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Senior Director of Government Affairs

Job Title

Senior Director of Government Affairs

Job ID

27683464

Location

Washington DC US 20001

Senior Director of Government Affairs

What you’ll do:
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is seeking a full time Senior Director of Government Affairs, based in its Washington DC office, with occasional travel countrywide. OTA is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America. OTA is the leading voice for the organic trade in the United States, representing over 9,500 organic businesses across 50 states. Its members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers’ associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers and others.

Working under the supervision of and in collaboration with OTA’s CEO, the Senior Director of Government Affairs leads the development of and implements OTA’s policy strategy through outreach to congress, legislative engagement, coalition building and advocacy. The Senior Director of Government Affairs serves as an external advocate representing the interests of OTA’s mission and its members.

Qualified applicants will have 2+ years of related work experience as a Legislative Aide in the House or Senate.  Qualified applicants will possess an excellent relationship development track record, strong analysis, written and oral communications skills, the ability to work independently, and the ability to work in a fast-paced collaborative environment with critical deadlines.

You should have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required in public policy, agriculture or related field.
  • 5 years related work experience. Direct Capitol Hill experience a must – Two or more years as a Legislative Aide in the House or Senate.
  • Experience in agriculture and/or organic agriculture desired.
  • Strong analysis, written, interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills using Microsoft Word, Excel and database applications; experience with Fiscal Note/CQ and Salesforce a plus.
  • Attention to detail, able to work independently and perform routine work.  Able to work well in a fast-paced collaborative environment with critical deadlines.
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong relationships on the Hill and with coalition partners, Ability to engage and mobilize OTA members; Ability to effectively advocate with demonstrated results.

Your day-to-day responsibilities as the Senior Director of Government Affairs include:

  • Builds and coordinates relationships with government officials in the administration and congress; educate on all aspects of organic agriculture, industry, and trade and the potential impacts of legislation on organic.
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with external coalition partners.
  • Serve as a thought leader and set strategy for government affairs policy to advance organic with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Conduct legislative research and analysis to support OTA’s policy strategy and development; prepare clear, concise analytical pieces including bill summaries and side-by-side analysis, hearing summaries, member alerts, updates and memos. Work collaboratively with OTA’s communications team to ensure professional quality public communications.
  • Develop and implement OTA policy events to increase OTA’s relationships and political impact. Plan, convene, and host OTA members and allied groups when visiting Washington for hearings, meetings, or direct lobbying; including OTA’s signature annual fly-in and potential targeted member fly-ins. Execute event planning for DC fly-ins as needed with assistance from the Government Affairs Associate.
  • Facilitate, manage, and implement OTA member involvement in legislative activities to increase OTA’s relationships and political impact; facilitate member consensus and position development through formal staffing of OTA Task Forces, Working Groups, and informal member stakeholder discussions as assigned.
  • Oversee and serve on the board of OTA’s political action committee, Organic PAC. Manage day-to-day activities of PAC and work collaboratively with OTA’s communications, development, and event planning teams to promote the PAC and increase member contributions through fundraising campaigns. Manage disbursements to candidates and serve as the face of Organic PAC at political fundraising events.
  • Serve as the external face of OTA’s Government Affairs and represent OTA’s policy positions at industry events, conferences, presentations, government meetings and with media.
  • Draft correspondence, policy communications, and public comments as needed; other research, policy, writing, and support as needed.

We offer you:
We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive compensation and an extensive benefits package including paid time off, medical, dental and vision benefits and future growth opportunities within the company. Plus, we work to maintain the best possible environment for our employees, where people can learn and grow with the company. We strive to provide a collaborative, creative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning and culture.

About the Organic Trade Association:
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America. OTA is the leading voice for the organic trade in the United States, representing over 9,500 organic businesses across 50 states. Its members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers’ associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers, and others. Our member businesses work together through networking, advocacy, and other initiatives to encourage and protect organic farming practices and to share messages about the positive environmental and nutritional attributes of organic products with consumers, the media, and policymakers.

We are a connected community of innovators and pioneers working to shape the future for organic food and farming. Together, with our members, we are focused on solutions.

The Organic Trade Association does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or marital/family status. Persons with disabilities, who require alternative means for communication of program information, should contact us.