The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s most effective animal advocacy organization, is seeking a Director, Legislative Affairs for its affiliate Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF). In this position you will direct the legislative work of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. You will advocate for and promote HSLF’s legislative goals and priorities through outreach to members of Congress and staff. Finally, you will manage and direct the activities of Legislative staff.
You will be responsible for:
- Promoting organizational priorities with Congress and staff. Assisting in drafting legislation and letters to federal agencies from Congressional members, when necessary. Developing strategies to engage supporters, including drafting alerts, press releases, quotes, and blog posts;
- Influencing and building relationships with Congress and staff in support of HSLF’s goals. Regularly meeting with personal and committee staff and members as needed;
- Managing the Legislative Affairs team to ensure that staff achieve their goals, including providing staff guidance and advice, training, performance management, leadership development, and career development;
- Directing HSLF legislative staff on priorities to include within the Appropriations process. Coordinating with regulatory affairs staff. Meeting with Congressional offices to discuss why funding is needed or why funding should be cut for certain programs. Drafting advocacy materials and coordinating with partner coalitions to organize public and grassroots actions;
- Coordinating with program departments across the Humane Society family of organizations to prioritize work on organizational priorities and initiatives;
- Coordinating with the Media Relations department to draft and review press releases, op-eds, and other outreach materials related to Congress. Coordinating with Communications staff to draft social media posts and respond to comments and conduct media interviews as needed;
- Supporting Animal Protection Law department efforts on litigation related to the implementation of specific legislation.
Qualifications and Requirements:
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent experience required. Juris Doctor or other related advanced degree preferred;
- A minimum of nine (9) years of experience in lobbying, federal affairs, or another related field required;
- Management/supervisory experience required;
- Willing and able to travel;
- Extensive knowledge of federal regulatory, legislative, and appropriations processes;
- 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;
- High level of confidence, integrity, interpersonal skills, and a professional executive presence for effectively interacting with and influencing others;
- Public speaking skills to build relationships, develop influence, and facilitate meetings; high standards of tact, diplomacy and discretion;
- 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.
When applying, please upload your resume and cover letter together as one document.
This position is based in the Washington, DC Metro Area.
**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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