CAA is hiring a full-time Communications and Events Coordinator to help us further our mission of encouraging people to cultivate empathy for animals and move towards a plant-based diet. The communications part of the position includes preparing weekly emails, working on our annual report, writing fundraising letters, and communicating via social media. The event planning portion includes planning potlucks, dine-outs at veg-friendly restaurants, and other small events. About 80% of this position will be communications and 20% events.
This position is full time with a salary of $32,000 per year, including paid vacation and sick time. There are no additional benefits offered. This position is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Currently this position is budgeted for one year. We hope to extend this position indefinitely if our income grows enough to support it.
You will write, compile, and edit several communications pieces including our weekly newsletter, our periodic Compassionate Times newsletter for donors, our annual report, fundraising appeal letters, brochures, and more. You will also coordinate our social media, graphic design, and audio-visual work. This work is vital in order to help us spread the word about animal issues to the general public. You will also be helping us keep our supporters engaged and informed about our work.
Your event planning work will consist of planning and executing small events to foster an animal-friendly community in the Twin Cities. This includes potlucks, dine-outs, and other simple social events where attendees share food, make friends, and have a good time.
This is a great opportunity to start a career in animal advocacy with a growing, dynamic organization. You will be our second full-time employee, in addition to our Executive Director, Unny Nambudiripad. We believe in giving our employees and volunteer a lot of freedom to be as effective as possible. You will be free to work from our office and from home as appropriate. We expect you to work hard and work well, but we also want you to make sure you don’t work too much! A good work/life balance is important to us. We think that measuring our effectiveness and being open to change in the face of compelling data is crucial to effective advocacy.
Compassionate Action for Animals was founded in 1998 and has a solid track record of animal advocacy. We have organized numerous events and activities over the years from big to small, including the first ever Twin Cities Veg Fest in 2012, which attracted 1,200 people, and our follow-up festival in 2013 that attracted 2,000 attendees! This is your chance to join us and make all of our future work even more successful.
The minimum qualifications for this position are:
- Excellent written communication skills. Ability to write and edit clearly.
- Understanding of key animal issues including animal ethics, nutrition, and plant-based eating.
- A strong desire to educate the public about animal cruelty and compassionate eating choices.
- Strong verbal communication skills and the ability to work work with volunteers to plan events, as well as the ability to given clear directions to volunteers at events.
- Strong organizational skills and a keen eye for details.
- Excellent time management skills.
- Occasional evening and weekend availability as most of our events do not take place during standard work hours.
- Basic knowledge of HTML and creating content for the web.
- Self-motivated and self-sufficient. Able to get work done without a lot of supervision.
Other skills that are a big plus:
- Experience in using social media to promote events and causes.
- Experience organizing events and managing volunteers.
- Experience with graphic design, photography, or audio/video production and editing.
This position requires working with our databases, planning software, and email lists. You should be comfortable spending a significant portion of your time using a computer. You should also be comfortable following up with volunteers on a regular basis through phone calls, text messaging, email, social media, and other forms of online communication.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit your resume as an attached PDF or plain text file. Alternately, you can provide a link to a web page or PDF. Please include your cover letter in the body of the email. Your cover letter should explain why you are interested in this position, and why you are passionate about working in animal advocacy. In addition, we ask that all candidates submit a writing sample of up to 1,000 words. This can be any piece of writing that you think best demonstrates your ability. Again, please submit this as a PDF, text file, or a link to a web page.
Applications are due by midnight on Friday, March 7th. We plan to schedule interviews on Wednesday, March 19th, Saturday, March 22nd, and Sunday, March 23rd. We will be in touch with all applicants no later than Friday, March 14th.
Vegan candidates are encouraged to apply and will be given preference.