Manager, Federal Legislation
The Manager of Federal Legislation develops, manages, and takes responsibility for federal legislative priorities that are aligned with the mission of the ASPCA. The Manager will initiate and maintain regular contact with federal legislators and their staff to support the organization’s legislative agenda. They are responsible for initiating legislative proposals, educating lawmakers regarding animal welfare issues, identifying opportunities to advance key legislation, and executing strategies to advance animal protection legislation. The Manager collaborates with Government Relations team members and other departments within the ASPCA to develop and implement legislative strategies/programs.
This position is based in Washington, D.C. but will be performed remotely on a temporary basis due to COVID-19.
Responsibilities for this role include but are not limited to:
Federal Lobbying (50%)
- Participate in work of federal legislative team, consultants, and ASPCA colleagues to ensure effective legislative outcomes are achieved
- Help develop and track legislation for assigned issue areas
- Build productive relationships with members of Congress and their staff
- Conduct outreach to Congressional offices to routinely share updates on animal welfare and ASPCA activities
- Spearhead new member outreach each new Congress
- Lobby federal legislators and their staff to support or oppose priority legislation
- Confer with legislators and officials to emphasize supposed weaknesses or merits of specific bills to influence passage, defeat, or amendment of measure
- Work closely with coalition partners to advance policy priorities
- Collaborate with colleagues from other departments to develop federal legislative strategies
Research and Resource Development (25%)
- Analyze proposed legislation to determine possible effect on ASPCA
- Assist in preparation of resources in support of ASPCA positions
- Draft reports that document legislative research
- Initiate research, synthesize data, and construct persuasive materials for use in support or opposition of federal legislative priorities
Organizational Support and Events (25%)
- Develop and maintain records of contacts with Hill offices, federal officials and VIPS
- Organize briefings and other educational events for lawmakers to raise awareness of issues related to animal welfare
- Conduct trainings for interns, colleagues, and advocates on lobbying
- Work with relevant staff to file federal reports
- Attend national conferences and grassroots meetings as needed
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
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant applied experience required
- 1+ years of government relations experience required
- 1+ years of experience with/exposure to animal protection issues OR experience with federal policy work required. State policy work experience considered for exceptional candidates.
Ability to prioritize responsibilities, multi-task, delegate, manage time, and address time sensitive projects in a professional and responsible manner, Ability to speak conversationally in Spanish a plus, Articulate and able to speak extemporaneously, Brings diverse and unique perspectives to policy priority areas, Commitment to work for animal protection, Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Displays enthusiasm for teamwork and high levels of energy and tenacity, Highly organized with acute attention to detail, Intensely driven to see positive change for animals, Knowledge and ability to aid in the drafting of complex legislation, Knowledge of animal welfare issues and laws, Knowledge of the federal legislative process, the committee structure, leadership positions, House and Senate procedures, and political and cultural trends on the Hill, Projects and responsibilities may be added or changed at the company's discretion, Strong interpersonal and negotiation skills, Strong writing and media skills, Willingness and ability to travel nationally when needed.
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