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Programs and Policy Fellow (2 openings) 128 views

This is an 18-month full time position 
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s most effective animal advocacy organization, is seeking a Program and Policy Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Fellow for the Program and Policy department. This position will be responsible for assisting with and completing assigned tasks and projects within a specific program area of the organization. The Fellow will help plan and oversee program-based activities, implementing program policies, researching, and gathering resources, and communicating with various stakeholders. This is an 18-month full time position.



Outreach, Engagement and Training 
• Influences and builds relationships with a network of internal and external stakeholders in collaboration with other staff to advance the organization’s priority initiatives;
• Develops strategies and outreach efforts to reach non-traditional stakeholders, including but not limited to historically marginalized, under-represented, or under-served populations;
• Represents the organization and department at various forums, including professional meetings, conferences, and workshops; 
State Affairs 
• Supports State Directors with legislative initiatives, direct lobbying, bill tracking, coalition building and grassroots support at the state and local level;
• Works with State Directors to assist with outreach to various stakeholders including local shelters, law enforcement agencies, wildlife sanctuaries, etc., to build support for the organization;
Program and Policy
• Work with Companion Animals, Farm Animal Welfare, Wildlife Protection and/or Animal Research Issues to advance programmatic goals including message development, strategy, and developing materials;
• Researches, analyzes, and recommends position on local, state and/or federal legislation or regulations.  Assists with determining legislative targets and campaign strategy; 
• Develops materials for including action alerts, fact sheets, communications to legislators, testimony, and other advocacy and outreach materials; 
• Helps develop stakeholder and grassroots strategy to advance the program or policy effort; 
Research for DEI
• Contributes writing and messaging for DEI related media coverage, articles, op-eds, social media, and other venues;
• Conducts online research, and uses books, journal articles, newspaper sources, questionnaires, surveys, polls, and interviews to gather data on impact and intersections with animal welfare;
• Analyzes and interprets patterns and trends;
Performs other duties or responsibilities, as assigned.
Qualifications and Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree in communications, science (wildlife, psychology, zoology, etc.), public policy, or another related field, or equivalent work experience required;
• A minimum of one (1) year of experience in public policy, communications, research, advocacy, nonprofit operations, or another related field preferred;
• Experience in creating content for earned and owned media;
• Strong knowledge of Microsoft Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook);
• Comfortable in a fast-paced environment with frequent deadlines; high energy, self-motivated and proactive;
• Strong research, written, and verbal communication skills;
• Attention to detail and commitment to excellence demonstrated by the delivery of quality and timely outcomes;
• Ability to work both independently and as an effective team member in a team environment;
• Willing and able to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends;
• Strong interest in animal protection issues preferred.

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 the DC Metro Area- 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 identity, disability, marital or parental status or protected veteran status. EOE

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