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State Director, California

California, USA, Virtual Req #222
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation's largest animal advocacy organization.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s most effective animal protection organization, is seeking a State Director for the State Affairs department.  The primary purpose of this position is to carry out national and state agendas and priorities within the state of California. 


This position will be responsible for:


  • Advancing state and federal legislative priorities and tracking and monitoring legislation in California;

  • Conducting ongoing meetings with legislators, staff, committee members, and government officials to build relationships, understanding their needs, and providing education/awareness;

  • Providing written and public testimony, attending legislative hearings related to priority bills during legislative sessions and other appropriate times to lobby for or against helpful or harmful bills, and planning and organizing Humane Lobby Day;

  • Recruiting, leading, supporting, and inspiring key leadership volunteers within the state to adopt a culture of fundraising on behalf of the HSUS; 

  • Working with key volunteer leaders to grow a large base of highly qualified and dedicated volunteers to cultivate a sense of philanthropic pride in their communities;

  • Building and engaging a diverse coalition of advocates who are committed to achieving organizational, program, and campaign goals and to building a humane economy;

  • Managing state councils, conducting grassroots and legislative meetings, delivering presentations to influential audiences, networking, and serving as a resource to shelter and animal control leaders;

  • Working with the Campaigns department and the regional office on major campaigns seen as priorities for the assigned state(s); will also provide guidance and networking to implement successful campaigns within the state;

  • Encouraging and facilitating application and enforcement of animal cruelty laws and responding to cruelty complaints; providing guidance, training, and support for local investigators and enforcement officials, conducting fact-finding missions, and providing hands-on assistance as needed;

  • Seeking out media opportunities to increase public awareness; responding to media requests relating to legislation, cruelty, and other animal protection issues in coordination with the Public Relations department; candidate will also be responsible for writing op-ed pieces and press releases as necessary and giving media interviews, and maintaining relationships with editorial boards and local media;

  • Partnering with state and local agencies, as well as with animal shelters to prepare and respond to emergencies and disasters and work to grow the Emergency Placement Partner (EPP) network;

  • Assisting with other regional projects; supporting the executive team, board of directors, and senior staff in their relationships and collaboration with council members;

  • Updating and maintaining social media site(s) with information regarding priorities and initiatives directly related to the assigned state;

  • Serving as a resource to other animal welfare groups and organizations to help strategize and act as a mentor to them and staying abreast of nonprofit organizational best practices and of the latest animal protection issues.


Qualifications and Requirements:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Government/Public Affairs, Communications/Media, or a related field, or equivalent work experience required;

  • A minimum of five years of progressive work experience in animal protection/advocacy work or other related experience required;

  • Legislative/lobbying experience strongly preferred as is experience with volunteer management;

  • Grassroots advocacy and political campaigning experience is a plus;

  • Must have advanced knowledge of and commitment to animal protection issues and the animal welfare movement;

  • Strong knowledge and understanding of the legislative and political process, particularly at the state level;

  • Strong organizational, planning, and time management skills with the ability to manage multiple and priorities and issues, while meeting time sensitive deadlines;

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to influence and build and foster relationships;

  • Must be able to work both independently and as an effective team member;

  • Proficiency with 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.


When applying, please submit your cover letter and resume together as one document.  

This position will be based out of a home office location within the state of California. 

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

  • California, USA
  • Virtual