The Humane Society of the United States
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Specialist, Legislative

The Humane Society Legislative Fund, (HSLF) formed in 2004 as a separate lobbying affiliate of the Humane Society of the United States is seeking a Specialist, Legislative. The main responsibility of this position is to promote the legislative goals of the organization to Congressional offices and committees. Also, execute specific legislative strategy on multiple issues.

This position will be responsible for:

  • Legislative drafting and analysis: Working with congressional offices, legislative counsel, program departments and Animal Protection Litigation (APL) to draft legislation that strengthens legal protections for animals and public policies that support animal welfare. Analyzing proposed and pending legislation to determine whether it is favorable to the mission and objectives of the organization;
  • Federal Lobbying: Promoting the organization’s legislative goals to Congressional offices and committees. Planning, coordinating, and implementing specific legislative strategies that coincide with the political orientations of members of Congress. Also, providing regulatory lobbying support;
  • Monitoring and analyzing Congressional activity: Ensuring a current understanding of congressional activities through a variety of means including professional periodicals and Congressional records, documents, and publications;
  • Maintaining communication networks: Replying to constituent and Congressional inquiries regarding pending legislation;
  • Building coalition support for identified priorities: Determining and developing coalitions with a variety of political organizations and associations where common interests intersect. Representing the legislative agenda and strategy of the organization within these coalitions;
  • Coordinating inter-departmental cooperation: Liaising with state, program and regulatory staff on legislative campaigns.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent work experience required;
  • One or more years of lobbying/government relations experience required;
  • Strong knowledge of federal legislative process, appropriations process or committee work;
  • The ability to build/foster relationships by reinforcing trust and respect, and demonstrating high standards of tact, diplomacy and discretion;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office preferred;
  • 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;
  • Ability to work both independently and as an effective team member;
  • Interest in animal protection issues desired.

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

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

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