Term of Employment: Full-time
Reports to: Executive Director
Attn: Paula Mullen, Executive Assistant
Animal Legal Defense Fund
170 E. Cotati Ave.
Cotati, CA 94931
The Director of Legislative Affairs will be the sole staff member responsible for the management of ALDF’s Legislative Affairs Program and will develop, monitor, and advance ALDF’s mission-driven legislative priorities. The focus will be weighted towards state and local legislation nationwide but will include some work on federal legislation as well. The Director will work closely with the Executive Director and program managers as a key member of ALDF’s leadership team.
• Oversee and manage ALDF’s Legislative Affairs Program. Work with staff attorneys, fellows, clerks, contract lobbyists, and volunteers to:
o Identify legislative opportunities, perform legislative/policy research, and develop legislative priorities.
o Monitor significant developments in state legislation nationwide affecting animals and make recommendations for appropriate ALDF response.
o Cultivate and maintain strategic working relationships with legislators, legislative staff, and colleagues in strategic jurisdictions.
o Research and monitor legislative threats and opportunities, and prioritize ALDF involvement according to importance and available resources.
o Occasionally hire and manage contract lobbyists on legislative priorities of highest importance.
o Work with legal staff to draft model legislation and to maintain and update existing ALDF model laws.
o Work with legal staff to assist other local organizations with drafting of animal protective legislation.
o Provide comments and talking points for key legislation.
• Work with Animal Law Program to identify, engage, and manage pro bono firms from ALDF’s pro bono database that can assist with legislative drafting, editing, and lobbying.
• Work with local Student ALDF chapters at law schools and state and local bar animal law sections and committees to organize action on local or federal legislation.
• Develop an annual program budget and business plan and monitor program operations to assure program and budget goals are met.
• Provide reports on program activities and finances on a quarterly basis and whenever required by Executive Director.
• Provide strategic and tactical state lobbying efforts as well as manage consultants and volunteers operating in these roles. Supervise and evaluate the work product of contract lobbyists and volunteers to assure that competent, professional, and high quality work is produced on behalf of ALDF. Oversee compliance with state laws for lobbyist registration.
• Prepare and deliver presentations for professional conferences, fundraising events, etc. when needed.
• Work with Communications and other departments to answer questions and prepare talking points for legislative issues and procedures, and to propose, draft, proof read, and/or edit content on legislative issues for ALDF web site, blogs, alerts, newsletters, donor mailings, etc.
• Provide in-house expertise for staff on questions regarding legislation concerning animals, legislative trends in animal law, and legislative strategy.
• Serve as primary media contact or spokesperson when needed for Legislative Program.
• Perform other duties as may be assigned and required by Executive Director.
• Must have relevant bachelor-level degree or directly-relevant work experience. A Juris Doctor degree would be ideal but is not required.
• Must have minimum three years’ experience working to advance a legislative agenda and working with legislators and elected officials.
• Must have excellent organizational and prioritization skills and be able to meet deadlines.
• Must have experience supervising and engaging volunteers, hired contractors, and staff.
• Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Must be “computer literate” and have experience with basic software application, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and internet browsers.
• Must have experience with preparing and managing a budget.
• Must understand and be committed to the mission of the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
• Must have excellent references relevant to similar positions held.
• Must have a positive attitude, be able to work cooperatively with others, and function well in a team-oriented work environment.
• Must have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to communicate effectively with members, supporters, co-workers, etc.
• Travel required (estimated 4-8 trips annually).
Salary and Benefits:
Salary Range $70,000 – 80,000 DOE. Excellent benefits package. Casual office environment includes companion animals.
How to Apply: Applicants should e-mail a cover letter, resume, and the names and phone numbers of three professional references to the attention of Paula Mullen at the above address. Applications may also be mailed, however e-mail is preferred.
Application Period: Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Target hiring date is February 1, 2013.