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Special Counsel, Farm Animals

Humane Society of the United States

Humane Society of the United States

United States

Government, policy, lobbying, or legal







Mgmt responsibilities: 


Date posted:


None listed

About the Role

You will be responsible for:

• Advanced, self-directed work to develop new legal tactics, litigation, and other legal interventions to advance strategic plan goals and metrics;
• Advanced, self-directed work to deploy and execute new legal tactics, litigation, and other legal interventions to advance strategic plan goals and metrics;
• Conducts legal and strategic analysis to help find the most effective tactics to achieve strategic plan metrics;
• Provides advice to staff including on legal and policy strategy and campaign tactics;
• Assists in departmental management;
• Performs other duties or responsibilities, as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements:

• Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school required;
• A minimum of seven (7) years of legal experience required;
• Admission to the bar in at least one applicable jurisdiction, and to the federal bar (district and circuit courts), or the ability to obtain admission;
• Ability to develop and successfully lead high-profile and complex litigation and other legal intervention campaigns and ensure those campaigns are in furtherance of organizational Strategic Plan goals;
• Knowledge of the specialized area of the assigned practice group (Farm Animals, Companion Animals, or Wildlife as appropriate);
• Willing and able to travel and work a flexible schedule;
• Ability to lead and guide staff to meet department and organizational goals;
• Strong knowledge of staff management practices.  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;
• Interpersonal and public speaking skills to build relationships, develop influence, and facilitate meetings; high standards of tact, diplomacy and discretion;
• Attention to detail and commitment to excellence, demonstrated by the delivery of quality and timely outcomes;
• Strong interest in animal protection issues preferred.

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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