Tuesday, November 27, 2012

VP Government and Industry Affairs -- Livestock Marketing Association

Livestock Marketing Association is the leading advocate for the livestock marketing industry, serving as our members’ voice on state and federal policy, regulatory and business issues. This position is in our association headquarters in Kansas City, MO. This is a unique opportunity for someone with a livestock policy background to fill a leadership role in our organization. A law degree would be beneficial, but is not a requirement for this position. LMA Careers VICE PRESIDENT, GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY AFFAIRS Job Description: Manages and conducts government and industry affairs activities for the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) and, generally, the livestock marketing sector. Duties Include: Represents LMA’s interests before the U.S. Congress and Executive Branch departments and agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service, USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service, USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service and other USDA agencies, as necessary, the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies and departments, as required Acts as LMA’s liaison with other industry organizations on livestock marketing, animal health, food safety, environmental and animal welfare issues and such other issues and interest s as they present themselves Works with the Region Executive Officers to coordinate state legislative and regulatory interests with those at the national level Develops and secures legislation to improve conditions within the livestock marketing sector Reviews legislation for its potential impact on the marketing sector; prepares testimony and testifies before congressional committees; Brings the marketing sector's position on key issues to the attention of the news media and the general public in cooperation with LMA’s Director of Communications Prepares comments to proposed regulations published by federal departments and agencies Works with LMA’s legal counsel on legislative, regulatory and legal issues Attends state marketing association meetings to present LMA’s policies and government and industry affairs activities and issues Works with the LMA leadership, managers and staff to carry out the programs and policies of the Association. The following knowledge and skills are required: Demonstrated knowledge of/experience in the livestock industry Demonstrated knowledge of current/proposed federal/state regulations affecting the livestock industry Demonstrated ability for public speaking Law degree not required but helpful Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, as well as knowledge of the structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar Note: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Any questions, please contact Melanie Harris, Director, Human Resources at 800/821-2048 or mharris@lmaweb.com or fax to 816-891-0652.

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