Senior Program Manager, Puppy Mill Initiative

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A quarter of a million dogs are housed in commercial facilities that breed puppies for sale to pet stores, online and to the pet trade.  The ASPCA’s Puppy Mill Initiative works to end the cruel, commercial breeding of companion animals by strengthening laws, mobilizing the public and using the courts to reform the systems that harm dogs.

The Senior Manager, Puppy Mill Initiative will work in coordination with the Federal and State Government Relations (GR) teams, Legislative Engagement team, Legal Advocacy and Investigations (LAI) team, and Media and Communications teams to advocate for federal and state legislation, regulation and policies to end commercial breeding. This person will support public communications and media efforts to increase awareness and impact public perception of the issue.

The Senior Manager will contribute to other departmental priorities such as writing, research, and news monitoring to carry out the organization’s goals. As part of the Legal Advocacy and Investigation department, this person reports directly to the Director, Puppy Mill Initiative, and will supervise a Program Associate.

This remote-based position (which requires travel, as described below) is open to all candidates based within the United States. Candidates based within commuting distance of New York City will be expected to commute to our New York City 8th Avenue office once a week.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Strategy and Project Management (50%)

  • In coordination with Director, develop overall strategy for, implement and assess effectiveness of the overall Puppy Mill Initiative
  • In partnership with the Government Relations and Legal Advocacy Investigations departments, inform specific legislative, regulatory and litigation activities
  • Define goals, activities, and outcomes
  • Track budget and progress against metrics
  • Draft reports, fact sheets, letters, advocacy alerts and other communications, in partnership with the Government Relations and Legal Advocacy and Investigations departments

Research and Tracking (20%)

With program associate:

  • Identify and understand universe public records related to commercial breeding; request, access and analyze responses to support litigation, develop policy asks to inform evaluation
  • Develop and maintain an efficient database and/or tracking systems for relevant records
  • Work with the Strategy & Research department to review third party research or develop original research
  • Undertake further research as needed to support the team’s priorities

Education and Awareness (20%)

  • Develop, and/or edit puppy mill content for publication on the ASPCA website, or for social or traditional media placement
  • Determine opportunities for the ASPCA to engage with and add to the public narrative on puppy mills
  • Brainstorm potential activations and campaigns to raise awareness about commercial dog breeding

Administrative and People Manager (10%)

  • Oversee and manage the Program Associate, Puppy Millis Initiative

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
  • Additional relevant education in public policy, animal welfare, or law welcome


  • 5 years combined studying and/or working within public policy, a law or legal setting, advocacy, education and awareness campaigns or related field required
  • Experience managing other staff required
  • Experience working on animal welfare issues is a plus

Knowledge and Skills Requirements:

  • Strong research skills
  • Excellent communication skills – able to effectively communicate complex information simply, in writing and speaking, to diverse internal and external audiences
  • Analytical and creative thinking abilities
  • Good problem-solving abilities
  • Flexible
  • Ability to work collaboratively and be a thought partner within the Puppy Mill Initiative team, across departments and within the Legal Advocacy and Investigations team
  • Strong ability to multitask and efficiently support multiple projects/campaigns at once
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint

Additional Information:

  • As the majority of the department is based on the East Coast, the Senior Program Manager must be available to work on an East Coast schedule.
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 10% of the time as needed: this role will include travel at least once per quarter. (Please note, travel requirements may be modified temporarily due in part to COVID-19; this remains a requirement of the position, and we expect normal travel volume to resume as the organization resumes normal operations)


The starting salary for this role is contingent on the employee’s primary location of residence and its respective cost of labor. As a point of reference, we’ve included our ASPCA locations broken down by geographic zone to illustrate what the hiring salary range would be in each of the following areas:

Zone 1 (Asheville, NC; Columbus, OH; Miami, FL; Weaverville, NC): $77,000 - $82,000

Zone 2 (Washington D.C.; Los Angeles, CA): $85,000 - $90,000

Zone 3 (New York, NY): $94,000 - $100,000


See above for qualifications details.



English (Required)

Education and Work Experience:

Bachelors (Required)


COVID Statement:
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, except where prohibited by applicable state or local law. The ASPCA makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs that prohibit a person from being vaccinated.

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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.