Summary

Work in concert with the Director of Government Relations to coordinate government relations activities on behalf of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union organization and adopted policies. Monitor and influence legislative developments at the state and federal levels. Communicate with elected officials as well as officials in regulatory agencies at the state and federal levels, relating to legislative developments, issues, rules, and regulations. Assist the Director of Government Relations on all po

Description

Purpose of Position
Work in concert with the Director of Government Relations to coordinate government relations activities on behalf of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union organization and adopted policies. Monitor and influence legislative developments at the state and federal levels. Communicate with elected officials as well as officials in regulatory agencies at the state and federal levels, relating to legislative developments, issues, rules, and regulations. Assist the Director of Government Relations on all policy issues and legislative efforts.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

  • Aid in the development of proposed legislation and lobbying campaigns.
  • Assist with facilitating member-led policy development.
  • Lobby legislators and regulators on behalf of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and our member-adopted policies.
  • Monitor and analyze legislative/regulatory developments and advise RMFU leadership on such matters concerning RMFU policy.
  • Represent RMFU before administrative/regulatory entities and act as a liaison to other agricultural groups as necessary or assigned.
  • Prepare and coordinate testimony before the legislature.
  • Mobilize members to provide testimony and engage on policy issues.
  • Develop content on legislative issues and activities for use in the organization’s publications and news releases.
  • Coordinate the RMFU Drive-Ins during state legislative sessions.
  • Be a resource on legislative and policy issues for RMFU members and chapters.
  • Coordinate with the Director of Government Relations on all policy issues and legislative efforts.
  • Represent RMFU at boards, commissions, and task forces as requested and in coordination with the Director of Government Relations, RMFU Director, and CEO.
  • Extensive travel required.

Other Duties/Responsibilities

  • Be an active participant on the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union team.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Understanding of agriculture and rural issues.
  • Understanding of the mission of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union.
  • Thorough understanding of the policy development and legislative processes at the state and national level.
  • Ability and willingness to engage in the legislative process from policy formation through final rulemaking.
  • Ability to advocate for a position that you may not personally agree with.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in interpersonal, group, and public settings.
  • Ability to work independently, organizing and prioritizing tasks to carry out government relations activities.
  • Excellent problem-solving, conflict resolution, and decision-making skills using a collaborative approach.
  • Good administrative aptitude, including computer skills with Microsoft Office products.

Required Qualifications

  • Education:
    • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) with an emphasis in political science, public policy, public administration, or related field beneficial.
  • Experience:
    • Legislative or policy analysis experience required, including but not limited to experience as a lobbyist, budget and policy analyst, or legislative intern at the state or federal level.
    • Experience in agriculture or agribusiness.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Education:
    • Master’s degree (or equivalent experience) with an emphasis in political science, public policy, public administration, or related field.
  • Experience:
    • Experience as a lobbyist, policy analyst, or policy strategist.
    • Experience advocating for agricultural and/or rural communities.
  • Substitutions
    • A combination of education and work experience, which provides the same kind, amount, and level of knowledge, skills, and abilities, may be considered as a substitution for the required education or work experience.

Note: Research suggests that women and BIPOC individuals are more likely to self-select out of opportunities if they do not meet all of the written job requirements. We encourage anyone to apply who believes that they have the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to succeed in this role.

Other Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel, which includes that you:
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, auto insurance, and their own vehicle.
  • Must be willing to travel by car and commercial airline as needed.
  • Must be willing to spend consecutive days away from home.

Compensation

The position is full-time with compensation of $60,000-$70,000, commensurate with experience. A comprehensive benefits package is available which includes health, dental, vision, and 401k.

Working Environment/Physical Activities

  • Position requires extensive travel.
  • This is an exempt position and may require evening and weekend hours.
  • Position requires the ability to sit for extended periods, to have extensive use of arms, legs, hands, and fingers, to talk, see, and hear, and to have the capacity to lift or move up to thirty pounds.

How to Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to Tyler.Garrett@rmfu.org. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted.

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