Federal Legislative Director

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The Federal Legislative Director is responsible for initiation, development, and execution of assigned legislative priorities that are aligned with the mission of the ASPCA: to "provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States." This role is an opportunity to drive lasting change for animals in our society by leveraging public support for humane laws, while cultivating strong alliances for animal protection within the federal policy community. The Director will possess a working knowledge of federal animal protection issues but lead efforts to advance equine protection legislation addressing horse slaughter, institutionalized cruelty to equines, and humane wild horse management. The Director will maintain regular contact with federal government officials, devise and implement strategies to support the organization’s legislative agenda and provide internal  strategic leadership. The Director collaborates with government relations team members and other departments within the ASPCA to develop and implement legislative strategies/programs and supportive citizen outreach.

While this position requires that you are a commutable distance from our Washington, DC office, there will be opportunities to work remotely from a home office. 


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Policy Development and Strategy (50%)

  • Devise, initiate, and drive strategies to achieve legislative/regulatory outcomes for assigned issues

  • Lead communications internally for assigned bills, providing analysis of opportunities and identifying potential vehicles for individual bills

  • Build productive relationships with legislators/regulators and their staff to establish our authority and leadership in federal animal policy.

  • Brief bill authors and leaders on supportive data for bills, providing messaging materials

  • Establish and actively participate in external coalitions to expand support for federal priorities

  • Lobby federal legislators and staff and Congressional leaders to drive our priority agenda

  • Direct and oversee research, data synthesis, and construction of persuasive materials including cultivation of examples and narratives to support priority legislation and regulatory goals

  • Prepare, review and present testimony, white papers, fact sheets, and other materials to advance priorities 

  • Initiate and direct briefings/events to raise awareness and support for priority issues

  • Collaborate with federal affairs and cross departmental teams and establish blueprint for strategic planning, including identification, development, and achievement of  federal goals

Communication and Outreach (40%)

Intradepartmental Communication:

  • Lead regular conversations with colleagues and managers within the department regarding needed resources, significant updates, and coalition efforts related to policy reforms

  • Collaborate with the Legislative Engagement team to create outreach plans, update targets, and oversee plan implementation 

Interdepartmental Communication:

  • Work closely with the Legal Advocacy and Investigations team to ensure strength of proposed legislation

  • Spearhead analysis, information-sharing, and cross-fertilization of work with internal experts

Coalition Communication:

  • Lead or participate in meetings, briefing, public events, and hearings to advance broad support for and strategic advancement of priority legislation/regulation

Public Communication:

  • Offer presentations, trainings, research projects, and updates on issues

  • Attend workshops, briefings, conferences, and meetings as needed

Represent the ASPCA in a professional, courteous, and congenial manner at all times while advancing reforms

Special Projects (10%)

  • Provide projects and oversight of work for interns 

  • Participate in internal working groups to facilitate policy development

  • Participate in planning for departmental involvement in conferences 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


  • Bachelor’s degree required

  • Juris doctor or graduate degree preferred


2 years of experience working in a large non-profit, legislative office, or government agency in the legal and/or government affairs department required

Stronger candidates will also bring experience in one of the following:

  • developing expertise with animal protection issues or

  • engaging in the federal legislative process

Knowledge Requirements:

  • Legal analysis, interpretation, and significance of legislative proposals

  • Knowledge of the federal legislative process, committee structure, leadership positions, House and Senate procedures, and political trends on the Hill

  • Familiarity with federal equine protection policies preferred

  • Knowledge of administrative law, agency structures, authorities, and policies

  • Knowledge and ability to aid in the drafting of complex legislation and regulatory policies

  • Knowledge of animal welfare issues, laws, and regulations


  • Articulate with the ability to summarize issues and speak extemporaneously

  • Collaborative and comfortable building new relationships and strengthening existing relationships

  • Strong interpersonal and negotiation skills

  • Highly organized with acute attention to detail

  • Strong writing and media skills

  • Stays up to date on the news and what is happening on Capitol Hill

  • Ability to prioritize responsibilities, multi-task,  manage time, and address time sensitive projects in a professional and responsible manner 

  • Commitment to work for animal protection

  • Driven to see positive change for animals

  • Displays enthusiasm for teamwork and high levels of energy and tenacity

  • While this position does not currently manage a direct report, this could evolve, therefore experience in managing staff and an interest in doing so in the future is preferred

  • Ability and willingness to travel ~10% of the time as needed

Compensation and Benefits:

Starting pay for the successful applicant will depend on a variety of factors, including but not limited to education, training, experience, location, business needs, internal equity, market demands or budgeted amount for the role. The target hiring range is for new hire offers only, and staff compensation may increase beyond the maximum hiring range based on performance over time. The maximum of the hiring range is reserved for candidates with the highest qualifications and relevant experience. The expected hiring salary range for this role is set forth below and may be modified in the future.

The target hiring range for this role is $103,000 - $110,000.

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English (Required)

Education and Work Experience:

Bachelors (Required)


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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About Us:
The ASPCA was founded in 1866 on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment by humans and must be protected under the law. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with more than two million supporters nationwide, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, equines, and farm animals throughout the United States.

The ASPCA is headquartered in New York City, where we maintain a full-service animal hospital, spay/neuter clinic, mobile spay/neuter and primary pet care clinics, a rehabilitation center for canine victims of cruelty, kitten nursery, adoption center, and two community veterinary centers.

The ASPCA also operates programs and services that extend nationwide. We assist animals in need through on-the-ground disaster and cruelty interventions, behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy, and the advancement of the sheltering and veterinary community through research, training, and resources.

At the ASPCA, we are committed to fostering a collaborative and compassionate culture and we welcome all voices to contribute to our lifesaving mission. Our staff represent a vast array of backgrounds and diversity dimensions, bringing with them valuable experiences and perspectives. They join the ASPCA to learn, grow, and continually do their best work on behalf of animals. We are inspired by our staff, partners, and the communities we support across the country who work to improve animal lives. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the ASPCA because it elevates our organizational culture, aligns with our Core Values, and enables us to move further and faster toward the ASPCA’s vision – that all animals live good lives; valued by society, protected by its laws, and free from cruelty, pain and suffering.