Holstein Association USA, Inc., a producer driven dairy breed organization located in picturesque Brattleboro, Vermont, is currently seeking an experienced, dynamic and results-oriented communications professional to lead our communications department. The Communications Manager is responsible for writing the Association’s press releases, preparing articles for and editing The Holstein Pulse, the Association’s quarterly magazine, as well as administering and executing the Association’s advertising and public relations programs.
The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience, in journalism, agricultural communications, public relations, web communications, and/or design. Must have a minimum of three years experience in writing, executing public relations activities; photography and graphic arts. Familiarity with modern web site and social media best practices is required. Knowledge of desktop video production is a plus. The ideal candidate will have a Registered dairy background and dairy production experience.
We offer a competitive salary, great benefits, and a pleasant place to work. If you meet these qualifications, please forward your resume, salary requirements and references to:
Holstein Association USA, Inc.
1 Holstein Place, P.O. Box 808
Brattleboro, VT 05302-0808
Equal Opportunity Employer
Posted: December 2013
Director of Policy Communications
AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION®
POSITION OBJECTIVE: Work collaboratively with senior leadership to develop and implement communication strategies to broaden the impact of AFBF programs; help lead a streamlined and more focused policy communications team with a proactive, creative, and results-oriented approach; build and foster strong and constructive relationships within the communications team, with the Strategic Action Team, with the Public Policy and Organization departments and with leadership, including state Farm Bureau staff; and identify new opportunities to meet AFBF policy objectives through communications activities with outside organizations and non-traditional allies.
REPORTS TO: Executive Director, Communications
DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Plan and coordinate strategic communications activities with Executive Director of Communications and Strategic Action Team to generate concepts for messaging activities and lead their implementation.
- Manage development and distribution of external messaging.
- Identify new opportunities to meet AFBF policy objectives through communications activities with outside organizations and non-traditional allies.
- Generate ideas for and then implement policy communications for AFBF campaigns.
- Manage the staff responsible for policy press releases, weekly columns, President’s monthly column, and media activities to ensure effective communications in these areas.
- Assist Executive Director of Communications in implementing strategic communications efforts and oversee all policy communications outreach efforts, including preparation of staff spokespeople, production of talking points and messaging, managing interviews for policy staff, and aggressively pursuing placements.
- Build and foster strong and constructive relationships within the communications team, the Strategic Action Team, Public Policy and Organization Departments.
- Strategically manage policy updates to the AFBF website and editorial direction for daily products and media activities to ensure top placement of policy priorities.
- Task and guide policy communications staff in policy communications activities with a proactive, creative and results-oriented approach to ensure streamlined and focused policy communications efforts.
- Inform stakeholders and the public of major legislative, regulatory and organizational developments through news advisories and news releases.
- Establish and maintain strategic relationships with congressional media staffers.
- Serve as a media spokesperson, as needed.
- Provide input for issues management efforts conducted by AFBF; serve on Strategic Action Team.
- Manage news production during AFBF annual convention.
RELATIONSHIPS: Collaborate frequently with Public Policy and Organization staff, members of AFBF Management Team, and the AFBF President; communicate regularly with staff from other AFBF Departments, state Farm Bureau staff and members of the news media and staff with from other organizations as appropriate.
EDUCATION OR TRAINING REQUIRED: Bachelors degree or higher
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS REQUIRED:
- Minimum 10 years of experience in policy communications
- Significant communications experience that includes a blend of advocacy and media relations
- A strong track record of positioning an organization to achieve tangible outcomes in a competitive communications environment
- Strong teambuilding skills
- Experience with publications
- Strong research, writing and communication skills
- Experience managing employees
- Experience with trade associations
- Knowledge of agriculture issues
- Knowledge of public policy communications
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
- Travel as needed
To apply for this position, please send cover letter and resume to Stefphanie Gambrell, Human Resources Manager, American Farm Bureau Federation, 600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 1000W, Washington, DC 20024. Electronic applications will be accepted at email@example.com. The deadline for application is December 31, 2013.
Posted: December 2013
Farm Credit Services of America Corporate Communications and public Relations Manager
REPORTS TO: Vice President-Public Relations and Marketing
SALARY RANGE: $70,900-$108,120
Help the Association build, promote and sustain a strong, positive image in the marketplace through multiple forms of corporate communication. Work with teams to define and implement communication plans that effectively describe and promote the Association to public audiences through various formats and media. Develop strong working relationships with assigned teams, company leaders, community organizations, business partners, and the media.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Essential functions of the position include, but are not limited to:
1. Corporate Communications
2. Content Marketing and Social Media
3. Media Relations
4. Reputation Management
5. Industry Events and Corporate Presence
Bachelor’s degree (i.e. journalism with a public relations emphasis, marketing, english, communications or business administration) and five to seven years’ experience in a corporate communications and public relations position.
Association leaders and board of directors, advertising agency, customers, media and reporters, Farm Credit System leaders and staff, vendors.
MENTAL AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Requirements of the job include the ability to do the work, with or without reasonable accommodations. It is the Association's policy to make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. Leadership retains the right to add, subtract or change duties of the position at any time.
