Position Summary: The Manager, Government Affairs provides leadership in developing and implementing NAMA’s public policy agenda and strategy, focusing on interactions with Congress, Federal agencies, coalitions, and other advocacy organizations and stakeholders to advance NAMA’s mission. The Manager monitors issues and legislation affecting the milling industry and recommends strategies to advocate NAMA’s public policy positions before government, leads coalition efforts to advance these positions, and manage the association’s committees related to these issues. The incumbent will be required to register as a lobbyist in accordance with the Lobbying and Disclosure Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. § 1601).
Develop and implement NAMA policy positions that support the interests of NAMA members and the North American milling industry especially in the areas of food safety, nutrition and supply chain. Assess the impact of emerging public policy issues and related legislation on NAMA members and the milling industry.
Direct lobbying of legislative and executive branch officials from staff to Members of Congress, Agency Heads, and career staff. Monitor policy activities of Congress and key executive branch agencies responsible for agriculture, nutrition, food safety, transportation, and trade including, but not limited to USDA, FDA, and international regulatory agencies, as assigned, and the issues that come before them that are of interest to the milling industry.
Develop and implement annual plans to engage and educate Members of Congress and identify public policy issues affecting NAMA members. Activities may include, but not limited to, develop education materials, draft testimony - hearing questions - coalition letters.
Develop and implement NAMA’s grassroots lobbying strategy and lead grassroots lobbying efforts including managing member and industry outreach, managing issue communications and assisting members and stakeholders in grassroots advocacy activities.
Build coalitions with NAMA members and key stakeholders groups to address public policy issues and inform the membership on public policy issues affecting the industry.
Represent NAMA at meetings and attend conferences to build and maintain relationships with stakeholders. Monitor activities of groups; develop rapport with key staff members and anticipate public policy responses by groups and build advocacy coalitions.
Work with NAMA Vice President of Government and Technical Affairs Director as directed on regulatory and technical issues of importance to NAMA members and the broader food and agricultural sector.
Act as staff liaison to NAMA committees and attend committee meetings, make presentations, take minutes, respond to committee member ideas/inquiries, and guide member deliberations as needed.
Assist with the development, organization, and execution of NAMA meetings and conferences.
Other responsibilities commensurate with the position as directed by the NAMA President & CEO.
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in food science, nutrition, public policy, or related field
Minimum three (3) years experience working on Capitol Hill, trade association, or comparable government affairs office
Demonstrated policy issues management experience in the areas of food, agriculture, nutrition, transportation, and trade policy
Experience building coalitions and developing and executing grassroots lobbying strategies
Comprehensive understanding of the U.S. federal policy development and implementation process
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Proven ability as self-starter and effective problem solver
Ability to interact effectively with association members, government officials and staff, industry stakeholders, and association colleagues
Willingness and ability to travel
The North American Millers' Association prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital or family status, age, disability, political beliefs or sexual orientation. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact NAMA at 202.484.2200 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to Jim McCarthy, President & CEO, 1400 Crystal Drive, Suite 650, Arlington VA, 22202, or call 202.484.2200. NAMA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits: NAMA offers an exceptional benefits package including a health insurance plan (including health, dental and prescription plan), 401(k) defined contribution retirement plan with employer match, paid vacation, paid personal days, paid holidays and sick days, as well as life, and disability insurance.
About NORTH AMERICAN MILLERS ASSOCIATION
The North American Millers' Association (NAMA) located in Arlington, VA, is the trade association of the wheat, corn, oat and rye milling industries. Member companies operate mills in 38 states, Canada and Puerto Rico, representing more than 90 percent of total industry production capacity.