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Director of Humane Education

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Position Overview

The #1 goal of HUMANE ACTION Pittsburgh is to educate the Pittsburgh region on how to prevent and relieve animal suffering by taking meaningful action. The HAP Director of Humane Education (DHE) will focus on reaching young people in high school and university classrooms as a Humane Educator. Our audience ranges in size from small groups to school-wide assemblies.

Purpose of the Position

  • Develop relationships with schools and universities
  • Inspire the next generation to appreciate and protect animals
  • Demonstrate why personal responsibility is required from all of us to end speciesism

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Grow a team of HAP Humane Educators
  • Facilitate and create speaking opportunities with local institutions
  • Reach every high school and university in Pittsburgh area
  • Assist with recruiting, instructing, and assessing members of the HAP Youth Steering Committee
  • Provide an overview of expectations to teachers or leaders in advance of the presentation
  • Respect school security policies
  • Develop and present curriculum related to animal and environmental welfare
  • Ability to present yourself in a friendly, professional and non-partisan manner
  • Be timely, arrive early, allow for Q&A, and end on time
  • Provide your own transportation
  • Obtain honorarium for HAP when appropriate and provide tax forms to the institution
  • Respond to HAP leadership emails and calls within 48 hours
  • Be prepared and on-time for meetings and events
  • Share and support HAP’s mission and core values; adhere to HAP’s policies
  • Other duties as needed

Skills and Qualifications

  • Excellent communication skills - both written and verbal
  • Ability to do independent research
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Availability during school hours
  • Ability to operate technology associated with presentations
  • Ability to energize and motivate students and volunteer team
  • Self-motivated
  • Ability to work independently, follow instructions, and meet deadlines
  • Working knowledge of Google Drive and Trello, or a willingness to learn


Volunteer will be required to get all necessary clearances; HAP will cover the cost.

Training Requirements

Training on HAP’s core values, mission, and policies, including orientation on existing educational materials.

Time Commitment Required

3 - 5 hours per week

Availability to present during school hours

Monthly one-hour, virtual HAP leadership meetings


On-site in classrooms in the Pittsburgh region

Since the pandemic, most internal HAP meetings take place via Zoom. However, occasional in person meetings may be required.

Dress Code

  • Professional dress required for professional meetings and presentations. If attending an informal event on behalf of HAP, we ask the volunteer to purchase a HAP T-shirt for $7.

Benefits to the Volunteer

  • Know that you are key to making a difference in the betterment of animals by educating the next generation on the importance of protecting animals
  • Take your passion for animal protection and put it into action
  • Experience the joy of giving young people the skills they need and desire to be a effective advocate
  • Be a valued HAP team member
  • Build your volunteer resume and develop excellent communication skills


Natalie Ahwesh, Executive Director

Shannon Dickerson, Director of Operations

What Volunteers Can Expect From HAP

  • Support of HAP leadership and members
  • Respect and appreciation for your contribution and input

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Mission Statement

OUR VISION​ is a world without animal suffering where all beings are treated with compassion. OUR MISSION is to advance the protection of all animals by empowering people to affect change through education, policy, and community action.


SET THE STANDARD By educating the community on the most pressing animal issues of our time and recommending common sense solutions that decision-makers rely on, we set the standard in animal protection. We advance our cause with proven methods -progress over perfection, changing course when needed, being prepared, and staying well connected.

BUILD TRUSTED RELATIONSHIPS Effective advocacy happens by building relationships grounded in cooperation and a shared vision. HAP values inclusivity and professionalism.

FOSTER EMPOWERMENT We set high expectations and achieve them by working with exceptional people who bring their wide array of talents and passion for animal well-being. In order to develop a free and creative culture, we respect the opinions and ideas of others. We are committed to our team and fulfilling our mission by supplying the tools for individuals to become remarkable leaders and advocates.

CREATE COMMUNITY We are stronger together. Collaborating with colleagues, sponsors, legislators, and community leaders, we find that animal protection is well within reach.

DELIVER RESULTS We establish ambitious, clearly defined goals, and work in a systematic manner to realize our objectives and create positive outcomes. We measure our success by our ability to protect animals.




We'll work with your schedule.


123 Pittsburgh StreetPittsburgh, PA 15201




  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3-5 hours per week

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