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The Humane Society of The United States (HSUS), the nation’s most effective animal protection organization, is seeking a Deputy State Director, California for the State Affairs department. This position is responsible for carrying out state agendas and priorities within the state including advancing state priorities, assisting with rebuilding and disaster-related projects, building coalitions, expanding a humane network within the state, building and maintaining relationships with state agencies and public officials, facilitating enforcement of animal protection laws, advancing development opportunities, and partnering with high level volunteers on projects throughout the state.

This position will be responsible for

  • Working with the State Director to help plan, develop, and implement strategies to accomplish state-specific goals and assigned agenda items for the state; providing support to campaigns, including rebuilding and disaster-related projects;
  • Assessing state needs and making recommendations to management about involvement of other volunteer leaders;
  • Building activist coalitions and working with grassroots supporters to strengthen and expand grassroots volunteer base within the state;
  • Arranging and providing training opportunities for citizen lobbyists;
  • Organizing lobbying and meeting activities that involve key volunteers engaging with federal, state and local lawmakers, and assisting in drafting communications and materials for those offices as needed;
  • Developing and maintaining positive and effective working relationships with volunteers and staff at all levels and ensure a smooth and mutually rewarding experience, communication and integration between District Leaders and State Council members, other volunteers, HSUS staff and affiliates, advocates and allies;
  • Organizing coalition building and outreach to shelters, law enforcement, and district attorneys across the state to identify capital and training needs;
  • Encouraging and facilitating the application and enforcement of animal cruelty laws by providing guidance and support for local investigators and enforcement officials; conducting fact-finding missions, and providing hands-on assistance when appropriate;
  • Coordinating with and seeking out media opportunities to highlight HSUS work and maintaining key media contacts in coordination with the Public Relations department;
  • Writing state newsletter and state web page articles;
  • Assisting with other regional projects as necessary and staying abreast of the latest animal protection issues;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Government/Public Affairs, Communications/Media, or in a related field, or equivalent work experience required;
  • A minimum of four years of progressive work experience in animal protection/advocacy work or other related experience required, legislative/lobbying experience preferred;
  • Volunteer management experience is a plus as is grassroots advocacy and political campaigning experience is a plus.
  • Must have strong knowledge of and commitment to animal protection and animal welfare movement issues.
  • Must have strong knowledge and understanding of the legislative and political process, particularly at the state level.
  • Strong organizational, planning, and time management skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities, while meeting time sensitive deadlines and deliverables;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills required;
  • Must have strong negotiation, persuasion, and influencing skills; requires ability to interact with internal clients and external stakeholders with conviction and diplomacy;
  • Must be self-motivated and possess high levels of integrity;
  • Must also be able to work independently and as an effective team member;
  • Technical proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office (i.e., WORD, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) required;
  • Ability and willingness to work outside standard business hours for various animal-related activities as needed and willingness and ability to travel within the state or to other states as required.

Please submit a cover letter and resume using this form or fax to 301-548-7701. This position is based out of a home office within the state of California.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identify, disability, marital or parental status, or protected veteran status.


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