Job Posting: Director of Advocacy
RESPONSIBLE TO: President
Reporting to ARL’s President, the Director of Advocacy is responsible for researching, proposing and coordinating ARL’s involvement and contribution to the advancement of legislation and public policy that improves the welfare of animals in Massachusetts and beyond.
This full time, exempt position will be tasked with startup activity to develop the advocacy function and related systems required for long term success. Concurrently, the Director will work on current legislative initiatives and unanticipated issues that arise.
The successful candidate will have: a passion for animal welfare; excellent research, analytical and communication skills; possess a mature and pragmatic political awareness and knowledge of legislative process necessary to achieve positive forward progress; and, demonstrate solid team/coalition building skills with both internal and external constituencies.
The Director will be a senior member of the management team and will interact with the Board of Directors and multiple external groups on public policy matters.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
- *Consult and cooperate with other ARL staff in order to:
- *Identify important animal welfare issues;
- *Determine the impact of various issues on ARL programs and services; and
- *Identify and utilize the expertise of staff members to address animal welfare issues.
- *Make presentations; write testimony, position statements, fact sheets and media pieces (letters to the editor, op-eds) for the President, the Board or other ARL representatives concerning legislation and other issues as needed.
- *Track animal protection policy and legislation and other related activities.
- *Confer with state and federal legislators and other government officials to influence the passage of or defeat of relevant legislation; encourage or discourage relevant regulatory actions; or otherwise gain support for ARL positions or proposals.
- *Research and evaluate animal protection issues, including legislative and regulatory proposals, and make recommendations for ARL positions, priorities, and strategies.
- *As legislative priorities are determined by the Board of Directors, position may include conducting background research, drafting legislation, securing sponsors, testifying, tracking and lobbying.
- *Act as an ARL representative, at times speaking with the media about animal protection issues and at relevant public meetings, including legislative, administrative and other governmental hearings.
- *Maintain a network of contacts with other animal protection agencies, as well as with other organizations and individuals who might provide advice, assistance, information, and/or collaboration for issues-related activities.
- *Foster relationships and maintain effective communication with elected officials and their staff, program staff and partners/coalitions. Liaise with internal programs and external partners to identify policy concerns and training needs.
- *In collaboration with the ARL Marketing and Fundraising Department; prepare communication material for the public distribution regarding legislation and policy matters.
- *Keep ARL management, staff and Board informed of pertinent legislation and issue related activities.
- *Serve as an informational resource for inquiries concerning animal welfare issues, legislative initiatives, and the ARL’s position on these matters.
- *Manage and direct departmental operations, including preparation and implementation of an annual budget.
- *Present professional appearance and conduct. Maintain a high level of integrity and adherence to confidentiality.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Complete a six-month probationary period.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPECTATIONS:
- Advanced degree in law or public policy or related field preferred. At a minimum a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Law, Social Studies, or related field.
- Must maintain a valid MA driver’s license, have reliable transportation, be willing to travel, and work outside of normal hours on occasion.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Possess deep knowledge of the legislative process and advocacy experience.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively within organizations and with other entities including individuals/groups with conflicting/competing interests.
- Strong mediation/negotiation skills.
- Display good, sound judgement. Must have the ability to deal professionally and effectively with the public and the media.
- Demonstrate flexibility and ability to adapt to shifting priorities.
- Excellent project management skills are required with the ability to prioritize and execute multiple projects concurrently.
- Strong computer skills.
- Strong commitment to animal welfare and two+ years’ experience in animal welfare field required.
Please submit cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org (please include the job title in your email subject line)
The Animal Rescue League of Boston is an equal opportunity employer, and we make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, veteran’s status or any other protected characteristic.