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Director, Congressional Relations (Farm Labor and Specialty Crops)

AFBF Careers & Internships / January 3, 2019

TITLE: Director, Congressional Relations (Farm Labor and Specialty Crops)

DEPARTMENT: Public Affairs

POSITION OBJECTIVE: Assist in implementing public policy and regulatory programs in accordance with the policies established by the voting delegates and as interpreted by the Board of Directors of the American Farm Bureau Federation.  Advocate on behalf of Farm Bureau policies related to farm labor (including immigration), specialty crops (including pesticides and the Food Safety Modernization Act), energy and Clean Air Act issues.

REPORTS TO: Managing Director, Public Policy

LOCATION: Washington, DC


  • Represent Farm Bureau and advocate the organization’s policy positions to Congress, the Executive branch, the media and other private sector organizations. Present Farm Bureau views in speeches before appropriate groups, public forums, and Farm Bureau meetings.
  • Develop and implement long- and short-term strategic action plans that lead to the accomplishment of Farm Bureau’s policies on labor, immigration, specialty crops, pesticides, FSMA, energy and Clean Air.
  • Maintain good working relationships with appropriate personnel in assigned Congressional and federal administrative and regulatory agencies through regular contacts. Keep abreast with rulings and rulemaking proceedings and prepare analyses and statements on these matters.
  • Build and assume leadership roles in private sector coalitions to expand external support for Farm Bureau’s policy objectives.  Maintain good working relationships with agricultural organizations and associations to leverage support for Farm Bureau policies.
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with state Farm Bureau leadership and staff. Work with state Farm Bureaus in visits to Washington and make presentations at meetings called by the states.
  • Serve as a resource for AFBF Communications team in the development and dissemination of advocacy materials.
  • Organize and coordinate meetings and conferences on appropriate subject areas as needed and serve on special committees and coalitions.


Keep Managing Director informed on assigned subject matter area developments, including the status of legislative and regulatory issues associated with the labor, immigration, FSMA, pesticides and Clean Air Act/energy issues.  Communicate with other staff members on information gained of interest and value to them.

Communicate with all employees of the American Farm Bureau Federation and Affiliated Companies and the state Farm Bureau personnel regarding actions, activities and needs of AFBF.


  • Bachelor degree or higher


  • Minimum 5 years public policy experience
  • Strong operational understanding of executive and legislative branches of federal government
  • Knowledge or background in agricultural production methods


  • Understanding of the Farm Bureau organization, including its purpose, structure and operation
  • Trade association experience desired
  • Congressional and/or Executive Branch experience desired


  • Occasional Travel
  • Public speaking


Please send cover letter and resume to The deadline for application is January 21, 2019.

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