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Deputy Political Director, State Campaigns

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 Deputy Political Director, State Campaigns, 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:

  • Developing a state political program that promotes HSLF’s political agenda within targeted states;
  • Executing and managing the HSLF state political program;
  • Identifying stakeholders, developing and managing coalitions within targeted states and districts that lead to a winning strategy for HSLF activities;
  • Developing, managing and building a national network of state based C-4s and state based PACs to support HSLF’s state based initiatives and to increase the overall influence of the animal welfare movement;
  • Developing and executing a training program for targeted state political organizations that furthers their development and political effectiveness within their state;
  • Developing and executing a state legislative candidate elections program, overseeing the coordination of all state campaigns of interest to HSLF, including coordination of coalition partners, animal protection groups, steering committee members, supporting organizations, volunteers, and all other aspects of a legislative campaign;
  • Developing and executing fundraising strategies and related activities to include speaking in targeted states at HSLF and partner state C4s and state PACSs events;
  • Ensuring that all related state election activities are in compliance with all guidelines and regulations issued by the Federal Election Commission and the individual state election laws, guidelines and regulations;
  • Managing daily HSLF activities within targeted states including outreach, strategies for continued growth of HSLF’s influence and providing reports to the Senior Political Director;
  • Developing and maintaining strong personal relationships with key legislators within the targeted states, with state party committees, and with other institutions, individuals, and organizations;
  • Serving as the primary HSLF political liaison between assigned state party committees and HSLF;
  • Leading HSLF’s conservative strategies for heightened visibility with key conservative members within the targeted states, party committees, and organizations;
  • Managing and serving as the primary HSLF contact for contribution requests for members of state legislatures;
  • Evaluating and making recommendations political contribution strategy to ensure maximum HSLF visibility within the targeted states.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science or related field or equivalent experience;
  • Minimum of five or more years of experience in holding elected office, and/or political organizing and political fundraising;
  • Supervisory experience;
  • Compliance experience;
  • Familiarity with the state legislative campaigns and political caucus activities;
  • Familiarity with state legislators, staff, and state legislative districts;
  • Experience developing independent expenditure campaigns, developing, and managing 527 PACs, state PACs and C4s;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking skills;
  • Ability to manage budgets and complex reporting;
  • Ability to manage staff and volunteers;
  • Must be willing to travel;
  • Diplomacy and the ability to get along with diverse stakeholders;
  • Supervise volunteers and state campaign field staff.

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

EOE

Deputy Political Director, Federal Campaigns

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 Deputy Political Director, Federal Campaigns, 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 5 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

Political Intern

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 via phone, email, and postal mail
  • Assisting with political activity including the compilation and review of direct mail, action alerts, and press releases during election years
  • Supporting HSLF event planning efforts for the congressional Humane Awards (every spring), Taking Action for Animals (summers of even numbered years), and Humane Lobby Day (some summers)
  • Attending occasional 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.

Regulatory Intern, Federal Affairs

The Regulatory Affairs section of the Federal Affairs department, which works to support the regulatory goals of the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) to ensure that all animals receive the legislative and regulatory protections they deserve, is seeking an intern (click to view expanded position description). The intern will learn about animal protection regulations while assisting with research and data compilation on federal legislation and regulatory issues. The role provides the opportunity to strengthen communication, networking, animal advocacy and diplomacy skills. The intern will learn how research assists policy work for animal protection issues.

Responsibilities and projects include:

  • Research and draft one-two page briefing documents which highlight the important aspects of HSLF issues
  • Assist with legal and non-legal research as well as writing projects on federal regulations
  • Complete some administrative tasks
  • Attend federal legislative or agency meetings and hearings

Strong intern applicants have a passion for making a difference in the lives of animals and meet the following requirements:

  • Strong interest in animal protection issues
  • Must be a second or third year law student with superior legal research and writing skills
  • Strong communication skills and fluency in English
  • Knowledgeable of and thoroughly experienced with online legal research tools such as Lexis and Westlaw research systems and be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Preferably have a background in administrative law, environmental law, or animal law

The preferred time commitment is 40 hours per week for 12 weeks (full-time). Part-time schedules are considered, but priority consideration is given to those who can commit to a full-time schedule.

This internship is unpaid; however, course credit can be arranged. Interns must pass a criminal background check and sign a waiver and release of liability. The position is located in our Washington, D.C., offices.

Fill out an application now.

Note: You'll be asked to submit a cover letter and résumé with the application.

Legislative Interns, Federal Affairs

The Federal Affairs Department, which handles all federal legislation and regulatory issues for the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF), is seeking interns (click to view expanded position description). Interns have the opportunity to hone research and writing skills, strengthen communication and networking skills, use skills to address real-world issues involving regulatory and legislative issues.

This is a great option for law students, political science students, or anyone with a passion for making a difference in the lives of animals.

Responsibilities and projects include:

  • Non-legal research and writing
  • Attend hearings, briefings, and meetings on Capitol Hill as required, and prepare reports for staff
  • Assist staff in mobilizing membership on key legislative initiatives
  • Assist staff in legislative bill tracking
  • Assist with select administrative tasks

Strong intern applicants have a passion for making a difference in the lives of animals and meet the following requirements:

  • Interns must currently be enrolled in college or graduate school or have at minimum a bachelor's degree
  • Must have a strong work ethic and be eager to learn
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong research and critical thinking skills

The preferred time commitment is 40 hours per week for 12 weeks (full-time). Part-time schedules are considered, but priority consideration is given to those who can commit to a full-time schedule. Some long days and/or weekend work may be necessary.

This internship is unpaid; however, course credit can be arranged. Interns must pass a criminal background check and sign a waiver and release of liability. The position is located in our Washington, D.C., offices.

Fill out an application now.

Note: You'll be asked to submit a cover letter and résumé with the application.