Specialist – Grassroots AdvocacyBest Friends Animal Society Website
The Best Friend’s Mission is to do nothing short of making history by bringing about a time when there are No More Homeless Pets. Our goal is that every animal shelter in every community in the country be no kill by the end of 2025. The fact is, we have a great culture, populated by fun, dedicated and brilliant people. But we’re always looking for talented people who can help us make history, and that’s where you come in. If you want to be a part of history and end the killing of shelter pets by 2025, apply today for one of our open job opportunities!
Location: Remote, USA
Hiring Range: This position is anticipated to pay between $50,000 to $60,000 annually, depending on experience.
Position Summary: Work on all aspects of promoting and advocating a Best Friends-supported Grassroots Program. This program involves supporting and implementing the grassroots, and grass tops, engagement strategy in support of achieving Best Friends’ no-kill goal and better engaging the public in our mission. The Grassroots Advocacy Specialist will be working to create a diverse group of advocates to assist in achieving our 2025 goal via mobilizing the public.
Treat people around you with Kindness and Compassion, build trust by demonstrating authenticity and following through on your commitments, prioritize your well-being like you do our mission, and work to build strong relationships with your colleagues by participating in communication loops to share and receive honest feedback. You are responsible and accountable for the culture you add to your team dynamic.
Build strong community relationships for success of program by acting as liaison with community (residents/stakeholders/shelters and animal welfare organizations) to achieve and sustain life saving goals.
Be knowledgeable and able to communicate with internal and external partners in regard to community organizing and community centered strategies to lifesaving.
Ability to work effectively with the community and animal welfare organizations including open intake and municipal shelters.
Collect stories, photos/videos to showcase successes of the program, with an emphasis on representing the triangle of community (residents/stakeholders/shelters & animal welfare organizations).
Develop communications materials and collateral in support of legislative and grassroots efforts including, but not limited to petitions, fact sheets, and talking points.
Implement resources and training for Action Team members to be effective grassroots advocates and community leaders to build and sustain work on the ground.
Facilitate and coordinate advocate coaching calls.
Supervise Email Assistant Volunteer and manage the 2025 action team email account in a timely manner to address action team member issues, coaching, and requests.
Manage data and accurately input data entry to online databases as instructed by Senior Manager Grassroots Advocacy for the grassroots program.
Proficiency with Internet navigation, internal digital systems such as Hero, Luminate and Control Shift, a variety of computer software applications, including Microsoft Office and Zoom. Ability to learn additional software applications, as needed.
Skills and Experience:
Must be bilingual (fluency) in English and Spanish.
Strong leadership skills with the ability to think quickly on your feet.
Proven written and verbal skills.
Ability to professionally advocate Best Friends’ position on issues.
Experience in interacting with diverse communities and demonstrates approachability when dealing with the community.
Resourceful, “roll up the sleeves” attitude. The successful candidate must have the initiative to resolve problems and seek answers independently and enthusiastically and demonstrate flexibility to persist until goals are achieved.
Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands.
Ability to work effectively with the community and animal welfare organizations including open intake and municipal shelters. This could include handling dogs of all sizes and cats when necessary.
Strong interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations. The ideal person for this job is a team player, personable, professional, upbeat and energetic, takes the initiative, and uses tact and diplomacy.
Demonstrates personal accountability to ensure that all responsibilities are completed effectively and in a timely manner
Ability to work independently and use judgement within established guidelines.
Accurate record-keeping and ability to provide monthly reports on various programs.
Proficiency with Internet navigation and a variety of computer software applications, including Microsoft Office. Ability to learn additional software applications, as needed.
Must be able to sit for extended periods of time working at a computer, doing repetitive typing, arm and hand motions; also while driving either alone or with a partner.
Ability to travel via various forms of transportation
Have a current driver’s license and good driving record with ability to be on Best Friends insurance.
Out-of-town travel for the job is expected to range from 30% to 50% depending on the location of the job holder and the specific responsibilities and tasks assigned.
Willing and able to work varied hours and dates, including holidays, weekends, and late and early hours or split shifts, as needed.
About Best Friends
Best Friends recently received a 2022 Top Workplaces USA award from Energage. Visit the Best Friends Animal Society page on the Energage Top Workplaces award winners’ site here to learn more. Not only do we take pride in cultivating a welcoming and supportive community and culture for our employees, but we also offer competitive benefits that make it easy to see why we were granted such an awesome award! We offer competitive pay including the opportunity to receive a discretionary bonus based on performance. We offer medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, short and long-term disability, dependent care reimbursement, pet sitting reimbursement when traveling for work, flexible spending account, and health savings account. We offer generous paid time off up to 9 hours per month for full time employees, nine paid holidays annually, auto insurance discount, and legal and identity theft coverage. For added well-being support, we offer Pawternity Leave for employees to have time to care for their personal pets, mental health support, and an employee assistance program. We also offer a generous 401k savings plan. Do you want to love where you work and make history and end the killing of shelter pets by 2025? Look no further and apply today!
Thank you for your interest in pursuing a career at Best Friends Animal Society. Best Friends Animal Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, or domestic partner status.
Applicants for employment in the US must have valid work authorization that does not now and/or will not in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the US by Best Friends Animal Society.