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inclusive hiring skills program


Let’s come together to make the world a better place for animals by making the workplace better for people.

The Inclusive Hiring Skills Program is a series of workshops designed for hiring professionals, providing a unique opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skillset in creating a more inclusive and diverse working environment.

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Gain Insights from Top Hiring Leaders in Animal Advocacy

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Animal Advocacy Careers

AAC speeds up the end of unnecessary animal suffering by matching people to roles that help animals most.


We empower animal advocacy organisations with top talent, enabling them to make a greater impact.

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Tania Luna

Co-author of the bestselling leadership book The Leader Lab: Core Skills to Become a Great Manager Faster


Co-founder of LifeLabs Learning and Scarlet Spark, a new nonprofit dedicated to amplifying leadership and organizational effectiveness in the animal protection movement.

Recruitment is easier with the right strategies

As a hiring professional, you know how challenging it can be to find the right people for your organisation. With limited resources and a limited pool of mission-aligned and qualified candidates, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and frustrated. Sometimes there are too many great people applying and it can be hard to make a good decision within the limited hiring time.


The consequences of making a bad hire can be devastating: You could end up wasting time, money, and resources on an employee who isn't a good fit. Making a poor hire can cost nonprofits anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000 and this doesn’t even include hiring time.


That's why we've created this online workshop series specifically designed for professionals involved in or interested in hiring in the animal advocacy movement.


We will share proven strategies for successful talent acquisition and DEI practices that work for animal advocacy organisations. You'll gain the skills, knowledge, and connections needed to build a strong team that supports your mission.

This hands-on, research-backed program includes three workshops:


How to Minimize Bias & Maximize Inclusion in Your Hiring Process

This event has been completed. The recording will be available to purchase soon.


How to Run an Effective Hiring Process


How to Design a Great Candidate Experience

Who this series is for:

  1. HR managers (both new and experienced professionals)

  2. Talent Acquisition and DEI specialists

  3. Executives and founders

  4. Anyone involved in or interested in hiring

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Each workshop is 90 minutes and taught virtually via Zoom.

You'll leave with:


Practical tools and tactics you can put to use the very same day


Sharpened skills that will make you a better hiring manager and leader


Important insights that will make it easier for you to build and scale an inclusive and effective hiring process


Connections to passionate peers in the animal protection movement

Let’s come together to make the world a better place for animals by making the workplace better for people.

Workshop descriptions


How to Minimize Bias & Maximize Inclusion in Your Hiring Process

Summary: We all know hiring is one of our best opportunities to grow workplace diversity and effectiveness and also one of the biggest danger zones for perpetuating societal inequities. In this workshop, we’ll share a simple but powerful framework to assess and improve your hiring practices to create a more just and joyful world for animals and the people who work to help them. 

Inclusive hiring workshop

Outcomes: You’ll leave with a clear understanding of the biggest hiring mistakes to avoid when it comes to equity and inclusion, an idea bank for evidence-based alternatives to common problematic practices, and an audit tool you can share with your team and apply right away. 

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How bias can prevent you from hiring the best candidate:

  1. A poorly written job description can put off diverse candidates.

  2. A lack of universal criteria can lead to the best candidates being overlooked due to bias.

  3. Lack of provision for inclusion during test task can miss out on some of the best performers

  4. A process that's not inclusive can lead to candidates dropping off

  5. And many more!

We can't afford to be biased when hiring, especially considering our movement's limited resources.

Together we will look at the following:

  1. The FAIR model of hiring

  2. How to create a job ad that attracts the most diverse audiences

  3. Hidden ways we can introduce bias in hiring unknowingly

  4. How not to introduce bias via reference checks

  5. How to remove bias from test tasks

  6. Design the most and the least biased hiring process and spot the differences

We are confident that everyone, experienced and new hiring managers alike will come out with actionable takeaways from this important workshop.


