Senior Specialist, Legislative

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The position of Legislative Senior Specialist will develop legislative strategy 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 and on appropriations issues as designated.

You will be responsible for:

  • Working with the President and Vice President 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;
  • 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;
  • Drafting action alerts, fact sheets, blogs, and other outreach materials for distribution to the activist network. Drafting materials for outreach to Congressional offices;
  • 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.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent work experience required;
  • A minimum of four (4) years of lobbying/government relations experience required;
  • Strong knowledge of federal legislative process, appropriations process, and committee work;
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook);
  • 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;
  • 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 the Washington, DC Metro Area.

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HSLF is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, marital or parental status, veteran status and other legally protected characteristics. All EEO materials can be found at the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Specialist, Regulatory

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The position of Regulatory Specialist will encourage the development and enforcement of rules and regulations that support the protection of animals at federal government agencies as needed.

You 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 (action alerts, blogs, work with coalition partners);
  • 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 where needed.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Law degree required;
  • A minimum of two years of experience working with federal agencies to develop and enforce regulations required;
  • Understanding the regulatory process and case law impacting federal regulations and policies is essential;
  • Knowledge of the laws implemented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of the Interior, and U.S. Health and Human Services involving animals is required;
  • Ability to understand and interpret complex scientific data;
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook);
  • 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;
  • 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 the Washington, DC Metro Area—remote eligible.

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HSLF is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, marital or parental status, veteran status and other legally protected characteristics. All EEO materials can be found at the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Legislative Intern, Federal Affairs

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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.

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HSLF is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, marital or parental status, veteran status and other legally protected characteristics. All EEO materials can be found at the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Regulatory Intern, Federal Affairs

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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 rising 2L, second or third year law student with excellent legal research and writing skills
  • Able to demonstrate flexibility and adapt to changing priorities, willingness to take initiative on a variety of projects, and have a strong work ethic Experience with online legal research tools such as Lexis and Westlaw research systems and proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Background and/or class work 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.

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HSLF is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, marital or parental status, veteran status and other legally protected characteristics. All EEO materials can be found at the U.S. Department of Labor.

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