SUMMARY: A senior leader who, as a part of the NCGA Management Team, will be responsible for leading the public policy team in Washington, DC and developing the federal government relations strategic vision to best enact the policy priorities of our membership. The VP of Public Policy will build upon and enhance relationships with Congress, the White House and federal agencies to identify strategic opportunities for engagement.
Manage and direct the NCGA Washington, DC office including all aspects of NCGA efforts involving Congress, the Administration, and all federal government entities.
Manage team of in-house lobbyists and external consultants.
Determine and prioritize NCGA public policy positions working across internal NCGA audiences including the Board, Action Teams and Committees, Management Team, states, membership and staff.
Regularly advise and update the Board on the status of advocacy efforts, emerging issues, political realities and the dynamics driving them.
Elevate NCGA profile and impact by determining new opportunities to expand NCGA’s profiles and engage new allies/partners/coalitions.
In collaboration with the NCGA Management Team, cultivate and maintain strategic relationships and partnerships for the benefit of the organization.
Participate in and nurture broad networks of stakeholders (states, other commodity groups, etc.) for knowledge sharing and collaboration on strategy and tactics in support of NCGA initiatives.
Engage with media as identified by Public Policy Communications on relevant legislation, congressional strategy or engagement with elected officials.
Develop and manage the Washington Office budget.
Teamwork: Must demonstrate and promote a spirit of cooperation within and outside the public policy team; work towards common goal.
Communication: Effective written and oral communicator; strong negotiation and mediation skills; shares knowledge; active listener.
Initiative: Recognizes the need for engagement; confronts issues and takes appropriate action – seeking input from necessary and appropriate stakeholders; pursues an issue until resolution.
Developing Staff: Ability to train, coach and counsel others to continually improve.
Problem Solving: Identify problems affecting the organization or team and generate creative and practical solutions.
Leadership: Will influence and motivate others to achieve common goals; develop and maintain an atmosphere of trust and collaboration; demonstrate behavior consistent with the expectations communicated to others.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time.
BACKGROUND REQUIREMENTS OF POSITION:
Education: Undergraduate degree required. Master’s degree a plus, but not required.
Skills: A proven team leader who can mentor, coach, and inspire employees. Interpersonal skills necessary to work with an extensive variety of people, including corn growers, state executives, business executives, and association leaders. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. A demonstrated ability to diplomatically manage dynamic and complex issues and relationships.
Relevant Experience:10-years + policy experience, preferably working with agricultural, food, or natural resource issues. Knowledge of agriculture, and association management is a plus.
Other key qualifications:
Credibility and track record of achievement that will be acknowledged and respected with internal and external stakeholders
Well known and respected within industry
Demonstrated ability to work in bipartisan manner
Personality fit with NCGA policy team – has a management style that affords autonomy to staff and empowers them to deliver on set priorities
Team player who will engage and seek input from the state associations/staff
Inclusive, yet decisive
Strategic thinker and planner
Association experience preferred
Must be DC-based
Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to HR@ncga.com by November 2, 2018.
About National Corn Growers Association
Founded in 1957, the National Corn Growers Association represents 42,000 dues-paying corn farmers nationwide. NCGA and its 48 affiliated state organizations work together to create and increase opportunities for their members and their industry. For more information, see https://www.ncga.com.