CropLife America (CLA) a trade association located in Washington, DC is seeking a full-time Director of Federal Government Relations & CLPAC Political Director. The Director of Federal Government Relations is responsible for industry policy and advocacy related to the Endangered Species Act, species generally, and the Trade industry. The Director will also have shared management responsibilities for the CropLife PAC. The position will guide and direct various association resources and strategic relationships in defense of the pesticide industry’s right to operate. The Director of Government Relations will also provide strategic leadership to the CropLife PAC and will direct industry political engagement. Position will also have a shared responsibility for management and engagement of critical external allies and member company relationships through various association committees, issue management teams, and stakeholder coalitions.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned. Under the ADA, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Monitor, review and analyze all relevant Congressional initiatives originating from the US House of Representatives, the United States Senate, and federal regulatory agencies, including the identification of emerging policy issues, to determine potential impacts on the crop protection industry and communicate threat to CLA Leadership and members.
Manage the planning, development, and implementation of industry policy and political advocacy strategies and communications support targeted to the legislative and executive branches of the federal government.
Determine need for, and direct the preparation of, effective advocacy materials including, background papers, issue briefs, talking points, amendments, correspondence, and testimony for use by CLA representatives and allied organizations.
Establish and maintain working relationships with members of Congress, congressional committee staff, and regulatory agency officials.
Represent the association’s interests before the legislative and executive branches of the federal government.
Actively lead and/or participate on association committees and multi-disciplinary teams to develop strategic plans addressing current and emerging issues on behalf of the crop protection industry.
Work closely and effectively with federal contract lobbyists in pursuit of industry priorities and objectives.
Initiate, provide leadership for, and effectively work with, key stakeholders and allied organizations to address specific policy matters of importance to CLA.
Manage development and implementation of grassroots activities in support of the objectives of CLA and its member companies.
Present organization’s positions and legislative initiatives to various interested public parties.
Support all aspects of the CropLife Political Action Committee (CLPAC).
CLPAC Political Director
Serve as the CLPAC point of contact for association contributions to federally elected officials and candidates to federal office
Provide strategic leadership to industry political engagement
Organize quarterly CLA-hosted industry PAC events
Direct CLA member political engagement beyond the beltway…organize local events and activate CLA members
Responsible for publishing a regular CLPAC newsletter
Shared responsibility for Board meetings and CLPAC Trustees
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed here are representative of the knowledge, skills and abilities required.
Working understanding of legislative and regulatory process, including rules and procedures of relevant legislative and regulatory bodies. Ability to collaborate with CLA Legal Department to draft legislative amendments on behalf of the crop technology industry.
Working knowledge of provisions of primary statutes and regulations governing the crop technology industry. Should also possess a basic understanding of legislative history and relevant legal case history.
Basic understanding of the science related to issues, including data development required to support registration and re-registration and should be comfortable with discussing scientific issues with government officials and other stakeholders.
Strong verbal and written communication skills with an ability to produce effective communications materials, including the ability to distill complex and/or technical information into concise, influential communications.
Proven ability at consensus building and trust/credibility maintenance a must.
Strong analytical, interpretive, evaluative and constructive thinking skills.
Strong project management skills.
Must have strong command of the English language.
Education & Work Experience
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline is preferred.
5-10 years of experience and working knowledge directly related to federal government relations.
The physical demands listed here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of his/her job. Under the ADA, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Ability to sit for long periods of time, stand, travel up and down stairs, crouch, stoop and reach.
Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
The work environment characteristics listed here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Under the ADA, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The position requires considerable concentration and creativity. It is subject to stress caused by a changing environment, tight deadlines and workload.
Travel required for this position is moderate to extensive. At times travel may be expected on short notice. Travel and other work-related assignments may include weekends.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.
CropLife America and RISE provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: CLA offers generous benefits including health, vision, dental, 401kPlus, short & long-term disability, annual bonuses, etc.
Internal Number: CLA-GR-DIR-1
About CropLife America
CropLife America (CLA) is the national trade association that represents the manufacturers, formulators and distributors of pesticides. CLA’s member companies produce, sell and distribute virtually all the vital and necessary crop protection and biotechnology products used by farmers, ranchers and landowners. The association is governed by a board of directors that guides and defines our strategic goals. Our offices are in Washington, D.C.
CLA encourages all types of farming and farming practices and supports environmental policies that are based on sound science, best practices and maintain farmers and companies’ competitive advantage. Collaboration and transparency are critical to our work. On behalf of our members, we provide legislative and regulatory advocacy, legal support and communications outreach so that our member companies can provide the agricultural products and technology that are behind our safe food supply, and that reduce risks from destructive pests and diseases.