Government Affairs Director

  • WBCP
  • Folsom, CA.
  • Mar 16, 2022
Full time Director / VP / Pres.

Job Description

Government Affairs Director

North American Blueberry Council

Salary: $100,000-$125,000 annually, DOE/DOQ



The North American Blueberry Council (NABC) seeks a Government Affairs Director (Director) with exceptional communication, relationship-building and negotiation skills. Under the direction of the President, the Director leads the organization’s policies and objectives involving international, federal and state government affairs. They are responsible for nurturing relationships with government officials, associated authorities and all committees representing the interests of the blueberry industry. The Director will be a strong collaborator, understanding the importance of establishing a network of congressional leadership who support the platform policies on behalf of NABC. Planning events, such as town halls, webinars, farm visits, lobbying trips to Washington, D.C. and other meetings, is an essential part of this role. The Director will also manage a Government Affairs Committee budget, requiring them to be fiscally savvy and budget oriented. Advancing NABC’s mission and goals is a vital part of this position, as is knowing how local policy, municipal budgets and regulatory policies impact NABC’s programs. If you are interested in an office, hybrid or fully remote position, have a background in public policy or advocacy and want to work alongside key decision-makers, apply today!


See the full recruitment brochure here:



The Government Affairs Director works closely with the President, Vice President of Global Business Development, Vice President of Engagement & Education, Senior Director of Nutrition & Health Research, the Government Affairs 10-Member Committee and an outside lobbying consulting firm to advance the Councils’ objectives within a legislative and regulatory framework. The Director will have a strong background in governmental processes, using this knowledge to represent the blueberry industry’s best interests. The Director helps identify legislative and government relations issues, opportunities, priorities and collaborates with other entities to build areas of common interest. This individual is a fact finder, working with research teams to support their initiatives, and has a branding mindset to create government relations materials and serve as a favorable representative for the organization and the industry. Their responsibilities include developing talking points, legislative summaries, fact sheets, testimony and reports to present to government officials and committees.


The ideal candidate is passionate about governmental affairs and has a deep understanding of global and domestic agricultural and commodity trades. They are eager to build relationships and establish trust with their colleagues and key stakeholders. The next Director has strong analytical skills and will take a deep dive into the laws and policies that impact the industry. The ideal candidate is familiar with the Farm Bill, COVID-19 relief programs, USDA food procurement programs, labor and immigration reform, trade policy, conservation, food safety, food nutrition and labeling and other relevant topics. They are persuasive in nature and will use their networking skills to benefit the organization.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, political science, public relations or a related field.
  • Five years of experience in advocacy or public policy.



Salary and Benefits

The annual salary range is: $100,000-$125,000; salary will be negotiated depending upon qualifications and experience. 

  • Retirement: After one year of service, retirement funds deposited on a monthly basis by NABC directly to an accredited retirement fund of the employers choosing at a rate of 7.5% of yearly income.
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance: Basic coverage for employee only.
  • Vacation: Commensurate with career experience.
  • Sick Days: 5 days of paid sick time upon start; total of 10 days per year after one year of service.
  • Paid Holidays: 11 per year.
  • Teleworking Options: Opportunity for remote or hybrid work schedule.



For first consideration, apply IMMEDIATELY by completing an application and attaching your cover letter and resume at 


Save the Dates:

  • Strong candidates will be interviewed as they apply.


Please contact your recruiter, Sam Sackman, with any questions:


NABC is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.



North American Blueberry Council