This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than "at will" employment relationship.
About Farm Credit Services of America
Farm Credit Services of America, based in Omaha, Nebraska, is dedicated to serving the agricultural credit, risk management and financial needs of farmers and ranchers in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.
We are a part of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide agricultural network providing credit and affiliated services to farm and ranch operators across the United States. Overall, the Farm Credit System supplies the nation's agricultural industry with nearly one-third of its credit needs. For more information on the Farm Credit System and other Farm Credit Associations visit www.farmcredit.com.
Posted: November 2013
Job Description: Are you looking for an internship with a dynamic integrated communications firm where you can get real world agency experience? At MorganMyers, our interns get to interact with clients from day one, assist with creative planning, and participate in project and event execution.
MorganMyers a 30-year-old agency with offices in Waukesha, Wis. (a suburb of Milwaukee) and Waterloo, Iowa. We specialize in the agricultural, food and beverage, and business-to-business industries with a client roster featuring Fortune 500 companies and big brand names.
If you want to get an edge above the competition in today's tough job market, we want you to apply for our summer 2014 internship program. We offer competitive wages, a monthly housing/living stipend, assistance in finding housing (if needed), and your own office (with four walls, windows and a door!).
We are seeking a full-time student who is:
- Pursuing a degree in communications, public relations, advertising, journalism, or related field
- Passionate and knowledgeable about agriculture and food
- Excellent writer and skilled communicator
- Able to see opportunity within each challenge
If you are or know a student who meets these criteria, please refer to the attached documents - our internship brochure and application.
Application packets must be postmarked by Monday, November 11, 2013, for consideration, and should include ALL of the following in order to be considered:
- Application form (you can download it on the Careers page of the MorganMyers website)
- Cover letter
- Contact information for two professional references AND one academic advisor (three references total)
- College transcript
- Two writing samples
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Careers page on our website, www.morganmyers.com.
Posted: October 2013
Agricultural Policy Editor, Illinois Farm Bureau/FarmWeek
Job Description: The Agricultural Policy Editor develops news and feature stories for FarmWeek, FarmWeekNow.com and other Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) communications platforms regarding federal policy and its impact on Illinois agriculture and rural communities, policy-related agricultural economic/financial issues and Farm Bureau policy development and implementation.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
- Researches and writes ag-related stories which provide analysis and interpretation of federal legislative action and its impact on Illinois agriculture.
- Serves as the primary Content & Publications contact on federal policy with federal legislators, federal government department and agency officials, farm industry officials and Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Governmental Affairs & Commodities Division specialists.
- Regularly contributes social media posts, images, person-on-the-street articles, ideas for and contributors of op-ed and blog sections, and Partners magazine story ideas and stories on policy-related issues.
- Collaborates with other division members and supports RFD Radio Network (RFDRN) and FarmWeekNow.com by providing written, audio, video and image content on a regular and consistent basis.
- Assists weekly with graphic layout of FarmWeek pages.
- Serves as backup to the Farm Information Web Editor in managing division digital communications and social media platforms.
- Assists with on-air RFDRN duties, collaborates on team coverage of major stories such as natural disasters and events such as the IFB and American Farm Bureau Federation annual meetings, and editing Partners magazine copy.
- Bachelor's degree in communication-related field.
- Three or more years of journalism or agriculture writing experience.
- Basic understanding of production agriculture.
- Knowledge of federal agriculture policy.
- Strong knowledge of AP Style.
- Social media platforms.
- Able to generate news and feature stories.
- Basic photography and computer word processing skills.
- Able to function effectively under deadline pressure.
- Cultivating credible sources of information.
- Utilization of electronic research resources.
- Comfortable working in a team atmosphere.
- Proofreading and copy editing.
- Strategic use of social media.
- B.S. in agricultural journalism or B.A. in communications or journalism.
- Five or more years of journalism or agriculture writing experience.
- Familiar with Quark Xpress and PhotoShop.
- Working knowledge of social media posting style.
- Self-starter able to juggle multiple assignments.
- Ability to utilize digital audio and video recording devices.
- Respectful in all dealings.
To be fully considered for this position, please apply online at: www.ilfb.org/careers.
Posted: October 2013
Filament Marketing seeks enthusiastic and passionate candidates for a marketing position on its Madison, Wisconsin-based team of agricultural marketing professionals.
Primary Responsibilities: Day-to-day initiatives that support and extend client-driven marketing strategy, working closely with client leads and production partners. Work may include – but not be limited to – marketing communications planning, editorial writing, copywriting, implementing public relations campaigns, working with a creative team to design materials, coordinating event plans, or other activities which may support strategic client initiatives. Support client needs and expectations with counsel to align with opportunities and priorities. Assist with business projects, programs and initiatives.
Skills, Competency and Personality Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in agricultural business, marketing, communications or related field. Excellent communication skills – written and oral. Knowledge and passion for agriculture, specific priority given to candidates with hands-on dairy cattle experience. Strategic thinking capabilities. Organizational and time management abilities. Professional, helpful, reliable and proactive personality traits. Strong interpersonal skills. Outstanding computer skills and efficiency of word and data processing - particularly Microsoft Office programs.
