About the Role
*While this position is remote, it requires residency in Canada for the duration of employment.
Mercy For Animals aims to end industrial animal agriculture by constructing a just and sustainable food system. We envision a world where animals are respected, protected, and free.
As a leading farmed animal advocacy organization, we know that achieving this goal requires a diverse, inclusive, and collaborative work environment—one that welcomes and sparks new perspectives and innovative ideas. If you are passionate about our mission, driven to make a big impact for animals, and eager to be part of a dedicated team, join us!
We currently seek a corporate relations specialist in Canada to join our corporate engagement team. In this role you will engage with major food companies to eliminate some of the cruelest practices inflicted on farmed animals across their supply chains.
You will do invaluable work:
* Help develop and execute effective strategies for working with the food industry to secure and implement commitments to eliminating cruel supply chain practices
* Help develop and execute compliance strategies and corporate accountability projects to ensure that secured animal welfare commitments are implemented
* Identify, research, and propose prospective outreach targets
* Maintain a portfolio of retailers, restaurants, producers, foodservice providers, and other food industry entities to engage with on animal welfare
* Maintain accurate, up-to-date, and consistent outreach materials that comply with internal legal, editorial, and messaging standards
* Track communications with companies and share updates with supervisor, corporate engagement team, and coalition members as needed
* Cultivate positive working relationships with key food industry stakeholders, including executives at food companies, producers, and associations, and attend in-person meetings as needed
* Serve as Mercy For Animals spokesperson at events, including industry gatherings and conferences as needed
* Work with other nonprofit organizations to foster solid relationships and coordination between Mercy For Animals and other corporate engagement professionals
* Collaborate with other departments at Mercy For Animals to advance the organization’s strategic objectives
Your qualifications will take our corporate engagement team to the next level:
* Minimum of one year’s professional experience in corporate relations, campaigning, issue advocacy, communications, sales, or closely related area
* Bachelor’s degree in corporate affairs, campaigning, issue advocacy, communications, or closely related area or equivalent work experience (preferred)
* Proficiency in French (preferred)
* Self-motivation, resourcefulness, and exceptional research skills
* Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate professionally and persuasively
* Excellent organizational, time management, and project management skills
* Outstanding writing skills and strong attention to detail
* Good understanding of the Canadian food industry and the country’s key farmed animal welfare issues
* Commitment to continued personal and organizational growth in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice principles
* Willingness and ability to travel two to four times per year for meetings, conferences, and retreats
* Willingness and ability to maintain a professional appearance when interfacing with external stakeholders, such as company executives, industry representatives, and coalition members
* Commitment to the mission and values of Mercy For Animals
About Your Team Leader
Your team leader, PJ (they/he), is the corporate engagement manager for Mercy For Animals Canada. PJ became interested in animal protection as a social justice issue while studying social and political theory at York University. PJ’s career in animal advocacy started at a large farmed animal sanctuary in the United States, managing volunteer programs and a national outreach campaign. PJ has also served on the board of a racial equity consulting organization. Your team leader strongly values fairness, a supportive and strengths-based approach to teamwork, open communication, and a growth mindset. PJ resides in Toronto, and outside work is a proud choir nerd who also enjoys playing ice hockey and sharing a home with their partner, a senior dog and bunny, and the recently adopted love of PJ’s life, Simon the cat.