Career Opportunities

Executive Director

Director of Development and Member Services

Development & Member Services Intern

Communications Intern

Executive Director

New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS), a national nonprofit animal advocacy organization, is seeking a committed, experienced leader to serve as Executive Director.  Based in downtown Boston, the Executive Director will lead NEAVS in meeting its urgent mission: ending the use of animals in research, testing, and science education. Through research, outreach, education, legislation and policy change, NEAVS advocates for replacing animals with ethically, humanely, and scientifically superior alternatives.

The Organization

NEAVS was founded in 1895 in Boston shortly after the first dedicated animal research laboratory in the country was established at Harvard Medical School. Prominent Bostonians of the day took a stand against the practice of animal experimentation, and NEAVS quickly became a force to be reckoned with. NEAVS is one of only three anti-vivisection societies in the US and is located in a recognized hub for biomedical research, science education and biotechnology. Despite the reference to New England in its name, NEAVS works nationally and internationally, and since its inception it has used a variety of means toward ending the oppression of animals in science:

  • Cultivating public outreach and education
  • Encouraging production and purchase of cruelty-free products
  • Exposing the use of animals in research, testing and science education
  • Funding the development and validation of non-animal testing
  • Replacing the harmful use of animals at all levels of science education
  • Supporting animal sanctuaries taking in animals from research labs
  • Working with federal agencies for policy change that mandates alternatives to animal use, closes loopholes and defines language for more effective enforcement of federal laws

Author Cleveland Amory, described as “the founding father of the modern animal protection movement,” was the President of NEAVS from 1987-1998.Upon his retirement, Theodora Capaldo, EdD, succeeded him as President. She has also served as Executive Director and will be retiring from both positions.

In recent years, the Board of Directors has used its extensive animal protection and animal rights experience to develop and implement a succession of new and effective strategies aimed at replacing animals in scientific research with non-animal and scientifically superior alternatives.  Highlights include campaigning to end the use in research of chimpanzees, humanity’s closest genetic relative, ending the use of terminal dog labs at the first veterinary school in the country, a curriculum shift later followed by other schools, and most recently, reaching out to and incorporating other social movements into the animal protection movement.   

NEAVS has an annual budget of $1.2 million and endowment of $7 million. In addition to a national Board of Directors, a distinguished Advisory Board supports the work of NEAVS. The staff includes 8.5 FTE positions. Products made from animals or animal parts are prohibited in the office (food and clothing included).  

The Position

The Executive Director will report to the Board of Directors and support the Board’s exercise of its oversight duties; will hire, manage and evaluate staff; and will have day-to-day responsibility for the NEAVS’ programmatic, fiscal, fundraising, marketing, human resource, and technology strategies and operations.

Key Responsibilities


  • With the Board of Directors, develop and implement a new 3-5 year strategic plan;
  • Assess and refine the goals and ongoing organizational expansion;
  • Ensure achievement of strategic goals;

Fundraising and Communications

  • Support and grow revenue-generating and fundraising activities;
  • Expand NEAVS' presence within the animal protection community and general public;
  • Serve as spokesperson for NEAVS;
  • With staff, deepen and refine all aspects of communications;


  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence and rigorous program evaluation;
  • Maintain and expand partnerships in new and existing markets with funders, like-minded organizations, and political and community leaders;


  • Oversee the financial status, developing long and short-range financial plans, setting financial priorities, creating and monitoring the budget, and ensuring sound financial controls are in place;


  • Continue to nurture a positive work environment;
  • Assist staff in relating their specialized work to the total organization;
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, ethical standards, and contract agreements;
  • Support and continue to build a highly-engaged Board.


