Director, Farm Animal Legislation
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The ASPCA strives to maintain a COVID-free workplace. To that end, being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment for all ASPCA employees, including new hires. The ASPCA makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs that prohibit a person from being vaccinated.
The mission of the ASPCA as stated by our founder, Henry Bergh, in 1866 is “To provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States”. No population of animals suffers on the scale of factory farmed animals and 94% of Americans agree that animals raised for food deserve to live free from abuse and cruelty. Yet the majority of the nearly 10 billion land-based animals, plus countless more aquatic animals, farmed for food each year in the U.S. live in unacceptable conditions that do not align with consumers’ stated values. The ASPCA’s Government Relations team works closely with our Farm Animal Welfare department and Legal Advocacy and Investigations colleagues to identify and support legislative and regulatory policies that diminish the number of animals suffering in factory farms and reduce the negative consequences to people, animals, and the environment associated with industrial animal agriculture.
The Director of Farm Animal Legislation will carry out and support the ASPCA’s farm animal policy goals in agriculture related legislative, regulatory, and policy work. The Director will report to the Senior Director of Federal Affairs and work in close coordination with the Farm Animal Department to develop, strategize, coordinate, manage, and implement legislative and regulatory policies. This position will also work closely with the Vice President of State Affairs on any state related work. The Director will contribute to public messaging and education campaigns to highlight the need for a more humane, sustainable farming system. The Director should be an effective advocate with strong experience in efforts to improve conditions for farm animals.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
Policy Development/Strategy/Implementation (60%)
- Identify, initiate, and drive legislative and regulatory strategies tied to building a more humane and sustainable animal agriculture system
- Research, develop, and work with legislative counsel to draft legislation and regulations to strengthen legal protections for farm animals
- Identify opportunities with Legal Advocacy colleagues where legislative/regulatory work can be enhanced/supported through litigation and other legal strategies to further advance protections for farm animals
- Provide support for legal strategies using legislative, regulatory, and other channels
- Develop strong relationships with members of Congress and allied partners to collaborate for desired outcomes
- Identify, attend, and participate in panels at conferences as needed
- Participate in regular internal and external meetings with other lobbyists, regulatory staff, Legislative Engagement, campaign colleagues, and interns
- Work with relevant staff on filing federal and state lobbying reports, as needed
- Lead efforts in collaboration with Farm Animal Welfare, Legal Advocacy, and media teams to devise strategy for support of federal and state legislative and regulatory goals
- Direct farm animal welfare related policy work with special focus on federal strategies and collaborate closely with State Directors to identify opportunities to advance complementary legislative and/or regulatory policies within priority states
- Spearhead analysis, information sharing, and cross-fertilization with internal experts
- Represent the ASPCA in a professional, courteous, and congenial manner while lobbying and negotiating with legislators and their staff to support or oppose legislation, and execute campaigns to secure passage or defeat
- Work with all relevant colleagues to ensure that the tone and accuracy of materials sent out from Government Relations to the public is consistent and supportive of legislative objectives
Special Projects (10%)
- Provide projects as needed for interns.
- Participate in internal working groups as needed to facilitate policy development and provide guidance to other departments.
- Participate in planning for department’s involvement in national tradeshows and exhibits as needed.
Projects and responsibilities may be added or changed at the company’s discretion
Exemplifies the ASPCA’s Core Values
- Has Commitment and dedication to improving the lives of animals
- Demonstrates Ownership and feels responsible for outcomes
- Believes in Team – that we are stronger together
- Seeks to Elevate others and reimagine what is possible
- Focuses on Impact, specifically making change for animals
Ability to balance passion for issue with appreciation of incremental nature of legislative process, Ability to prioritize responsibilities, multitask, delegate, supervise others, manage time well and address time sensitive projects in a professional and responsible manner., Ability to strategize and provide effective support for political/legislative initiatives, A firm understanding of the impacts industrial agriculture has on farm animal welfare, as well as its intersections with other human health, environmental, and social justice issues, Bachelor’s degree required, JD degree strongly preferred, Commitment to work on animal protection issues, Highly organized, with attention to detail, Knowledge of farm animal welfare issues and laws, Projects and responsibilities may be added or changed at the company’s discretion, Strong interpersonal negotiation skills, Strong knowledge of the legislative process, the committee structure, leadership positions, procedures, and political and cultural trends on the Hill, Strong lobbying, writing and media skills, Willingness and ability to travel when needed
Education and Work Experience:
Bachelors (Required), Doctorate: Law
Communications Experience, Experience in Non-profit, Legislative Office or Government Agency in the Legal and/or Government Affairs Department, Legislative Process Experience, Lobbying Experience
Our EEO Policy:
The ASPCA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.
Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the ASPCA’s standard application process, which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on the ASPCA. Please inform the ASPCA’s People Team if you need an accommodation in order to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process.
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ASPCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/D/V).
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