The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s most effective animal protection organization, is seeking a Regional Director, State Affairs (Midwest Region) for the State Affairs department.  This position is responsible for promoting, overseeing, and supervising the implementation of the strategic philosophies, policies, campaigns, and programs of The Humane Society of the United States by State Directors and Senior State Directors.  This position will also be responsible for managing and leading the development and implementation of state agendas by State Directors and Senior State Directors to aid in achieving organizational goals, monitoring the development of local and grassroots support and overseeing state legislative agendas.  In addition, ensuring that State Directors, Senior State Directors, and the organization are being proactive in advancing state legislative priorities.

This position will be responsible for:

  • Developing and implementing strategic plans to carry out assigned national and state agendas, state and federal legislative priorities, and campaigns in assigned states. Collaborating with State Directors and Senior State Directors to assess state needs, implementing strategies to accomplish organizational goals, and making recommendations to leadership for adjustments and future programs;
  • Providing guidance and oversight at the regional level for grassroots and volunteer programs.  Advising and assisting State Directors and Senior State Directors in building and growing coalitions and volunteer forces affiliated with the organization’s programs and priorities.  Partnering with the Grassroots Outreach and Engagement team to ensure their full and comprehensive implementation and support;
  • Managing and developing a team of State Directors and Senior State Directors: responsibilities include, but are not limited to, setting strategic goals, monitoring performance, providing guidance and mentorship, and ensuring there are adequate training opportunities for growth and development;
  • Tracking and monitoring the region’s performance in meeting the organization’s long term goals: adjusting priorities, coaching, and mentoring staff if goals are not being met. Monitoring efforts for growth and training of activist coalitions and grassroots supporters to strengthen and expand the activist network within the region’s states;
  • Ensuring that state staff are planning, arranging, and conducting goal-related meetings and workshops where needed and appropriate with a long-term objective of advancing the organization’s key initiatives and campaigns as they relate to the state’s agenda;
  • Partnering with the Philanthropy department to secure funding and ensuring coordination between all staff and departments. Ensuring that major donors are offered a menu of engagement opportunities, advocates with major donor potential are incorporated into the major donor pool, and the Philanthropy department is aware of donor activity in the region;
  • Seeking out media opportunities to increase the organization’s visibility; partnering with the Public Relations staff to provide interviews, speeches, newsletters, Op-Ed pieces, etc., and responding to media inquiries. Assisting and training state staff to identify these opportunities as well;
  • Working with direct reports to identify organizations and events to both sponsor and to provide grants that are in line with HSUS goals and advancement of priorities. Assisting with evaluation and approval/denial process and working with administrative staff to process necessary forms;
  • Helping oversee and set boundaries for the State Affairs department response to animal law enforcement and cruelty complaints. Providing guidance to state staff on how to assist local investigators and enforcement officials;
  • Coordinating with other departments and staff to analyze bills, preparing proposed legislation, and garnering support. Submitting bi-weekly reports (activity, development, and lobbying) in a timely manner.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Government/Public Affairs, Communications/Media, or in a related field, or equivalent work experience required;
  • A minimum of seven years of progressive work experience in animal protection/advocacy work or other related experience required;
  • A minimum of four years of management experience required;
  • Three years of legislative/lobbying experience preferred;
  • Grassroots advocacy and political campaigning experience desirable;
  • Thorough knowledge of and commitment to animal protection issues;
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of the various influences in the animal welfare movement;
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of the legislative and political process, particularly at the state level;
  • Excellent management and leadership skills with demonstrated knowledge and understanding of staff management practices and processes and the ability to establish accountabilities and expectations and manage performance to achieve results;
  • Excellent organizational, planning, and time management skills with the ability to manage multiple and often changing priorities and issues of varying complexity, while meeting time sensitive deadlines and deliverables;
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills with the ability to translate information into a meaningful, understandable context and message, regardless of the format (e.g., documents, public speaking situations, presentations, etc.);
  • Strong negotiation, persuasion, and influencing skills. Requires the ability to interact with internal clients and external stakeholders with aplomb;
  • The ability to build/foster relationships by reinforcing trust and respect, while demonstrating high standards of tact, diplomacy and discretion;
  • Advanced critical thinking and analytical skills, as well as the ability to handle complex situations and solve problems with sound judgment;
  • Demonstrated propensity to be creative, collaborative, proactive, and self-motivated in the execution and completion of assigned accountabilities;
  • Highest levels of integrity and ethics together with outstanding personal credibility required;
  • Ability to work both independently and as an effective team member in a team environment;
  • Technical proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office (i.e., WORD, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook);
  • Ability and willingness to work outside standard business hours to attend meetings, events, conferences, and assist in the field for various animal-related activities as needed;
  • Willing and able to travel as necessary.

Please submit a cover letter and resumé using this form or fax to 301-548-7701. This position will be based remotely out of a home office in the Midwest region.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identify, disability, marital or parental status, or protected veteran status. EOE

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