Head of Open Wing Alliance

  • The Humane League
  • United States, United Kingdom
  • Mar 23, 2022
Full time Nonprofit-Social Services Other

Job Description

Who we are: 

The Humane League UK is a charity ending the abuse of animals raised for food by influencing the policies of the world's biggest companies, demanding legislation, and empowering others to take action. We're a mission-driven, energetic team focussed on problem-solving and effective teamwork, and have grown significantly over the last few years. Thanks to our targeted approach, our effectiveness in reducing animal suffering and our efficient use of donations, The Humane League has been named Top Charity by the independent evaluator Animal Charity Evaluators for every rating period. 

The Humane League is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive environment and being an equal opportunity employer. THL UK are proud to be a Disability Confident Committed Employer, demonstrating our commitment to recruiting, retaining, and supporting disabled people and people with health conditions, based on their skills and talent. 

In compliance with laws and in furtherance of our commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, all applicants will receive unbiased consideration for employment without discrimination based on race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, neurodiversity, age, or veteran status.

You can read more about how The Humane League UK is working on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion here.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility, please contact us via hiring@thehumaneleague.org.uk and we will be happy to discuss, via email or telephone, reasonable adjustments that you may require throughout the process.

​The position:

We are seeking a strategic and inclusive leader with previous management experience. You will lead an international team that is dedicated to supporting, aligning and empowering Open Wing Alliance members to drive progressive change for billions of farmed animals. 

This is a full-time remote position based in the United Kingdom or the United States. Full-time hours equate to 37.5 hours / week if based in the UK and 40 hours / week if based in the US. This position requires domestic and international travel, this is equivalent to approximately 3-6 trips per year. 

We will be recording a webinar to share more information about this role, which will be hosted by Alexandria Beck, Director of OWA and Alex Suchy, Head of Corporate Relations. You can submit any questions you would like to ask regarding the role and The Humane League via this form here. Please submit any questions by April 6th . The webinar will be available to watch here after April 8th.

Who you are:

As the Head of Open Wing Alliance (OWA), our global coalition working to end the abuse of chickens worldwide, you will be accountable for overseeing the coalition’s member support and recruitment strategies, managing member support staff, and publicly representing the OWA. This position reports directly to the Vice President of Global Programs. 

Core Responsibilities:

Your responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Develop and execute the OWA coalition’s member support strategies including various events, trainings, webinars, programs, and resources.
  • Develop and implement a recruitment, retention and growth strategy for the OWA coalition. 
  • Oversee coalition operations and communications. Adapt and implement internal and external OWA communication protocol and structure as needed. 
  • Oversee the collection, organisation, and maintenance of documentation and data on OWA member groups.
  • Hire, manage, develop, and mentor the OWA member support team. Provide vision and role clarity, leadership, coaching, training, and accountability.
  • Lead the development of member support team meetings, goals, and metrics to evaluate success.
  • Build and maintain a positive relationship with member groups, and between member groups and where necessary mediating disagreements.
  • Partner with the Development team on fundraising by preparing updates, drafting proposals, and presenting to and meeting with donors.
  • Assist the VP of Global with department-wide initiatives to improve internal communication and collaboration.
  • Represent and speak on behalf of The Humane League and the Open Wing Alliance at international conferences and networking events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills:

Leadership and Management - Builds a team of high-performing staff members, appropriately structures jobs so that staff members can succeed, develops and motivates staff members and acts from the perspective of an organisational leader. With a minimum of two years management experience.

Organised - Highly organised and able to handle a significant volume of work under deadlines and without sacrificing quality. Able to oversee and structure complex projects, plan backwards, and ensure quality end-products are delivered on or ahead of schedule.

Inclusive - High level of cultural competence. The ability to work diplomatically alongside and manage people from various cultures and backgrounds, who are located in a variety of different time zones.

Strategic - Ability to think strategically, look at consequences, implications, interdependencies, and indirect effects, all in both the short and longer-term. Look beyond the immediate goal or issue and with the greater context, not just the content of the moment. Ability to think and act creatively in difficult situations.

Communication - Ability to write, present and speak clearly and effectively, and to interact with all staff, donors, volunteers, and the public in a positive, professional and friendly manner. Ability to safeguard confidential information and perform with a high level of discretion, professionalism, and integrity.

Technology -  Highly proficient in using contemporary office software applications, including Google Docs and Spreadsheets, and the like. Experience with any of the following is a plus: Google Drive, Slack, Asana, Google sites. Demonstrated ability to learn new software quickly and objectively.

Salary, benefits and location:

Our employees all work remotely but still enjoy a supportive, collaborative environment. ​

This role is open to candidates based in both the United Kingdom and the United States and as such the specific benefits related to the position will vary depending on your location.

UK based position:

You will have access to a workplace pension, 25 days leave plus Public Holidays, flexible working hours, internet reimbursement, our Employee Assistance Programme, and family-friendly policies. Professional learning and development is actively encouraged.

UK based Salary: Starting salary of £55,650 or £61,215 per annum for inner London weighting.

US based position:

​Employees enjoy full medical coverage, optional dental and vision packages, a 401(k) retirement plan, optional pet insurance, up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave for eligible employees, paid holidays, flexible vacation time and professional development. For full US employee benefits click here

US based salary: Starting salary $79,900 per annum or salary to commensurate with experience.

Please note: The gross salary across the two locations is not a direct conversion but is calculated with consideration of local working conditions,  statutory rights and additional contributions when applicable.

​Good to know:

At The Humane League, animal welfare is at the forefront of our everyday work and as such, many of our employees are vegan by personal choice. All of our events and workshops offer only plant-based meals. We welcome all mission-aligned candidates to apply, no matter where you are in your journey to end the abuse of animals raised for food.

We are looking to speak to a wide range of candidates with diverse backgrounds - #NonGraduatesWelcome

All applicants need to be:

  1. Fluent in written and spoken English.
  2. Live and have the right to work in the UK or possess United States work authorisation.  
  3. Committed to our mission to end the abuse of animals raised for food.

Closing date: 17th April 2022

You will hear from us after the application closing date passes. Once your application has been received and reviewed and when we want to take it forward, our thorough interview process will follow this route: 

  • Skills Test (completed remotely)
  • First Interview (via video call)
  • Final Interview (via video call)


Starting salary $79,900 per annum or salary to commensurate with experience.