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#1023 Director of Ag Policy

SUMMARY:
The Director of Agricultural Policy manages the Federation’s policy development and implementation efforts through regulatory and legislative involvement. They are the manager of the division and supervise two commodity staffers, a national affairs coordinator and an administrative assistant. They utilize strong interpersonal and communication skills to build rapport with Florida Farm Bureau (FFBF) members, staff, and state and federal agency personnel and elected officials in order to reach policy objectives. They work with specific FFBF commodity and/or issue Advisory Committees and become informed about the topics therein. They must have the ability to grasp agricultural related policy initiatives, programs and/or agency rules and communicate those programs to other staff and/or members

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES:

• Supervisor
o Direct supervisor to two commodity staffers, a national affairs coordinator and an administrative assistant; this includes hiring, training, assigning work, counseling, recommending promotion, annual reviews, salary adjustments, disciplining employees, and terminations
o Budget development and accountability for six separate budgets
o Compile State Board of Director and State Board Executive Committee meeting agenda items and oral presentations
o Staff the FFBF State Board of Director’s County Action Partnership Committee
o Compose Ag Policy Division work for AFBF Awards of Excellence application
o Write letters of support for commodity research
o Manage in-office coverage and staff travel
o Approve timesheets and expense reports

• Policy Development
o Staff 3-4 commodity and/or issue based Advisory Committees
o Plan and execute comprehensive Annual Ag Policy & Outlook Conference in collaboration with the University of Florida/IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department
o Plan and execute yearly policy review and development meetings for Advisory Committees
o Stay current on all issues related to responsible commodities; disseminate industry news and information to committee members
o Provide member selection recommendations to leadership for Florida Farm Bureau Advisory Committees and American Farm Bureau Issue Advisory Committees and complete nominations
o Provide member selection recommendations to leadership for FFBF members to serve on select USDA committees and complete nominations
o Assist Farm Bureau members in developing language for sound policies
o Plan and execute Resolution’s Sessions at Farm Bureau Annual Meeting
o Edit and design Farm Bureau policy book annually
o Submit applicable Farm Bureau resolutions for American Farm Bureau policy
o Attend AFBF Resolution’s meeting annually
o Attend AFBF Annual Meeting annually to coordinate FFBF’s voting delegate participation in the policy process; plan meeting on site to review resolutions prior to voting

• Policy Implementation
o Develop plans for implementation of Farm Bureau policies on the local, state and federal level
o Schedule appropriate agency and/or legislative meetings for Farm Bureau members and staff to attend to discuss solutions to achieve policy objectives
o Plan targeted fly-ins with relevant Farm Bureau staff to Tallahassee and Washington, DC for Farm Bureau members to meet with lawmakers; assist members with talking points
o Write issue briefs notifying the membership of new and/or updated legislation and federal agency rules and regulations
o Write and submit comments to the Federal Register on rules and regulations according to Farm Bureau policy
o Attend state and federal Farm Bureau policy implementation events

• Commodity Specialist
o Represent Farm Bureau at industry meetings, conventions and tradeshows
o Liaison to the University of Florida/IFAS departments related to responsible commodities
o Represent and speak on behalf of Farm Bureau on industry committees and associations
o Provide quotes to media on current commodity issues
o Provide advice to Farm Bureau leadership and State Board of Directors

• Other
o Coordinate the County Action Partnership (CAP) program and staff the State Board of Director’s Committee
o Attend local, regional and national cotton meetings
o Oversee Farm Bureau Internship Program
o Plan and execute farm tours for other state Farm Bureaus and various groups
o Plan and execute FFBF State Board of Directors traveling board meeting farm tours both in state and out of state

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty effectively. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university with one to three years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. An agricultural background is preferred.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS:
Must possess ability to absorb, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports and business correspondence. Must possess necessary computer skills to research, compile and present data in a variety of formats. Must be capable of effectively presenting information and responding to questions from a variety sources. Should have sound verbal, written and virtual communication skills. Must be capable of developing, preparing and presenting reports to staff, membership or others on various agricultural related issues. Should have ability to interact with the media through interviews and written comments.

Will provide two different writing samples.

REASONING ABILITY:
Ability to solve practical problems and situations where only limited information exists. Must be able to interpret a variety of instructions and information furnished in written, oral, or other formats. Must be capable of rationally thinking through practical problems and situations. Must have ability to analyze and interpret legislation, proposed rules and regulations.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND TRAVEL:
Frequent in state and out of state travel will be required and should be conducted in the upmost professional manner. It is estimated the employee will travel an estimated 25 hotel nights per year.  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee in order to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Employee must be capable of lifting at least 10 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Must possess a valid State of Florida driver’s license.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all the essential duties, responsibilities and requirements of personnel.

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