The Humane Society of the United States
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Director, Animal Research Issues

The Humane Society of The United States (HSUS), the nation’s largest animal advocacy organization is seeking a Director, Animal Research Issues. The main responsibility of this position is to conduct the planning, execution, and tracking associated with the management of animal research campaigns that generally are of greater complexity, scope, impact or higher priority to the organization.

This position will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring the delivery of specific objectives/outcomes in support of the organization’s priorities;
  • Providing leadership on animal research campaigns that involve multi-cross cutting issues, require considerable resources, and need high levels of functional integration across the organization;
  • Acting as a team lead, advisor and mentor to senior program managers and program managers;
  • Developing a detailed plan to ensure achievement of the campaign’s defined objectives/outcomes and include the identified actions and schedule/timeline to be taken, budget needed, and the specific measures/metrics for evaluation throughout the campaign;
  • Overseeing the execution of campaigns according to the established plan, ensuring that activities are coordinated and integrated and resources are efficiently managed, and outcomes are on time, within budget, at the required level of quality;
  • Assessing campaign progress, identifying problems and barriers and make adjustments as necessary to ensure successful, quality outcomes;
  • Evaluating the outcomes of the campaign based upon specific measures/metrics defined;
  • Supporting the identification and documentation of successful processes, as well as areas where improvements can be made;
  • Developing and fostering relationships with individuals, institutions, and organizations, in order to positively influence and gain needed action and support;
  • Working closely with scientists and senior scientists to establish best strategy and policy;
  • Pressuring regulatory agencies and lawmakers to adopt laws, policies or otherwise make changes that replace the use of animals, or reduce the number of animals used;
  • Drafting and submitting comments to regulatory agencies; writing letters to meet with regulatory agencies to communicate problems; drafting legislation and/or testimony, attending meetings that provide updates on agency activities;
  • Communicating and coordinating efforts with Animal Research Issues department as well other departments at The HSUS;
  • Influencing universities, scientists, corporations, and others using animals for research purposes to adopt better practices;
  • Driving public involvement to influence decision makers to replace the use of animals or reduce the number of animals used;
  • Educating the public through web pages, action alerts, social media, letters to the editor, press releases, work with major donors where possible;
  • Managing and overseeing program and program managers, program associates and research assistants;
  • Actively seek professional development opportunities to enhance knowledge and skills.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Public Administration, Public Policy, life science, or related field or equivalent experience required;
  • Minimum 7 years related experience;
  • General knowledge regarding the use of animals in biomedical research and testing as well as non-animal alternatives, including identification of experts, main stakeholders, existing federal laws and regulations regarding the use of animals in research, and how to influence government and corporate policies;
  • Ability to comprehend scientific literature;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of staff management practices and processes and the ability to establish accountabilities and expectations and manage performance to achieve results;
  • Computer skills- knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook;
  • Commitment to animal protection, including a basic knowledge and comprehension of current issues preferred;
  • Ability to travel;
  • Good written and oral communications, detail oriented, and good organizational skills;
  • A high level of interpersonal skills and possess a professional presence;
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking, analytical skills, and ability to collaborate and partner with others;
  • Must be a team player who is adaptable, takes initiative, is action oriented, and has a focus on quality and good judgement.

Please submit a cover letter and resumé using this form or fax to 301-548-7701. This position is located in Gaithersburg, MD.

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

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