Website North American Blueberry Council

Government Affairs Director

North American Blueberry Council

Salary:      $110,000 – $130,000 annually, DOE/DOQ

Office/Hybrid/or Fully Remote Position

CAREER OPPORTUNITY

The North American Blueberry Council (NABC) seeks a Government Affairs Director (Director) with exceptional communication, relationship-building and negotiation skills. Under the direction of the President, the Director leads the organization’s policies and objectives involving international, federal and state government affairs. They are responsible for nurturing relationships with government officials, associated authorities and all committees representing the interests of the blueberry industry. The Director will be a strong collaborator, understanding the importance of establishing a network of congressional leadership who support the platform policies on behalf of NABC. Planning events, such as town halls, webinars, farm visits, lobbying trips to Washington, D.C. and other meetings, is an essential part of this role. The Director will also manage a Government Affairs Committee budget, requiring them to be fiscally savvy and budget oriented. Advancing NABC’s mission and goals is a vital part of this position, as is knowing how local policy, municipal budgets and regulatory policies impact NABC’s programs. If you are interested in an office, hybrid or fully remote position, have a background in public policy or advocacy and want to work alongside key decision-makers, apply today!

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THE JOB / IDEAL CANDIDATE

The Government Affairs Director works closely with the President, Vice President of Global Business Development, Vice President of Engagement & Education, Senior Director of Nutrition & Health Research, the Government Affairs 10-Member Committee and an outside lobbying consulting firm to advance the Council’s objectives within a legislative and regulatory framework. The Director will have a strong background in international, federal and state governmental processes, using this knowledge to represent the blueberry industry’s best interests. The Director helps identify legislative and government relations issues, opportunities, priorities and collaborates with other entities to build areas of common interest. This individual is a fact finder, working with research teams to support their initiatives, to create government relations materials, and serve as a favorable representative for the organization and the industry. Their responsibilities include representing the organization’s priorities and positions to key decision makers in the Administration and Congress, guiding the development and execution of strategic government relations priorities, and preparing talking points, legislative summaries, fact sheets, testimony, and reports to present to government officials and committees.

The ideal candidate is passionate about governmental affairs and has an understanding of global and domestic agricultural and commodity trades. They are eager to build relationships and establish trust with their colleagues and key stakeholders. The      Director has strong analytical skills and will take a deep dive into the laws and policies that impact the industry. The ideal candidate is familiar with the Farm Bill, disaster      relief programs, USDA food procurement programs, labor and immigration reform, trade policy, conservation, food safety, food nutrition and labeling and other relevant topics. They are persuasive and will use their networking skills to benefit the organization.

Minimum Qualifications

●      Bachelor’s degree in business administration, political science, public relations or a related field.

●      Five years of experience in advocacy or public policy.

Salary

The annual salary range is: $110,000 – $130,000 annually, salary will be negotiated depending upon qualifications and experience.

HOW TO APPLY

For first consideration, apply by November 29th by completing an application and attaching your cover letter and resume at wbcpinc.com/job-board/

Save the Dates:

Round one virtual interviews will take place on January 12th. Round two in-person interviews will take place on January 23rd. Selected candidates must be available for both dates.

Please contact your recruiter, Andrea Walters, with any questions:

●       awalters@nabcblues.org

●       (916) 542-1590

NABC is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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