Friday, September 30, 2016

Organic Trade Association, Washington, DC

Director of Legislative Affairs
Washington, DC
August 2016

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) seeks a full-time Director of Legislative Affairs, based in its Washington, DC headquarters, with occasional travel nationwide. OTA is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America. OTA is the leading voice for organic trade in the United States, representing over 8,500 organic businesses across 49 states. Its members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers’ associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers, and others.

Working under the supervision of and in collaboration with OTA’s CEO/Executive Director, the Director of Legislative Affairs implements OTA’s strategy through outreach to Congress, legislative analysis, coalition building and advocacy; and assists the CEO/Executive Director in development of policy strategy through legislative engagement.

Qualified applicants will possess an excellent relationship development track record, strong analysis, written and oral communications skills, the ability to work independently, and the ability to work in a fast-paced collaborative environment with critical deadlines.

Minimum Requirements:

Experience: Two or more years as a Legislative Aide in the House or Senate; or one or more years as a Legislative Director in the House or Senate

Education: Bachelors Degree; job-related continuing education a plus

Skills/Knowledge: Ability to establish and maintain strong relationships on the Hill and with coalition partners, Ability to engage and mobilize OTA members; Ability to effectively advocate with demonstrated results; Strong analysis, written and oral communications skills; strong computer skills using Microsoft Word, Excel and database applications a must; experience with Capwiz/CQ Roll Call and Salesforce a plus. Knowledge of lobbying disclosure and reporting desirable. Attention to detail, able to work independently and perform routine work, good interpersonal skills, team member. Able to work well in a fast-paced collaborative environment with critical deadlines

Compensation: This is an exempt position and the salary is commensurate with experience. OTA offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, disability, life insurance and 401(k).

How to apply: Applications accepted until position is filled. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to