Senior Principal Strategist, DEI and Program Strategy

Virtual Req #516
Friday, February 12, 2021
 Grade 97

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s most effective animal advocacy organization, is seeking a Senior Principal Strategist, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Program Strategist for the Office of the Chief Program and Policy Officer. In this position you will lead the organization’s strategies and initiatives to create positive social impact through our programmatic work, increase equity and inclusion and minimize harmful consequences in our external policy initiatives, and improve diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the animal welfare community. Provide analyses and input on matters of DEI affecting the organization’s external programs and policy work.

You will be responsible for:

  • Reviewing and evaluating current programmatic and policy work, with a specific focus on impact to historically marginalized groups and acknowledgment of past inequitable outcomes; identifying areas of improvement and developing strategies for implementation;

  • Providing strategic DEI subject matter expertise on the development and implementation of organization’s programs, policy, and outreach work;

  • Designing and implementing metrics, monitoring, and reporting systems to effectively benchmark and track organizational progress in DEI as it relates to external stakeholders;

  • Providing advice and support to program teams on messaging and communication as it relates to DEI in support of our programs and policy work;

  • Researching and maintaining knowledge on current and emerging developments, trends, and best practices for DEI, assessing the impact, and collaborating with senior leaders to incorporate in current and future program and policy strategies;


Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social justice, public policy, or equivalent work experience required. Advanced degree in social justice or public policy preferred;

  • Minimum of seven (7) years of demonstrated DEI expertise in executing a strategy and driving cross-functional teams to deliver against the strategy required;

  • Minimum of three (3) years of demonstrated experience nonprofit advocacy required;

  • Project management experience in a related field, which has included management and leadership responsibilities for staff, strategy development, and execution strongly preferred;

  • Thorough knowledge of programs related to DEI; knowledge of programs related to racial and socio-economics equality helpful;

  • The ability to analyze and manage problems, and effectively provide solutions, using data-driven decision-making skills;

  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously;

  • A strong attention to detail and commitment to excellence, demonstrated by the delivery of quality and timely outcomes;

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; able to breakdown complex issues into easy-to-understand messages;

  • The ability to adapt approaches to changing situations;

  • The ability to build/foster relationships by reinforcing trust and respect, and demonstrating high standards of tact, diplomacy, and discretion;

  • Proficiency with word processing and spreadsheet software (Word, Excel), presentation software (PowerPoint) and familiarity with applicant tracking software;

  • The ability to work both independently and as an effective team member, and with all levels of the organization;

  • Strong interest in animal protection issues preferred.


    This is a remote position.


When applying please submit your resume and cover letter as one document.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital or parental status or protected veteran status. EOE