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Political Director

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

Washington, District of Columbia 20037
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The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
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The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s largest animal advocacy organization, is seeking a Political Director who will promote the animal protection goals of the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) through programs, policies, legislative and political work.

This position will be responsible for:

  • Advancing HSLF goals by directing, coordinating, and implementing strategies for independent campaigns in federal political races and initiatives for HSLF action;
  • Designing and implementing field campaigns for winning elections to support or oppose candidates for office;
  • Coordinating volunteers, door to door canvassing, phone banking, direct mail, voter registration/education, and other aspects of GOTV campaign;
  • Generating media exposure for HSLF’s independent expenditure campaigns in candidate races, to drive awareness of animal protection issues and persuade voters;
  • Promoting the political and legislative goals of the HSLF by developing, cultivating, and maintaining working relationships with Members of Congress, Congressional staff, candidates for federal and state elective offices, and related political operatives;
  • Identifying key federal political races where HSLF resources can contribute to a positive outcome, by synthesizing information from polling data, campaign materials, existing contacts and independent sources;
  • Increasing the visibility and influence of HSLF PAC (Political Action Committee) by assisting in fundraising and representing the PAC at events;
  • Creating and executing 50 state strategy for building out political committees and volunteers to support or oppose humane candidates;
  • Identifying state candidates for possible independent expenditures, state PAC contributions or other political activity and managing necessary reporting of such activity to relevant state agency;
  • Managing strategic planning and conducting necessary research to develop needed, viable, and winnable ballot initiative questions for state elections as well as Implementing strategy, plan, and tactics for chosen initiatives;
  • Speaking before groups of volunteers, before organizational meetings, classrooms, civic groups, and other forums;
  • Developing and providing training for animal protection advocates on how to be involved in the political process;
  • Planning fundraising mailings and events, solicitation of high donors and writing grant applications.


  • Bachelor’s degree in political science or related field required;
  • Minimum ten or more years of experience in lobbying, holding elected office, and/or political organizing;
  • Supervisory experience;
  • Familiarity with Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and Congressional districts;
  • Familiarity with state legislators, staff, and state legislative districts;
  • Experience developing independent expenditure campaigns;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to manage budgets and complex compliance reporting for state and federal levels;
  • Ability to manage staff and volunteers;
  • Public speaking skills;
  • Diplomacy and the ability to get along with diverse stakeholders.

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, disability, marital or parental status or protected veteran status. EO