Senior Agricultural Policy Analyst

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT:

Job Title:        Senior Agricultural Policy Analyst

Location:        Washington, D.C. with significant flexibility for working from home on days that do not involve team meetings

FLSA Status: Full-time, exempt

Position Summary

Seeking a talented agricultural policy analyst with expertise in agricultural economic data and political sensitivity to analyze and design an array of payment scenarios for voluntary sustainable agriculture. This position will also be responsible for responding to stakeholder requests for policy design analysis.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:

The Rural Investment to Protect our Environment (RIPE), is an independent operating project of the nonprofit umbrella organization, Multiplier, a nationally recognized nonprofit dedicated to conserving and protecting a sustainable and resilient world. RIPE’s mission is to cultivate a coalition of agricultural trade and environmental representatives to secure bipartisan support for comprehensive climate policy that invests in helping farmers transition to sustainable agriculture through voluntary and profitable practices.  RIPE is a small, nimble, start-up that offers significant opportunities to shape federal policy.

KEY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Support the development of a payment system to farmers for sustainable agriculture practices that will be profitable to farmers by considering economic, agricultural, environmental, regional, and political strategies.
  • Develop spreadsheet-based tools that draw from USDA datasets for commodities and livestock.
  • Identify and analyze USDA data sets on array of economic issues, notably: profit margins by commodity, farm size, region; costs per animal unit or acre; owned v. rented land; and cost of conservation best management practices covered by EQIP and CSP.
  • Support agricultural industry steering committee members by responding to their requests to analyze multiple policy design variables.
  • Manage meeting logistics, including scheduling monthly webinars and occasional in-person meetings.
  • Inform leadership and stakeholders with policy memos and presentations explaining the pros and cons of various policy design options, including economic, political and environmental considerations.
  • Draft white papers on payment proposals and regulatory principles that satisfy agricultural industry and environmental stakeholders, and flexibly integrate diverse editorial feedback from diverse stakeholders.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE:

The ideal candidate is a self-driven entrepreneurial analyst who is comfortable with outside-the-box innovative policy design informed by a combination of research, data analysis, and stakeholder needs.  You have a depth of experience working with diverse stakeholders on politically sensitive topics, such as with Congressional committees or agricultural trade groups. You are a talented agricultural policy analyst who is comfortable making reasonable credible assumptions to move forward with a research project operating in real-time policy context. You are discerning and streamlined in your research approach and recognize that not every research rabbit hole should be explored. You have the ability to write and present concise policy memos explaining the pros and cons of your data-driven policy design recommendations.  You understand that being part of a small organization with a big mission means that sometimes you must contribute to administrative tasks.  You have a reputation for honesty, fairness, and high ethical standards in all aspects of your work. The ideal candidate is self-aware, diplomatic, creative, ambitious, dedicated to our mission, and has a can-do-attitude with a great sense of humor.

SPECIFIC EXPERIENCE REQUESTED:

We welcome diverse experiences and perspectives in our applicant pool, and will be looking for candidates who possess many, but not necessarily all, of the following qualifications and experiences:

  • Expertise identifying and analyzing agricultural economic data, particularly profit margin data by farm type.
  • Familiarity with climate policy and sustainable agriculture programs, including where to access cost data for agricultural best management practices.
  • Ability to develop spreadsheet-based economic tools.
  • Respectful diplomacy and confidentiality while working with diverse audiences on politically sensitive issues.
  • Experience preparing agricultural policy papers demonstrating a capacity for marshalling evidence, balanced presentation of pros and cons of multiple options, and making a persuasive case for your position.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be comfortable working independently and submitting weekly progress reports.

COMPENSATION:

Salary range is between $80,000 to $106,000 based on experience, plus a comprehensive compensation package, including excellent medical and dental benefits, flexible work-from-home capacity, retirement savings, and generous vacation and sick leave policy.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Info@RipeRoadmap.org with the subject line “Senior Agricultural Policy Analyst Position” by October 6.  Resumes will be reviewed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis.  Early applications are encouraged.

RIPE Roadmap (www.RipeRoadmap.org) 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)

EEO STATEMENT:

Multiplier and RIPE celebrate diversity and are committed to building teams and partnerships that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Multiplier and RIPE are also committed to providing an environment of mutual respect that is free from discrimination and harassment. Multiplier and RIPE 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 factor.

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