Rural Investment to Protect our Environment (RIPE) is seeking a Government Affairs Lead with expertise in agricultural legislation to contribute to RIPE’s engagement and interactions with federal legislators and participate in policy design for a proposal that invests in farmers and the environment. This role will manage the communications of and strategy behind a federal-level policy proposal through their own analysis and support from technical consultants, and by integrating feedback from stakeholders, members of Congress, and a farmer-led steering committee. The ideal candidate is a self-motivated political strategist with expertise in Congressional processes in the agricultural committees. The application process is open to seasoned as well as junior applicants, and salary will be negotiated based on experience. If you are excited to use your experience on the Hill to achieve ambitious U.S. climate and sustainable agriculture policy that invests in profitable farming opportunities, this is the opportunity for you.
RIPE’s mission is to inspire a bipartisan climate policy that allows farmers to earn a fair and reasonable return on voluntary conservation practices. Our vision, as a farmer-led organization, is to create a climate policy that farmers champion because it values the agricultural sector’s contributions to a wide set of environmental benefits, enables a profit opportunity from voluntary stewardship, helps farmers become more resilient and keep their farms in their families, transforms environmental policy into an investment in farmers and rural communities, and supports farmers in being good stewards of the land. Our RIPE100 proposal advances a $100/acre payment for voluntary conservation practices that deliver at least that much in public benefits from a combination of improvements to water, climate, soil, and other elements of the environment.
The responsibilities of the Government Affairs Lead are to:
- Identify politically viable opportunities in the House and Senate Ag Committees and the Presidential Administration to advance RIPE’s mission, including analyzing stimulus, budget appropriations and reconciliation, carbon farming, and others.
- Prepare talking points for agricultural groups to engage their policymakers and for policymakers to use in Hearings.
- Track, analyze, and summarize political developments from the perspective of RIPE’s policy roadmap as well as farmers’ general economic interests.
- Identify politically viable opportunities for revenue sources discussed within the climate policy arena, including tracking discussions around: stimulus, tax reform, biofuels, Farm Bill, and others.
- Engage Congressional staffers for feedback on policy design.
- Inform political strategy with Congressional power mapping.
- Present policy to agricultural trade associations and solicit feedback and buy-in.
- Propose multiple policy design options with pros and cons that address stakeholder needs, economic considerations, practicality, and policy precedent.
Skills, Abilities, & Qualifications
- Four or more years of experience as a Congressional staffer or lobbyist, with at least two years on the agricultural portfolio; experience as Agricultural Committee legislative staffer preferred. Experience working for a company, trade group, or non-profit that focused on Ag Committee advocacy is also acceptable.
- Experience working on agricultural conservation program design and politics.
- Experience with the appropriations process and strategies is a plus.
- Practical, diplomatic, willing to put farmers first in all policy design considerations.
- Experience with biofuel policies and politics is preferred.
- Strong relationships on the Hill and with the Biden administration is preferred.
- Creative thinker who can draw upon precedent and design new policy.
- Motivated to work in a small, evolving organization and be part of a multi-disciplinary team.
- Excellent organizational skills with ability to manage diverse projects simultaneously, solve problems creatively, and produce deliverables quickly and efficiently.
- Thorough, solution-seeking, and scientific.
- Comfort working collaboratively with an openness to others’ insights, opinions, and feedback.
Priority will be given to applications received by June 13. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. We respectfully request no follow-up calls or emails. Please include “Government Affairs Lead” in the subject line of your email applications. To apply, please email your resume, cover letter, and salary range expectations to: Carreers@RipeRoadmap.org. We provide a comprehensive compensation package, including competitive salary, excellent medical and dental benefits, retirement savings, and generous vacation and sick leave policy.
All positions will be remote during the covid-19 pandemic and team meetings will be held in Eastern Standard time zone. After the pandemic, work will be conducted out of an office in Washington D.C. Northeast with the option for remote work. Applicants based in the DC region are preferred for this position.
RIPE is an independent operating project of the nonprofit umbrella organization, Multiplier, a nationally recognized nonprofit with a growing portfolio of innovative initiatives that conserve and protect a sustainable and resilient world (www.multiplier.org). RIPE is in the process of becoming an independent non-profit in late 2021.
Multiplier and RIPE Roadmap celebrate diversity and are committed to building teams and partnerships that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Multiplier and RIPE Roadmap are also committed to providing an environment of mutual respect that is free from discrimination and harassment. Multiplier and RIPE Roadmap prohibit discrimination in its governance, programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, marital status, amnesty, status as a covered veteran, because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from public assistance, or for any other non-merit-based factors.