Vice President of Domestic Policy

27 Aug, 2022


Vice President of Domestic Policy

National Pork Producers Council
Washington, D.C.

Title of Position: VP of Domestic Policy


Supervisor: CEO


Summary: The National Pork Producers Council’s Vice President of Domestic Policy is a senior level manager that carries out government engagement, advocacy, and lobbying efforts on behalf of the U.S. pork industry. The VP is responsible for positioning the pork industry as a leader and key partner with influential government audiences. The position will have overall strategic and operational responsibility to formulate policy priorities and develop strategies to advance those priorities, through federal policy, administrative advocacy, and coalition building. The VP will be a thought leader and a key part of the senior management team reporting to the CEO.








Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Lead and develop a committed team, supervising a department, to maximize performance. Including developing strategies to support a collaborative culture, shared accountability, and organizational efficiency.
  • Collaborates with NPPC’s leadership team to develop and execute organizational strategic plan.
  • Develops and works closely with relevant organizational committees.
  • Maintains knowledge and stays current on legislative/regulatory issues that may have an impact on agriculture and the pork industry.
  • Develops and maintains an effective intelligence and communication network with other agriculture and business policy organizations in the federal and state government, universities, and organizations.
  • Assures effective lobbying strategy is in place by coordinating efforts of the domestic policy team members, utilizing resources (grassroots), managing external consultants, building coalitions, and use of media resources and political activities (political action committee).
  • Develops and implements an effective strategy to influence the Congress and the Administration to support the U.S. pork industry’s legislative and regulatory agenda.
  • Anticipates and develops positions on all federal policy issues that could affect the U.S. pork industry, considering both the business implications and the need to maintain unquestionable credibility with the Congress and the Administration.
  • Identifies or works with team to identify critical issues facing the legislative and regulatory agenda and strategies and continually develops new and creative approaches to address issues through strategic partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strategic interaction with senior management, Members of Congress (including House and Senate Leadership, Committee Chairs) and administration officials. Must develop consensus at the staff and board level on industry implications of federal legislation and regulations, appropriate position, and best strategy to shape.
  • Occasionally, acts as a spokesperson with the media and Congress, as appropriate, representing NPPC on legislative and regulatory issues.
  • Other Responsibility: Take on other assignments and projects which may be outside of primary issue area as needed. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


Required Skills:


  • Must build and manage multiple strategies, using a broad range of retained consultants and grassroots resources effectively. Must always assure that a range of relationships are in place and maintained as strategies are executed.
  • Must understand how to build and maintain large coalitions and use them effectively.
  • Must assure that the board, state partners and other team members are completely aware of issues and NPPC’s position and strategy and demonstrate that NPPC is leading on the issues.
  • Must work with the CEO to engage the organizations officers and board in the development and implementation of NPPC’s position on issues and the related strategy to shape legislation.
  • Must build and maintain a strong working partnership with the leadership team to ensure organizational effectiveness and leverage NPPC’s voice across all channels in service to the organization’s priorities.


Required Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Public Administration, Public Policy or a related field, or equivalent work experience is required. A graduate degree is preferred.
  • A minimum of 15 years of experience in dealing with complex and high profile legislative and policy matters, ideally within the agriculture/livestock industry.
    • NPPC values candidates who bring significant experience serving as a strategic advisor to organizational leadership (either in the public or private sector) and a track record of leading a strategic, proactive, and high performing government affairs program. Agriculture policy expertise, strategic thinking skills, and political expertise are of critical importance.
  • The VP will be an outstanding mentor and manager of teams and have experience working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders. They will know how to build consensus regarding important policy positions and relevant strategies.
  • Candidates will have strong political expertise and deep experience on the political process, particularly at the federal level.
  • They will have exceptional leadership skills; impeccable character and integrity; the ability to motivate and inspire others; strong team-building skills; relationship-development skills; and sound judgment.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills with the capabilities to negotiate, persuade, and make effective presentations to varying audiences internal and external to NPPC.
  • Has effectively managed budgets for these services and has a positive track record of effective portfolio management of these services.
  • A proven record of advancing important issues through the legislative processes.
  • A thorough understanding of U.S. Congressional and Cabinet policy-making processes, including an understanding of the roles and decision points in the Executive agencies, The White House, the Senate, and the House, as well as the role of think tanks, associations, and related organizations.
  • A strong bipartisan network and personal relationships with Members and staff on relevant House and Senate Committees and within the leadership of the House and Senate; strong Hill experience is essential.
  • A high-level of confidence, and proactive, hands-on approach to problem solving, as well as a professional executive presence for interacting with and influencing key leadership and public policy decision makers, senior management, and executives internal and external to the Association. The ability to influence, negotiate with, and persuade others is important as well as the ability to be flexible and demonstrate strong judgment/decision-making skills.


Travel: Requires 25% travel. Must have valid driver’s license and good driving record.

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Job posted: 2022-08-27