Office Assistant

Job Description

The Office Assistant is an integral part of the American Vegan Society (AVS) team who exhibits great enthusiasm for the lifestyle and practical knowledge to perform day-to-day essential varied office work.

This position is with the longest-running vegan organization in the U.S. The Office Assistant should be local to the AVS headquarters in Malaga NJ (Greater Philadelphia) or interested in residing at AVS HQ (receiving food and housing). This is a long-term position with a 3-month initial contract. Salary/stipend or hourly wage will be depending on experience and whether food and housing is utilized. Hours may vary (10-30/week), have flexibility, and will include occasional weekend events. Job encourages healthy lifestyle including physical activity, staff vegan lunches, and laughter in a unique friendly work environment. This is not a remote position.

Office Assistant performs the following:

  • Maintains membership data records and assists in increasing membership
  • Ships books and other merchandise
  • Assists with events
  • Assists with bookkeeping duties
  • May organize rare books and other archival collections
  • Helps in other areas as needed.


  • Must be an efficient, good communicator (written, oral, office, and social) with strong math skills who works well in a unique setting.
  • Must be able to organize and manage multiple projects and meet deadlines with accuracy and efficiency.
  • Have a strong working knowledge of veganism and ahimsa with commitment to the objectives of the organization.
  • Maintain a valid driver’s license with good driving record and be able to lift/carry 40 pounds.

The Office Assistant should be well-organized with good time management skills and have experience with (or strong desire to learn) programs currently used at AVS: Microsoft Office (Publisher, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel); Adobe Photoshop; Zoho; QuickBooks.

An ideal candidate has an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in an applicable field such as business, nonprofit administration, English, accounting, communications. However, applicants with equivalent experience and a high school diploma will also be welcome.


Please send cover letter, one-page resume, and three references to anne@americanvegan.org.

Tagged as: business development, data management

About American Vegan Society

Since 1960 the American Vegan Society (AVS), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has worked to promote veganism to a growing public audience. Our initiatives have helped make “vegan” a household word today. We are working toward a compassionate world.

Each year, AVS hosts special-occasion events that increase public awareness and understanding of the value of vegan living and the appeal of vegan food. From our annual American Vegan Garden Party to holiday dinners, with biannual celebrations such as the Philly Vegan Awards and the Harvest Gala, AVS helps people appreciate good vegan food. Additionally, calendar-based promotions such as Vegan Cuisine Month (February) and Dynamic Harmlessness Day (November 2) serve to educate people about vegan dishes and vegan ideals, respectively.

Our work goes beyond events: American Vegan magazine regularly keeps AVS members up to date on vegan trends, personalities, and issues. While specific areas of vegan interest are addressed in books by AVS officers including such titles as The Vegan Kitchen, Dating Vegans, The 4-Ingredient Vegan, Powerful Vegan Messages, and Apples, Bean Dip, and Carrot Cake: Kids! Teach Yourself to Cook. AVS also offers many books for sale by prominent vegan authors.

AVS maintains a free, resource-packed website to provide valuable information and tools to everyone from new vegans, or the vegan-curious, to lifelong vegans wanting to find vegan news, info on menu options and vegfests, or tasty, easy-to-use recipes. AVS also manages a speakers bureau featuring some of the most prominent and thoughtful vegan authors, activists, and experts in the country.

AVS serves as a leading source of accurate vegan information for those inquiring about the lifestyle, whether in person or via media channels. We provide positive, helpful encouragement to anyone transitioning to vegan. Our goal is to increase public knowledge and understanding of veganism in the US. We continue the vision of AVS founder H. Jay Dinshah.

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