Senior Specialist, Legislative, HSLF

15 Nov, 2022


Senior Specialist, Legislative, HSLF

Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
Washington, D.C.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s most effective animal advocacy organization, is seeking a Senior Specialist, Legislative Affairs for its affiliate Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF). In this position you will develop legislative strategy at direction of supervisor and promote the legislative goals of the HSLF to Congressional offices and committees. You will also provide guidance to other legislative staff while leading on multiple issues.  Finally, you will lead on appropriations issues as designated.


You will be responsible for:


• Working with the President, Vice President and Director, Legislative Affairs of HSLF to develop strategic priorities that include working with Congressional members to pass animal welfare legislation and to defend against attacks to weaken animal protection laws.  Implementing these priorities and helping junior legislative staff navigate the legislative process; 
• Promoting the HSLF’s legislative goals to Congressional offices and committees focusing on authorizing and appropriating language. Providing regulatory lobbying support; 
• Monitoring and tracking relevant legislative proposals, Congressional briefings, and hearings.
• Alerting appropriate program, campaign, regulatory, litigation, and communications staff of opportunities to advance or defeat legislative measures.  Providing information on timing of legislative actions and in coordination with outreach and state affairs, drafting alerts for grassroots actions; 
• Working in coordination with the HSUS’ public relations department to review press releases, op-eds, and other media materials as related to federal legislations.  Providing media interviews as needed; 
• Working to develop coalitions with a variety of political organizations and associations where common interests intersect. Representing the legislative agenda and strategy of the HSLF within these coalitions;
• As needed, drafting action alerts, fact sheets, blogs, and other outreach materials for distribution to the activist network.  Drafting materials for outreach to Congressional offices;
• As needed, contributing to testimony for Congressional hearings and drafting questions for Congressional hearings;
• Assisting in planning Hill events, including Legislator Awards, Briefings, and TAFA Lobby Day;
• Regularly traveling to Capitol Hill for meetings and events.

Qualifications and Requirements:


• Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent work experience required; 
• A minimum of four (4) years of federal government relations or lobbying experience required; experience working in the legislative branch preferred;
• Strong knowledge of federal legislative process, appropriations process, committee work, and floor procedures;
• Strong knowledge of Microsoft Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook) including SharePoint; 
• Comfortable in a fast-paced environment with frequent deadlines; high energy, self-motivated and proactive; 
• Ability to multitask and be flexible with regard to workload and assignments; 
• Ability to exercise sound judgment; 
• Strong written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and making presentations;
• Attention to detail and commitment to excellence demonstrated by the delivery of quality and timely outcomes; 
• Ability to work both independently and as an effective team member in a team environment; 
• Strong interest in animal protection issues preferred.

This position is located in Washington, DC.


Please upload your resume and cover letter as one document.


**The health and safety of our candidates, employees, and the communities in which we work is our top priority. The Humane Society of the United States has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all U.S. employees, including new hires. We make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs. All U.S. new hires will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to their first day of employment.

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

Job posted: 2022-11-15