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Senior Specialist, Legislative

Humane Society International

Humane Society International

United States

Government, policy, politics, lobbying, or legal

Full-time: 

Yes

On-site

Paid: 

Yes

None

Mgmt responsibilities: 

28/03/23

Date posted:

Deadline: 

None listed

About the Role

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s most effective animal advocacy organization, is seeking a Senior Specialist, Legislative Affairs for its affiliate Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF). In this position you will develop legislative strategy at direction of supervisor and promote the legislative goals of the HSLF to Congressional offices and committees. You will also provide guidance to other legislative staff while leading on multiple issues. Finally, you will lead on appropriations issues as designated.

You will be responsible for:

• Working with the President, Vice President and Director, Legislative Affairs of HSLF to develop strategic priorities that include working with Congressional members to pass animal welfare legislation and to defend against attacks to weaken animal protection laws. Implementing these priorities and helping junior legislative staff navigate the legislative process;
• Promoting the HSLF’s legislative goals to Congressional offices and committees focusing on authorizing and appropriating language. Providing regulatory lobbying support;
• Monitoring and tracking relevant legislative proposals, Congressional briefings, and hearings.
• Alerting appropriate program, campaign, regulatory, litigation, and communications staff of opportunities to advance or defeat legislative measures. Providing information on timing of legislative actions and in coordination with outreach and state affairs, drafting alerts for grassroots actions;
• Working in coordination with the HSUS’ public relations department to review press releases, op-eds, and other media materials as related to federal legislations. Providing media interviews as needed;
• Working to develop coalitions with a variety of political organizations and associations where common interests intersect. Representing the legislative agenda and strategy of the HSLF within these coalitions;
• As needed, drafting action alerts, fact sheets, blogs, and other outreach materials for distribution to the activist network. Drafting materials for outreach to Congressional offices;
• As needed, contributing to testimony for Congressional hearings and drafting questions for Congressional hearings;
• Assisting in planning Hill events, including Legislator Awards, Briefings, and TAFA Lobby Day;
• Regularly traveling to Capitol Hill for meetings and events.

Qualifications and Requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent work experience required;
• A minimum of four (4) years of federal government relations or lobbying experience required; experience working in the legislative branch preferred;
• Strong knowledge of federal legislative process, appropriations process, committee work, and floor procedures;
• Strong knowledge of Microsoft Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook) including SharePoint;
• Comfortable in a fast-paced environment with frequent deadlines; high energy, self-motivated and proactive;
• Ability to multitask and be flexible with regard to workload and assignments;
• Ability to exercise sound judgment;
• Strong written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and making presentations;
• 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;
• Strong interest in animal protection issues preferred.

This position is located in Washington, DC.

About the Organisation

The humane society we envision for animals will also be a better world for people, and it’s only through human efforts that we’ll get where we want to go. Because our advocacy is driven by people, we’re strongest when our people are empowered and valued. A work environment that fosters inclusion and collaboration energizes our teams, drives better thinking and makes our impact for animals more sustainable. Working with communities and stakeholders around the world, we integrate a wide range of cultural perspectives in our approach to create a humane and sustainable world for all animals. We are committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in every aspect of our work and at all levels of our organization. We recognize and respect the full spectrum of human qualities, so that the unique talents of all employees are dignified with equitable access to opportunities and an ability to contribute to our mission.

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