Policy Director

Job Information

  • Location: Pittsboro, NC
  • Close Date: 12/11/2019
  • Hiring Organization: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
  • Job Website


The policy director is a full-time position with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA). The position is based in CFSA’s Pittsboro, NC office and leads the organization’s efforts to change local, state and federal policy to be more favorable for local food, organic farming, and resilient and equitable regional food systems.

CFSA is a member based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps people grow and eat local, organic food by advocating for fair farm and food policies, building the systems that organic family farms need to thrive, and educating communities about local, organic farming. We support farming and food that is good for consumers, good for farmers and farm workers, and good for the land, and we challenge policies that perpetuate systems of oppression and inequities in food and agriculture.

The policy director works in concert with the executive director, other CFSA staff, and partner organizations to influence legislative bodies, administrative agencies, and land-grant universities on issues of importance to local and organic food and farming across the Carolinas. Specific responsibilities include facilitating the work of state-based food and agriculture advocacy coalitions in which CFSA participates, developing state-level advocacy goals and specific policy solutions to achieve those goals, educating state and federal policy-makers on issues of importance to the local and organic food and farming community, and organizing and overseeing grassroots campaigns and outreach in support of CFSA’s policy goals. The policy director is, when necessary, a registered lobbyist with the state of North Carolina, the state of South Carolina, or the U.S. federal government.

The policy director reports to the executive director and supervises staff. The incumbent sets and oversees the policy team’s budget, and is responsible for directing policy team work planning. As a director-level staff member, the policy director participates in decision-making about organizational policies and procedures.


Administration (10%)
State Policy (60%)
Federal Policy (20%)
Community Engagement (10%)

For a detailed list of Job Responsibilities please visit https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/jobs/


  • JD, or Master’s degree in public policy or another relevant field, plus 5 years’ relevant experience, including at least 3 years’ experience supervising employees/contractors and managing a budget; or LLM in agricultural law plus 3 years’ relevant experience, including at least 3 years’ experience supervising employees/contractors and managing a budget; or
    10 years professional experience in: leading regional or statewide policy campaigns engaging diverse partners and communities in efforts to promote systemic change; research, review, and analysis of complex legal and regulatory materials; development of policy positions and proposals; and including at least 3 years’ experience supervising employees/contractors and managing a budget.
  • Experience with multi-stakeholder consensus building, decision-making processes, and conflict resolution techniques.
  • Demonstrated experience with public engagement methods and techniques.
  • Substantial experience with legislative and regulatory processes.
  • Proven ability to research, analyze, and interpret laws, including drafting of statutory or regulatory language.
  • Superior initiative and high capacity for self-direction.
  • High level of creativity in developing strategies and tactics for achieving goals.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Substantial group facilitation experience.
  • Exceptional organization and time management ability, with proven ability to multitask, consistently meet or exceed deadlines and goals, and work effectively with diverse groups and individuals.
  • Commitment to sustainable agriculture principles.
  • Must be organized, attentive to details, and enthusiastic.
  • Strong knowledge of food systems issues; knowledge of the Carolinas’ food systems preferred.
  • Strong analytic skills, including the ability to identify systemic problems and develop innovative solutions.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Interest in and capacity to manage staff, interns, and volunteers to accomplish advocacy goals.


Annual salary range is $50,000 to $62,000, commensurate with experience. CFSA offers generous vacation, professional development, retirement, and health insurance benefits. CFSA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and people of color.

Application Instructions

Applications should be submitted as a single .pdf saved as your first and last name. Send the document to apply@carolinafarmstewards.org with the “Policy Director” in the subject line. You will receive an electronic confirmation of your email submission. No calls, please.  The anticipated start date is January 2020.

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