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Deputy Manager, Animal Crimes

The Humane Society of The United States (HSUS), the nation’s largest animal advocacy organization is seeking a Deputy Manager, Animal Crimes for the Animal Rescue team. The main responsibility of this position is to work with law enforcement, animal care agencies, constituents, and/or the public to address egregious situations of animal cruelty, with the intent to remove the animals from crisis.

This position will be responsible for:

  • Providing best practices for effective case management and animal documentation to the responsible agencies caring for the animals after intervention;
  • Responding to complaints of animal cruelty as well as working with law enforcement officials to determine proper response;
  • Evaluating each complaint to determine the level of response by Animal Rescue Team (ART) and responding to complaints of animal cruelty;
  • Providing guidance and resources to law enforcement and animal control agencies responding to issues of cruelty, to include puppy mills, animal fighting, and large scale cruelty;
  • Maintaining database of cruelty complaints and consistent internal communication with State Affairs and HSUS staff on cruelty issues that can provide species-specific expertise to ART.
  • Working with the Manager, Animal Crimes, and the Senior Director, to continue to build network of such organizations and individuals who can assist when responding to equine/farm animal cruelty cases for the purpose of care and placement of seized animals;
  • Contributing to the content of existing law enforcement and animal care training programs utilized by the HSUS and present these training modules, when requested;
  • Representing ART at relevant conferences and events.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required;
  • Minimum three years of experience working as a humane law enforcement officer;
  • Specialized knowledge of farm animals and equine care;
  • Proven ability to liaise with governmental organizations and partnering organizations;
  • A high level of confidence, integrity, interpersonal skills, and a professional executive presence for effectively interacting with and influencing others, internal and external to HSUS, as well as for facilitating meetings and conducting public speaking/presentations;
  • Ability to work both independently and as an effective team member;
  • Ability to travel on very short notice to assist in a disaster response as requested and must be able to be on the road a number of days a month and to work outside standard business hours;
  • Ability to handle physical aspects of the job to include, but not limited to: walking, jumping, reaching, moving, and lifting objects;
  • Ability to work around a wide variety of animals and in physically demanding environments;
  • Ability to work under pressure;
  • Ability to cope with ambiguity, make reasoned decisions with limited information available, and effectively demonstrate ability to handle emergencies with a calm demeanor;
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt best practices to our organizational needs;
  • Ability to take initiative, and maintain good communication with other HSUS staff;
  • Knowledge of animal protection issues working knowledge and experience with NIMS/ICS or commitment to take and pass required courses within six months;
  • Animal handling skills and knowledge of animal protection issues such as animal control, shelter experience, and particularly animals under stress.

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, and disability, marital or parental status or protected veteran status.

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