Overview

The Plant Based Foods Institute (PBFI) works to create a plant-based food system that benefits people, the planet, and animals. Our sister organization, the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA), represents over 220 company members including many of the nation’s leading brands. PBFA’s mission is to champion, strengthen, and elevate our members and the plant-based foods industry.

By serving members’ interests through the Plant Based Foods Association, and by identifying and disseminating impactful solutions through the Plant Based Foods Institute, we empower the plant-based foods industry to drive food system transformation. The two organizations convene and collaborate with our membership, partners, and stakeholder groups to increase the availability and accessibility of plant-based foods, and promote a transition in agricultural practices.

SUMMARY

The Policy Associate will conduct policy research, analysis, and outreach to advance policy, environmental, and systems change in alignment with PBFI’s mission. Reporting to the Senior Director of Policy, the Policy Associate will develop research and advance policy recommendations through a collaborative process with PBFI’s policy team.

Approximately half of the Policy Associate’s time will be spent supporting PBFI’s Domestic Sourcing Initiative (DSI), which connects plant-based food companies with American farmers. The DSI’s goal is to provide PBFA members with increased opportunities to source their ingredients domestically, while encouraging farming practices that positively impact soil health, such as diverse crop rotations, cover crops, and reduced tillage.

The Policy Associate will also play an important role in advancing PBFI’s other policy objectives, including developing an agriculture and nutrition policy agenda to support a  transition towards a sustainable plant-based food system and increasing the availability of plant-based foods in institutional and commercial foodservice settings (i.e., schools, hospitals, and other institutions). Depending on interest and experience, the Policy Associate may work on other food and agriculture policy issues relevant to the promotion of plant-based diets.

COMPETENCIES

The Policy Associate must demonstrate exceptional organizational skills, strategic and innovative thinking, and teamwork. The position requires a strong grounding in food systems and U.S.  food and agricultural policies.

The Policy Associate is a detail-oriented team player who is able to manage multiple priorities. Excellent oral and written communication, project management, and presentation skills are required. An appreciation for plant-based foods is a plus.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conduct policy research, draft policy analyses and assist with the development and implementation of advocacy strategies.
  • Assist with outreach and relationship-building with PBFA members and other food companies to educate them about opportunities for domestic sourcing of plant-based ingredients and recruit them for participation in the DSI.
  • Conduct outreach within the agricultural community, related NGOs, trade associations, and plant-based foods processors and manufacturers to identify and recruit partners.
  • Track progress toward DSI grant deliverables and support team in grant reporting and applications.
  • Coordinate virtual meetings for PBFA members and identify other opportunities for PBFI staff to share information about the DSI to a variety of audiences, including policymakers, farmers, and non-profit organizations.
  • Draft documents, including policy papers, testimony, advocacy materials, legislative language, and rulemaking comments relating to programs and policies relevant to a plant-based food systems transition.
  • Assist in the production of communications materials.
  • Write for the PBFI and DSI blog and assist with social media.

EXPERIENCE & SKILLS

  • An understanding and passion for sustainable agriculture, including environmental protection and conservation, marketing and food systems issues, and nutrition.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with agriculture and nutrition policy, and the legislative and administrative policy processes.
  • A minimum of 5 years Hill/lobbying experience, food law, public health, or agricultural policy experience.
  • Postgraduate degree in Law, Public Administration, Public Policy, Public Affairs, Economics, or Political Science would be an advantage.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications and public speaking skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

This is a full-time position. Must be able and willing to work remotely.

Salary: $70-80k, depending on experience; benefits include healthcare reimbursement, retirement, plus PTO.

PBFA is actively committed to creating a diverse environment, and culture of inclusion where all team members feel valued and can contribute their experiences and perspectives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, PBFA does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, or any other legally protected class. For more info about PBFI, visit www.pbfinstitute.org.

Applications will be reviewed beginning December 2021. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis.

About PLANT BASED FOODS ASSOCIATION

Representing the nation’s leading plant-based food companies, PBFA works to build a strong foundation for the plant-based foods industry to succeed and thrive.

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