How to Run an Effective Hiring Process

Summary: In this workshop, we’ll cover all the most important touch points (and error points) of an effective, inclusive, and scalable hiring process, from job descriptions to interview questions to candidate assessment. You’ll discover common pitfalls to avoid and learn evidence-based practices that will help you make great hiring decisions every time.

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Outcomes: You’ll leave with clarity and confidence about what it takes to build a great hiring system from beginning to end, answers to your biggest hiring questions, and a full toolkit you can use right away. You’ll practice implementing what you learn and get real-time feedback from your peers to create an even stronger hiring process. 

Prep-work: Come to this workshop with a role in mind you’re hiring now or would like to hire in the future.


How to Design a Great Candidate Experience

Summary: Many companies focus so much on making good hiring decisions that they forget to consider the experience of their candidates. This oversight can lead you to lose promising candidates and earn a bad reputation as an employer, making hiring even harder to do. In this workshop, you’ll learn the most important mistakes to avoid and practice techniques that create a standout candidate experience.

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Outcomes: You’ll gather ideas and feedback on your current candidate journey from peers at other animal protection organizations. And you’ll leave with a checklist to build an inclusive, efficient, and delightful candidate experience.

Prep-work: Come to this workshop with a role in mind you’re hiring now or would like to hire in the future.

Meet Your Facilitator: Tania Luna

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Tania is the co-founder of LifeLabs Learning, author of The Leader Lab and Surprise, cohost of the podcast Talk Psych to Me, partner at Columbia University's eLab, and founder of Scarlet Spark.


Tania is a researcher, writer, and educator. She writes for Psychology Today, Harvard Business Review, Faunalytics, and some others. Her TED talk on the power of perspective has over 1.8 million views.

Tania lives in a micro-sanctuary with 20+ animals, including her husband. She does lots of things, but each is an attempt to give people research-backed and play-packed tools for being kinder to ourselves, each other, and all living beings.

  • Why Fundraising?
    A lack of funding is one of the main problems that the animal advocacy movement faces. We believe that fundraising is one of the top areas where the movement most urgently needs more expertise. This programme seeks to empower individuals with fundraising skills within the animal advocacy sphere, in order to strengthen the movement.
  • What Do Fundraisers Do?
    There are many different types of fundraising roles and work, ranging from digital marketing to face-to-face fundraising with major donors. However, there are some common activities: ‣ Communicate with donors. Of course, this often involves directly asking donors or institutions for their financial support. ‣ Research potential donors and grant-makers. ‣ One-to-one communication with individuals and institutions that might make gifts and thanking them for gifts they have made. Fundraising involves both cultivating relationships with prospective donors and stewarding relationships with existing donors. ‣ Coordinate with other employees in the organisation to ensure that information related to donors is well-informed and to support communication with or proposals for donors. ‣ Logistical work coordinating fundraising across the department or specific fundraising campaigns.
  • How Will this Work Placement Expand my Career Options?
    Fundraising provides a lot of generally useful skills. At the end of the experience, you will be better equipped to work in various nonprofit roles besides fundraising, including campaigns, marketing, or management and leadership, roles in government institutions, or roles at for-profit companies. Fundraisers may be well-placed to enter high-level management and leadership roles in nonprofits.
  • How Does This Work Help Animals?
    If you’re interested in helping animals effectively through your career, you should prioritise work that has high potential for impact. Spending resources on fundraising can have a multiplier effect by raising substantially more money than is invested.
  • How Does the Application Process Work?
    Please complete our application form. After the deadline, if we have received a completed form from you, we will send you an email letting you know whether we will proceed with your application or not. If we proceed, you will be asked to complete 2-3 hours’ worth of test tasks. We will then send you another email letting you know whether we will proceed with your application or not. If we proceed, you will have an interview to discuss your application and the programme. We will then send you another email letting you know whether we will proceed with your application or not. Application deadline: Sunday 1st May. We recognise that this application process is more time-consuming than some. We offer compensation of $20 per hour spent on test tasks (up to a maximum of 3 hours), as well as $50 per interview. (Note that this payment might be taxable in your country and you are responsible for reporting it to your tax authority.)
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