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Programs and Policy Specialist (Diverse Fellow) 2 openings

Humane Society of the United States

Humane Society of the United States

United States

Government, policy, lobbying, or legal







Mgmt responsibilities: 


Date posted:



About the Role

In this position you provide support to our program and policy initiatives for an assigned campaign to achieve organizational goals. The Fellow will assist with developing and implementing public policy projects and activities; research; coalition building; and provide general support to further the goals and objectives of the department. The fellow will assist in integrating our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programmatic work into assigned campaigns to ensure our programs and policies are culturally competent and inclusive of historically marginalized, under-resourced, and underserved communities to build a stronger, more inclusive animal protection movement. Responsibilities:
Coordinates and/or assists in policy efforts including legislative bill and agency rule tracking, coalition building, garnering endorsement from elected officials and supporters, organizing volunteers, and phone banking and other grassroots support;
Develops materials such as reports, action alerts, fact sheets, op-eds, talking points, letters to the editor, communications to legislators, testimony, lobby packets, and other advocacy and outreach materials;
Monitors key sources for news relevant to the assigned program and provides in-depth research and analysis on relevant public policy issues;
Lobbies elected officials and testifies before government committees to encourage them to pass legislation and ordinances that support animal welfare and oppose harmful legislation;
Contributes to the overall goals of our diversity, equity, and inclusion programmatic work, including assisting with webinars, conference scholarships and receptions, DEI framework review, social media content management, and other projects;
Assists with message development, talking points, and campaign strategy;
Performs other duties or responsibilities as assigned.

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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