Job Openings & Internships at AWI

JOB OPENINGS

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Organization Summary
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1951 whose mission is to alleviate the suffering caused to animals by people. With headquarters in the Eastern Market district of Washington, DC, AWI has approximately 20 staff, with most located at its headquarters and others operating from locations around the country. AWI is program oriented—more than 90 percent of our budget goes to support our programs to protect farm animals, animals in research, companion animals, and terrestrial and marine wildlife via educational programs, strategically crafted campaigns, political advocacy, and engagement with industry, policymakers, scientists, and NGOs, among others.

Position Summary
The role of the executive director is to ensure that the organization fulfills its mission to reduce animal suffering; facilitate the smooth operation of the organization, while safeguarding its long-term viability and future success; manage the staff and consultants; oversee the organization’s finances; ensure compliance with legal obligations as a nonprofit; help develop and run campaigns; serve as a representative of the organization; and assist with fundraising and donor relations. Depending on the candidate’s qualifications and experience, the executive director position and the general counsel position may be merged into one position.

Job Location
Washington, DC, headquarters

Job Responsibilities

  • Manage the day-to-day operations with staff and consultants on premises and elsewhere
  • Work with the president and senior program staff to develop and execute a wide range of education and advocacy campaigns
  • Oversee the organization’s financial recordkeeping; prepare and execute annual budget
  • Assist the president with fundraising, including preparation of grant requests and donor relations as appropriate
  • Represent the organization while working effectively with constituents, other nonprofit organizations, legislators, government officials, scientists, and policymakers, both domestically and internationally
  • Work with the general counsel to ensure that all policies, procedures, staff, and functional areas of the organization operate in compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations
  • Work with the general counsel to ensure compliance with all relevant human resources and employment regulations
  • Other duties as assigned by the president and board of directors


Reports To
The president and the board of directors.

Education

  • Undergraduate degree (minimum), preferably in science, public policy, or government relations
  • Graduate degree preferred (MBA and/or JD, in particular)


Required Experience

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience as an executive director or other senior executive with a nonprofit organization


Preferred/Beneficial Experience

  • Familiarity with animal welfare issues and laws
  • Fundraising experience with both foundations and individual donors
  • Experience with Quickbooks, Microsoft Excel, and DonorPerfect


Skills

  • Ability to prioritize heavy workload, work independently, and work under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Proven leadership ability while serving as part of a team with staff
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including relationship building  
  • Ability to strategize and to execute and oversee plans


FLSA status: exempt

Salary/Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience and abilities. Benefits include medical/dental insurance, 401(k), paid leave, on-site parking, and IRS commuter benefit program.

Contact
Please send a cover letter (including desired salary), resume and writing sample (max 2 pages) by email to jobs@awionline.org and be sure to include “Executive Director” in the subject line. Closing date: May 12, 2017.

AWI is an equal opportunity employer.


 

GENERAL COUNSEL

Organization Summary
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1951 whose mission is to alleviate the suffering caused to animals by people. With headquarters in the Eastern Market district of Washington, DC, AWI has approximately 20 staff, with most located at its headquarters and others operating from locations around the country. AWI is program oriented—more than 90 percent of our budget goes to support our programs to protect farm animals, animals in research, companion animals, and terrestrial and marine wildlife via educational programs, strategically crafted campaigns, lobbying, and engagement with industry, policymakers, scientists, and NGOs, among others.

Position Summary
The role of the general counsel is to ensure that the organization remains in compliance with the law in all aspects of AWI operations, protect the organization from undue risk and exposure, avoid potential conflicts of interest,cultivate organizational legal policies, ensure sound fiscal organizational management, and provide advice and counsel on litigation and other legal matters that affect the ability of the organization to pursue its mission and maintain sound infrastructure, programs, and fundraising operations. Depending on the candidate’s qualifications and experience, the general counsel position and the executive director position may be merged into one position.

Job Location
Washington, DC, headquarters

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic advice and consultation to AWI leadership on all legal matters concerning the operation of the organization and furtherance of its mission
  • Ensure that all policies, procedures, staff, and functional areas of the organization operate in compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant human resources and employment regulations
  • Advise on corporate transactions, including the drafting, reviewing, and negotiating of service agreements, confidentiality agreements, consultancies, commercial contracts such as software agreements, leases and vendor agreements, and financial transactions
  • Conduct comprehensive research and analysis on diverse substantive and procedural issues
  • Participate in program-related activities
  • Manage organizational legal risk and educate staff on legal issues/risks facing specific areas of their work
  • Conduct outreach to secure outside counsel able to provide pro bono and low-fee services
  • Work with outside counsel regarding litigation and other matters
  • Other duties as assigned by AWI leadership


Reports To
The president and board of directors.

