About this role: Animal Place seeks a Program Manager to lead our unique and impactful Food for Thought (FFT)  program.  As the leader of this team, you will play a pivotal role in propelling our mission forward. In this role, you will oversee and develop all facets of Animal Place’s FFT program. This includes expanding the program’s influence and visibility, implementing strategic planning, advocating for vegan menu policies among state and national nonprofits, managing the program’s website and social media presence, leading a small team of remote coordinators, and networking with nonprofits at conferences and events.

We are seeking a candidate who possesses a deep passion for animal rights and veganism and excels in strategic thinking and relationship building. If you are enthusiastic about making a positive impact, engaging the animal-loving community, and inspiring people to join our one-of-a-kind program, we encourage you to apply and be a driving force in cultivating a world where compassion and responsibility extend to all living beings.

About us: Founded in 1989, Animal Place is one of the oldest and largest sanctuaries for farmed animals in the United States. As an animal rights organization, we promote the complete protection of farmed animals and a vegan lifestyle. Animal Place’s Food for Thought Program seeks to bridge the gap between the animals we love and the animals killed for food. Our goal is for animal welfare organizations to broaden their circle of compassion. We encourage them to align their menu with their mission by adopting a policy to serve fully vegan or vegetarian food at their events. If you are unfamiliar with Animal Place, visit our website before considering applying: www.animalplace.org

Job Status: Full-time employee (40 hours per week). A hybrid schedule is available.

Supervision: Reports to the Program Director.

Salary: $20/hr

Benefits: Health insurance after 90-day employment, 403b (Animal Place matches 3% after one year), vacation, holiday, sick time package, monthly commute stipend.

Location: This position is based out of the main sanctuary in Grass Valley, CA.

Start Date: Immediate

Responsibilities and Duties:

Program Management

  • Lead our grantmaking process’s planning, scheduling, and implementation, including giving direction to FFT coordinators.
  • Maintain our records of outreach and grant recipients.
  • Create quarterly and annual reports.
  • Supervise employees in the Food for Thought program
  • Meet weekly with the Program Director to report and strategize
  • Hire, train, lead, and motivate FFT program staff

Strategic Planning & Program Evaluation

  • Work closely with our Program Director to develop the Food for Thought program strategy.
  • Stay current on farmed animal campaigns and advocacy initiatives, searching for opportunities for FFT to partner with or take the lead in driving food system policy changes.
  • Think critically about program initiatives and outreach to make impactful decisions.
  • Utilize creativity to innovate the program.

Communications & Marketing

  • Establish and sustain partnerships through email and other methods of correspondence.
  • Write and distribute a monthly e-newsletter for policy leaders and subscribers.
  • Give professional presentations on veganism at partner board meetings and conferences.
  • Utilize writing skills to submit proposals to online and print publications.
  • Draft content for our website and social media.
  • Promote and strengthen community among FFT staff, volunteers, policy leaders, and the animal-loving community.


  • Work cooperatively with external organizations through outreach and policy adoption.
  • Interface, network, and collaborate with other animal protection groups to advocate for farmed animals through veganism.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Assist in special projects or assignments as required.


  • Strong interest in and commitment to animal rights and veganism
  • Empowered Leader: Can effectively recruit, train, and lead a remote team
  • Effective Communicator: Skilled in writing, networking, and public speaking
  • Well Organized: Can set priorities, manage time, monitor progress towards goals, track data
  • Relationship builder: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the objectives of the organization
  • Problem solver: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and resolutions
  • Self-starter: Can work independently; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives
  • Innovator: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations and create new opportunities
  • Strong knowledge of farmed animal issues or willingness to learn
  • Experience supervising/managing staff
  • Experience in navigating different social media and website platforms
  • Previous work in animal protection strongly preferred
  • Campaign, outreach, or program management experience is strongly preferred

How to Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume via email to haley@animalplace.org. In the subject line, write “Food for Thought Program Manager”.

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About Animal Place

Founded in 1989, Animal Place is one of the oldest and largest sanctuaries for farmed animals in the United States. As an animal rights organization, we promote the complete protection of farmed animals and a vegan lifestyle. There are two facilities: a 600-acre sanctuary in Grass Valley, CA that serves as a permanent safe haven for farmed animals as well as an education center and a 12-acre Rescue & Adoption facility in Petaluma, CA.

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