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The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s largest animal advocacy organization, is seeking a Director, Animal Crimes for the Animal Rescue Team. The primary purpose of this position is to work with law enforcement in support of animal rescue from puppy mills, animal fighting, and cruelty, and help to enforce animal protection laws.

This position will be responsible for:

• Overseeing the HSUS’s day-to-day operations and response to complaints of illegal animal cruelty including monitoring the database for new and existing cases, including puppy mills and animal fighting;

  • Supervising the animal crimes staff and monitoring their work with law enforcement agents, constituents, and HSUS colleagues to ensure the rescue of neglected or abused animals and prosecute their abusers.
  • Advising and working with law enforcement to facilitate rescues from illegal animal cruelty;
  • Working closely with HSUS staff and internal departments to ensure an effective program of advice and response to law enforcement inquiries and action requests;
  • Collaborating with the Shelter Operations Manager and the Director of the Emergency Placement Program to grow the program and ensure placement options are available for animals rescued from cruelty, fighting, or natural disasters;
  • Working with the Senior Director of the Animal Rescue Team and others within the Communications department to increase visibility on animal rescues;
  • Working with the Operations Chief on the scene to manage evidence collection during a field response or lead as needed;
  • Aiding and serving as a resource to the Senior Director of the Animal Rescue Team and assist in all areas of response and/or deployment on raids, rescues or to respond to natural disasters with the Rescue Team.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field (or equivalent years of experience);
  • Minimum of  years’ experience working with law enforcement and with animal cruelty laws required;
  • Strong management experience required,  along with strong oral and written communications skills, exceptional interpersonal and public speaking skills;
  • Proven ability to liaise with law enforcement agencies;
  • Ability to work with the media to secure coverage of animal rescue responses;
  • Must have successful completion of FEMA ICS , , and  courses; additional certifications in NIMS/ICS training is strongly desired;
  • Candidate must be able to travel extensively on very short notice to assist in a disaster response as requested, and must be able to be on the road for a number of days a month and to work outside standard business hours.
  • Qualified candidates must be able to move/lift up to  lbs.

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

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.

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