Monday, October 1, 2012

IATP Senior Associate, Agriculture Policy

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) works at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems, locally and globally.  IATP has offices in Minneapolis and Washington.  This position is based in Minneapolis.

IATP seeks a full-time Senior Program Associate to coordinate the Institute’s work on agriculture policy.  The Senior Program Associate will be involved with the design and implementation of a multi-year plan, with co-workers and partners, to redefine what agriculture policy should look like regionally, nationally and internationally.  This position will require visionary thinking, a background in agriculture and food policy, strong analytical, writing and communication skills, and the ability to coordinate work and people.

  • Coordinate IATP agriculture policy staff and partners in developing initiative.
  • Lead implementation for agreed projects
  • Participate in advocacy efforts for federal and local policy change
  • Supervise interns, and potentially staff, as needed
  • Support communications through the news media, social media and IATP websites, as well as written reports and analyses
  • Represent IATP publicly
  • Participate in fundraising and reporting
  • Understanding of and support for IATP’s perspective on food and agriculture issues
  • 5-10 years’ experience working professionally on agriculture issues
  • In-depth understanding of agriculture policy and the infrastructural barriers to a sound, sustainable policy
  • Excellent communication, public speaking, writing, analytical, and project management skills
  • Ability to relate cooperatively and constructively with a diversity of colleagues and stakeholders
  • Ability to learn new issues, work independently and take initiative while meeting agreed upon goals and deadlines
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to travel
  • Solid computer skills
  • Team player - good interpersonal skills and sense of humor a must.
  • Masters degree or equivalent graduate work in in agriculture, public policy or related fields preferred.

Compensation for this position is based on qualifications and experience.  IATP offers excellent health insurance, vacation and sick leave benefits and a lively, creative work environment at our office in Minneapolis, MN.

APPLICATION: Send resume and cover letter to IATP Human Resources at  The deadline for applications is October 29.

IATP is an equal opportunity employer.  We actively encourage people of color to apply for this and all positions at IATP.