Full-Time Senior Policy Advocate, International Climate and Agriculture Finance
Who We Are: Friends of the Earth (FOE) is a national not for profit environmental organization that pushes for bold reforms to achieve a healthier and more just world. It’s an approach that has worked for five 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.
What We Look For: Are you passionate about climate justice and creating a healthier and more just food system? Are you an experienced policy advocate who can effectively convince policy makers to shift public financing away from industrial agriculture? Do you have experience working in diverse, multi-cultural coalitions? Are you a strong communicator who can effectively push back on agribusiness greenwashing?
If so, this is the position for you. We want you to succeed and we want to pay you a competitive wage that is in line with your experience. The salary range for this full-time remote role, preferably located in the Washington, DC area, is $75,000-$87,000. Offers are determined based on relevant skills and experience required for the position.
Who You Are:
Strong Policy Advocate: Support and participate in the policy efforts of the global Divest Factory Farming coalition that aims to persuasively shift public finance away industrial livestock towards more sustainable food production. Lead policy work on a new campaign aimed to combat the climate crises and biodiversity loss, including policy engagement efforts with the US Government and International Financial Institutions (IFIs) like the World Bank, the IFC, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Invest, and UN agencies. Work with allies globally to advocate for meaningful greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and climate disclosure policies among a select group of agribusiness companies.
Relationship Builder: Work with coalition partners to develop and promote a campaign aimed at shifting public finance away industrial livestock investments. Work with colleagues and coalition partners on outreach and organizing and support partnership development with groups in Latin America and other regions to amplify their voices in development finance and support a shift towards climate-friendly, diversified agroecological food systems.
Strong Communicator and Results Oriented: Produce materials (e.g. policy reports and memos, case studies, op-eds, citizen petitions and sign on letters). Develop and implement effective communication strategies that challenge the greenwashing and dominant Big Food narrative, including online and offline organizing, traditional and social media, press monitoring and outreach and narrative development. Serve as an integral member of the global Divest Factory Farming coalition, and support communications fundraising and stakeholder engagement efforts.
Collaborative Team Member: Able to effectively collaborate with other Friends of the Earth’s teams and serve as the primary representative in the Divest Factory Farming Coalition steering committee, including attendance in bi-weekly meetings and participation in the policy and communications working groups.
- At least six years of years of experience and demonstrated success in policy advocacy, research, and organizing, (not necessarily environmental), preferably at a campaign-oriented organization, with a minimum of 2 years of demonstrated experience in policy advocacy (public policy and/or with the private sector).
- Ability to balance and successfully complete a wide range of campaign activities including advocacy, online and offline organizing, public speaking, policy development, research, and communications.
- Demonstrated oral and written communication skills and comfort with presenting material to a wide range of audiences, including the public, the press, businesses and government officials.
- Excellent decision-making skills, professional initiative, time management, prioritization and networking skills, demonstrated initiative, flexibility and creativity.
- In depth understanding of the industrial agriculture system , the intersection between food and climate, the connection of food justice to racial justice, and the benefits of agroecological farming systems.
- Familiarity with ESG strategies for investors and financial institutions.
- Ability to travel frequently to Washington DC (if not based in DC) and other locations as needed (Once Covid restrictions are lifted).
- Skilled in Microsoft Word, Excel, Office and basic Microsoft programs.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to inspire trust and respect among colleagues and external partners.
- All candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. FoE does not sponsor any employment related visas
- A background in international development policy, environmental issues, public health, racial justice, food systems, environmental science, and/or public policy.
- An understanding of international financial institutions and global agricultural supply chains (deforestation, regenerative agriculture, plant proteins).
- A Master’s degree in political science, agriculture, food systems, environmental science, public health, public policy, international affairs or related field.
- Fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese.
Perks & Benefits:
We are a generous employer with benefits that will take care of you. In addition to a competitive salary, we provide:
- 37.5-hour work week
- 100% employer paid medical, dental and vision coverage (80% for eligible dependents)
- Disability and Life Insurance
- Flexible Spending Account
- 401(k) Matching effective Day 1 (3% match)
- Generous Leave (Vacation-minimum 2 weeks to start, 12 Holidays, Sick, Parental, Sabbatical and More)
- Education Reimbursement and Employee Assistance Program
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.