Government Affairs for 90 year old Non-Profit

Western Growers – Washington, DC

Founded in 1926, Western Growers represents local and regional family farmers growing fresh produce in Arizona, California, Colorado and New Mexico. Our members and their workers provide over half the nation's fresh fruits, vegetables and tree nuts, including nearly half of America's fresh organic produce. Some members also farm throughout the U.S. and in other countries so people have year-round access to nutritious food. For more than 50 years, Western Growers has existed solely to serve our members. Join a team of dedicated professionals to advance the farming community’s objectives in agriculture, environmental issues, tax, trade and immigration.

We are rewarded nicely with an extensive benefits package that includes a competitive compensation, a wide selection of company-paid health benefits, vacation and holiday paid time off and an excellent 401K program; including a company match of up to 3% and profit sharing up to 7%. We also provide an education reimbursement program and career path for those seeking advancement. For additional convenience there is an onsite cafeteria and to free up some of your weekend time we have on-site auto detailing and dry cleaning.

Position is responsible for effecting federal regulatory, legislative, and political objectives in the legislative and executive branch of the federal government for Western Growers’, and all it affiliated entities, priorities. Position reports to the Vice President Federal Government Affairs.

What you'll get to do:

Develop Policy

• This position is responsible for helping develop, draft and implement policy strategies affecting agriculture specifically relating to: fresh fruit, vegetable and nut sectors in California, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. Contribute to the development and implementation of PAC-giving strategy coordinate with key staff in home office and with other legislative e.g. state colleagues on PAC development and administration.
• Work with the Vice President of Federal Government Affairs or other staff to outline the organization’s policy positions.
• Western Growers is a team and DC based staff will coordinate federal government affair efforts with senior staff and other departments within WG, as directed or appropriate, in support of the Company’s advocacy issues and goals.

Lead

• Engage with applicable federal legislative and administrative policy/lawmakers and other industry organizations on policy positions of responsibility
• Arrange and accompany president/CEO at meetings on topics that the individual is responsible for with senior government officials, including members of Congress.
• Western Growers is part of larger coalitions among other industry organizations and policy makers and thus this individual is responsible for cultivating new and maintaining existing relationships.
• In coalitions in which WG participates, assume leadership role(s) if necessary and where appropriate.

Inform

• Keep key staff informed about political trends and developments with respect to all issues to which a leadership role has been assigned.
• Work with communications department to engage and inform membership on issues of responsibility as well as engage with the public.

Essentials to have:

• BA/BS and at least three years of federal-level experience in either the legislative or administrative branch of the government preferred. At least three years’ experience in a private sector advocacy role is also acceptable. A degree in law, economics, science, public policy, or political science, is desirable.
• Knowledge of the fresh produce (specialty crop) industry, including vegetables, fruits and tree nuts (preferred) or other agriculture sector and demonstrated ability to advocate for the value of a healthy and sustainable agriculture industry, is desirable.
• Excellent writing, verbal and presentation communication skills.
• Ability to conduct thorough research, provide concise summaries and make recommendations on complicated legislative/policy issues.
• Highly self-motivated with an ability to take initiative and complete tasks with little or no direct supervision.
• Proven ability to successfully complete objectives/projects while meeting expected goals, dates and milestones.
• Skilled at effectively managing multiple tasks and changing priorities with continued attention to detail.
• Maintain professional demeanor and confidences. Ability to remain calm under pressure.
• Proven skill in building coalitions to affect policy objectives is desirable.
• Ability to forecast the legislative policy/position needs.
• Good practical application of word processing, spreadsheet, calendaring, and presentation software

Job Type: Full-time

To Apply: 

Please send resumes to: ldasilva@wga.com