Do you want to help The HSUS build an even stronger platform of protection for all animals? Then consider becoming a part of our volunteer leadership by applying to be a district leader (humanesociety.org/districtleaders).
District leaders are at the forefront of HSUS efforts to celebrate animals and confront cruelty. As a district leader, you will serve as an HSUS ambassador in your congressional district and advance The HSUS' federal and state animal protection legislative priorities. To learn more, review the district leader volunteer position description (http://volunteers.humanesociety.org/theHub/?downloadFile=1&table=resources&field=file&check=83fd8f6318bd4031c883843505cad9ad&key=256).
The district leader volunteer responsibilities include:
- Active participation in ongoing federal and state legislative advocacy and corporate reform campaigns
- Establish and maintain strong and effective professional relationships with legislators; politely, clearly and consistently relay the organization’s animal protection positions to them, encourage their support/co-sponsorship, and thank them for their efforts
- Build a network of HSUS allies who will take action on behalf of animal protection issues
- Participate in Humane Lobby Day at your state capitol and when possible, participate in federal Humane Lobby Day in D.C.
- Optional: Under the guidance and advice of your HSUS state director, develop and implement a local animal protection project in your congressional district in an area of your choice
To learn more, read the expanded position description [PDF] ?
Benefits of becoming a district leader volunteer
As part of the HSUS volunteer leadership, you will reflect the spirit of the organization and communicate our mission, approach and positions, fostering a greater animal protection presence in your state and local community. You will join a community of others who are deeply committed to advancing compassionate and powerful efforts on behalf of all animals.
You will become a highly trained volunteer leader in the rapidly growing animal protection movement, receiving advanced training and ongoing support. You will develop your legislative advocacy, leadership, networking, and strategic thinking skills and will have the opportunity to share your expertise and experiences with others in your community.
The efforts of our district leaders, coupled with the support of the largest animal protection organization in the United States, will advance animal protection priorities in the 435 congressional districts across the nation.
Requirements for our volunteers
- A commitment to the mission of The HSUS
- Strong leadership skills and experience, and be an active member of your community
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with a variety of people effectively and without judgment
- Strong computer literacy, online research and writing skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office, Word and Excel, and a general knowledge of social media
- Ability to take initiative and adapt to rapidly changing priorities
- Ability to work on a team and as an independent self-starter
- Must be a current HSUS member or have provided greater philanthropic commitment
District leaders commit to an average of one to three hours per week for a minimum of one year; time commitment varies by week. Ongoing participation is preferred.
- Must be able to learn and follow all HSUS guidelines and policies and follow directions given by staff
- Volunteers must have access to a computer with Microsoft Office and internet capabilities, a phone and reliable transportation
- Must not be participating in the district leader program to fulfill court-ordered community service obligations
Please see full details about the District Leader Volunteer position and apply on our web page at http://humanesociety.org/districtleaders . Before becoming an official volunteer, you must sign a volunteer agreement and a waiver/release of liability.
Please note: On a case by case basis, due to the congressional district currently being filled by a district leader or the specific skillset of an applicant, the district leader team and the state director may determine that the best fit for the applicant is the deputy district leader (DDL) volunteer position. This position is also a volunteer leadership position within our program in which the deputy district leader would receive the same high-level training and support that district leaders receive. However, DDLs are not expected to be as actively engaged as district leaders. To the extent practicable, deputy district leaders learn from, work with, and support the district leader in their congressional district. If the incumbent district leader moves or resigns, the deputy district leader will be invited to step into the role of district leader.
- People Skills
- Relationship Building
- Verbal / Written Communication
- Critical Thinking
- Community Outreach
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Orientation or Training
- Avg. of 1-3 hours per week for a minimum of 1 year