Program Manager, Animal Agriculture Policy (Band D)

Remote (Washington, District of Columbia)
7 days ago
Full time role


Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth (FOE) is a national not for profit environmental organization driven by passion for a healthier and ...

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Job Description

Who We Are: Friends of the Earth (FOE) is a national not-for-profit environmental organization that strives for a healthier and more just world. We push for the reforms that are needed. 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. 


Our Food and Agriculture Program works to rapidly transition our food system to one that is regenerative, healthy, and just. We seek three fundamental shifts in our food system: from industrial and chemical-intensive to ecologically regenerative; from corporate-controlled to democratically governed; and from a system that embodies the deepest inequities in our society to one that advances social justice and fulfills the needs of all eaters now and into the future. We achieve success through a systems-based approach that weaves together market change and policy advocacy supported by intersectional organizing, cutting-edge science, and strategic communications.

What We Look For: Are you passionate about ending factory farming? Do you want to lead a campaign to advance federal policies that hold industrial meat and dairy operations accountable for their harms to communities and the environment?  Are you skilled at designing and implementing strategic, cutting-edge policy advocacy campaigns? Can you work effectively in coalition and uplift the voices and perspectives of communities impacted by factory farms? Do you have a knack for cultivating strong relationships with Capitol Hill and relevant federal agency officials?

If so, this is the position for you. We want you to succeed and we pay a competitive wage that is in line with your experience. The salary range for this full-time remote (Washington, DC area) or DC office role is $81,000-$91,000. Offers are determined based on relevant skills and experience required for the position.

Who You Are:

Transformational and Authentic Leader: Set the strategic direction and focus of the campaign to rein in the harms of factory farming by increasing federal oversight of CAFOs and curbing subsidies to CAFOs, especially subsidies and other policy support for factory farm gas. Supervise and manage interns and consultants as needed and at some point, junior staff.

Relationship Builder: Cultivate strong and enduring relationships with Capitol Hill offices and relevant agency officials, lobbying them in support of legislative and regulatory priorities. Help to build and lead coalition efforts to shape and advance our campaigns, with a focus on engaging with organizations that represent populations impacted by factory farming and the expansion of factory farm gas.

Results Oriented: Design and implement strategic campaign plans in conjunction with the Climate-Friendly Food team. Track, monitor, analyze, and report on federal legislation and regulations pertaining to priority issues. Develop and demonstrate expertise on regulatory oversight and subsidies for factory farms, with a focus on curbing policy support for factory farm gas (biogas). Conduct research and develop reports, op-eds, briefs, factsheets, web content, and other campaign materials to educate allies, opinion leaders, policymakers, the press, and the public. Organize events and meetings such as webinars, policy briefings, and fly-ins.


Collaborative Communicator: Work with our communications department to advance campaign objectives via traditional and social media, including developing relationships with reporters, press monitoring, and drafting press releases and social media content. Represent Friends of the Earth in media interviews, conferences, at public events and in legislative and federal agency meetings and briefings to support campaign objectives and reach key audiences. Work with the Food and Agriculture team and the Development department to support fundraising, including contributing to foundation proposals and membership materials and cultivating relationships with donors and foundations.

Required Qualifications:  

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • 6-8 years of experience in research, campaigning, or policy advocacy (not necessarily environmental).
  • At least one year of management experience, including consultants and interns.
  • Expert knowledge around industrial animal agriculture and sustainable food systems, the intersection between food and climate, and/or core environmental regulatory frameworks.
  • Knowledge and understanding of legislative and executive branch processes and a strategic approach to both policy and politics.
  • A demonstrated commitment to the environment and social and racial justice.
  • Sophisticated 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. The ability to produce clear, concise, persuasive and powerful writing, sometimes on tight deadlines. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a fast-moving and results-oriented team, with a diverse group of coalition partners, and in a changing environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to balance and successfully complete a wide range of activities in a self-directed manner including advocacy, research, communications, and policy development.
  • Ability to travel locally, regionally, and nationally (less than 10% of the time).
  • A strategic mindset that grasps opportunities in both short-term and long-term contexts and a desire to have an impact.
  • All candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. FoE does not sponsor any employment related visas.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A JD.
  • Experience conducting policy research and quantitative analysis.
  • Experience or familiarity with the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, USDA conservation programs, biogas, energy policy, and/or the Farm Bill.
  • Fundraising experience including writing and securing foundation grants.
  • Relationships with Capitol Hill offices and officials at the White House, Environmental Protection Agency, or U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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.

Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth (FOE) is a national not for profit environmental organization driven by passion for a healthier and ...

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