NSAC’s Policy Associate helps develop policy and strategy for specific issue areas and advocates before the US Congress and executive branch agencies, particularly the US Department of Agriculture. The Policy Associate will staff and help lead the NSAC Farming Opportunities and Fair Competition (FOFC) Issue Committee and may also be asked to assist with one other NSAC Issue Committee.1 FOFC issues include commodity, crop insurance, credit, competition, beginning farmer, and civil rights policies and programs through the lens of the structure and sustainability of agriculture. In addition, the Policy Associate will work on the annual appropriations process. He or she will advocate NSAC positions; draft documents, including policy papers, testimony, and comments; contribute to the organization’s annual planning and priority setting, budgeting, and fundraising; participate in the planning and execution of coalition-wide meetings; assist with grassroots and grasstops outreach; write policy blogs; and represent NSAC at events and to the media. The Policy Associate reports to NSAC’s Policy Director.
- An understanding of and passion for sustainable agriculture, family farming, and natural resource and environmental improvement. Knowledge of the federal policy-making process
- A minimum of three years Hill/lobbying experience or agricultural policy experience
- Background with grassroots advocacy campaigns
- Strong written and verbal communications and public speaking skills
- Experience with print, radio, and online media
- Experience with large, multi-organization grassroots coalitions
- Ability to both work independently and be a good team player
- Willingness to work around a demanding congressional schedule and administrative deadlines
- Willingness to travel domestically
Compensation and Benefits
Salary will depend on experience and qualifications. NSAC offers an excellent employer paid benefits package and a lively and collaborative work environment.
Please send resume, cover letter including an explanation of your interests in sustainable agriculture, writing sample, salary history, and the names of three references to Susan Prolman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NSAC is an equal opportunity employer. We actively encourage people of color to apply for this position and all positions at NSAC.