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Government Relations Representative National Farmers Union

  • Date Posted December 14, 2018
  • Location Washington, DC
  • Category Agriculture / Nonprofit
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description NFU represents family farmers, fishers and ranchers across the country, with formally organized divisions in 33 states. The key to the success and credibility of the organization has been Farmers Union’s grassroots structure in which policy positions are initiated locally. The policy process includes the presentation of resolutions by individuals, followed by possible adoption of the resolutions at the local, state and national levels. Members and staff of the Farmers Union advocate these policy positions nationwide. Job description

POSITION SUMMARY

The Government Relations (GR) Representative’s primary focus is to lobby members of Congress, congressional staff and appropriate federal agencies.  The GR Representative will provide background research, draft policy documents and correspondence, and disseminate information to Congress, the administration and National Farmers Union members.  This individual will represent National Farmers Union with outside organizations, coalitions, and the media.
 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lobby members of Congress, congressional staff and federal agencies. Assist with developing and enhancing relationships with members
  • Represent National Farmers Union (NFU) at coalition meetings and coordinate joint efforts with outside organizations
  • Draft correspondence to the administration, federal agencies and Congress on requested issues
  • Provide issues updates via memo to NFU leadership and conduct research for background facts, history and data. Develop charts and graphs for use in testimonies, comments, press and talking points
  • Research and prepare written testimony for congressional hearings and comments on federal rule making process
  • Provide timely and substantive background materials for NFU communication needs. Work with the team to articulate NFU policy positions in a clear and compelling manner
  • Create background materials and draft outlines in conjunction with the Communications Department for all NFU presentations
  • Represent NFU with the media on requested issues
  • Assist with the coordination and management of NFU events that impact policy advocacy, which includes the Policy Committee, Fly-In and NFU Convention


SKLLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

  • Strong knowledge and understanding of agricultural policy and practices
  • Working knowledge of federal policy-making process
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and effective listing skills
  • Superior interpersonal and relationship building skills. Demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment and interact effectively with all levels across the organization
  • Exceptional planning, organizing and prioritization skills, and follow-up skills
  • Outstanding attention to detail, knowledge retention and ability to recall large amounts of detailed information
  • Professional presentation and demeanor. Ability to positively and professionally represent the organization at events and with the media
  • Ability to be flexible, shift priorities and adapt quickly to changes
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage projects and assignments with competing priorities, deadlines and demands
  • Sound judgment and decision-making skills. Ability to assess a situation, gather information and apply logic and critical thinking skills to evaluate risks and determine an appropriate course of action.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Ability to understand when to escalate matters to the next level and/or seek guidance
  • Ability to learn and acquire new concepts and/or skills quickly
  • Ability to travel to domestically, as needed

 
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Additional education is a plus
  • Relevant legislative experience and/or experience working with federal agencies
  • Prior experience developing and implementing short-term and long-term strategies
Compensation this position is : salaried, 50k to 100k Application instructions
This job expired on February 12, 2019
DeadlineDecember 20, 2018

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