

UK benefits include:
You will have access to a workplace pension, 25 days leave plus Public Holidays, flexible working hours, internet reimbursement, our Employee Assistance Programme, and family-friendly policies. Professional learning and development is actively encouraged.

UK based salary: Starting salary of £39,690 or £43,659 for Inner London Weighting

US benefits include:
Employees enjoy full medical coverage, optional dental and vision packages, a 401(k) retirement plan, optional pet insurance, working from home, up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave for eligible employees, paid holidays, flexible vacation time and professional development. For full US employee benefits click here

US based salary: Starting salary $66,600 or salary to commensurate with experience.

Please note: The gross salary across the two locations is not a direct conversion but is calculated by each hiring organisation using their own independent pay framework, with consideration of local working conditions, statutory rights and additional contributions when applicable.


​Good to know:

At The Humane League, animal welfare is at the forefront of our everyday work and as such, many of our employees are vegan by personal choice. All of our events and workshops offer only plant-based meals. We welcome all mission-aligned candidates to apply, no matter where you are in your journey to end the abuse of animals raised for food.


All applicants need to be:

  1. Fluent in written and spoken English.
  2. ​Live and have the right to work in the UK or possess United States work authorisation.  
  3. Committed to our mission to end the abuse of animals raised for food.


Closing date: 15th May 2022


You will hear from us after the application closing date passes. Once your application has been received and reviewed and when we want to take it forward, our thorough interview process will follow this route: 

  • Skills Test (completed remotely)
  • First Interview (via video call)
  • Final Interview (via video call)


For full details of our recruitment process click here.


Time commitment: Full time

Applications due: 2022-05-15

  • Category Animal Welfare
  • Created by Emily Brennan
  • Submitted 20 Apr
  • Last updated 04 May