Performance Measures: Excellence in work ethics and efficiency. Demonstration of abilities to take initiative and achieve project goals and objectives. Accuracy and efficiency of work.
Compensation: Paid vacation. Health, dental and vision care insurance. 401K after one year of employment.
Application: Please send a cover letter and updated resume to Jon Brakebill by Friday, November 1st, 2013.
Jon Brakebill – COO
301 S. Blount St. Ste. 302
Madison, WI 53703
Posted: October 2013
Online Community Manager
CMA’s mission is to help our clients develop and implement sustainable solutions in issues management, public relations, strategic facilitation and marketing communications. With our main office in Kansas City and branches in Des Moines and Columbus, we serve clients throughout the U.S. We offer Paid Time Off, medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance and 401K. Relocation assistance considered. To learn more, visit our website at www.cmabuildstrust.com.
Consumers are faced with a growing number of food choices today. If you listen in on any personal or online conversation about food, issues with the food system abound. Locally grown vs. imported; big-box stores vs. farmers’ markets; processed vs. natural; organic vs. conventional; and free range vs. caged are just a few of the topics of these important conversations. As the food movement gains momentum, it is apparent that consumers are taking a greater interest in how food is produced. To help foster a more informed discussion about food-related topics, it is important that a New Conversation about Food takes place. To help support that goal, CMA is seeking an Online Community Manager to join our team. The Online Community Manager is responsible for providing strategic outreach via online and social media platforms to engage, develop, maintain and expand relevant and impactful online communities to build consumer trust and confidence in today’s food system. This unique and progressive position has a high level of visibility within the online food community among consumers, experts in the industry, nutritionists, bloggers, food advocates, food companies and associations. It requires exceptional written and verbal communication skills and professionalism. We are looking for a self-directed and motivated professional who is innately interested in the factors driving the discussion about today’s food system and comfortable in a role that requires proactively engaging in and facilitating interactive online discussions about food production and the food choices facing consumers today. The ideal candidate has experience in the food industry, understands consumer concerns and is outgoing and inquisitive by nature. The ability to engage in a balanced conversation about food topics and a passion for all forms of online communications are essential to this position. Confidence, flexibility, team-based approach, superior communication skills and a sense of humor are a must for thriving in this fast-paced environment. Compensation commensurate with education and experience. Relocation assistance considered.
How to Apply
To be considered, please submit your résumé and salary requirements at: email@example.com, or by fax:
(816) 801-7059. No phone calls. JOB SEEKERS ONLY- NO THIRD PARTY RECRUITERS.
Posted: May 2013
THIS POSITION WILL BE LOCATED IN WATERLOO, IOWA.
Primary Purpose of this Position: This position is responsible for developing and implementing integrated communications projects and programs for MorganMyers clients. The immediate need is a candidate with strong technical writing skills to work on one large national account with the opportunity to add more accounts over time.
To apply, please send resume, cover letter and writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted: May 2013
Writers/Technical Writers in the Agricultural Industry
(both freelance and/or regular full-time positions)
MorganMyers is seeking experienced writers and technical writers in the ag industry (animal health and/or ag equipment).
Primary purpose of the position is to strategize communications efforts, create campaign concepts, write headlines and text for client jobs, such as brochures, mailers, radio spots, CD-ROMs, etc.
An interest in and understanding of agriculture is a must!
The job may be located in either Waterloo, IA or Waukesha, WI.
To apply, please send resume, cover letter and writing samples to email@example.com.
Posted: May 2013
Director of Communications and Member Relations
Texas Cattle Feeders Association seeks Director of Communications and Member Relations to design and implement public and member communications and membership activities. Utilize weekly e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and other means to communicate projects, policies and services to members, the public and other stakeholders. Minimum 5 years’ experience required. Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience. Please include examples of written work and descriptions of projects managed with your resume.
For more information or to submit resume contact association at Christie@tcfa.org or 806.358.3681.
Posted: May 2013
Contract/freelance work wanted
Agricultural journalist/public relations professional with 25 years experience looking for contract/freelance work to help “pay the bills.” Experience includes 15 years working as Media Relations Director for Montana Farm Bureau, handling all of the organization’s public relations and publications. Have served as editor/writer/ad salesperson for several horse magazines over the years. Additional work includes public and media relations for events, i.e. the State Fair of Virginia, the Indian Paintbrush Festival, Montana Farm Bureau conventions and special events, and most recently the Ag Technology Show in Billings, MT. Have worked for the non-agricultural sector, as well, having spent five years writing and designing a monthly newsletter for the Montana Contractors’ Association.
Interested? Let’s talk—or email! Call Rebecca Colnar, 307-461-0150, firstname.lastname@example.org. Resume available by request.
A few additional facts: I am on the board of ARC and serve as their membership chair. I own/run a cow-calf operation in Custer, MT with my husband, and have my public relations business, Cow Camp Communications, based out of Sheridan, WY.