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Job Posting - Agriculture Policy Director

Aug 3, 2016

The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) seeks an Agriculture Policy Director to lead MEC in building its new Sustainable Agriculture Program into a driving force for local, state and federal policy decisions that will support Michigan in growing a diverse abundance of food while promoting the long-term sustainability and well-being of our water, climate, and wildlife.

Responsibilities. Under the direction of the MEC President and Policy Director, with support from the entire MEC staff team, and in collaboration with MEC’s 70 member groups and other partners, the MEC Agriculture Policy Director will:
  • Develop an MEC policy agenda with innovative ideas to encourage environmentally sustainable agriculture; discourage practices that harm our water and wildlife; elevate Michigan as a good food capital; and make our state a leader in drain management.
  • Build strong relationships with the diverse array of agriculture policy stakeholders in Michigan, including our state’s many drain commissioners; participate actively in state and federal coalitions working to reform agriculture policies; and convene and lead new advocacy networks when necessary to pursue our agriculture agenda.
  • Educate policymakers and agency officials about our agriculture reform ideas and develop/employ advocacy strategies to advance those reforms in the legislative and regulatory arenas.
  • Serve as MEC’s media spokesperson on agriculture policy issues and collaborate with our communications team to develop effective messaging and communications strategies to convey our goals in a compelling fashion to target audiences.
  • Maintain and cultivate relationships with financial supporters of MEC’s Sustainable Agriculture Program, keeping them apprised and informed of our work.
  • Fulfill responsibilities shared equally by all staff in a 15-person non-profit office.
  • Travel required.


  • Minimum three years experience in legislative, policy advocacy, or related field.
  • Commitment to protecting Michigan’s environment and demonstrated interest in agriculture policy issues.
  • Excellent communication, relationship management and organizational skills.
  • Conscientiousness, strong work ethic and attention to detail.
  • Professional demeanor and sense of humor.
  •  Bachelor’s degree in a related field (graduate degree preferred).

  • Effective working knowledge of social networking and other new media technologies.
  • Experience and aptitude with basic computer applications (word processing, spreadsheets, database).

Compensation. Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include paid vacation, health/dental coverage and employer-matched retirement plan.

Application Information. Position will remain open until filled. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to jobs@environmentalcouncil.org addressed to:
Chris Kolb, President
Michigan Environmental Council
602 W. Ionia Street
Lansing, MI 48933
If you have questions, please use the e-mail above or call Judy Bearup at 517-487-9539.

The Michigan Environmental Council – a 501(c)(3) charitable organization – is a coalition of more than 70 organizations, created in 1980 to lead Michigan’s environmental movement in achieving positive change through the political process. With our members and other partners, MEC promotes public policies to ensure that Michigan families will enjoy clear waters, clean beaches, beautiful landscapes and healthy communities for years to come.

MEC is an equal opportunity employer
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