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Government Affairs Director

  • Full Time
  • Washington, DC, US
  • $101,760 to $122,760 USD / Year
  • Salary: $101,760 to $122,760

Website UFW Foundation

Our purpose is to empower communities to ensure human dignity.


Washington, D.C.

$101,760 to $122,760, depending on experience.

About UFW Foundation:  For 17 years, the UFW Foundation has mobilized farm workers across the country to advocate for more equitable policies, such as immigration reform, pesticide protections, heat standards, hazard pay and other worker protections. We engage constituents in systemic change to break the cycle of poverty while also providing critical services. In fact, the UFW Foundation is the largest federally accredited immigration legal service provider in rural California. The organization has staff in California, Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, and Michigan.

SUMMARY: The primary responsibilities of the Government Affairs Director are to engage in research and communications to advance policy solutions that shift power and resources to farm workers. This position will drive a legislative agenda that wins immigration reform, leads policy changes to workers’ rights and climate change and other polices to create equity under the law for farm workers.  A supporting responsibility is to assess the shifting legislative environment at the national level and oversee the teams that will advance farm worker power. This position reports to the Chief Communications & Advocacy Officer. This position will be located in Washington, D.C. as meetings on the Hill would likely be frequent.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (This is not an exhaustive list)

Strategic Support and Project Management:

Drive the UFW Foundation’s policy agenda through thought leadership, political acumen and deep understanding of our model and outcomes.
Design and lead strategy for political stakeholder engagement and support on legislative campaigns.
Direct ongoing monitoring and analysis of proposed legislation, emerging issues and trends that may impact farm workers.
Provide leadership on external relations and response preparation.
Design, create, and maintain government affairs tools, trainings, and resources for internal staff.
Work with the organizing and communications teams to ensure government implementation of new farm worker protections.
Review policy language and keep UFW Foundation staff informed of legislative and policy priorities.

Advocacy and Lobbying:

Develop and maintain relationships at all levels of government agencies.
Advocate for specific policies by contacting legislators, testifying before legislative committees, or organizing advocacy events.
Work with legislators and other stakeholders to develop support for bills that align with the organization’s mission.
Ensure constituents are prepared for legislative meetings and actions.
Lead the development of legislative language for new policies proposed.
Note that this position will likely require registering as a lobbyist.

Staff Management and Development:

Work closely with the Organizing Director who will manage teams that coordinate grassroots and grasstops lobbying campaigns.
Accomplish program results by ensuring strong and consistent communication with staff; providing ongoing coaching and counseling to staff; planning, monitoring, and evaluating team members’ work; conducting training and staff development opportunities; and implementing and enforcing organizational and department policies and procedures.

Organizational and Administrative Duties:

Prepares department budget for review and approval by supervisor and CFO.
Prepare and submit timely external lobbying registrations and reports required by state and federal law and monitor internal lobbying expenditures to ensure the organization is compliant.
Responsible to help acquire appropriate sources of funding for targeted campaign plans.
Present monthly reports using Management by Objectives and Results (MOR) process.
Participate in annual Operational Planning for the UFW Foundation and sister organizations as appropriate.
Compile Systemic Change reports for Executive Director, Executive Team, Board of Directors, and sister organizations’ leadership as appropriate.
Integrate Systemic Change planning with other departments from the UFW Foundation.


May supervise one to four direct staff. The Government Affairs Director may serve as the principal substitute for the Chief Communications & Advocacy Officer in their absence.


Oversee farm worker organization staff on legislative priorities; help build a vision of effective federal and state advocacy for a larger farm worker movement.


The ideal candidate for this position must have a high level of professionalism and organization. The candidate must demonstrate competency in the following areas:
Ability to meet deadlines in a high-pressure environment.
Capacity to work independently within the context of an overall plan and structure.
Collaboration. Ability to work with teammates in a professional and solutions-oriented manner. Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse group of people in various settings.
Dedication to Mission. A genuine interest in immigrant and farm worker rights.
Excellent oral and written communication skills in both Spanish and English.
Experience planning and executing training sessions and programs.
Si Se Puede (It Can Be Done) Attitude. The embodiment of a personal spirit that promotes confidence, courage and risk-taking.
Strong interpersonal communication skills.
Strong organizational skills.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


A Bachelor’s degree from a recognized four-year college or university; and
At least 7-10 years significant and progressively responsible experience in directing legislative campaigns and analysis of federal policy/legislation, budget analysis, and advocacy; experience working with the public; and commitment to the mission of the farm worker movement are required.
At least 5-7 years management or leadership experience—leading team efforts.
Experience working with the public; and commitment to the mission of the farm worker movement are required.
Knowledge of multi-state legislative work and federal governmental structure, legislative and regulatory processes and state and federal budget process is required.
Substantial writing experience is required.


Must be familiar with computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, etc.  Requires a valid Class “C” Driver’s license.


Graduate or law degree.


The annual salary range for this position is, $101,760 to $122,760, and benefits include:
Accruals of 2, 3, and 4 vacation weeks per year depending on tenure, along with 16 paid holidays and 1 mental health day
Access to health, dental and vision benefits
Flexible Spending Accounts
Employee Assistance Program
403(b) retirement plan with 2% employer match
Employer-sponsored pension plan
Life insurance
Professional development opportunities and access to thousands of online courses
Employee discounts through UnionPlus and Lifemart
Flexible schedules and/or work arrangements

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