Education & Qualifications

  • JD degree from an ABA-approved US law school
  • Preferred undergraduate or graduate degree in business, finance, or a related field;  MBA or equivalent master’s degree a plus
  • Admitted to practice law in a US state and/or the District of Columbia


Required Experience

  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience as a general counsel, deputy/associate general counsel, or other in-house counsel or equivalent law firm experience in a corporate/business or nonprofit practice
  • Experience drafting and reviewing contracts, leases, and other legal documents
  • Knowledge of relevant substantive areas of nonprofit corporate/exempt organizations law and governance requirements, including compliance with US tax laws and regulations
  • Knowledge of First Amendment law as it pertains to publications  
  • Working knowledge of state/local and federal labor and employment laws and regulations


Preferred/Beneficial Experience

  • Familiarity with animal welfare, environmental and administrative law, and litigation
  • Prior nonprofit experience, including nonprofit development experience
  • Familiarity with intellectual property law
  • Familiarity with estate planning  
  • Familiarity with DC landlord/tenant law


Skills

  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent judgment and discretion, especially regarding confidential and sensitive matters
  • Ability to prioritize heavy workload and work independently with minimal supervision


FLSA status: exempt

Salary/Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience and abilities. Benefits include medical/dental insurance, 401(k), paid leave, on-site parking, and IRS commuter benefit program.

Contact
Please send a cover letter (including desired salary), resume and writing sample (max 2 pages) by email to jobs@awionline.org and be sure to include “General Counsel” in the subject line. Closing date: May 12, 2017.

AWI is an equal opportunity employer.

 


 

SENIOR POLICY ADVISOR, GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Description
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), a national nonprofit animal protection group, seeks applicants who are interested in a full-time position as a lobbyist in its Washington, DC, Government Affairs Department. For over 60 years, AWI has been a leading advocacy organization on behalf of animals in Washington and around the country.

Responsibilities

  • Vigorously advocate on behalf of AWI’s animal welfare priorities in federal and state legislatures and executive branch agencies
  • Develop contacts and avenues of communication with staff and officials in the legislative and executive branches, and with outside organizations to advance AWI’s priorities
  • Represent AWI at meetings, hearings, and other events
  • Prepare fact sheets, testimony, actions alerts, and other materials for communicating with lawmakers and activists
  • Draft, revise, and update website content on legislation that affects animals
  • Participate in legislative planning and priority setting
  • Track and report on relevant state bills
  • Contribute toward strategies for achieving successful outcomes (legislation, agency regulation, litigation)
  • Conduct in-depth research on key issues concerning AWI’s legislative agenda


Qualifications

  • Minimum two years’ advocacy and/or government experience
  • Minimum bachelor’s degree; law degree a plus
  • Strong written and verbal communication and public speaking skills
  • An understanding of and passion for animal protection issues
  • Knowledge of federal and state policy-making processes
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws/regulations that govern the treatment of animals
  • Ability to both work well independently and within a team
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously
  • Willingness and ability to work long hours with little or no notice
  • Willingness to travel on occasion


Salary/Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience and abilities. Benefits include medical/dental insurance, 401(k) plan, paid leave, on-site parking, and IRS commuter benefit program.

Contact
Please submit a resume, writing sample (two pages maximum), and cover letter to nancy@awionline.org and be sure to include “Senior Policy Advisor” in the subject line. Closing date: May 12, 2017.

AWI is an equal opportunity employer.

 


 

POLICY ADVISOR, GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Description
The Animal Welfare Institute, a national nonprofit animal protection group, seeks applicants who are interested in a full-time position as a lobbyist in its Washington, DC, Government Affairs Department. For over 60 years, AWI has been a leading advocacy organization on behalf of animals in Washington and around the country.

Responsibilities

  • Vigorously advocate on behalf of AWI’s animal welfare priorities in federal and state legislatures and executive branch agencies
  • Develop contacts and avenues of communication with staff and officials in the legislative and executive branches, and with outside organizations to advance AWI’s priorities
  • Represent AWI at meetings, hearings, and other events
  • Prepare fact sheets, testimony, actions alerts, and other materials for communicating with lawmakers and activists
  • Draft, revise, and update website content on legislation that affects animals
  • Track and report on relevant state bills
  • Contribute toward strategies for achieving successful outcomes (legislation, agency regulation, litigation)
  • Conduct in-depth research on key issues concerning AWI’s legislative agenda


Qualifications

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree
  • Strong written and verbal communication and public speaking skills
  • An understanding of and passion for animal protection issues
  • Familiarity with federal and state policy-making processes
  • Familiarity with federal and state laws/regulations that govern the treatment of animals
  • Ability to both work well independently and within a team
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously
  • Willingness to travel on occasion
  • Willingness and ability to work long hours with little or no notice
  • Prior advocacy or government experience a plus


Salary/Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience and abilities. Benefits include medical/dental insurance, 401(k) plan, paid leave, on-site parking, and IRS commuter benefit program.

Contact
Please submit a resume, writing sample (two pages maximum), and cover letter to nancy@awionline.organd be sure to include “Policy Advisor” in the Subject line. Closing date: May 12, 2017.

AWI is an equal opportunity employer.

