Position Announcement: Policy Associate
Description: NSAC is currently seeking a Policy Associate at our DC Office on Capitol Hill.
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 at least one NSAC Issue Committee. She or he will 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 and passion for sustainable agriculture, including family farm livelihood and opportunity, farm conservation and environmental protection, rural development, and marketing and food systems issues
• 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.
Internships at NSAC
NSAC is now accepting resumes for its Policy Internship for the Winter of 2011. If you would like to be considered, please send an email of interest with an attached resume to Susan Prolman.