Ag Policy Associate, Part-time, remote Nebraska or Iowa

The Center for Rural Affairs is seeking a part-time Ag Policy Associate who will conduct research and develop written material on potential policy solutions.

The ideal candidate will be passionate about federal agriculture policy. They will be adept at research and highly curious, uncovering resources to get credible answers. They will deliver complex information in both written and verbal forms providing high-level summaries to staff, partners, and key policy colleagues.

Who we are

The Center for Rural Affairs is a dynamic, energetic non-profit organization working to build a better rural future for all. We’ve done this work for more than 48 years and we do it from rural places. Our work creates opportunities for beginning farmers, new business owners, and first-time advocates. The Center’s work is rooted in principles of diversity and inclusion. We believe that a diversity of people and ideas strengthens our work, our workplace, and our communities. We celebrate this diversity and we are committed to advancing practices that create an equitable and inclusive workplace. We take equal opportunity seriously and we welcome and support all applicants and team members. Additional information can be found at

What you’ll do

The Ag Policy Associate, who is based in a home office in Nebraska or Iowa, reports to the Senior Policy Associate located in Nevada, Iowa, works with policy staff, and is responsible for the following:

  • You will conduct rigorous information gathering, research, and analysis into easily digestible and compelling formats to inform policy work.
  • You will stay current on media and external communication related to policy work.
  • You will contribute to educational outreach materials like newsletters, blogs, press releases, and digital content.
  • You will author and manage the publication of research materials such as reports, white papers, and fact sheets.
  • You will develop networks and cultivate strong relationships with external constituencies including coalition and grant partners.
  • You will keep track of relevant developments in policy, analyzing, summarizing, and synthesizing the information for stakeholders, supporting opportunities for engagement in the development process.
  • You will provide organizational support for conferences, meetings, and other events.
  • You will contribute to work plan development and grant applications to support policy work.

Who you are & keys to success (the must-haves)

To be successful in this job, you will excel in five areas:

  • Relationship-building: You develop and maintain strong, collaborative working relationships with team members in the program, across the organization, and with a diverse group of stakeholders. You know how to build alliances with marginalized communities, such as people of color, people with disabilities, low-income families, military veterans, and immigrants, and find points of collaboration even when there are competing interests.
  • Drive to achieve results: You have a track record of accomplishing ambitious goals and getting results even when there are obstacles. You set a high bar and meet it because you think three (or 30) steps ahead to anticipate hurdles and come up with pragmatic solutions. You plan backward and involve stakeholders appropriately.
  • Inclusive leadership and management: You approach leadership with a collaborative mindset-mindset of “power with” rather than “power over” and regularly include others in decision-making. You seek out those who have the experience to guide, advise, and plan how you approach the work.
  • Setting and managing priorities: You have experience managing multiple projects and keeping tasks from slipping through the cracks. You use resources wisely and can provide clear direction to staff, partners, consultants, and volunteers to leverage time and talent for impact.
  • Commitment to racial equity and social justice: You recognize the role of race, income, age, immigration status, and other identities in addressing disparities, and you consistently amplify community voices to advocate for more equitable policy solutions. You recognize how your own identities show up in the work, and welcome, reflect on and act on feedback with an eye toward continuous learning about race, ability, and other lines of difference.

If you were here right now, you would be:

  • Meeting regularly with the Senior Policy Associate to develop strategies to meet program priorities and work plan goals.
  • Conducting research on agriculture policy priorities.
  • You will be providing key agriculture policy data, facts, and summarized material to Policy staff allowing for strategic decisions to be made for policy impact.
  • You will be current and well versed on agriculture issues in the states of Nebraska and Iowa.

What else you should know

This is a 20 to 29 hour per week non-exempt position located in a remote position based in either Nebraska or Iowa. This position will pay $20 to $24 per hour commensurate with experience. Center benefits are offered on a prorated basis as described in the Employee Handbook.

How to apply

If you would like to work for an organization that has a national reputation as one of the top organizations in the country working to make rural communities more vibrant, apply by sending your resume, cover letter, and three professional references to In the cover letter, please include how your personal and/or professional experiences have positioned you for success in this role and any related work, skills, or expertise you want us to know about. Let us know how you heard about this position and why you want to work for the Center.

The Center for Rural Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify.