The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s most effective animal protection organization, is seeking a Program Manager, Disaster Services for its Animal Rescue Team (ART) to drive the development and implementation of HSUS’s disaster program with a strong focus on developing relationships and positioning HSUS with external partners and agencies.

This position will be responsible for

  • Responsible for developing preparedness and response plans with inter-agency stakeholders, establishing Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) and other agreements with local, state, and federal officials;
  • Coordinating trainings and table-top exercises, and providing support materials to those working to seek legislative changes and engaging as needed to ensure passage of strong laws to support disaster management for all animals;
  • Developing relationships and working in conjunction with local, state and federal government agencies, animal organizations, and relief organizations, to increase the HSUS’s ability to partner and respond to disasters across the country;
  • Securing and managing relevant agreements for disaster response;
  • Acting as liaison with HSUS staff, state directors, outside animal groups, relief agencies, government agencies, and private corporations during times of disaster;
  • Developing and leading resource planning, procurement and management aspects of HSUS partnerships with other national organizations involved in emergency response;
  • Representing HSUS at emergency preparedness meetings, workshops, and conferences;
  • Ensuring good relationships with national and state-level animal protection professionals to develop emergency animal shelter protocols and MOU’s with emergency sheltering, field response, and resource managers;
  • Serving as the main HSUS liaison with emergency personnel during a crisis;
  • Working with the Director of Field Response to lead natural disaster planning for The HSUS and (ART);
  • Developing preparedness and response plans for HSUS headquarters working with key stakeholders to ensure a coordinated, effective, and efficient response;
  • Attending and/or presenting at national, state, and local conferences, as requested;
  • Serving as ART media contact and spokesperson, when assigned;
  • Contributing to the design and production of all ART published and audio/visual materials;
  • Being on-call as primary response person in the event of a natural disaster.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent experience in some form of emergency operations or response;
  • At least eight years of experience as a manager of an animal care organization tasked with emergency response;
  • Proven supervisory and management acumen preferred;
  • Knowledge of prophylactic animal health practices in a shelter environment;
  • Strong organizational, oral and written communications skills, including a comfort with public speaking;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills;
  • Proven ability to liaise with governmental organizations and partnering organizations;
  • Ability to influence internal and external stakeholders;
  • Strong track record of collaboration and teamwork approach ensuring cooperation among diverse teams;
  • Ability to travel extensively on very short notice to assist in a disaster response as requested;
  • Must be able to be on the road a number of days a month and to work outside standard business hours;
  • Ability to work under pressure with aplomb;
  • Ability to cope with ambiguity, make reasoned decisions with limited information available, and effectively demonstrate ability to handle emergency situations with a calm demeanor;
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt best practices to our organizational needs;
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and maintain good communication with other HSUS staff;
  • Animal handling skills and knowledge of animal protection issues – animal control, shelter experience, etc. – particularly animals under stress;
  • Working knowledge and experience with NIMS/ICS or commitment to take and pass required courses within six months;
  • When deployed, supervise other members of ART, HSUS staff, volunteers, vendors, and contract staff.

Please submit a cover letter and résumé 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, disability, marital or parental status or protected veteran status. EOE

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