Government Relations Representative

15 Dec, 2018

Jobs

Government Relations Representative

National Farmers Union
Washington, DC
POSITION SUMMARY
The Government Relations (GR) Representative’s primary focus is to lobby members of Congress,
congressional staff and appropriate federal agencies. The GR Representative will provide
background research, draft policy documents and correspondence, and disseminate information to
Congress, the administration and National Farmers Union members. This individual will represent
National Farmers Union with outside organizations, coalitions, and the media.
 
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
• Lobby members of Congress, congressional staff and federal agencies. Assist with
developing and enhancing relationships with members
• Represent National Farmers Union (NFU) at coalition meetings and coordinate joint efforts
with outside organizations
• Draft correspondence to the administration, federal agencies and Congress on requested
issues
• Provide issues updates via memo to NFU leadership and conduct research for background
facts, history and data. Develop charts and graphs for use in testimonies, comments, press
and talking points
• Research and prepare written testimony for congressional hearings and comments on federal
rule making process
• Provide timely and substantive background materials for NFU communication needs. Work
with the team to articulate NFU policy positions in a clear and compelling manner
• Create background materials and draft outlines in conjunction with the Communications
Department for all NFU presentations
• Represent NFU with the media on requested issues
• Assist with the coordination and management of NFU events that impact policy advocacy,
which includes the Policy Committee, Fly-In and NFU Convention
 
SKLLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
• Strong knowledge and understanding of agricultural policy and practices
• Working knowledge of federal policy-making process
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and effective listing skills
• Superior interpersonal and relationship building skills. Demonstrated ability to work well in a
team environment and interact effectively with all levels across the organization
• Exceptional planning, organizing and prioritization skills, and follow-up skills
• Outstanding attention to detail, knowledge retention and ability to recall large amounts of
detailed information
• Professional presentation and demeanor. Ability to positively and professionally represent the
organization at events and with the media
• Ability to be flexible, shift priorities and adapt quickly to changes
• Demonstrated ability to successfully manage projects and assignments with competing
priorities, deadlines and demands
• Sound judgement and decision-making skills. Ability to assess a situation, gather
information and apply logic and critical thinking skills to evaluate risks and determine an
appropriate course of action.
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Ability to understand when to escalate matters
to the next level and/or seek guidance
• Ability to learn and acquire new concepts and/or skills quickly
• Ability to travel to domestically, as needed
 
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
• Bachelor’s degree required. Additional education is a plus
• Relevant legislative experience and/or experience working with federal agencies
• Prior experience developing and implementing short-term and long-term strategies
 
COMPENSATION
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefit package includes paid health,
dental, and vision insurances, paid vacation and holidays, and a generous 401k retirement plan.
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Please email a cover letter and resume to employment@nfudc.org with Government Relations
Representative in the subject line. References will be requested if selected for an interview.
Application closing date is Thursday December 20, 2018.

Job posted: 2018-12-15