The Humane Society of the United States
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Senior Specialist, Disaster Operations, Humane Society International

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s most effective animal protection organization, is seeking an Senior Specialist, Disaster Operations for it's affiliate the Humane Society International (HSI)l.  The main responsibility of this position is to plan, implement, and manage HSI’s program of emergency mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery for animals, HSI field responders and HSI’s partner organizations. .

This position will be responsible for:

  • Coordinating disaster response efforts and activities directly with lead HSI disaster responders and the Director, Animal Protection and Crisis Response, and be responsible for administration and logistics of response and recovery efforts;
  • Collaborating with the regional offices worldwide and with the Director, to develop, and implement strategies to carry out HSI Disaster Services’ operational/logistical support and resource management programs, to include: information and technology, volunteer database development and management, supply, transport, communications, and logistical support to responders;
  • Developing and maintaining a manual of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for planning, procurement and management of resources of the department;
  • Developing an emergency/disaster management training program that includes all four phases of emergency management (mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery) and emphasizing pre-incident planning and preparedness activities;
  • Conducting and overseeing field assessments during an emergency, to determine whether and how HSI should respond further;
  • Acting as a liaison between field operations (on the ground) and HQ during disaster response and recovery efforts; communicating critical resource needs and keeping both field operations and HQ apprised of the current and ongoing efforts;
  • Cultivating and maintaining relationships with global humanitarian emergency aid, animal protection and animal rescue organizations on matters regarding animal disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery strategies and public safety/public health concerns in the aftermath of a disaster;
  • Developing relationships and collaborations with government officials, animal organizations, and relief agencies internationally;
  • Pursuing fundraising opportunities when possible and furthering relationships/donations with potential partners in the corporate world, specifically the airline, medical, and veterinary fields;
  • Assisting in other crisis animal management activities as needed under direction of the Director, Animal Protection and Crisis Response.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required;
  • Minimum of five years of experience in emergency situations and response required; experience in the global arena desirable;
  • Minimum of five years of experience with program development and management;
  • Must have ability to build/foster relationships by reinforcing trust and respect, and demonstrating high standards of tact, diplomacy and discretion;
  • Must have excellent communication (written and oral) skills with the ability to translate information into a meaningful, understandable context and message, including public speaking;
  • Excellent organizational, planning, and time management skills with demonstrated flexibility and the ability to manage multiple and often changing priorities and issues of varying complexity, while meeting time sensitive deadlines and deliverables;
  • Must possess a thorough knowledge of and commitment to animal protection;
  • Must have proficiency with MS Office and internet research;
  • Must have ability to work both independently and as an effective team member and be willing and able to travel for extended periods and be able work outside standard business hours;
  • Fluency in a second language is preferred;
  • Prior supervisory experience is desired.
  • Please submit a cover letter and resume using this form or fax to 301-548-7701. This position can be based from the Washington, DC office or from a remote location.

    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.


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