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Director of Research

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Remote. We can directly employ candidates in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. If the right applicant is not within those jurisdictions, we will explore a third-party employment solution.


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Feb 19, 2022

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  • Reports to: Executive Director
  • Hours: Full-time (40 hours/week); must be routinely available from 8–10am Pacific Time.
  • Salary: $73,216 annually
  • Location: Remote. We can directly employ candidates in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. If the right applicant is not within those jurisdictions, we will explore a third-party employment solution.
  • Paid leave (vacations and holidays): 30 days per year
  • Closing date: March 13, 2022

Position summary


We are looking for a Director of Research to lead our research team in their work to find and promote the most effective ways to help animals. This full-time position will involve overseeing the execution of our Charity Evaluations and Movement Grants programs, managing the two team members running each program, developing and managing the research department’s strategy and goal-setting processes, and securing partnerships and collaborators.


Our passionate research team measures, compares, and assesses the impact of various strategies used by animal advocacy organizations in order to provide the best possible advice to animal advocates, donors, and charities. This is achieved through our Charity Evaluations program, which aims to identify and promote the most effective animal advocacy organizations through in-depth reviews and direct funding, and our Movement Grants program, which funds smaller and more novel approaches to animal advocacy, especially in neglected regions.


We bring a high level of dedication, intelligence, compassion, and resourcefulness to our work. We are an agile and fast-moving organization that shifts rapidly to meet our goals; individuals who are comfortable with a fast pace and a remote/virtual workplace do well here.


This position offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to a thorough understanding of the most effective ways to help animals. The ideal candidate for this position will have strong communication, reasoning, and management skills. They will come to ACE with a relevant background (e.g., in animal advocacy, evaluations, academic research, law, economics, or another field) that differentiates their views from those of others on our team.


Key areas of responsibility

  • Manage ACE’s research staff. In collaboration with team members, you will recruit, hire, and supervise members of ACE’s research team. As you oversee the research team and ensure that project deadlines are met, you will provide feedback and guidance on all aspects of the team’s work, from project prioritization to how to research or write about specific topics. You will build capacity within the team by ensuring that staff develop professionally, including in both research and management skills.
  • Set the strategic direction for ACE’s research department, and contribute to the direction of ACE as an organization. We are continually learning new information and actively considering our direction as an organization. You will lead the annual process of selecting research department projects and goals, and you will contribute to organization-wide strategic planning. In collaboration with the Executive Director, you will set priorities for the research department and ensure that research projects and activities align with these priorities.
  • Oversee and advance research projects. You will provide feedback and guidance to ACE’s research team, ensuring that the outputs of research related to evaluations and grants are consistent and high-quality. You will design and implement processes and systems to ensure that the Evaluations Program Manager and Movement Grants Program Manager maintain a high-quality selection of recommended charities and grant recipients, respectively.
  • Oversee and participate in charity evaluations and recommendation decisions. You will empower ACE’s Evaluations Program Manager to lead our annual charity evaluation process, which results in hundreds of webpages of information and influences millions of dollars in donations each year. Through supporting the planning and execution of the evaluation process, assigning work, maintaining tight timelines, and guiding team discussions, you will play a key role in ensuring the accuracy and reliability of our evaluations and recommendations.
  • Build and maintain relationships and collaborations within and outside of ACE. One of the most interesting aspects of our work at ACE is the opportunity to discuss strategies with various animal advocacy groups during the course of our evaluative work, as well as to learn from individual advocates from around the world. You will engage with academics and the advocacy community on a regular basis. You will also play a key role within ACE in identifying opportunities to collaborate with other teams and ensuring that the work of the research team aligns with and supports ACE’s overall work.
  • Communicate to the public in written and other formats. You will lead ACE’s research department in communicating findings to the public through blog posts, web pages, content for ACE’s print materials, and presentations at conferences and workshops. Together with ACE’s Copy Editor and communications team, you will ensure that ACE’s findings are presented in a consistent, authoritative voice, and you will explore ways to communicate this information in a broadly accessible manner.


Essential qualifications/skills

  • Commitment to ACE’s mission, which is to find and promote the most effective ways to help the largest number of animals
  • Two or more years of research-related professional experience
  • Four or more years of experience in a management position
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (or equivalent experience)
  • High degree of professionalism, including discretion in handling confidential information
  • Ability to work independently while collaborating with internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong attention to detail, with a commitment to high-quality work
  • Familiarity with the fields of animal advocacy and effective altruism
  • Openness to ideas outside mainstream advocacy efforts
  • Shared commitment to increasing representation/diversity, equity, and inclusion (R/DEI) in our movement and organization, actively integrating justice and equity into ACE’s work
  • Highly organized and self-motivated
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative reasoning skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated abilities in strategic thinking

Preferred qualifications/skills

  • Master’s degree or above in a relevant field
  • Professional experience in animal advocacy, program evaluation, or a closely-related field
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a remote team
  • Deep understanding of social movements and social change
  • Deep understanding of social psychology, economics, program evaluation, or another relevant field
  • Strong understanding of the animal advocacy movement
  • Strong familiarity with the effective altruism movement

Commitment to representation/diversity and equal employment opportunities


Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE) provides equal employment opportunities and highly values diversity. As such, we are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. We want to engage all those who can contribute to our mission and to making an impact. We offer a mission- and employee-focused virtual work environment and a competitive compensation package.

We strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, persons living with disabilities, and people of various socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position.


ACE is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, creed or religion, sex, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, body size, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, family status, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member), ancestry, place of origin, social condition, political belief or activity, conviction of an offense for which a pardon has been granted or in which a record suspension has been ordered, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


All applications will be processed in strict confidentiality. ACE thanks all candidates for their interest; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


About Animal Charity Evaluators


Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit registered in the United States dedicated to finding and promoting the most effective ways to help animals. ACE aids compassionate donors, professionals, and volunteers in making informed decisions about how to help animals as effectively as possible. We strive to identify ways to alleviate suffering and improve the lives of animals on a wide scale, while continuously updating our recommendations based on new evidence. We oppose all systems of oppression and recognize that they are connected and mutually reinforcing.

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