Animal Advocacy Careers (AAC) is an organisation that seeks to address the career and talent bottlenecks in the animal advocacy movement, especially the farmed animal movement. We are providing careers services for individuals at all levels of experience with animal advocacy:
Those new to animal advocacy
Those looking for career planning and support
WHY FARMED ANIMALS?
Animal advocacy — including everything from public activism to developing new foods that can replace animal products — seems like one of the most effective ways to have a positive impact. We can help lots of animals for not much cost, improving their lives or sparing them from the horrors of factory farming. And animal advocacy might also be one of the best opportunities for improving society in the long-term, too.
There is good reason to expect that one of the most impactful ways advocates can make a difference to animals’ lives is by focusing on farmed animals or wild animals, due to the large number of these animals and relatively little attention that tends to be paid to them at the moment. There may be exceptions to this, such as if advocacy for these groups of animals seems unusually difficult in a particular context. Nevertheless, we expect that most of our work will be aimed at supporting individuals and organisations who focus on farmed animal advocacy. This is the area that the majority of highly impact-focused animal advocates — those who don’t just want to help animals, but help as many animals, as much as they can — currently tend to focus on.
WHY ANIMALS ADVOCACY CAREERS?
Among other issues holding back the animal advocacy community from doing even more to help animals, it seems likely that a lack of expertise in particular areas is a problem and that the community could be better coordinated.
Our research has highlighted a number of types of skillsets that the movement needs more of, including management and leadership, fundraising, and legislative expertise.
Examples of the likely consequences of these existing bottlenecks include that:
Organisations may grow more slowly. High impact animal organisations often have roles open for a number of months while they look for candidates, leaving important work not done.
Organisations may make lower quality hires, leading to inefficiencies.
High-impact programmes may be deprioritised.
Animal Charity Evaluators estimated that the US farmed animal movement spends only 2.5% of its resources on “capacity building” — activities that “help strengthen the animal advocacy movement by expanding membership and increasing available resources to the movement.” Animal advocacy capacity building also seems to be neglected by the “effective altruism” movement; some effective altruism organisations such as 80,000 Hours and the Centre for Effective Altruism do not prioritise animal advocacy as much as some other cause areas.
Current members of the animal advocacy movement seem optimistic about the implementation of training programmes targeted at specific talent bottlenecks. Initial research by AAC also suggests that this sort of intervention may be effective. More broadly, 80,000 hours seems to have had success in addressing career and talent problems in the effective altruism community; similar interventions focusing specifically on the animal advocacy movement could seem likely to have positive impacts for animals. AAC continues to conduct further research to understand the best opportunities in this space.
In 2020, we are offering three different services:
An online course and workshop for those new to animal advocacy or impact-focused career planning.
Online careers advice and one-to-one advising calls for those seeking information to support their career planning.
Support for the development of management and leadership expertise at top animal advocacy organisations.
These interventions will be run on a small scale, with our priority being high-quality monitoring and impact evaluation.
In 2021, we expect that we will focus on improving and scaling up some of the services that we offered in 2020 — whichever our research suggests is most effective — and conducting further research to better understand the opportunities to help advocates to maximise their positive impact for animals.
If this sounds helpful for you, please apply for our online course and workshop below!
APPLICATIONS CLOSE at midnight 25th October 2020
CEO & Co-founder
Before starting AAC, Lauren worked for just under 7 years in the for-profit sector, finishing as a consultant for a global market research company. In her spare time she volunteered for EAA organisations and is passionate about reducing animal suffering.
Lauren participated in the 2019 cohort of Charity Entrepreneurship and currently serves as a mentor for WANBAM.
Researcher & Co-founder
Before working on AAC, Jamie was a researcher for Sentience Institute, where he still works part-time and hosts a podcast.
He has a given over 60 one-to-one careers advice calls and given talks at numerous events from America to Asia, including Effective Altruism Global x, International Conference on Animal Rights in Europe, and Conference on Animal Rights in Europe.