Friends of the Earth is a hard-hitting, progressive, environmental organization that pulls no punches and speaks sometimes uncomfortable truth to power. It’s an approach that has worked for four decades to produce important victories that help protect our planet and its people. We’re part of Friends of the Earth International, a federation of groups working in more than 70 countries on today’s most urgent environmental and social issues.
To accomplish our mission, Friends of the Earth is working at the nexus of environmental protection, economic policy, and social justice to fundamentally transform the way our country and the world value people and the environment.
Friends of the Earth’s Food and Agriculture program works to rapidly transition our food system to one that is regenerative, healthy, and just. We seek three fundamental shifts in our food system: from industrial and chemical-intensive to ecologically regenerative; from corporate-controlled to democratically governed; and from a system that embodies the deepest inequities in our society to one that advances social justice and fulfills the needs of all eaters now and into the future. We achieve success through a systems-based approach that weaves together market change and policy advocacy supported by intersectional organizing, cutting-edge science, and strategic communications.
We are seeking to hire a talented and dedicated individual to advance Friends of the Earth’s federal policy advocacy at the intersection of climate and food. This position will advance our work on climate-friendly food procurement, factory farming, and a just transition to ecologically regenerative agriculture in Congress and relevant federal agencies through direct lobbying, coalition building, and grassroots organizing.
- Design and implement strategic campaign plans in conjunction with the Climate-friendly Food team.
- Cultivate strong and enduring relationships with Capitol Hill offices and relevant agency officials, lobbying them in support of legislative and regulatory priorities.
- Track, monitor, analyze, and report on federal legislation and regulations pertaining to priority issues.
- Work closely with the Organizing team in support of climate-friendly food and factory farming policy work through building and helping to facilitate broad-based coalitions; outreach to allied organizations and other stakeholders; and by mobilizing Friends of the Earth supporters and frontline communities to support policy priorities.
- Develop and demonstrate expertise on factory farming, child nutrition, and climate-friendly procurement policies.
- Engage with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities and conduct outreach to allied organizations and impacted communities to determine legislative and regulatory priorities that advance our federal policy goals.
- Conduct research and develop reports, op-eds, briefs, factsheets, web content and other campaign materials to educate allies, opinion leaders, policymakers, the press, and the public.
- Organize events and meetings such as petition deliveries, webinars, briefings, lobby days, etc.
- Work with our communications department to advance campaign objectives via traditional and social media, including press monitoring and drafting press releases and social media content.
- Represent Friends of the Earth in media interviews, conferences, at public events and in legislative and federal agency meetings and briefings to support campaign objectives and reach key audiences.
- Work with the Food and Agriculture Program staff and Development department to support fundraising, including contributing to foundation proposals and membership materials and cultivating relationships with donors and foundations.
- Supervise and manage interns and consultants as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
- 5-7 years of experience in research, campaigning, organizing, policy advocacy (not necessarily environmental), and/or legislative work at the federal or state level.
- Understanding of sustainable agriculture and food systems, the intersection between food and climate, and/or the harms of the industrial agriculture system.
- Knowledge and understanding of legislative and executive branch processes and strategic approach to both policy and politics.
- A demonstrated commitment to the environment and social and racial justice.
- Strong written and verbal communications skills. The ability to produce clear, concise, persuasive, and powerful writing on tight deadlines.
- Ability to work collaboratively as part of a fast-moving and results-oriented team, with a diverse group of coalition partners, and in a changing environment.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
- Ability to balance and successfully complete a wide range of activities in a self-directed manner including advocacy, research, communications, policy development, and organizing.
- Ability to travel locally, regionally and nationally.
- All candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. FOE does not sponsor any employment related visas.
- Experience and familiarity with collecting, analyzing, and summarizing reliable research.
- Fundraising experience including writing and securing foundation grants.
- Relationships with Capitol Hill offices and agency officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency.
- A strategic mindset that grasps opportunities in both short-term and long-term contexts and a desire to have a major impact on policy debates through hard-hitting advocacy.
Friends of the Earth is an equal opportunity employer who encourages applications from women, people of color and other members of underrepresented groups who will contribute to the diversity of its staff.