Monday, April 14, 2014

Policy Specialist, The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is Hiring!

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is an alliance of grassroots organizations that

advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural

resources, and rural communities. NSAC is currently seeking a Policy Specialist for family farm and

sustainability issues, with specific reference to farm programs, crop insurance, livestock market competition

issues, and federal agricultural research and extension policy. This position is located at NSAC’s DC office

on Capitol Hill. The Policy Specialist, one of five Policy Specialists at NSAC, reports directly to NSAC’s

Policy Director.

Position Description

NSAC’s Policy Specialist will help to:

• Develop and implement policies and strategies focused on farm opportunities and fair competition,

especially as these relate to increasing access to crop insurance for sustainable and organic farmers,

promoting sensible commodity and crop insurance subsidy reform, reforming crop and revenue

insurance to promote conservation, ensuring fair and competitive markets, and generally supporting

thriving family farms through these and other related policy areas

• Support sustainable food and agricultural system research by working on policy and funding for one

or more USDA research programs, working closely with NSAC’s lead Policy Specialist on research

and extension issues

• Advocate before the U.S. Congress and executive branch agencies, including especially the U.S

Department of Agriculture

• Staff and help lead and manage NSAC’s Farming Opportunities and Fair Competition Committee

• Help manage and provide back-up support for NSAC’s Research, Education and Extension


• Draft documents, including legislative language, policy papers, testimony, advocacy materials,

rulemaking comments, press releases, blog posts, etc. on related policy issues

• Contribute to the organization’s annual planning and priority setting, budgeting, and fundraising

• Participate in the planning and execution of coalition-wide meetings

• Assist our grassroots team with grassroots and grasstops outreach related to this particular set of


• Cultivate partnerships with other organizations working in the policy arena and represent NSAC at

various coalitions and collaborations in DC

• Represent NSAC at events and to the media
  See full job description here.