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From 19 September 2004 Issue

Employment Opportunity

Public Policy Coordinator

The Animal Protection Institute (API), one of the world’s leading animal advocacy organizations, is seeking to fill the full-time position of Public Policy Coordinator in its Sacramento, CA office. Legal and legislative advocacy is at the heart of API’s strategy to better the lives of animals nationwide. This newly-created position functions as part of a skilled team that works toward creating stronger protections benefiting animals at the federal, state, and local levels. API is building a strong and dynamic team to advance its mission. All applicants must be committed to advocating for the rights for animals and committed to the goals of API.

API is a national, nonprofit animal advocacy organization founded in 1968 and headquartered in Sacramento, CA. API advocates for the protection of animals from cruelty and exploitation through legislative action, litigation, advocacy campaigns, and public education. API has a full-time staff of 21, and an annual budget of $2 million. API also operates the API Primate Sanctuary, a 186-acre facility located in Dilley, Texas that serves as home for more than 400 rescued primates.

The Public Policy Coordinator will:

<> Assist the Director of Legal and Government Affairs with legal research and analysis, including assessing potential lawsuits to advance animal protection.
<> Assist the Director of Legal and Government Affairs to lobby for API-sponsored local, state, and federal legislation through letters, phone calls, hearings, testimony, and visits to elected officials.
<> Work with key API staff to develop and implement campaigns related to animals in entertainment and captive wild animals.
<> Assist with drafting FOIA requests, litigation declarations, and agency petitions as directed.
<> Assist staff and grassroots groups on animal-related laws and policies.
<> Respond to inquiries from the public and API supporters on the laws and regulations and issues concerning animals in entertainment and exotic animals.
<> Participate in the planning, researching, and writing of articles and reports for API publications.


<> Bachelor’s degree required; advanced education in public administration, law, or public policy or related work experience recommended.
<> Demonstrable commitment to animal protection and the vision and values of the Animal Protection Institute is essential.
<> Knowledge of and experience with legislative and regulatory processes preferred.
<> Excellent oral and written communication skills.
<> Strong organizational skills with experience of handling multiple projects simultaneously and working well as part of a team.

Reports To: Director of Legal and Government Affairs

Compensation: Salary flexible depending on experience; excellent benefits package including health insurance, paid vacation; dental/vision reimbursement.

To Apply: Please send resume by October 4, 2004. Interviews will be held during the week of October 11, 2004. Send to:
Nicole Paquette, Esq.
Director of Legal and Government Affairs
Animal Protection Institute
1122 S Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 447-3085, ext. 214; (916) 447-3070 FAX; [email protected] 

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