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Policy Director, Research and Toxicology

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation's largest animal advocacy organization, is seeking a Policy Director, Research and Toxicology for its affiliate, Humane Society International (HSI).  The  main responsibility of this position will be to have oversight of a wide range of legislative and public facing efforts including the #BeCrueltyFree campaign to ban cosmetic animal testing and trade, in key national markets

This position will be responsible for:

  • Providing first-level oversight of the departments’ legislative efforts and supervision of personnel as well as serving as the point of contact on legislative efforts for prospective partner organizations and with internal HSUS departments;
  • Working with HSI program and country teams, partner organizations, politicians and other stakeholders to draft legal measures aimed at replacing animal use in testing and research;
  • Analyzing proposed and pending legislation, crafting amendments, and coordinating interventions to further the goal to remove animals from testing;
  • Generating media coverage of the department’s public policy efforts, including serving as a spokesperson;
  • Directing regional programs of public and consumer awareness and advocacy on the issue of cosmetics animal testing , alternative methods, and cruelty-free shopping and how to reach those audiences;
  • Network with regional and local legislators and other stakeholders to gather their support for the campaign objectives;
  • Coordinating with internal departments, the expansion of corporate partnerships, including solicitation and management of direct financial contributions;


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent work experience required;
  • Minimum seven years’ experience of legislative/lobbying/government relations experience or regulatory experience required; international experience strongly preferred;
  • Must have prior supervisory/management experience along with ability to work with different cultures and languages;
  • Strong project management and organizational skills required;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to include public speaking;
  • Computer proficiency with MS Office and working knowledge of social media tools;
  • Ability and willingness to travel locally and internationally.

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


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