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Director, Food and Health Policy

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Location: Arlington, VA

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Primary Purpose

To advance the interests of FMI members by lobbying assigned Senators and Representatives and Executive Branch officials on legislation, regulations, and public policy involving the food retail and distribution industry primarily in the areas of food and health policy.

Essential Job Functions

  • Plan and implement lobbying activities and strategies on industry issues to influence the outcome of legislative and regulatory actions.  Analyze issues in relation to FMI, the food retail industry, and political landscape.  Determine actions and positions to be taken by the Institute.  Build and maintain coalitions of associations on related issues.
  • Provide information to other lobbyists, FMI management, and the Government Relations Committee on assigned issues upon request.
  • Manage all FMI contacts with assigned Senators and Representatives for lobbying and fundraising issues.  Keep Congress and the Executive Branch informed about food retail industry concerns, perspectives, and positions.
  • Communicate regularly with FMI members regarding issues.  Provide guidance to members on individual concerns regarding legislation, regulations, and public policy.  Write position papers, letters, testimony, and other issue-related materials to communicate and articulate FMI’s position to members and congressional and regulatory decision-makers.
  • Provide FMI Political Action Committee with information and make recommendations regarding FoodPAC contributions for assigned Senators and Representatives.
  • Share expertise with FMI’s Communication Department for media interviews.
  • Develop, prepare, monitor, audit, oversee, review, and approve budgets related to lobbying efforts.
  • Represent department and FMI to internal and external parties.

Other Job Functions

  • Maintain professional skills and contacts with various professional and trade associations.
  • Develop and implement strategic lobbying plans and participate in developing division-wide strategies.
  • Initiate economic and legal studies to anticipate industry-related issues and support FMI’s position on issues.
  • Plan and organize membership coalition meetings.
  • Respond to requests for information both internally and externally regarding assigned issues or issue-related activities.
  • Provide information to and represent government relations needs in support of FMI committees, workgroups, and other FMI-member groups.
  • Other duties and projects as requested or required.

Physical Requirements

Normal office environment requiring use of typical business equipment (e.g., computer, telephone, fax, copier, security system).  Ability to regularly attend local meetings off-site.

Education Skills Experience Required

  • College degree or equivalent work experience in government affairs.
  • Minimum of seven years professional work experience with significant experience in lobbying.  Extensive knowledge of the political process including legislative initiatives, legislative and executive processes, legislative communication techniques, and the dynamics of politics at the federal level.
  • At least two years prior management experience, including budget and staff management.
  • Computer literacy with understanding of and ability to use Microsoft Office products.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills including presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Strong customer service and team orientation.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills including strong negotiating and influencing skills.
  • Strong time management and project planning skills.
  • Strong conflict resolution and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and accomplish multiple tasks with attention to detail.

FMI is an equal opportunity employer.