Intertribal Agriculture Council Policy Director Remote · Full time

IAC seeks to hire a Policy Director to design and implement IAC’s policy and advocacy work. The Policy Director will leverage their detailed knowledge of the legal and political systems in Washington, D.C. and familiarity with Tribal communities to guide the development of strategic and Tribal agriculture-centered priorities for IAC’s policy work. They directly supervise the policy staff in developing, managing, and implementing policy initiatives designed to advance Tribal agriculture priorities. They also maintain and cultivate relationships with external stakeholders to ensure IAC is at the forefront of Tribal agriculture development. The Policy Director will report to the Chief Legal & Policy Officer (CLPO) and will work with the CLPO to ensure that all policy projects and organizational positions adhere to the mission and values of IAC, best leverage our organizational strengths and capacities, and fit within strategic priorities.

Description

DEFINITION:

The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) is a nonprofit organization composed of member Tribal Nations and has a mission to pursue and promote the conservation, development and use of Native agricultural resources for the betterment of Native people. IAC works with diverse stakeholders to conduct research, advance policy reform, educate the public and increase awareness around agriculture issues in Indian Country. IAC works directly with Tribal Nations and individual Tribal producers to advance their agricultural priorities.


IAC seeks to hire a Policy Director to design and implement IAC’s policy and advocacy work. The Policy Director will leverage their detailed knowledge of the legal and political systems in Washington, D.C. and familiarity with Tribal communities to guide the development of strategic and Tribal agriculture-centered priorities for IAC’s policy work. They directly supervise the policy staff in developing, managing, and implementing policy initiatives designed to advance Tribal agriculture priorities. They also maintain and cultivate relationships with external stakeholders to ensure IAC is at the forefront of Tribal agriculture development. The Policy Director will report to the Chief Legal & Policy Officer (CLPO) and will work with the CLPO to ensure that all policy projects and organizational positions adhere to the mission and values of IAC, best leverage our organizational strengths and capacities, and fit within strategic priorities.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.


TASKS:

Lead and manage policy, research, and advocacy initiatives

● Manage policy and advocacy projects across IAC’s focus areas. Support staff in turning initial priority ideas into implementable project plans with specific activities, timelines, and deliverables. Decide on IAC’s approach to both new and existing issue areas in collaboration with senior staff and maintain team fidelity to that approach.

● Draft, edit and provide provisional approval of policy and research reports, testimony, campaign materials, and related educational materials created by policy staff.

● Supervise policy staff’s direct engagement with policymakers. This may include planning or participating in meetings or briefings, and reviewing public statements on relevant issues to IAC and IAC’s stakeholders.

● Advise on and review rollout strategies for IAC policy-related campaigns and messaging.

● Train IAC professional staff on key aspects of agricultural and food policy for Indian Country.

● Develop resources for Tribal Nations and Tribal producers interested and/or invested in agriculture and growing Indian Country food and agribusiness.

● Engage with national and regional organizations partnering with IAC.

● Provide project management guidance on meeting deliverables to partners and target audiences.

● Advise on the development and/or implementation of policy and outreach activities to serve the 574+ Federally Recognized Tribes and Tribal organizations.

● Communicate with diverse interest groups concerning the complex nature of Indian land administration, Tribal sovereignty, and issues unique to Tribal members–specifically, Tribal producers–involved in agriculture-related activities.


Manage members of the Policy Team

● Serve as the direct supervisor for the policy staff, guiding them through their multifaceted work within the various Tribal agriculture portfolios, including USDA and DOI programming.

● Meet with staff regularly, provide supervision and support, and assist staff with managing their workloads. Provide substantive training, identify external training opportunities, and provide one-on-one coaching to grow policy staff’s knowledge and skills.

● Lead hiring and onboarding processes for new policy staff and work with policy staff to hire and onboard fellows, interns, etc.

● Conduct annual and ad-hoc performance reviews of direct supervisees.


Guide the development of strategic, Tribal agriculture-related priorities for IAC

● Maintain a big-picture view and understanding of the relevant stakeholders, processes, news, and developments related to Tribal agriculture, and facilitate information sharing between IAC and relevant stakeholders.

● Cultivate and support IAC’s relationships with key stakeholders, identifying opportunities to collaborate, educate, and better serve Tribal agricultural efforts and endeavors.

