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Director, Congressional Relations (Farm Labor and Specialty Crops)

American Farm Bureau Federation
Washington, District of Columbia 2024
  • Job Type
    Employee
  • Job Status
    Full Time

TITLE: Director, Congressional Relations (Farm Labor and Specialty Crops)
DEPARTMENT: Public Affairs
POSITION OBJECTIVE: Assist in implementing public policy and regulatory programs in accordance
with the policies established by the voting delegates and as interpreted by
the Board of Directors of the American Farm Bureau Federation. Advocate
on behalf of Farm Bureau policies related to farm labor (including
immigration), specialty crops (including pesticides and the Food Safety
Modernization Act), energy and Clean Air Act issues.
REPORTS TO: Managing Director, Public Policy
LOCATION: Washington, DC
DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:
 Represent Farm Bureau and advocate the organization’s policy positions to Congress, the Executive branch, the
media and other private sector organizations. Present Farm Bureau views in speeches before appropriate
groups, public forums, and Farm Bureau meetings.
 Develop and implement long- and short-term strategic action plans that lead to the accomplishment of Farm
Bureau’s policies on labor, immigration, specialty crops, pesticides, FSMA, energy and Clean Air.
 Maintain good working relationships with appropriate personnel in assigned Congressional and federal
administrative and regulatory agencies through regular contacts. Keep abreast with rulings and rulemaking
proceedings and prepare analyses and statements on these matters.
 Build and assume leadership roles in private sector coalitions to expand external support for Farm Bureau’s policy
objectives. Maintain good working relationships with agricultural organizations and associations to leverage
support for Farm Bureau policies.
 Establish and maintain good working relationships with state Farm Bureau leadership and staff. Work with state
Farm Bureaus in visits to Washington and make presentations at meetings called by the states.
 Serve as a resource for AFBF Communications team in the development and dissemination of advocacy
materials.
 Organize and coordinate meetings and conferences on appropriate subject areas as needed and serve on special
committees and coalitions.
RELATIONSHIPS:
Keep Managing Director informed on assigned subject matter area developments, including the status of legislative
and regulatory issues associated with the labor, immigration, FSMA, pesticides and Clean Air Act/energy issues.
Communicate with other staff members on information gained of interest and value to them.
Communicate with all employees of the American Farm Bureau Federation and Affiliated Companies and the state
Farm Bureau personnel regarding actions, activities and needs of AFBF.

Requirements

EDUCATION OR TRAINING REQUIRED:
 Bachelor degree or higher
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS REQUIRED:
 Minimum 5 years public policy experience
 Strong operational understanding of executive and legislative branches of federal government
 Knowledge or background in agricultural production methods
PREFERRED EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/TRAINING/SKILLS:
 Understanding of the Farm Bureau organization, including its purpose, structure and operation
 Trade association experience desired
 Congressional and/or Executive Branch experience desired
OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
 Occasional Travel
 Public speaking

Posted: 2019-01-08 Expires: 2019-02-07

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Director, Congressional Relations (Farm Labor and Specialty Crops)

American Farm Bureau Federation
Washington, District of Columbia 2024

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