Policy Advisor, Animal Protection Nonprofit

  • The Humane League
  • Jul 08, 2024
Full time Public Policy Law Legal Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description


The Humane League (THL) is a global nonprofit ending the abuse of animals raised for food. THL fosters a high-energy culture of teamwork and mission-driven problem solving, and we have earned recognition as Top Charity from Animal Charity Evaluators for all of their rating periods. Over the past few years, we’ve grown to a staff of 100+ talented individuals dispersed across the country and around the world. At THL, how animals are treated in the food system is at the forefront of our everyday work. As such, many of our staff are vegan by personal choice, and all of our THL-hosted events offer fully vegan menus. We welcome all mission-aligned candidates to apply, no matter where you are in your journey to end the abuse of animals raised for food.


In 2022, The Humane League launched the Animal Policy Alliance (APA), a national network of state and local animal protection and food policy advocacy groups in the US that include animals raised for food among their legislative priorities. The mission of the APA is to unite to end large scale animal cruelty through policy change. To help accomplish this mission, THL’s Public Policy team works to facilitate the sharing of resources and best practices, provide trainings, develop and coordinate strategies for public policy campaigns, and provide the capacity building and support necessary for those strategies to succeed.

As the Policy Advisor, you will be accountable for conducting state and local-level policy research, supporting the coordination of member groups on impactful public policy campaigns and lobbying strategies at the state and local level, and interfacing with animal protection groups regarding research needs. Because the APA is a relatively new program and the Public Policy team is small, this role requires a high level of flexibility and comfort with change and uncertainty. This position reports directly to the Senior Policy Counsel.

This is a full-time, remote position. This position requires domestic travel; this is equivalent to approximately 2 week-long trips per year. 

We are only able to consider applicants who reside in the United States and possess United States work authorization.

We will be holding a webinar on Tuesday, July 16, 2024 at 5:00pm PT/6:00pm MT/7:00pm CT/8:00pm ET for you to find out more about the role and ask any questions you may have. The webinar will be hosted by Hannah Truxell, Senior Policy Counsel, and Gabriel Wildgen, Senior Director of Public Policy. If you’re interested, please register here. As a webinar, you’ll only be able to see the presenter and not others watching. The webinar will be recorded and available here by Wednesday, July 17th.

This position will close on Monday, July 22, 2024 at 1:00pm PDT/2:00pm MDT/3:00pm CDT/4:00pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted; if you are experiencing technical issues, please contact careers@thehumaneleague.org prior to the deadline. Please submit applications and all supporting documents in English. All application questions and materials need to be submitted here through the application submission, we do not accept applications through our careers email.


Your responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct research and assessments on policy options and proposed legislation at the local and state levels, including feasibility studies, SWOT analyses, and legislative environment analyses, to determine the probability of success

  • Develop lobbying, education, and mobilization materials, such as model legislation, fact sheets, letters, alerts, blogs, and testimonies

  • Draft regulatory comments and testimonies

  • Summarize and communicate research findings to relevant teams and allied groups

  • Track relevant local legislation and identify opportunities for new legislation to protect farmed animals or reduce animal product consumption

  • Assist in planning and executing THL's legislative agenda and campaign strategies

  • Conduct case studies of previous legislative campaigns, both successful and unsuccessful

  • Lead legislative campaign development, evaluation, and implementation in partnership with local, state, and national animal protection groups

  • Support APA member groups on policy campaigns across various levels, utilizing legislative and grassroots tactics

  • Leverage data to design, implement, and evaluate campaigns

  • Develop post-campaign reports to inform future strategies

  • Other duties as assigned


  • One of the following: J.D. or graduate degree in law, public policy, political science, or a related field, or 3 years of experience working in a legislature or government agency. 

  • Minimum 3 years of experience working on local and/or state policy campaigns pertaining to issues related to animal agriculture and/or animal welfare.

  • Substantial knowledge of legislative processes and the structure of local, state, and federal governments in the United States.

  • Experience conducting legislative research pertaining to animal agriculture and/or animal welfare; ability to conduct multiple research projects simultaneously.

  • Substantial knowledge of campaign planning components (goals, messaging, tactics, resources, mobilization, lobbying, coalition-building) and ability to identify and analyze legislative campaign opportunities in terms of political feasibility, power dynamics, time, resources required, stakeholder interests, and impact on animals raised for food.

  • Ability to develop comprehensive, actionable campaign strategies; proficiency in identifying, gathering, analyzing, and synthesizing relevant data and information for legislative campaigns.

  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and the ability to navigate DEI issues; willingness to defer to APA members' knowledge of their communities and think critically about the potential impacts of campaigns on communities that have been marginalized.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; ability to logically, clearly, and effectively summarize complex research findings and campaign ideas and strategies for non-legal audiences, both orally and in writing.

  • Solid organizational skills, with the ability to manage multiple overlapping projects and adapt to shifting priorities; uses time management and attention to detail to plan, prioritize, and complete work.

  • Demonstrated experience and proficiency with contemporary office software applications; ability to learn new platforms quickly and independently.

Once your application has been reviewed, you will be notified via email with further details on the status of your application. If a candidate is moved forward, the interview process will be as follows:

  • Phone Interview (via phone call)

  • Work Simulation Exercise (completed remotely)

  • First Interview (via video call)

  • Final Interview (via video call)

  • Reference Check

Each stage is expected to last a week or two on average. For full details of our recruitment process please review this document.

Compensation and Benefits

The compensation range for this role is $78,816 - $96,330 USD. At The Humane League, we believe in maintaining a fair and equitable work environment for all employees. As part of our commitment to transparency and equity, we recently implemented a job architecture framework, which levels all of our roles according to size and complexity, as well as a compensation step system, which allows us to account for an individual's total years of related experience when determining their compensation. In addition, we have adopted a no negotiation policy for salaries. To determine a job's level, we carefully consider a variety of factors, including a job's size and complexity, required experience, knowledge, and/or skills, internal comparability, and market data. To determine final compensation, experience will be measured by considering prior work in jobs or activities that are related to the role at THL. These new practices are aligned with our organizational values and will help us ensure we maintain clear, consistent, transparent, and equitable HR processes.

Employees enjoy full medical coverage, optional dental and vision packages, a 401(k) retirement plan, pet care & Rx discount plans, working from home, up to 16 weeks of paid parental leave for eligible employees, paid holidays, flexible vacation time, professional development, and the supportive environment at The Humane League!

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Humane League is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with laws and in furtherance of our commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.


The Humane League is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. We trust individuals to self-identify and ask for the accommodations they need. An example of an accommodation might be extra time to complete a work simulation exercise, among many others. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please complete this form to let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

AI Policy

We value original work and thought in the application process; with that being said, please refrain from using artificial intelligence to generate your responses. By submitting this application you agree to comply with this. Violations of this policy may result in being dismissed from the hiring process. If you need a reasonable accommodation to this policy, please see above for more information.


$78,816 - $96,330