Director of Government Relations

Website Rocky Mountain Farmers Union

A grassroots organization of family farmers and ranchers in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming

Invitation to Apply: Director of Government Relations 

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) is seeking a resourceful candidate to actualize our member-led policy on the state and federal levels. This person will work cooperatively with the Director of RMFU to facilitate policy development, mobilize members, carry out strategic campaigns and influence regulatory and legislative policy. We are looking for someone who is excited to create lasting change and build a more vibrant and equitable future for family farmers and ranchers.

The position is full-time with compensation of $60,000-$75,000, commensurate with experience. A comprehensive benefits package is available which includes health, dental, vision and 401k.

Remote and hybrid work options will be considered although applicants must be prepared to regularly travel to, and work from, the RMFU office in Denver when necessary. A complete job description is available at: https://www.rmfu.org/about-us/were-hiring/

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Daniel.waldvogle@rmfu.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. For specific details about the job duties, call Dan Waldvogle at (303) 283-3532.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Director of Government Relations

I. GENERAL INFORMATION

DIVISION:  Rocky Mountain Farmers Union

REPORTS TO:  RMFU Director

DATE WRITTEN/UPDATED:  July 2022

II. PURPOSE OF POSITION

Work in concert with the RMFU Director to coordinate government relations activities on behalf of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union organization and adopted policies.

Monitor and influence legislative developments at the state, federal and international level.

Communicate with elected officials as well as officials in regulatory agencies at the state and federal level as assigned relating to legislative developments, issues, rules and regulations.

Assist the RMFU Director on all policy issues and legislative efforts.

III. ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

Supervise RMFU lobbyists during each state’s respective legislative session, including preparing and testifying and/or coordinating testimony before the legislature, when appropriate.
Mobilize members to provide testimony and engage on policy issues.
Monitor and analyze legislative/regulatory developments and advise RMFU leadership on such matters in relation to RMFU policy.
Develop content on legislative issues and activities for use in the organization’s publications and in news releases including, but not limited to, the LegisLetter, LeaderLetter, Union Farmer, Community Connections, RMFU website and other digital communications.
Help develop proposed legislation and lobbying campaigns.
Coordinate the RMFU Drive-Ins during state legislative session.
Represent RMFU before administrative/regulatory entities and act as a liaison to other agricultural groups as necessary or assigned.
Assist with facilitating member-led policy development.
Coordinate with the RMFU Director on all policy issues and legislative efforts.
Represent RMFU at boards, commissions, task forces as requested and in coordination with the RMFU Director and Executive Director.

IV. OTHER DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

Be an active participant on the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union team.
Perform other duties as assigned.

V. SUPERVISORY DUTIES

Hire, supervise, and evaluate and contract lobbyists.

VI. POSITION QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Excellent interpersonal, group and public, written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to work independently, organizing and prioritizing tasks to carry out government relations activities.
Working knowledge of the legislative process at the state and national level.
Excellent problem solving, conflict resolution, and decision-making skills using a collaborative approach.
Good administrative aptitude, including computer skills with Microsoft Office products.
Understanding of agriculture and rural issues.
Understanding of the mission and history of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and the process of policy development.
Willingness to support RMFU where needed.
Education:

College degree (or equivalent experience) with emphasis in political science beneficial.
Experience:

Experience as a lobbyist, legislative intern at the state or federal level or policy strategist preferred.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES
Position requires extensive travel. Employee must have a valid driver’s license, auto insurance, and their own vehicle and be willing to travel by car and commercial airline as may be needed, and to spend consecutive days away from home.
Position requires time to be spent during legislative sessions to attend hearings and contact legislators, as necessary.  It will also require time to be spent between sessions attending hearings or meetings to discuss upcoming issues.
This is an exempt position and may require evening and weekend hours.
Position requires the ability to sit for extended periods, to have extensive use of arms, legs hands and fingers, to talk, see and hear and to have the capacity to lift of move up to thirty pounds.

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Rocky Mountain Farmers Union

A grassroots organization of family farmers and ranchers in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming

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