Best Friends Animal Society
  • 600- Communities Admin
  • USA
  • Full Time

Join Best Friends and turn your career into a labor of love. The benefits package is one of the best! Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic and Supplemental Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability, Child Care reimbursement, Pet Sitting reimbursement, Flexible Spending Account, Health Savings Account, PTO, Paid Holidays, Employee Assistance Program, 401k and Staff Discounts.

The Senior Director, Advocacy will work closely with the Chief Mission Officer to help analyze, design and execute the policy, advocacy and legislative strategies and tactics for the advancement of Best Friends' goal to achieve and sustain a no-kill nation by 2025.

Scope and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the general vision, direction, and implementation of all organizational efforts related to policy, advocacy and legislation.
  • Work collaboratively with leadership and other teams to develop advocacy strategies, tactics and plans in order to support organizational mission. 
  • Work closely with experience and communications team to create strategic advocacy approaches that focus on the growth of the Legislative Action Center and other digital platforms.
  • Grow general advocacy capacity, membership, and action efforts.
  • Along with senior legislative attorney, puppy mill manager and regional directors, identify national, state, and local legislative priorities and create plans to advance priority goals.
  • In collaboration with senior legislative attorney, guide policy research, evaluation, creation and advancement.
  • Oversee Best Friends position statement creation and management.
  • Work closely with team members and communications team to create advocacy resources.
  • Grow election awareness efforts (non-partisan) in order to advance the No Kill agenda.
  • Collaborate closely with the legislative team and regional directors in order to create aligned action around their regional strategies and goals.
  • Directly manage senior legislative attorney, puppy mill manager, digital advocacy lead, and policy analyst.
  • Provide strategic leadership to direct reports and coordinate their activities into a unified and integrated approach.
  • Collaborate with Animal Care, Experience, Communications, Development, Volunteer, IT, and Marketing Senior Leadership to:
    • inform position statement creation that reflects the values and organizational practices;
    • to prioritize and maximize services/support offered by these departments to aid the advocacy work;
    • to maintain strong interdepartmental/divisional relationships to ensure we are supporting one another's goals as appropriate.
  • Work with the development division to cultivate BF resource growth.
  • Work closely with network operations team to ensure appropriate data collection efforts are put in place in order to help create benchmarks, analyze progress, and foster continued program improvement.
  • Responsible for development of staff in areas of oversight, including professional development. Establish clear directions, set stretch goals. Responsible for understanding staff career goals.
  • Ensure effective administration of departments; setting monthly, quarterly, and annual benchmarks and other systems of accountability; meeting stated goals; staying within budget; and ensuring human resources and appropriate functions are in compliance with local and federal guidelines.
  • Monitors trends in animal welfare field, including legislative arena, and advise on positioning, messaging, and programming.
  • Represent Best Friends at national, regional and state events and conferences including public speaking and making presentations on a variety of topics related to nonprofit leadership and animal welfare issues.
  • Insure volunteers are being utilized effectively and are a core part of our work with an emphasis on recruiting volunteer attorneys and lobbyists.
  • Identify collaboration opportunities in order to effectively achieve NK2025 and increase BF presence nationwide.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree; advanced degree strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of 15 years' experience working in policy, advocacy or legal field.
  • Minimum of 5 years working in or for animal welfare preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 years of executive leadership or equivalent experience. 
  • Superior skills related to creating and implementing advocacy strategies.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills related to working with internal staff, animal welfare advocates, and the general public.
  • Ability to professionally advocate Best Friends' positions on animal welfare related issues.
  • Experience with diverse animal-related programming including spay/neuter, adoptions, animal sheltering, advocacy, government relations, and public-private partnerships.
  • Exceptional analytic and creative skills.
  • Ability to think strategically.
  • Ability to synthesize complex information.
  • Ability to manage cross division and cross organization teams including peers and senior leaders.
  • Demonstrated ability to be effective in managing organizational change and ability to influence and persuade others.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations.
  • Models team-player behavior; personable, professional, upbeat, collaborative, takes initiative, uses tact and diplomacy.

 Physical Requirements:

  • Extended periods of time working at a computer with repetitive typing, arm and hand motion.
  • Ability to travel as needed, using various means of travel including air passenger travel, driving, and public transportation. Travel requirements are anticipated to be 25-40%.
  • Ability to be in a shelter environment and handle dogs and cats when necessary.
  • Able to drive a Best Friends vehicle when necessary.


Best Friends Animal Society is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.

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