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Associate Director of State Legislation - Illinois Farm Bureau

Company: Country Financial
Location: Bloomington
Posted on: July 15, 2019

Job Description:

Associate Director of State Legislation - Illinois Farm Bureau US-IL-Bloomington Illinois Farm Bureau is the Parent Company of COUNTRY Financial. The Associate Director of State Legislation works in the front line development and implementation of the state legislative program with the General Assembly and the State of Illinois on behalf of the members of the Illinois Farm Bureau. The employee will represent the Illinois Farm Bureau's positions and polices to state legislators, constitutional officers, legislative/executive branch staff members, and others. The position will also include interaction and presentations to the Illinois Farm Bureau membership and leadership and serve as a representative of the organizations Political Action Committees. The person in this role works in cooperation with the Illinois Farm Bureau's (IFB) Director of State Legislation to develop and implement the state legislative program in the General Assembly and the State Executive branch. Provides information and counsel on matters pertaining to legislative issues of general production agriculture, livestock, environmental regulation and political education. Develops programs and assists County Farm Bureaus on matters pertaining to state legislative issues. Responsibilities: Works closely with the Director of State Legislation in all phases of the state legislative program, including researching, developing, and drafting legislation to implement IFB policy; preparing and presenting testimony before General Assembly committees; developing legislative strategies for implementation; and reviewing and analyzing legislation for its effects on IFB policy and members. Makes contact with members of the General Assembly and the Executive Branch on the organization's positions and policy on various state legislative proposals and issues. Appears as Legislative Liaison on behalf of the IFB before General Assembly, Executive Branch, agencies, boards and commission hearings, committee meetings, task forces and other events. Assists in coordinating other IFB staff to serve as legislative liaisons with the General Assembly. Works with county Farm Bureau Agricultural Contact Team (FB ACT) members to facilitate their involvement in the state legislative program and build legislative programs of work, including activities to develop and strengthen relationships with elected and appointed officials at the legislative district and State House levels. Assists in consulting with and providing in-kind services to candidates for elected office through the ACTIVATOR program, including developing programs and providing assistance to County Farm Bureaus and candidates for elected office on matters pertaining to state and local political campaigns. Maintains close working relationships with state agencies, boards and commissions and General Assembly legislative staff. Primary assignment will be the relevant General Assembly committees, the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and other agencies impacting IFB policy and positions. Prepares fact sheets and detailed analysis of legislation in assigned area(s) and recommends IFB positions. Works with members of the General Assembly in drafting legislation within IFB policy. Assists members of the General Assembly with research requests and constituent inquiries related to agriculture and IFB policy. Represents IFB, its policies and ACTIVATOR with other organizations and associations in the areas of state legislation, administrative regulation, and political involvement. Provides basic information and counsel, as requested, to the IFB Board of Directors, the IFB Resolutions Committee and other organizational policy development sources. Plans and executes state legislative educational programs for County Farm Bureaus, Governmental Affairs Leadership Conference, IFB Annual Meeting, and other IFB meetings as assigned. Reviews regulatory programs on a continual basis. Develops technical and policy statements related to regulatory programs directly affecting or involving agriculture and IFB policy. Performs other related work as required or requested. Preferred Qualifications: Five or more years of legislative/lobbying and/or Farm Bureau experience. Experience in conducting and preparing detailed analysis of policy, legislation, and administrative rules. Bachelor's degree in agriculture, government, or related field. Able to relocate within an acceptable radius of the Illinois Farm Bureau Headquarters. Extensive driving and mobility required to meet with legislators, Farm Bureau members and leaders, and attend appropriate meetings. Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license with the ability to drive a car. Required Qualifications: Typically requires: Bachelor's degree, plus five years of farm bureau, legislative or lobbying experience OR, Eight or more years of farm bureau, legislative or lobbying experience. Physical Requirements: Normal office environment. Extensive driving and mobility required to meet with legislators, Farm Bureau members and leaders, and attend appropriate events and meetings. Must have the ability to attend relevant meetings and fulfill job responsibilities throughout Illinois. For more details about careers at Illinois Farm Bureau, please visit us online at ******************** Illinois Farm Bureau does not generally sponsor individuals for employment-based visas for this position.

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