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Public Policy Specialist

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation's largest animal advocacy organization, is seeking a Public Policy Specialist for the Campaigns department. The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a key public spokesperson for the organization on farm animal protection public policy issues.

This position will be responsible for:

  • Encouraging lawmakers to enact farm-animal friendly bills and defeat bills that do not protect farm animals and managing relationships with lawmakers and other advocates that support our causes;
  • Conducting media interviews, giving speeches, engaging in public debates and other public speaking roles to advance the farm animal protection public policies;
  • Collaborating with  HSUS state directors to develop strategies and implement tactics in advancement of farm animal protection issues in their respective state;
  • Building public support for policy priorities through grassroots engagement and with the media;
  • Developing and managing campaign materials such as LTE’s, op-eds, reports, fact sheets and online material;
  • Other duties as needed.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in a related discipline or equivalent work experience required;
  • Minimum two years’ experience in public policy advocacy, public policy research or legislative affairs;
  • Superior written and oral communication skills, as well as strong research and advocacy skills;
  • Must possess strong reading and critical thinking skills;
  • Knowledge of farm animal protection issues required;
  • Working knowledge of local policymaking, structure and legislative processes;
  • Proficient computer skills and ability to exercise discretion;
  • Maintain enthusiasm and strategic thinking to help shape the campaign;
  • Excellent organizational, planning, and time management skills with demonstrated flexibility and the ability to manage multiple and often changing priorities while meeting time sensitive deadlines and deliverables;
  • A high level of confidence, integrity, interpersonal skills, and a professional presence for effectively interacting with and influencing others;
  • Demonstrated critical thinking and analytical skills, as well as the ability to handle complex situations and demonstrate sound judgment and problem-solving;
  • Must be able to travel.

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