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General Counsel, Humane Society International

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation's largest animal advocacy organization, is seeking a General Counsel for our international affiliate, Humane Society International, to serve as its primary legal counsel. The position will also serve as Associate General Counsel for the HSUS and provide legal advice on HSUS matters.

This position will be responsible for:

  • Counseling and advising internal clients on legal issues that apply to 501(c) (3) organizations who are active in countries around the world, on matters that include employment, tax, FCPA, advocacy, and privacy matters and will be working with local counsel as needed;
  • Developing, implementing, and managing compliance and risk management strategies, including policies, procedures, and trainings;
  • Drafting and reviewing complex legal documentation such as contracts, licenses, assignments, releases and waivers;
  • Providing governance support to the HSI Board of Directors
  • Staying up to date on developments in relevant legal areas and assist with other assigned tasks such as supervising, mentoring, and coaching junior attorneys.


  • Juris doctor degree required;
  • Must be a member in good standing of the DC Bar Association or other state bar;
  • Minimum of 7-10 years’ experience in a top-notch law firm or in-house law department advising entities with an international focus;
  • Thorough understanding and knowledge of international, US, and foreign laws that govern or apply to non-profit organizations, charities, or NGOs;
  • Outstanding analytical, organizational, and communication skills both orally and in writing;
  • Must be able to manage multiple priorities, be able to work independently and as part of a team.

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

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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