Director of Regulatory Policy

ASPCA   •  

Washington, DC

Less than 5 years

Posted 268 days ago

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Please make sure to attach both a resume and cover letter to complete your application.


The Director of Regulatory Policy will ensure that federal regulatory work is integrated with the policies, positions, and goals of the ASPCA to ensure that we improve the lives of animals across the country. With the VP of Federal Affairs, the Director will implement the Government Relations strategic vision and coordinate with other sections of the ASPCA, including Legal Advocacy in its role as legislative and regulatory counsel. This person will build support for our legislative and regulatory agenda by initiating and managing regular contact with Congress, the executive branch, and federal agencies. This position will further the ASPCA policy agenda through congressional appropriations work, agency relationships and public process, issue expertise, and material development.


Lobbying & Coalition Building (50%)

  • Establish, develop, and maintain relationships with key Congressional offices and federal agencies 
  • Develop and coordinate federal regulatory issues and strategies with other ASPCA departments
  • Focus on strategies for synchronizing congressional appropriations work with agency policy agenda
  • Establish and participate in coalitions in order to amplify messaging

Internal Coordination and Support (30%)

  • Work closely with Legal Advocacy and Campaigns departments within the ASPCA on responses and requests to federal agencies
  • Collaborate and coordinate internally with ASPCA departments and experts
  • Provide analysis, research, and materials in support of regulatory and legislative efforts
  • Provide expertise and analysis for regulatory and legislative testimony and statements at hearings, conferences, and briefings

Additional Responsibilities (20%)

  • Attend national conferences and speaking engagements as needed
  • Track movement of regulations and policies pertaining to animal protection
  • Additional responsibilities as required

Projects and responsibilities may be added or changed at the company's discretion

Knowledge Requirements and Experience:

  • Three years of experience in a non-profit or government agency working in legislative/regulatory arenas
  • Strong familiarity with appropriations process
  • Background in animal protection legislation and regulation highly desirable 
  • Ability to analyze, interpret, and assess regulatory and legislative proposals
  • Understanding of the legislative and regulatory structure and process
  • Knowledge of animal welfare issues and laws


  • Willingness and ability to travel nationally when needed (up to 10-15%)


Ability to prioritize responsibilities, multi-task, delegate, supervise others, manage time, and address time sensitive projects in a professional and responsible manner, Ability to think analytically and concentrate on tasks, Ability to use a computer, mouse, keyboard and telephone, Ability to work independently or in a team environment, Articulate with the ability to speak extemporaneously, Brings high levels of energy and tenacity, including ability to handle stress and emotion, with an enthusiasm for teamwork, Courteous and professional in all interactions, Highly organized with acute attention to detail including the ability to examine and observe details and well as remembering details (such as names, etc.), Intensely driven to see positive change for animals with a commitment to work on animal protection issues, Must have a high degree of integrity and accountability, Must have strong interpersonal skills, Strong oral communication, writing, and media skills



English (Required)

Education and Work Experience:

Doctorate: Law (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.

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