Public Affairs Careers – Government Affairs Lead

Website Public Affairs Council

Job Description:

Government Affairs lead will manage the communications and strategy of a federal-level policy proposals through their own analysis and support from technical consultants, and by integrating feedback from stakeholders, members of Congress, and a farmer-led steering committee. If you are excited to use your experience on the Hill to achieve ambitious U.S. climate and sustainable agriculture policy that invests in profitable farming opportunities, this is the opportunity for you. RIPE is a non-profit with a mission to inspire a bipartisan climate policy that allows farmers to earn a fair & profitable return on voluntary stewardship. Our vision, as a farmer-led organization, is to create a climate policy that farmers champion because it values our contributions to a wide set of environmental benefits, enables a profit opportunity from voluntary stewardship, helps farmers become more resilient, helps farmers keep their farms in their family, transforms environmental policy into a rural investment that benefits farmers and rural communities, and supports farmers in being good stewards of the land. Our slogan is “Creating farmers first-choice climate policy”.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Identify politically viable opportunities in the House and Senate Ag Committees and Presidential Administration to advance RIPE’s mission, including analyzing stimulus, budget appropriations and reconciliation, carbon farming, and others.
  • Prepare talking points for agricultural groups to engage their policymakers and for policymakers to use in Hearings
  • Track, analyze and summarize political developments from the perspective of RIPE’s policy roadmap as well as farmers’ general economic interests.
  • Identify politically viable opportunities for revenue sources discussed within the climate policy arena, including tracking discussions around: stimulus, tax reform, biofuels, Farm Bill, and others.
  • Engage Congressional staffers for feedback on policy design.
  • Inform political strategy with Congressional power mapping.
  • Present policy to agricultural trade associations and solicit feedback and buy-in.
  • Propose multiple policy design options with pros and cons that address stakeholder needs, economic considerations, practicality, and policy precedent.

Job Requirements:

  • Four or more years of experience as a Congressional staffer or lobbyist, with at least two years on the agricultural portfolio.
  • Experience as Agricultural Committee legislative staffer preferred. Experience working for a company, trade group, or non-profit that focused on Ag Committee advocacy, is also acceptable.
  • Experience working on agricultural conservation program design and politics.
  • Practical, diplomatic, willingness to put farmers-first in all policy design considerations.
  • Experience with biofuel policies and politics is preferred.
  • Strong relationships on the Hill and with the Biden administration is preferred.
  • Creative thinker who can draw upon precedent and design new policy.
  • Motivated to work in a small, evolving organization and be part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Excellent organizational skills with ability to manage diverse projects simultaneously, solve problems creatively. and produce deliverables quickly and efficiently.
  • Thorough, solution-seeking, and scientific.

Job Details:

Company: Public Affairs Council

Vacancy Type: Full Time

Job Functions: Other

Job Location: Hagerstown, MD, US

Application Deadline: N/A

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