Agricultural Policy Lead
Agricultural Policy Lead
(Analyst, Sr. Analyst, or Director Level)
Rural Investment to Protect our Environment (RIPE) is seeking an agricultural policy analyst – at
either the Director, Sr. Analyst or Analyst level – to design and refine a federal policy proposal to invest
in farmers and the environment. RIPE seeks a self-motivated professional with experience in
agriculture conservation program design. The Policy lead will be responsible for contributing to the
development of sound federal-level policy through their own analysis, integrating internal and external
feedback, and working with external technical consultants. If you are excited to use your policy
expertise to achieve ambitious U.S. climate and sustainable agriculture policy with bipartisan support,
this is the opportunity for you.
RIPE’s mission is to inspire a bipartisan climate policy that allows farmers to earn a fair and reasonable
return on voluntary conservation practices. Our vision, as a farmer-led organization, is to create a
climate policy that farmers champion because it values the agricultural sector’s contributions to a wide
set of environmental benefits, enables a profit opportunity from voluntary stewardship, helps farmers
become more resilient and keep their farms in their families, transforms environmental policy into an
investment in farmers and rural communities, and supports farmers in being good stewards of the land.
Our RIPE100 proposal advances a $100/acre payment for voluntary conservation practices that deliver
at least that much in public benefits from a combination of improvements to water, climate, soil, and
other elements of the environment.
The responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to the tasks below. If you are skilled
in some but not all of these tasks, we invite you to consider applying.
● Design policy for a proposed conservation program that will be profitable, simple to enroll
in, and environmentally effective, and that will monetarily reward farmers in the form of a
“stewardship incentive” for adopting practices that result in stacked ecosystem services
● Propose payment options to ensure that the stewardship incentive exceeds both the cost
of stewardship practices and any increased costs due to climate policy and reflects the
public value of those practices.
● Compile research and oversee research assistants’ compilation of literature on ecosystem
service values of a wide array of conservation practices.
● Lead program design to pay upfront upon enrollment and to rely on self-certification
with USDA oversight.
● Draw upon USDA NRCS precedents and develop new bold ideas that overcome the
limitations of NRCS program design, in terms of farmer-friendly simple enrollment.
● Demonstrate expertise on EQIP, CSP, and state-level conservation programs about a
wide array of program design elements including farm management plans, red-tape
cutting opportunities to improve program efficiency, quantification of environmental
value, practicality, and cost of best management practices.
● Conduct cost estimates on various policy design options.
● Develop partnerships with technical experts – including economic consultants and
university extension program partners – and work with them to refine policy design
● Propose multiple policy design options with pros and cons that address stakeholder needs,
economic considerations, practicality, and policy precedent.
● Research and analyze current similar or competing proposed federal law, regulation, and
policy regarding climate intervention, sustainable agricultural practices, conservation policy,
and/or federal tax credit and bond design.
● Track and analyze relevant government and policy documents, including regulation and
other agency guidance, as well as academic and policy research to inform policy making.
● Analyze complex data and identify best methods for distilling and presenting the results.
● Write and edit a variety of documents ranging from detailed reports and policy briefs to
memoranda and blog posts.
● Participate in and lead analysis and learning sessions with the broader RIPE community.
● Brief and provide technical assistance to stakeholders, including RIPE leadership
committees, congressional and agency staff, eNGO partners, and other audiences.
● Identify trends in and policy implications of specific topics as assigned or self-identified.
● Identify strategic opportunities for advocacy with relevant stakeholders.
Skills, Abilities, & Qualifications
● Two or more years of experience in agricultural conservation program and policy design.
● Creative thinker who can draw upon precedent and design new policy.
● Practical, diplomatic, willingness to put farmers-first in all policy design considerations.
● Motivated to work in a small, evolving organization and be part of a multi-disciplinary team.
● Self-sufficient, independent, and eager to learn.
● Excellent organizational skills with ability to manage diverse projects simultaneously, solve
problems creatively. and produce deliverables quickly and efficiently.
● Thorough, solution-seeking, and scientific.
● Experience in managing an independent workstream in service of larger organizational
efforts. Comfort working collaboratively with an openness to others’ insights, opinions, and
● Strong research, writing, and verbal communication skills.
We provide a comprehensive compensation package, including competitive salary, excellent medical
and dental benefits, retirement savings, and generous vacation and sick leave policy. Position is remote,
even after the pandemic. Work meetings will be held in Eastern Standard Time.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. We respectfully request no follow-up calls or emails. In your cover letter please describe
your experience working as a policy analyst, specific policies you have worked on, and how you have
creatively pursued bipartisan interest. Please include “Ag Policy Director/Sr. Analyst/or Analyst” in
the subject line. To apply, please email your resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to:
RIPE Roadmap is an independent operating project of the nonprofit umbrella organization,
Multiplier, a nationally recognized nonprofit with a growing portfolio of innovative initiatives that
conserve and protect a sustainable and resilient world (www.multiplier.org). RIPE is in the process
of spinning off to an independent non-profit in late 2021.
Multiplier and RIPE Roadmap celebrate diversity and are committed to building teams and
partnerships that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Multiplier and RIPE
Roadmap are also committed to providing an environment of mutual respect that is free from
discrimination and harassment. Multiplier and RIPE Roadmap prohibit discrimination in its
governance, programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability
religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal,
marital status, amnesty, status as a covered veteran, because all or part of an individual’s income is
derived from public assistance, or for any other non-merit-based factors.
Job posted: 2021-07-06