Animal Advocacy Careers’ mission is to address the career and talent bottlenecks in the animal advocacy movement, especially the farmed animal movement.
We were founded in late 2019, through the Charity Entrepreneurship incubation program. Since then, over 40 thousand people have visited our website and 90+ have changed their career plans based on our advice.
Worked in sales and account management for nearly three decades for various press and media companies, such as the BBC.
Susanna wasn’t actively looking for new roles. She had her LinkedIn set to “open to offers” and was hoping to work for an organisation that aligned with her values.
This could have been something helping the environment or animals, but she would have been happy working at the BBC again or another company with positive social effects. She thought that without significant experience in the charity sector, she may not have been considered for a fundraising-focused position, so wasn’t planning to make direct applications.
HOW DID AAC HELP:
Susanna connected with AAC’s recruitment specialist on LinkedIn, after seeing a post by her promoting the role at Animal Equality. AAC reviewed Susanna’s CV and encouraged her to apply for the Animal Equality role; Susanna is confident that she wouldn’t have applied had it not been for AAC’s encouragement. After liaising with AAC and learning more about the role and organisation, Susanna recognised that her experience and values aligned with those of Animal Equality.
OTHER CONTACT WITH THE ROLE:
Engagement with AAC’s recruitment specialist was the first time that Susanna heard about the Animal Equality role. Of course, at that point she looked the organisation up and saw the role listed on the website, but didn’t otherwise encounter any further promotions of the role (e.g. on social media or job boards).
Philanthropy Manager at Animal Equality UK
(Started January 2022)
Placed via AAC’s recruiting service
INTRODUCTION TO ANIMAL ADVOCACY
IMPACT OF OUR SERVICES
Our online course plays a crucial role to achieve one of our priorities: support promising individuals to evaluate, explore, and prepare for high-impact career paths in the animal advocacy movement.
It introduces people to the sorts of career opportunities that exist in the space and supports them to evaluate which options will be the best fit for them and for animals.
New relevant positions
Job, internship, or volunteering within 6 months
REGIONS OF PARTICIPANTS
EXAMPLES OF PARTICIPANTS' LEARNINGS
“I got new ideas concerning possible career paths that I had not considered earlier. I also feel that I am more capable of analysing my potential in possible roles more systematically than before and have more tools to do research on them.”
“I've always thought I would like to volunteer or work in a sanctuary. After this course I want to entirely focus on institutional interventions.”
“Since I started the course I found a job in an NGO focused on animal advocacy. The knowledge I have gathered in the course has provided me with a view on the movement as a whole and validates my work by making me realize the contributions I am making.”
FUNDRAISING WORK PLACEMENT
Our work placement programme is supporting and encouraging highly promising candidates to enter careers in effective animal advocacy nonprofits.
We are focusing first on offering this service specifically for fundraising roles, because our research about hiring difficulties has confirmed that nonprofits find it especially difficult to hire high-quality candidates for this type of work.
We had 206 applications, of which we’ve selected 9 to be placed at different organisations across 6 countries, working an equivalent of 3 FTE months.
FTE months each
Our team has been working on finding highly promising candidates for roles that are especially difficult to hire for, in nonprofits within the animal advocacy movement.
Our recruitment specialist has also offered a small number of consultancy calls to organisations with their hiring processes; 6 out of 8 organisations estimated the quality of the candidate that they hired was somewhat better after this consultation and 2 out of 8 organisations estimated they at least doubled the amount of candidates who applied after the consulting.
WHAT OUR PARTNERS SAY
"Animal Advocacy Careers have excelled in meeting and supporting our recruitment brief. When working with a recruitment firm it is important that the recruiter understands the specifics of the sector they are recruiting for and the sensitivities of the client’s position in this space.
Our requirements were detailed and specific and Animal Advocacy Careers guided us through the recruitment process. With their knowledge of animal welfare, the sector and the recruitment process they made sure that the highest calibre of candidate was shortlisted.
Working with Animal Advocacy Careers has brought us highly qualified and experienced team members that continue to contribute to our work and advance our animal welfare advocacy. We continue to work with Animal Advocacy Careers, and we look forward to a long and continued relationship."
—Chris Platt, Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation
Our skills profiles provide detailed guidance on specific role types within animal advocacy, focusing on the key areas that are most difficult to hire for — and thus tend to have a higher impact for animals.
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Our skills profiles include:
CAREERS ADVICE CALLS
Our career advice calls help animal advocates plan their career to help animals as much as possible. Our team has given both one-on-one and group career coaching calls, helping people to take the steps towards a high fulfilling, high impact career.
Group coaching calls attendees
New relevant position, internship, or volunteering within 6 months
WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT OUR CAREERS ADVICE
“The career advice is tailored, supportive and most of all, motivating. Thank you for this.”
“He listened attentively, asked thoughtful questions, and gave practical advice and resources. He was also encouraging and warm in a way that gave me more confidence to proceed with my explorations!”
“I thought that the way he matched my interests / skills to potential career paths was super helpful. And I found the info he gave on those career options to be very informative.”
Our animal advocacy job board connects animal nonprofits with candidates looking for an animal advocacy role.
We list roles at impact-focused animal nonprofit organisations where we expect that the role has an unusually high impact potential for animals.
Our job board is also a great tool for attracting people interested in animal advocacy roles for our website. Almost 35% of our traffic arrive at our website through the job board page.
We’ve heard of 7 people who have found their roles through our job board. But since we have thousands of people visiting our job board each month, it is likely that the true number is higher.
People have found their roles
Monthly unique visitors
WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT OUR JOB BOARD
“Your job board at AAC was my to-go place to check for new roles available.”
“I had been looking for jobs basically anywhere in the animal movement… But once I looked at the job descriptions on your site it was actually exactly what I was looking for.”
HOW WE CONNECT WITH INDIVIDUALS TO DRIVE CAREER CHANGE
We inspire, motivate and support individuals who want to help save animals in their careers. The content in our website and other platforms helps to educate the public about careers in animal advocacy and build a stronger movement by empowering animal advocacy organisations with more qualified talent.
LinkedIn Group Members
Attract and direct promising individuals towards high-impact career opportunities in the animal advocacy movement.
Support promising individuals to evaluate, explore, and prepare for high-impact career paths in the animal advocacy movement.
Develop AAC’s organisational infrastructure and culture, so that we provide a platform for all our staff to maximise their impact for animals, learn, and grow.
For those new to animal advocacy
Supporting promising candidates to transition their careers into effective animal advocacy nonprofits
To help organisations find the best talent
For those looking for career planning and support
To help candidates find their next animal advocacy role
Thank you for your interest in our work! There are many ways you can get involved with Animal Advocacy Careers, but one of the most helpful contributions you can make is to support us financially.
We are fully run through philanthropic donations. We have been supported by Open Philanthropy, Animal Charity Evaluators, Effective Altruism Funds, Charity Entrepreneurship, and individual donors, but it is vital that we develop a sustainable funding model with multiple funding sources. We do not expect to be able to meet our funding needs by grants alone, so your support is crucial to our mission. Currently, we need to raise $30,000 USD to meet our target until the end of this year.
If you are interested in making a donation of $1,000 or above please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss further.
We are hugely grateful for any support you are able to provide — any donation, however small, helps us continue our work to help animals.