Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Director of Government Affairs for Farm Policy

Request for Applications
Director of Government Affairs for Farm Policy
The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as Director Government Affairs in its Washington, DC office. The successful candidate should have a strong interest in designing and implementing sound public policy and advocating in a bipartisan manner.
Core Responsibilities:
The Director of Government Affairs is responsible for implementing NAWG policy with congressional and administrative policy makers and their staff. The Director works closely with the CEO, members and state staff in developing policy, assists in research and development of that policy and advocates for favorable legislation and regulations. The Director will build and maintain coalitions among associated organizations, help prepare weekly newsletters and quarterly reports, and contribute to all aspects of the association’s operation.
The Director will act as official NAWG representative in the policy arena at political events, industry conferences and other events. The position reports to the Chief Executive Officer of the association and requires after-hours responsibilities and travel. This may include public speaking, informal and formal communications and targeted presentations.
 Bachelors’ degree or advanced degree in agriculture, public policy or related field.
 Minimum of 2 years experience in a Congressional office, working for an agricultural advocacy organization, or other related experience.
 Recognized ability to work in a bipartisan fashion.
 Demonstrated oral and written communication strengths.
 Ability to work in a fast-paced, small-office environment and as a team player.
Preference given to:
 Experience with crop insurance, federal farm programs, and/or international trade policy.
 Experience with PAC administration.
 Experience in the U.S. wheat production system.
415 Second St. NE, Suite 300 • Washington, D.C. 20002 • (202) 547-7800 •
How to Apply:
Interested candidates should submit a letter of intent, resume, salary/benefits history and contact information for not less than 3 references via electronic mail (pdf format) to:
Dana J. Peterson
Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Wheat Growers
415 Second St., N.E., Suite 300
Washington, DC 20002
Applications will be accepted through Friday, May 6, 2011.

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