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Political Director

The Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization which seeks to pass animal protection laws at the state and federal level, to educate the public about animal protection issues, and to support humane candidates for office. HSLF is seeking a Political Director, who will promote our animal protection goals through programs, policies, legislative, and political work focusing on activities within the states.

This position will be responsible for:

  • Collecting and analyzing data on candidates and elected officials to determine which political races are effective targets of HSLF engagement;
  • Developing campaign plans and budgets for HSLF to support or oppose candidates, including field organizing, direct mail, get out the vote (GOTV) efforts, etc.
  • Identifying stakeholders; develop and manage coalitions within targeted states and districts that could lead to successful results of HSLF activities;
  • Increasing citizen awareness on current animal welfare issues and how elected officials and incumbents voted on those issues;
  • Developing and providing training for animal protection advocates to learn how to get engaged and get involved in the political process;
  • In conjunction with other senior leaders, will oversee management and coordination of state ballot measures and campaigns of interest to HSUS and HSLF, including coordination of coalition partners, animal protection groups, steering committee members, support organizations, etc.
  • Supporting HSLF lobbying efforts at the federal and state levels; building relationships and leading strategic efforts with stakeholders in support of HSLF legislative efforts;
  • Promoting the political and legislative goals of the HSLF by developing, cultivating, and maintaining working relationships with members of Congress, Congressional staff, and other related political operatives;
  • Assisting with developing strategy and drafting independent expenditure material for political campaigns, including press releases, direct mailing, TV and radio scripts, op-eds, letters to the editor and other related material;
  • Assisting with fundraising mailings and events and the solicitation of donors;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree in political science or related field or equivalent experience;
  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience in managing campaigns or by holding elected office or in a similar role within political affairs;
  • Candidates must have direct prior experience with developing and organizing candidate or independent expenditure campaigns as well as directing state ballot measures;
  • Volunteer management and grassroots organizing experience strongly preferred;
  • Familiarity with members of Congress, state legislators, legislative staff and solid understanding of the legislative process is desired;
  • Candidates must have excellent verbal and written communication skills to include strong presentation and persuasive writing and speaking ability; candidate will serve as a diplomatic representative for the organization;
  • Prior experience managing budgets and volunteers required;
  • Must be able and willing to travel approximately 40% of the time.

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

EOE

Internship

The Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization which seeks to pass animal protection laws at the state and federal level, to educate the public about animal protection issues, and to support humane candidates for office. HSLF has a unique internship opportunity to develop valuable real-world experience and gain knowledge of the legislative process, policy work, lobbying, political activity and how they intersect with animal protection issues. Interns will assist with a variety of tasks to help promote and achieve HSLF’s mission. Read the expanded position description here.

The internship will also provide an opportunity to strengthen critical thinking and research skills while gaining in-depth knowledge of animal protection issues. Interns have the opportunity to meet with HSLF staff members to learn about each aspect of the organization and to attend HSLF meetings and educational presentations.

Responsibilities and projects include:

  • Researching and compiling information on legislation, political campaigns, and members of Congress
  • Aiding in the development of the Humane Scorecard
  • Responding to member inquiries regarding HSLF and animal protection issues
  • Assisting with political activity including the compilation and review of direct mail, action alerts, and press releases
  • Supporting HSLF event planning efforts for the congressional Humane Awards (spring), Taking Action for Animals (summer), and Humane Lobby Day (summer)
  • Attending organizational meetings, congressional briefings on animal protection issues, and educational opportunities and presentations

We encourage those to apply who meet the following requirements:

  • Strong writing and interpersonal skills
  • Superior research skills and able to read and understand academic material
  • Attention to detail, commitment to accuracy, and an eagerness to learn about animal protection issues and political research
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, strong familiarity with the Internet and online research tools, and basic knowledge of social media
  • Basic knowledge of the Humane Society Legislative Fund by reading hslf.org for necessary background information
  • Able to work well independently and use good judgment

Priority consideration is given to those who can commit to 40 hours per week for 12 weeks. This internship is unpaid; however, course credit can be arranged if applicable. Interns must pass a criminal background check and sign a waiver and release of liability. The position is located in our Washington, D.C., office.

To apply, fill out an application. Note: You will be asked to submit a résumé and cover letter with this application.