Associate Legislative Director

Hybrid (Washington D.C.)
about 1 month ago
Full time role


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Job Description

Help create a sustainable, secure, and just food system by advancing alternative proteins in Congress

The Good Food Institute is a nonprofit think tank working to make the global food system better for the planet, people, and animals. Alongside scientists, businesses, and policymakers, GFI’s teams focus on making plant-based and cultivated meat delicious, affordable, and accessible. Powered by philanthropy, GFI is an international network of organizations advancing alternative proteins as an essential solution needed to meet the world’s climate, global health, food security, and biodiversity goals.

How You Will Make a Difference

In this role, you will remove hurdles and leverage resources to promote progress on alternative proteins. We work to secure government support for alternative protein research and advocate public policy that places all proteins on a level playing field. Public support and fair policy will ensure that alternative proteins are affordable and accessible, leading to a more resilient food supply, more choices for consumers, and a stronger economy. The Associate Legislative Director will be responsible for:

  • Working in close partnership with GFI’s Vice President of Policy and another Associate Legislative Director to develop and implement GFI’s federal legislative agenda.
  • Achieving core objectives, including securing authorizations for programs and policies that accelerate progress on alternative proteins.
  • Speaking clearly and persuasively on cultivated meat, plant-based meat, and other alternative proteins to members of Congress, their staff, and other audiences.
  • Collaborating with other GFI legislative staff, allied organizations, and external contract lobbyists; potentially managing vendors and contractors directly.
  • Researching and drafting legislation, including drafting language for bills, reports, amendments, and accompanying press releases. 
  • Writing op-eds, white papers, and policy briefs, as needed.
  • Promptly and accurately recording all time and money spent lobbying.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.
Who We’re Looking For 

The Associate Legislative Director must have:

  • A minimum of five years of experience working in legislative roles in the United States Congress, including experience with tax policy, climate policy, the Farm Bill, or other relevant legislation.
  • A strong work ethic and self-motivation, including the desire to spend a significant amount of time on Capitol Hill.
  • Experience communicating effectively with both Republican and Democratic elected officials and their staff.
  • A track record of establishing positive relationships in the workplace and collaborating effectively with colleagues on shared initiatives.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Strong support for GFI’s philosophy and mission; demonstrated interest in plant-based & other alt proteins, public health, environmentalism, climate change, animal protection, or food security.
  • A commitment to GFI’s values: believe change is possible, do the most good we can, share knowledge freely, act on evidence, and invite everyone to the table.
  • The ability to contribute to the diversity of ideas and backgrounds on the Policy Team.

The ideal candidate would also have:

  • A J.D. from an accredited law school.
  • Experience working directly with or on partisan federal political campaigns or political action committees.
  • Experience working for a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with an affiliated (c)(4) lobbying organization.

We want the best people and we don’t want biases holding us back. We are testing a third-party anonymizing tool to redact personal information from submitted applications — including name, location, contact details, and several other factors — to reduce bias and increase fairness in our process. We strongly encourage people of every race, color, orientation, age, gender, origin, and ability to apply. Because we value a diverse workplace, we prioritize an inclusive climate absent of discrimination and harassment during the application process and after you join the team. 

Research indicates that men tend to apply for jobs when they meet just 60% of the criteria, while women and people from other marginalized groups only apply if they are a 100% match. If you are passionate about GFI’s mission and think you have what it takes to be successful in this role even if you don’t check all the boxes, please apply. We’d appreciate the opportunity to consider your application. 

The Fine Print
  • Terms of employment: Full-time, exempt
  • Reports to: Jessica Almy, Vice President of Policy
  • Location: Farragut Square; Washington, D.C.; Hybrid (3 days a week in office, 2 from home)
  • Relocation Benefit: A relocation stipend of up to $5,000 will be paid to cover the costs of relocation from outside of the Washington, D.C. area. 
  • Travel: Flexible, but anticipated travel of 3 to 4 times per year for conferences, workshops, and organizational retreats.
  • Benefits: Flexible hours, full medical coverage, optional dental and vision packages, a 401(k) retirement plan with employer match, flexible holiday and vacation plans, room for advancement, respectful managers, and supportive colleagues.
  • This is a U.S.-based position: In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. 
  • COVID vaccination policy: GFI requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination will be requested before the start of employment. GFI will consider requests for accommodations or exemptions from this policy on a case by case basis, in accordance with applicable laws.
  • Salary: $115,000-$120,000 (depending on experience and qualifications) if hired before December 31 with a cost of living adjustment of 8.7% taking effect with the first pay period in 2023. If hired after December 31, the starting salary range for this role is $125,005-$130,440 (with the 8.7% cost of living adjustment built in). 

Application Deadline: December 13, 2022


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The Good Food Institute is a nonprofit working internationally to accelerate alternative protein innovation. Globally, meat consumption is the highest it’s ...

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