Policy Assistant and Iowa Field Organizer

Organization Summary

The Center for Rural Affairs is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was established in Northeast Nebraska in 1973. For more than 40 years, the Center for Rural Affairs has been a leading force engaging people to build a better rural future. The Center for Rural Affairs is headquartered in Lyons, Nebraska and has on-site and in-home offices throughout the state. The Center for Rural Affairs focuses on small business and farm development, farm and rural policy, research, and community development. Additional information about the Center for Rural Affairs can be found at www.cfra.org.

Position Description

The Center for Rural Affairs is hiring a Policy Assistant. The Policy Assistant will report to a Policy Associate and will coordinate with the Policy Director to organize and build support for clean energy during the Iowa Caucuses. The Policy Assistant will play a key role in developing and executing strategy to achieve capacity building objectives.

Position Details

This is a full-time, 40 hour per week non-exempt position located in Nevada, Iowa. Compensation is commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package will be provided. Some travel around the state of Iowa is required.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Contact constituents and build relationships with community leaders.
  • Identify opportunities to build recognition in key communities.
  • Assist with research and writing media, outreach, and reports.
  • Update information on supporters and legislators in the constituent management system.
  • Work alongside supporters to advance policy campaigns.
  • Draft organizing appeals to grass roots constituents including an initial contact email, action alert, or call script.
  • Attend partner and network events.
  • Meet with grass roots constituents capturing their stories and directing them towards opportunities for advocacy.

Preferred Qualifications

  • High school diploma required. Bachelor’s degree in political science, public administration, or a related field preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to collaborate and communicate with internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Excellent organizational, planning, and time management skills; excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Ability to work well independently and adapt to a changing work environment.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Willingness to travel regionally on a regular basis.

Application Instructions

Interested individuals can apply by sending their resume, cover letter, and three professional references to trishd@cfra.org. Apply by Jan. 25, 2019, for full consideration. The Center for Rural Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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