The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s most effective animal advocacy organization, is seeking a Director, Global Market Engagement, Farm Animal Welfare for its Affiliate, Humane Society International (HSI). In this position you will be responsible for developing, overseeing and implementing the HSI Farm Animal Welfare department’s global corporate and financial institution engagement strategy to eliminate intensive cage confinement and the cruelest practices and to improve the welfare of animals in industrial agriculture. The Director oversees HSI’s programmatic efforts by headquarters staff and country offices to ensure alignment with global goals and among multi-national corporations and works closely with the HSI FAWP Director of Animal Welfare Science to coordinate engagement with producers and corporates. This position is a leadership role and will also provide input into the department’s overall farm animal program strategy, policies, and procedures.
This position will be responsible for:
• Developing, directing, and implementing the global corporate engagement strategy to improve farm animal welfare and achieve HSI’s farm animal goals, focusing on ending intensive cage confinement through engaging multinational corporations, public and private financial institutions; in coordination with the Vice President and regional campaigners, identifying and setting highly measurable goals, timelines, and operational work plans and budgets;
• Working with in-country campaigners developing and implementing workplans for proactive advocacy to achieve the agreed strategic objectives; monitoring, overseeing, and compiling national and regional advancements toward the initiative’s goal and ensuring that the department strategy is adhered to globally;
• Coordinating efforts and strategic plans with the department’s scientific research, policy and plant-based engagement strategies;
• Ensuring the organization’s goals and objectives are being met, amending, and shifting tactics as needed and working with HSI country offices and campaigners to achieve farm animal protection goals globally;
• Supervising the programmatic efforts of in-country campaigners, coordinating with country directors as applicable, hiring and developing campaigners and ensuring they receive training on HSI farm animal messaging and policies, animal science, corporate strategy, and media engagement. In coordination with country directors as applicable, preparing, renewing, and managing contracts, and reviewing and approving monthly invoices;
• Developing and maintaining partnerships, and advising and influencing leading global and multi-national hospitality companies and food retailers, providers, manufacturers, and processers to adopt cage-free and crate-free procurement policies, including but not limited to developing policy statements, organizing and participating in farm visits, working with in-country campaigners to organize and lead corporate animal welfare roundtables and technical workshops, overseeing media efforts and building relationships with influential journalists and reporters;
• Advising and influencing egg and meat producers to shift to higher welfare cage-free and crate-free housing systems, and advocate for public policy;
• Developing collaborations and partnerships with relevant organizations to advance the global corporate policy work; collaborating with relevant animal protection organizations, among others, aligning strategy, messaging, and corporate asks where possible;
• Representing HSI at meetings and events where issues related to higher farm animal welfare will be discussed, including public speaking engagements, shareholder meetings, donor meetings, fundraising events, government meetings, and internal and external webinars, and with the media;
• Drafting, editing, reviewing, and approving communications for global corporate policy confinement and welfare work, including press releases, media stories, corporate policy statements, blogs, web stories, and outreach and training materials, and preparing grant proposals, summaries, and program materials for funders and others as needed;
• Managing, coaching, and developing staff effectively while motivating them to meet and exceed goals. Setting employee objectives, conducting performance reviews, and recommending pay actions for direct report(s);
• Performing other duties as assigned including collaborating with other HSI/HSUS campaigners, preparing donor proposals and reports, and developing department materials;
• Overseeing programmatic efforts of in-country campaigners as related to corporate engagement on farm animal welfare; and supervising the Corporate and Financial Institution engagement manager.
• Bachelor’s degree in a related field, or equivalent work experience required. Advanced degree in a relevant area or equivalent experience preferred;
• Minimum of nine (9) years of relevant professional experience, preferably in animal welfare advocacy, policy, corporate or supply chain accountability, animal agriculture, or other relevant issues required;
• Experience in international campaigning or working with national, multi-national companies or global markets preferred;
• Management/supervisory experience required;
• A high level of integrity and interpersonal skills, with a track record of effectively interacting with and influencing others, including the ability to develop and manage productive relationships, demonstrate diplomacy, discretion and negotiating skills;
• Excellent communication (written and verbal) skills with the ability to translate information into a meaningful, understandable context and message, regardless of the format (e.g., documents, public speaking situations, presentations, etc.) including an ease in summarizing the essence of issues and means to address them, coupled with excellent listening skills;
• A detail-oriented style with a focus on results. Ability to meet multiple deadlines, develop and move projects forward with independence and autonomy, while working in a cooperative spirit in a multi-disciplinary team;
• Comprehensive understanding or familiarity of markets and supply chains in different parts of the world, as well as general understanding of financial institutions;
• Politically astute; able to understand the needs and motivations of different individuals and international institutions and conceptualize win-win scenarios to satisfy multiple agendas and stakeholders;
• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of staff management practices and processes and the ability to establish accountabilities and expectations and manage performance to achieve results;
• Excellent organizational, planning, and time management skills with the ability to manage multiple issues of varying complexity;
• Demonstrated propensity to be creative, collaborative, proactive, and self-motivated in the execution and completion of assigned accountabilities;
• Knowledge of and commitment to animal protection issues, with a strong preference for farm animal issues;
• Experience leveraging media to further campaign goals is desired;
• Technical proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office (i.e., WORD, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook);
• Willing and able to travel;
• Fluency in a foreign language (South American or Asian language) desired.
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.
This position is in Washington, DC- Remote Eligible
When applying please submit your resume and cover letter as one document.
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identify, disability, marital or parental status, or protected veteran status.
1255 23rd Street NW, Suite 450 Washington, DC
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1255 23rd Street NW
Can Work Remote or in Office
Can work either remotely or in office