Employment Opportunities

Assistant Director, Animalearn


Established in 1990, Animalearn advances humane science education by building awareness about harmful animal use in the classroom and helping to nurture respect for all creatures. Animalearn helps both educators and students, from preschoolers to post-grads, find the most effective humane methods to study science. Since 1996, Animalearn has operated a free dissection alternatives loan program, The Science Bank, which circulates over 650 high-quality, animal-friendly humane science education products, and provides educators with access to web-based and technologically advanced alternatives. Animalearn makes annual awards to recognize humane educators and students, and tell their stories, showing how humane science education can be achieved.

Animalearn has served thousands of people and is widely respected, participating in science education conferences and festivals, and in professional associations working to make education more humane.

With dedicated staff in place for years, there is now a rare opportunity for a dedicated individual with skills and experience to join the Animalearn team as Assistant Director. The new Assistant Director will join a collaborative animal advocacy environment that places high value on personal and organizational integrity, mutual support and cooperation, respectful communications, constructive engagement, and commitment to productivity–all to achieve meaningful, lasting change for animals.


  • Managing The Science Bank free lending library, including all aspects, such as selecting products, communications with companies, placing and taking orders, processing orders through ‘Open Cart’, packaging for shipping, tracking inventory, inspecting returns.
  • Advising students and teachers on selecting educational products.
  • Marketing The Science Bank program through in-person outreach at local and out-of-town conferences, developing advertising, social media, and other creative means.
  • Working with Animalearn Director on planning ongoing activities and special projects of the department, such as the Humane Educator of the Year Award and organizing booths and workshops at conferences.
  • Writing and research for purposes such as website content, articles for print newsletters or magazines, e-mails, social media posts, and management reports.
  • Answering inquiries that come to Animalearn.
  • Working with other staff and management on activities and special projects, as needed.


  • Position requires Bachelor’s degree in Education, Communications, Science or related field.
  • Strong written communication skills required. (Writing samples will be requested.)
  • Exceptional organizational skills required.
  • At least 5 years of work experience in an office environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to consistently engage in constructive communications in person, by phone, and in emails.
  • Ability to lead/co-lead workshops and make presentations for all ages.
  • Experience with curriculum development and lesson plans a plus.
  • Requires knowledge and proficiency with technology (Mac/PC/Mobile devices) including data entry, databases, Windows, Word, Excel, web navigation, social media.
  • Strong preference for experience working in e-commerce platforms (content management, order processing, and credit card verification) – specifically OpenCart and Authorize.net
  • Strong preference for experience managing content in a database (CRM / CMS)
  • Must have commitment to, and knowledge of, animal protection issues, particularly those in relation to the use of animals in science/education.
  • Full time position. Requires working on site. Salary commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits package.

To Apply:

Provide resume and cover letter explaining interest in Animalearn to officemgr@aavs.org, “Attn: Office Manager, Assistant Director, Animalearn” in the subject line.


September 14, 2018

Start Date:

October 22, 2018 (or sooner)

Animalearn is a division of the American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS) in Jenkintown, PA. Founded in 1883, AAVS was the first non-profit animal advocacy and educational organization in the United States dedicated to ending experimentation on animals in research, testing, and education. AAVS works to legally and effectively end the use of animals in science through education, advocacy, and the development of alternative methods to animal use.

AAVS is an equal opportunity employer. The information contained in this announcement is subject to change, including the deadline for application and start date. If a candidate is interested in the position, they are encouraged to apply as soon as possible since the vacancy will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate has been identified and the employment process, including criminal background check, is complete.