 


 

INTERNSHIPS

LEGISLATIVE INTERNS

AWI seeks two legislative interns every fall, spring, and summer. This is a great opportunity for law students, political science students, or anyone with a passion for making a difference in the lives of animals. Interns will assist our government and legal affairs staff in maintaining updated Hill contact lists, delivering documents to and attend meetings with Congressional offices and assisting staff in research; as well as miscellaneous tasks of an administrative nature. No specific academic major is required; however, preferred candidates will have a strong work ethic and be willing to take on any project. Interns may work full-time or part-time and can arrange to receive course credit. Please submit a resume and cover letter, stating why you wish to become an advocate for animals to Nancy Blaney nancy@awionline.org. These positions are located in our Capitol Hill office and are unpaid.

FARM ANIMAL LAW & POLICY INTERNS

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) works to reduce animal suffering and promote the welfare of all animals, including animals in agriculture. As a part of our mission, we promote humane farming systems and work to advance legislative and regulatory efforts to improve the conditions of farm animals.

Farm animal interns have the opportunity to learn more about advocacy efforts to protect farm animals. Potential responsibilities include research and writing, tracking legislation and regulations, and drafting public policy comments. Projects will cover a range of factory farming issues; the intern will support AWI in its efforts to eliminate harmful on-farm practices, improve conditions during long-distance transport, encourage humane handling at slaughter, and educate the public regarding the meaning of welfare-related claims on food products. The ideal candidate will have a genuine interest in animal welfare and a background in law, public policy, or animal science.

The internship is located in our Capitol Hill office and is unpaid. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Dena Jones at dena@awionline.org. Deadline for the farm animal summer internship is January 1st. Applications for all other terms (fall, winter and spring) are accepted throughout the year.

WILDLIFE LAW & POLICY INTERNS

AWI offers  on-site internships every fall, spring, and summer for persons enthusiastic about our work to protect wildlife, both terrestrial and aquatic. We also accept several off-site/remote interns on an ongoing basis. 

Applicants must be willing to assist with a myriad of wildlife and marine mammal law and policy issues, including but not limited to drafting legal analyses, public comments, Endangered Species Act listing petitions and legal memos. Projects are diverse; most are ideal for a law school student but students pursuing Masters programs in scientific and/or public policy fields are also encouraged to apply.

To better acquaint yourself with AWI’s work before applying, please visit our wildlife program section. Interested applicants should send their cover letter and resume to Tara Zuardo at tara@awionline.org. Please specify the term you are seeking to intern for (i.e. Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring) and whether you are interested in an on-site or remote internship when you apply.

Law students: preference will go to students that have taken or are currently enrolled in any of the following courses: Environmental Law/Litigation/Clinic, Administrative Law, Animal Law, International Environmental Law, Wildlife Law, Public Lands & Resources Law, and/or related coursework. Please indicate whether you are a 1, 2, or 3L when you apply.

SAFE HAVEN PROGRAM INTERNS

Part time intern(s) needed to assist with updating information about “safe haven” programs, i.e., domestic violence (DV) shelters that will also take a victim's pets or help her place them safely. Individuals involved with this project call DV shelters to find out if they provide such services and if so, whether they are on site or referrals. The calling list and a script are provided and calls can be made from one’s home during weekday hours anytime between 9:00 to 5:00. Hours worked per week: negotiable. This project is an important part of an AWI effort to develop a training program and technical assistance network for prosecutors to help them better handle animal abuse/animal fighting prosecutions; this updated information will be made available to them. Interested applicants email Mary Lou Randour at marylou@awionline.org.

SHARK FIN CAMPAIGN INTERN

Part-time or full-time intern(s) needed to assist with updating our popular on-line database of restaurants across the U.S. that sell shark fin soup and other shark products (http://awionline.org/content/restaurants-currently-offering-shark-fin-soup). We are seeking an intern to ensure the list is accurate and up to date. The work will entail online research and telephone calls to restaurants, data entry, and possibly some website maintenance work. Training will be given for all aspects of the work. The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational skills and be detail-oriented. Fluency in English is essential. An ability to speak Mandarin and/or Cantonese is preferred. Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs such as Outlook and Excel is required. Please contact susan@awionline.org for more information, and to apply with resume and cover letter.

PUBLIC RELATIONS/COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

AWI is currently seeking a public relations/communications intern. This is a great opportunity for an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in communications, journalism, or public relations and looking to gain communications experience in a nonprofit setting. The internship would focus on media monitoring, media list building, media outreach, social media promotion, and communication strategy development. This intern would report to AWI’s public relations coordinator and to AWI’s website and communications coordinator.

The ideal candidate is a strong writer and communicator who is organized and has the ability to multitask. Although not required, HTML skills and/or an interest in web communications is preferable. Interns may work full-time or part-time and can arrange to receive course credit. The internship is located in our Capitol Hill office and is unpaid.

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Amey Owen at amey@awionline.org and Brittany Horton at brittany@awionline.org. When applying, please specify the term (summer, fall, winter, spring) for which you are seeking an internship. Deadline for the summer internship is April 30th. Applications for all other terms (fall, winter and spring) are accepted throughout the year.

 

Last Updated: April 2017