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Regulatory Specialist

The Humane Society Legislative Fund, (HSLF) formed in 2004 as a separate lobbying affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is seeking a Regulatory Specialist. The main responsibility of this position is to encourage the development and enforcement of rules and regulations that support the protection of animals at federal government agencies.

This position will be responsible for:

  • Spearheading organizational work on federal government regulations;
  • Acting as liaison between HSLF/HSUS staff and officials at federal agencies;
  • Working with program staff on drafting comments/letters to the agencies and overseeing resources in support of agency efforts;
  • Developing and maintaining positive relationships with agency officials in order to discuss proposed regulations and enforcement of laws that support the protection of animals;
  • Providing guidance to HSLF legislative staff on top requests during the federal budget process;
  • Providing assistance on federal legislative work as needed;
  • Reviewing press releases and other media materials.

Qualifications:

  • Law Degree is required;
  • Minimum of three years of experience working with federal agencies to develop and enforce regulations;
  • Understanding of the regulatory process and case law impacting federal regulations and policies is essential;
  • Understanding of the laws implemented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Health and Human Services involving animals is required;
  • Ability to understand and interpret complex scientific data;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Must be able to walk moderate distances and sit or stand for long periods of time as needed;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office preferred;
  • Excellent organizational, planning, and time management skills with demonstrated flexibility and the ability to manage multiple and often changing priorities and issues of varying complexity, while meeting time sensitive deadlines and deliverables;
  • Ability to work both independently and as an effective team member.

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

EOE

Field Organizer, Interim

The Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) is a 501(c)(4) 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 Field Organizer, who will promote our animal protection goals by organizing a grassroots engagement campaign in targeted congressional districts and subsequent political action in those districts.

This position will be responsible for:

  • Increasing citizen awareness on current animal welfare issues and exposing incumbent voting records on these issues;
  • Recruiting and managing volunteers to build cohesive teams;
  • Training animal protection advocates to engage in the political process;
  • Representing HSLF at meetings and community events.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required;
  • Minimum of one year of experience in holding elected office, political campaigns,community organizing, volunteer management, or similar work for a 501(c)(4);
  • Experience developing and organizing candidate or independent expenditure campaigns;
  • Experience in recruiting, training, motivating and leading volunteers;
  • Ability to train and lead volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including public speaking and persuasive skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to relate to a wide variety of voters;
  • Ability to work independently and in team settings;
  • Strong multitasking abilities;
  • Ability to work long and irregular hours including weekends during campaigns;
  • Tenacity to accomplish goals and execute precisely-timed campaign plans;
  • Basic computer literacy and database skills;
  • Fluency in Spanish desired;
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively.

Please submit a cover letter and resumé using this form or fax to 301-548-7701. This position is located in our Washington, DC office and work in Congressional districts (to be determined).

EOE

Field Organizer, Interim

The Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) is a 501(c)(4) 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 Field Organizer, who will promote our animal protection goals by organizing a grassroots engagement campaign in targeted congressional districts and subsequent political action in those districts.

This position will be responsible for:

  • Increasing citizen awareness on current animal welfare issues and exposing incumbent voting records on these issues;
  • Recruiting and managing volunteers to build cohesive teams;
  • Training animal protection advocates to engage in the political process;
  • Developing integrated campaign plans and budgets for HSLF to support or oppose candidates, including independent expenditure materials and Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts;
  • Utilizing the latest micro-targeting technologies, training volunteer teams to master sophisticated door-to-door strategies with customized scripts for multiple household types;
  • Establishing and implementing goals to motivate door-saturation teams to achieve certain door-knocking milestones within a precise campaign schedule;
  • Coordinating indirect voter contact programs to motivate and mobilize voters;
  • Deploying ballot-chase teams to maximize early voting turnout of low-propensity voters;
  • Representing HSLF at meetings and community events.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required;
  • Minimum of two or more years of experience in holding elected office, political campaigns, and/or working for a 501(c)(4);
  • Experience developing and organizing candidate or independent expenditure campaigns;
  • Experience with door to door campaigning;
  • Experience in recruiting, training, motivating and leading volunteers;
  • Ability to train and lead volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including public speaking and persuasive skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to relate to a wide variety of voters;
  • Ability to work independently and in team settings;
  • Strong multitasking abilities;
  • Ability to work long and irregular hours including weekends during campaigns;
  • Tenacity to accomplish goals and execute precisely-timed campaign plans;
  • Basic computer literacy and database skills;
  • Willingness to relocate temporarily to a specific Congressional district (to be determined).

Please submit a cover letter and resumé using this form or fax to 301-548-7701. This position is located in our Washington, DC office and work in Congressional districts (to be determined).

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, we offer our interns a metro card to cover commuting costs and 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 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 congressional 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
  • Thoroughly experienced with online legal research tools such as Lexis and Westlaw research systems and proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Preferably have a background in administrative law, environmental law, or animal law

Time commitment:

  • Fall, winter and spring sessions: Minimum 10 hours per week for at least 10 weeks.
  • Summer session: Priority consideration is given to those who can commit to 40 hours per week for at least 10 weeks.

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:

  • Conduct 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 tracking legislation
  • Assist with select administrative tasks such as updating and preparing Excel spreadsheets, proofreading, assembling folders for lobby visits, preparing mailings, etc.

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.