Manager, Federal Legislation

20 Sep, 2021


Manager, Federal Legislation

Washington, DC

Please make sure to attach both a resume and cover letter to complete your application.


The Manager of Federal Legislation develops, manages, and takes responsibility for federal legislative priorities that are aligned with the mission of the ASPCA. The Manager will initiate and maintain regular contact with federal legislators and their staff to support the organization’s legislative agenda. They are responsible for initiating legislative proposals, educating lawmakers regarding animal welfare issues, identifying opportunities to advance key legislation, and executing strategies to advance animal protection legislation. The Manager collaborates with Government Relations team members and other departments within the ASPCA to develop and implement legislative strategies/programs.

This position is based in Washington, D.C. but will be performed remotely on a temporary basis due to COVID-19.


Responsibilities for this role include but are not limited to:

Federal Lobbying (50%)

  • Participate in work of federal legislative team, consultants, and ASPCA colleagues to ensure effective legislative outcomes are achieved
  • Help develop and track legislation for assigned issue areas
  • Build productive relationships with members of Congress and their staff
  • Conduct outreach to Congressional offices to routinely share updates on animal welfare and ASPCA activities
  • Spearhead new member outreach each new Congress
  • Lobby federal legislators and their staff to support or oppose priority legislation
  • Confer with legislators and officials to emphasize supposed weaknesses or merits of specific bills to influence passage, defeat, or amendment of measure
  • Work closely with coalition partners to advance policy priorities
  • Collaborate with colleagues from other departments to develop federal legislative strategies

Research and Resource Development (25%)

  • Analyze proposed legislation to determine possible effect on ASPCA
  • Assist in preparation of resources in support of ASPCA positions
  • Draft reports that document legislative research
  • Initiate research, synthesize data, and construct persuasive materials for use in support or opposition of federal legislative priorities

Organizational Support and Events (25%)

  • Develop and maintain records of contacts with Hill offices, federal officials and VIPS
  • Organize briefings and other educational events for lawmakers to raise awareness of issues related to animal welfare
  • Conduct trainings for interns, colleagues, and advocates on lobbying
  • Work with relevant staff to file federal reports
  • Attend national conferences and grassroots meetings as needed

Exemplifies the ASPCA’s Core Values:

  • Has Commitment and dedication to improving the lives of animals
  • Demonstrates Ownership and feels responsible for outcomes
  • Believes in Team – that we are stronger together
  • Seeks to Elevate others and reimagine what is possible
  • Focuses on Impact, specifically making change for animals

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant applied required
  • 1+ years of government relations experience required
  • 1+ years of experience with/exposure to animal protection issues OR experience with federal policy work required. State policy work experience considered for exceptional candidates.


Ability to prioritize responsibilities, multi-task, delegate, manage time, and address time sensitive projects in a professional and responsible manner, Ability to speak conversationally in Spanish a plus, Articulate and able to speak extemporaneously, Brings diverse and unique perspectives to policy priority areas, Commitment to work for animal protection, Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Displays enthusiasm for teamwork and high levels of energy and tenacity, Highly organized with acute attention to detail, Intensely driven to see positive change for animals, Knowledge and ability to aid in the drafting of complex legislation, Knowledge of animal welfare issues and laws, Knowledge of the federal legislative process, the committee structure, leadership positions, House and Senate procedures, and political and cultural trends on the Hill, Projects and responsibilities may be added or changed at the company’s discretion, Strong interpersonal and negotiation skills, Strong writing and media skills, Willingness and ability to travel nationally when needed



English (Required)

Education and Work Experience:

Bachelors, High School Diploma (Required)


Our EEO Policy:

The ASPCA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.

Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws.  A reasonable accommodation is a change in the ASPCA’s standard application process, which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on the ASPCA.  Please inform the ASPCA’s People Team if you need an accommodation in order to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process.

Individuals seeking employment are considered without regards to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status,  or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.

ASPCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/D/V).

Please don’t forget to attach your resume and cover letter to complete your application.

The ASPCA was founded in 1866 on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment by humans and must be protected under the law. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with more than two million supporters nationwide, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, equines, and farm animals throughout the United States.

The ASPCA is headquartered in New York City, where we maintain a full-service animal hospital, spay/neuter clinic, mobile spay/neuter and primary pet care clinics, a rehabilitation center for canine victims of cruelty, kitten nursery, adoption center, and two community veterinary centers.

The ASPCA also operates programs and services that extend nationwide. We assist animals in need through on-the-ground disaster and cruelty interventions, behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy, and the advancement of the sheltering and veterinary community through research, training, and resources.

At the ASPCA, we are committed to fostering a collaborative and compassionate culture and we welcome all voices to contribute to our lifesaving mission. Our staff represent a vast array of backgrounds and diversity dimensions, bringing with them valuable experiences and perspectives. They join the ASPCA to learn, grow, and continually do their best work on behalf of animals. We are inspired by our staff, partners, and the communities we support across the country who work to improve animal lives. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the ASPCA because it elevates our organizational culture, aligns with our Core Values, and enables us to move further and faster toward the ASPCA’s vision – that all animals live good lives; valued by society, protected by its laws, and free from cruelty, pain and suffering.

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Job posted: 2021-09-20