The Humane Society of the United States
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Texas Deputy State Director

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation's largest animal advocacy organization, is seeking a Deputy State Director for Texas for the State Affairs department.  The main responsibility of this position is to help carry out state agendas and priorities within the state.

This position will be responsible for:

  • Working with the Regional Director and other HSUS staff and volunteers to help plan, develop, implement strategies to accomplish state specific goals such as rebuilding and assisting with disaster-related projects; will assess needs and make recommendations about involvement of staff and volunteers;
  • Building activist coalitions and working with grassroots supporters to strengthen and expand the volunteer base within the state and provide training for citizen lobbyists;
  • Organizing lobbying and meeting activities with federal, state and local lawmakers and draft communication and materials; developing and maintaining positive and effective working relationships with volunteers and staff;
  • Organizing coalition and outreach to shelters, law enforcement, and district attorneys across the state to identify capital and training needs;
  • Encouraging and facilitating the application of animal cruelty laws and providing guidance and support for local investigators and enforcement officials; conducting fact-finding missions and providing hands-on assistance when needed;
  • Seeking out media opportunities to highlight the work of the organization within the state and maintaining key media contacts; will also work with the public relations staff to identify and craft media pitches as appropriate and be responsible for writing a newsletter and web page articles related to state appropriate issues.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required;
  • A minimum of one to two years of animal protection experience required;
  • One or more years of experience in legislative/government affairs is strongly preferred as is grassroots outreach/advocacy and/or campaign experience;
  • Strong communication skills including public speaking skills required;
  • Must be able to work independently, take initiative and maintain communication with internal staff;
  • Must be able and willing to travel locally within the state and to other areas as needed.

Please submit a cover letter and resumé using this form or fax to 301-548-7701. This position will be based remotely from a home office in Texas.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identify, disability, marital or parental status, or protected veteran status.

EOE

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