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The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s most effective animal protection organization, is seeking a Director, Captive Wildlife for the Wildlife Protection department. In this position you will oversee work on our captive wildlife campaigns within the captive wildlife section of the Wildlife Protection department.  You will develop and execute the wildlife campaigns necessary to meet organization goals and priorities and provide guidance to Wildlife Protection leadership as it relates to the captive wildlife section and department strategy.
You will be responsible for:


  • Leading campaign effort on assigned focus area of section, coordinating with other departments and State Directors to respond and advance legislative, rulemaking, and litigation initiatives regarding focus areas of section, leading major initiatives intended to establish and safeguard protections for wildlife in assigned area of focus, and leading efforts to defend existing wildlife laws in priority areas of the department and section;
  • Lobbying government officials at all levels, including legislators, city and county council members, agency representatives, and executives, to advance campaigns related to assigned section. Working with Federal Affairs, APL, and other departments to advance campaigns;
  • Developing campaign strategies, as well as a strategic plan and vision for the section;
  • Managing and developing staff, providing strategic advice and guidance to advance campaigns, and setting team goals. Managing consultants, as necessary;
  • Leading campaign effort to develop relationships and form partnerships with government agencies, conservation, and wildlife protection organizations; representing the section and organization in these interactions with external entities through meetings, presentations, and conference attendance;
  • Working with other departments on communications, and education/outreach strategies;
  • Responsible for assisting the Vice President with the Wildlife Captive budget;
  • Assisting with identifying and driving areas of focus for the section and advising Wildlife Protection leadership on these and other wildlife priorities.


Qualifications and Requirements:


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent work experience required;
  • A minimum of nine (9) years of experience, and demonstrated interest in, wildlife and habitat protection, and related federal, state and local laws and policies required;
  • Management/supervisory experience Extensive knowledge of relevant wildlife issues at the local, state and federal level;
  • Must be willing and able to travel;
  • Leadership ability in work setting.  Flexible, willing to learn, and anticipates the needs of self and staff;
  • Ability to set a positive tone for employees during their day;
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment with frequent deadlines; high energy, self-motivated and proactive;
  • Ability to manage issues requiring problem resolution and conflict management with excellent interpersonal and intervention skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Knowledge of business operations, including effective budget development and management processes;
  • Attention to detail and commitment to excellence, demonstrated by the delivery of quality and timely outcomes;
  • Strong interest in animal protection issues preferred.


This position is based in the Washington DC Metro Area – Remote eligible.

The health and safety of our candidates, employees, and the communities in which we work is our top priority. The Humane Society of the United States has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all U.S. employees, including new hires. We make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs. All U.S. new hires will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to their first day of employment.
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability, marital or parental status or protected veteran status.  EOE 

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