Central Regional Director, State Affairs

16 Dec, 2020


Central Regional Director, State Affairs

Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s largest animal advocacy organization.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s most effective animal advocacy organization, is seeking a Central Regional Director for the State Affairs department. In this position you will lead a team of state directors who use their unique positioning to drive public policy to end the cruelest practices in their states and further implement the organization’s strategic plan. You will also promote, oversee, and supervise the implementation of the strategic plan, policies, campaigns, and programs of the HSUS in the Central Region (Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico).


You will be responsible for:

  • Managing and developing a team of state directors including, but not limited to setting goals that are aligned with the strategic plan, monitoring performance, providing guidance and mentorship, and ensuring there are adequate training opportunities for growth and development;
  • Tracking and monitoring the region’s performance in meeting the organization’s long-term goals; adjusting priorities, coaching, and mentoring staff if goals are not being met. Monitoring efforts for growth and training of activist coalitions and grassroots supporters to strengthen and expand the activist network within the region’s states;
  • Developing and implementing plans to carry out assigned local, state, and national agendas and campaigns in assigned states. Collaborating with state directors to assess state needs, implement strategies to accomplish the strategic plan and make recommendations to leadership for adjustments and regional trends regarding the animal protection movement in their region;
  • Providing guidance and oversight at the regional level for building a stronger animal protection movement in states with state directors. Advising and assisting state directors in building and growing coalitions and volunteer forces in support of the organization’s strategic plan. Serving as the expert of that region on animal trends;
  • Overseeing state and regional budgets. Ensuring state directors are staying within parameters of state’s budget;
  • Seeking out media opportunities to increase the organization’s visibility; partnering with Media Relations staff to provide interviews, speeches, newsletters, Op-Ed pieces, etc., and responding to media inquiries. Assisting and training state directors to identify these opportunities as well;
  • Working with direct reports to identify organizations and events to both sponsor and to provide grants that are in line with HSUS goals and advancement of priorities. Assisting with evaluation and approval/denial process and working with administrative staff to process necessary forms;
  • Helping oversee and set boundaries for the State Affairs department response to animal law enforcement and cruelty complaints. Providing guidance to state staff on how to assist local investigators and enforcement officials;
  • Coordinating with other departments and staff to analyze bills, prepare proposed legislation, and garner support. Submitting bi-weekly reports (activity, development, and lobbying) in a timely manner.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Government/Public Affairs, Communications/Media, or in a related field, or equivalent work experience required;
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of progressive work experience in animal protection/advocacy work or other related experience required;
  • Management/supervisory experience required;
  • Three years of legislative/lobbying experience preferred;
  • Grassroots advocacy and political campaigning experience desirable;
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of the various influences in the animal welfare movement;
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of the legislative and political process, particularly at the state level;
  • Leadership ability in work setting. Flexible, willing to learn, and anticipates the needs of self and staff;
  • Ability to set a positive tone for employees during the 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;
  • Attention to detail and commitment to excellence, demonstrated by the delivery of quality and timely outcomes;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong negotiation, persuasion, and influencing skills. Requires the ability to interact with internal clients and external stakeholders with aplomb;
  • The ability to build/foster relationships by reinforcing trust and respect, while demonstrating high standards of tact, diplomacy and discretion;
  • Highest levels of integrity and ethics together with outstanding personal credibility required;
  • Strong interest in animal protection issues preferred.

This is a remote position. 
Submit your resume and cover letter as one document. 
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

Please submit a cover letter and resumé online.

The Humane Society of the United States is an Equal Opportunity Employer and 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.

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Job posted: 2020-12-16