JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Title: Policy Director

Part-Time, 20 hours per week 

Friends of Family Farmers (FoFF) seeks a passionate and dedicated person to join our team and help grow the next generation of socially responsible family farmers and ranchers in Oregon. This position will provide advocacy, issue analysis, and public policy leadership in our efforts to support socially responsible family farmers and ranchers throughout Oregon. This position starts at 20 hours per week with plans to expand hours before the 2023 legislative session. 

Description and Responsibilities

We are looking for someone who can create and maintain relationships with government and private organizations, has strong verbal and written communication skills, and is a great team player. Experience working within the Oregon Legislature is required. The ideal candidate is an organized and efficient self-starter who also can function as a member of a remote collaborative team and help grow our advocacy program. Ideally, this person will come with contacts in the environmental, agricultural and legislative arenas and is proficient in multiple channels of communications that support nonprofit work. 

Working Conditions

This job requires a significant amount of time working on the computer and communicating over the phone as well as frequent travel to Salem and occasional travel to meet with farmers, ranchers and partners once we can resume in-person meetings. All staff work from home, so the candidate must be able to create a reliable working space including a good internet connection. The position starts at 20 hours per week with the majority of hours worked M-F and occasional evenings or weekends required.  The Policy Director will report to the Director Team and the Board.

 Responsibilities

Advocacy Program Development (30%)

  • Research, develop and implement the organization’s strategy and policy priorities in collaboration with FoFF’s Director Team, other staff and community partners
  • Direct and manage the efforts of FoFF’s Community Organizer to lead advocacy organizing. Set quarterly goals for the organizers to solicit and respond to farmer feedback, and re-establish, grow and maintain lines of communication with our base of Oregon farmers
  • Contribute to FoFF communications as needed (Barnyard newsletter, blog posts, social media content, research briefs, white papers, etc) 

Direct Advocacy and Relationship Building (55%)

  • Identify and advocate for FoFF’s policy goals on a federal, state and local level
  • Maintain and build relationships with governmental agencies and legislators
  • Provide timely policy updates and reports during the Legislative session
  • Actively participate in various coalitions that further FoFF’s policy goals and objectives
  • Attend relevant conferences as time, resources and bandwidth allow
  • Regularly serve as a press or media contact for advocacy related inquiries

Leadership and Organizational Support (15%)

  • FoFF recently announced a collaborative leadership structure and the organization will be led by a Director Team, which will include the Policy Director. In addition to Policy Director duties, the candidate will work with the Board and the Director Team to chart FoFF’s course and hone the new leadership structure
  • Participate in weekly online staff meetings, regular check-ins with the Director Team , and  staff DEI training
  • Contribute to FoFF’s annual priority setting and strategic planning

Qualifications

Required:

  • 3+ years experience working in the environmental or agricultural advocacy communities or comparable experience
  • Solid understanding of agricultural issues that are political in nature, including controversial issues such as CAFO and GMO regulations
  • Advanced knowledge of the Oregon legislative process and contacts in Salem; proficient in knowledge of local and federal level processes
  • Superior verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse agencies, systems and volunteer leaders
  • Access to a car, valid driver’s license and auto insurance
  • Ability to work in a high-paced environment, multitask, and meet deadlines
  • Collaborative in nature, at ease working with a diverse set of people and personalities, and a productive team player with multicultural understanding
  • Demonstrated commitment to service, humility, integrity, and transparency; hold a high level of trust and respect for self and others
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and GoogleDrive
  • Comfortable interacting with TV, radio, and print media
  • Ability to work from home, maintain a flexible schedule including evenings/weekends and access to consistent, reliable telephone and internet
  • Resides in Oregon or willingness to relocate to Oregon
  • Commitment to promoting socially responsible agriculture and the mission of Friends of Family Farmers

Strongly Preferred:

  • Experience working on a farm or ranch or other professional experience in food systems work
  • Ideal candidates will be based in or within 40 miles of Salem, other locations will be considered

Compensation 

  • 20 Hours Per Week at $23.00 – $26.00 based on experience
  • Benefits include health insurance stipend and option to buy in to FoFFs group plan, monthly cell phone, internet, and home office stipend
  • 15 paid holidays and 76 hours Paid Time Off
  • This is a work-from-home position, and travel reimbursements will be available when we transition back to in-person meetings

How to apply – Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Board Co-Chair Aliesje King: board@friendsoffamilyfarmers.org

The position is open until filled. Interviews scheduled to begin December 6th with an anticipated start date of January 3rd, 2022.

*A note to potential candidates: Studies have shown that women, trans, non-binary, BIPOC, and other candidates from most-impacted communities are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization, and we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. That candidate may be one who comes from a background less traditional to our field of work, and that’s welcome. We would strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of the qualifications described.

Friends of Family Farmers  is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.