  • Understand and be passionate for the vision and mission of NEAVS; 
  • Knowledge or commitment to develop deep knowledge of the anti-vivisection field;
  • Advanced degree and/or substantial experience in related field;
  • Record of effectively leading an organization of comparable or greater scale to NEAVS to its next stage of growth;
  • Significant board development, fundraising, marketing/public relations and fiscal management experience;
  • Financially savvy and politically astute leader with the ability to set clear priorities;
  • Analytic, organizational and problem solving skills;
  • Outstanding presentation skills and the experience and proclivity to be an outstanding spokesperson, relationship builder, and fundraiser;
  • Strong written, verbal, interpersonal, and multidisciplinary project skills;
  • Successful track record of recruiting, and retaining a high-performing, outcomes-based team;
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people;
  • Computer literate, and experienced in basic software applications (Outlook, Word, Excel).


To apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Susan Egmont, Egmont Associates at segmont@egmontassociates.com.

Director of Development & Member Services

The New England Anti-Vivisection Society a 122-year old national not-for-profit animal protection organization founded and located in downtown Boston, seeks an energetic self-starter with firm experience in all dimensions of effective development work. The position is responsible for implementing the current annual fundraising plan and developing and implementing an ambitious 3 to 5 year plan to significantly grow our donor base and expand funding, including increasing all areas of giving, some targeted cultivation events, and overseeing excellent stewardship.

The position fosters NEAVS' mission on behalf of animals in laboratories by implementing and supervising new and existing supporter outreach, and all other components of development and member services. The position supervises one full time and one as needed assistant, works closely with communications, finance and the Executive Director, to whom it reports.

NEAVS is an equal opportunity employer, maintains a vegan office policy, and offers a competitive benefit package. Salary range: $72,000 - $85,000 depending on experience and record of successfully growing similar sized not-for-profits. The position comes with a competitive benefit package and  provides an excellent opportunity for someone with a proven track record who is committed to working on behalf of animals and comfortable with the diversity of development responsibilities that a small not for profit affords.

Please send resume along with salary requirements and writing sample to tcapaldo@neavs.org.

Development & Member Services Intern

A national 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal protection organization, the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS), founded in 1895, seeks a part-time intern for the Development and Member Services  Department in its Boston office.

NEAVS is an animal protection organization with a professional, scientifically informed, and strategically focused approach to our mission.

NEAVS seeks a bright and energetic individual to join our Development and Member Services team.  The Development Intern will work with the Director of Development & Member Services, and the Development and Member Services Assistant to support NEAVS’ fundraising and member outreach.

Role will include but is not limited to:

  • Database management through our Donor Perfect Donor Management Software, inclusive of gift processing and data review activities
  • Supporter research and outreach, inclusive of individuals, foundations and corporations.
  • Assist organizing direct mail appeals and logistics
  • Special donor mailings, and special donor events and projects
  • As a member of the Development and Member Services Department, the Development Intern will also interact with the Communications and Programs Departments to support the overall needs of the organization. 

Applicant Qualifications:

  • Be able to work effectively in a small team environment and work independently without direct supervision
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail and ability to manage multiple ongoing projects 

To Apply:

Send a resume, writing sample, and cover letter explaining why your experience, interests, and skills make you an ideal candidate to cpapianou@neavs.org. Please include "Development Intern” in the subject.

Communications Intern

A national 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal protection organization, the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS), founded in 1895, seeks a part-time intern for the Communications Department in its Boston office.

NEAVS is an animal protection organization with a professional, scientifically informed, and strategically focused approach to our mission.

Intern will assist with the communications, public relations, and marketing work of the organization, including print, radio, television, social media, and other web-based content. The ideal candidate is a team player, energetic, able to lead and take direction, and is committed to the welfare of animals or other social justice.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Minimum 2 years of college; those with undergrad degrees are encouraged to apply as well
  • Strong organizational and time management skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Graphic design or web development experience a plus

NEAVS maintains a vegan office policy. Position is unpaid, though it includes a small stipend.

To Apply:

Send a resume, writing sample, and cover letter explaining why your experience, interests, and skills make you an ideal candidate to nfinn@neavs.org. Please include "Communications Intern” in the subject.