● Identify systemic challenges impacting Tribal producers, determine whether IAC has the relevant skills and capacity to meaningfully address any part of those challenges, and consider potential policy, advocacy, and/or educational campaigns to address those challenges.

● In close partnership with IAC’s leadership and staff, develop and recommend a vision for IAC’s policy priorities based on strategic criteria, utilizing a Tribal lens, and centering the experiences of impacted communities.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND OTHER CHARACTERISTICS:

● At least 7 years of directly relevant professional experience or related professional or experiential learning experience, including at least 3 years of supervisory experience.

● Some experience supervising senior-level staff preferred.

● Graduate-level degree preferred (MPA, MPP, JD, Ph.D., etc.).

● Subject matter expertise and experience in one or more of IAC’s areas of focus (Federal Indian law and policy, agriculture programs and accessibility across USDA agencies, BIA oversight and enforcement authority over Tribal agricultural lands, and farming and ranching, generally)..

● Experience communicating with and advocating to government staff, elected/appointed officials at Federal and Tribal levels.

● Experience with qualitative or quantitative data collection, conducting primary social science or legal research, or data analysis and interpretation that resulted in published findings.

● Extensive experience utilizing legislative, legal, or public policy research databases. Some experience entering or analyzing data in Excel, Python, R, SAS, Tableau or a comparable tool.

● Experience with community education, public engagement, and/or meeting facilitation with diverse participants preferred.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

● Work involves a minimum of physical effort in an office setting.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

● Bachelor’s degree in political science, agriculture or tribal-related fields of study, policy, management or other relevant field and 5 years of government relations, advocacy, agriculture or tribal cultural experience OR equivalent combination education/experience.

● Demonstrated knowledge, understanding, and experience working with issues affecting Native populations or capacity and willingness to develop knowledge, understanding, and experience working with issues affecting Native populations, as well as knowledge of D.C. political or legal institutions and landscapes.

● Self-guided and self-motivated, with the ability to identify new and emerging policy issues and potential solutions without guidance.

● Ability to conceptualize, design, execute, and manage research, advocacy, and public education projects in short-, medium- and long-term time horizons, as well as supervise projects managed by others.

● Excellent time management and problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously. Ability to execute duties efficiently and effectively and meet deadlines.

● High level of competency and experience in managing staff, including day-to-day assistance with project prioritization, review, and implementation, and a welcoming and inclusive attitude. Adaptability and flexibility in managing a diverse team with multiple, frequently changing, and competing tasks and deadlines, and different viewpoints.

● Exceptional communications skills, including the ability to clearly explain law, research, data, and policy to different audiences verbally and in writing. Strong editorial skills, with experience refining research, policy, and/or advocacy documents to be publication ready. Ability to represent IAC professionally with external stakeholders.

● Ability to analyze and synthesize often complex data and statutes and use them to tell compelling and persuasive narratives, make policy arguments, or evaluate and edit others’ work in this area.

● Refined interpersonal and relationship management skills, including the ability to work with diverse constituencies and interact appropriately with lawyers, judges, government officials, journalists, people directly affected by the justice system, and others in a variety of settings.

● Demonstrated commitment to diversity and contributing to an inclusive, respectful working environment. Willingness to continue to grow and learn within diversity, equity, and inclusion Principles.

● Working knowledge of Microsoft and Google Suite applications.

● Requires light physical work fulfilling general office duties and policy promotion events.

● Commitment to and interest in the mission of the Intertribal Agriculture Council.


How To Apply:

Submit a cover letter and résumé to the applicant portal. Important Note: The portal only allows one upload, applications are incomplete without a combined cover letter and resume attached.


Benefits

All full-time, permanent employees of IAC receive family health and dental insurance. The employee receives life insurance, short term disability and 6% equivalent of the annual salary will be contributed to a retirement account (there is no match requirement). Eligible for holiday, annual, and sick leave.


Equal Employment Opportunity Policy:

The Intertribal Agriculture Council does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.


Reasonable Accommodation:

The IAC will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the IAC directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.


Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, organizations utilizing federal funding must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.


You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Send accommodation requests to Bill Frank, Human Resources Director [email protected]

Salary

$115,000 - $125,000 per year