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Director of Government Affairs

Washington DC


In coordination with the Vice President of External Affairs, develop and implement a comprehensive and proactive policy, community affairs and legislative program for Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA). Serves as the lead contact for all advocacy for the organization, including legislative efforts and relationship development at all levels of government. Acts as key liaison to government agencies responsible for the execution and operation of animal control contract(s). Initiates and monitors policy and legislative initiatives related to animal welfare priorities at the local and regional level. Partners with organizations, interest groups and community stakeholders to build relationships that support animal welfare outreach. Work closely with other members of the external affairs team to expand the impact of the organization, and to ensure the achievement of organizational goals.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Public Policy

  • Design, develop and implement a comprehensive government relations strategy.
  • Serve as the primary contact for all government representatives, working collaboratively with relevant colleagues to ensure the best possible outcomes for the organization, the animals and community stakeholders.
  • Act as a key liaison to government agencies involved in the acquisition and delivery of animal control contract(s) and ensure those government entities are treated as valued customers as part of a strategy for increasing HRA’s influence.
  • Act as the primary liaison with relevant government agencies involved in the maintenance and servicing of government owned properties that HRA operates out of, including responding to and tracking service needs, in some cases on an urgent basis, to ensure staff and animals are provided with appropriate environments.
  • Track and ensure all contract deliverables are completed and reported as required.
  • Increase HRA visibility with local, regional and federal elected officials, regulatory agencies and their staff.
  • Develop a legislative strategy for the organization, and initiate legislation supporting priorities to improve the quality of animal statutes and ordinances to benefit the welfare of all animal species.
  • Monitor and analyze local and federal legislation and regulation that could impact HRA and our constituents.
  • Act as the main legislative contact for the organization, utilizing internal experts as necessary.
  • Build and maintain alliances necessary to advance the policy and legislative agenda of HRA.
  • Lead the interactions with federal, state and local policy makers around policy development and legislation.
  • Serve on community boards and commissions as appropriate.
  • Develop a broad understanding of animal welfare issues, and keep abreast of developing trends to ensure HRA responds in an effective and well-timed manner on evolving issues.
  • Thoroughly understand HRA’s work to ensure government affairs activities are aligned across the organization.

Public Affairs

  • Lead the development and implementation of a community outreach strategy that will enable HRA to more actively engage with community partners, constituents, influencers and advocates.
  • Initiate and leverage opportunities to build and sustain effective relationships with key organizations, associations and influential community groups.
  • Represent HRA activities, priorities and results to elected officials, government agencies, community leaders, and other stakeholders.
  • Establish a broad radar and tracking system for community happenings to ensure HRA has appropriate representation at any community event where we might gain influence or expand our impact and footprint, ranging from neighborhood gatherings to formal events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to develop legislative strategy to advance an organization’s mission.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the animal welfare industry and the challenges facing animals and people.
  • Highly developed communication, negotiation and relationship development skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a customer service orientation.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, courteously, and professionally with a variety of people representing the public, board of directors, volunteers, donors, and colleagues.
  • Ability to work effectively, both independently and in a team environment, in an atmosphere of multiple projects and shifting priorities. Able to be flexible, detail oriented and to prioritize.
  • Have long-range planning and follow through skills.
  • Critical thinking skills, good business judgment and a high degree of accountability.
  • Able to manage the physical and emotional aspects of work in an animal care environment in a positive and professional manner.
  • A commitment to the core values of HRA.
  • Passion for HRA mission, and for caring for all animals regardless of age, breed, temperament or species.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:

  • Regularly sits at a computer station and operates electronic equipment.
  • Regularly moves about the facilities to coordinate work.
  • Ability to travel independently for meetings and organization-related work.
  • Ability to be comfortable working around all species of animals.
  • Due to nature of shelter work, may be exposed to deceased, fractious, or aggressive animals; hostile or irate persons; zoonotic or other diseases; unpleasant noises, odors, or sights; and extreme temperatures.
  • Availability and ability to work occasional weekend or weeknight hours.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:

  • Regularly sits at a computer station and operates electronic equipment.
  • Regularly moves about the facilities to coordinate work.
  • Ability to travel independently for meetings and organization-related work.
  • Ability to be comfortable working around all species of animals.
  • Due to nature of shelter work, may be exposed to deceased, fractious, or aggressive animals; hostile or irate persons; zoonotic or other diseases; unpleasant noises, odors, or sights; and extreme temperatures.
  • Availability and ability to work occasional weekend or weeknight hours.

Education and Experience:

  • College degree or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible experience in policy advocacy at the local, state or federal level with preferred experience working with the Council or Agencies of the District of Columbia. Experience should include management and operations, budgeting, customer service, and personnel management.

Posted January 13, 2020


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