The Iowa Soybean Association, recognized for excellence in serving farmers and enhancing the long-term competitiveness of the Iowa and U.S. soybean industry and recognized as a Top Work Place by the Des Moines Register, seeks a talented, enthusiastic and motivated professional for the position of Environmental Communications Specialist.
The preferred candidate excels in a team-centered, fast-paced business environment, possesses a strong work ethic and keen understanding of public relations and communications strategy and has a passion for serving farmers.
JOB PURPOSE: Effectively communicate the activities of Iowa Soybean Association’s Environmental Programs & Services and conservation topics and practices impacting Iowa’s farmers; also, engage industry partners and stakeholders to encourage more farmers to participate in activities that improve their competitiveness and environmental performance while enhancing relationships with strategic rural and urban partners.
EXPECTATIONS OF EMPLOYEE
Adheres to all policies and procedures Acts as a role model within and outside the organization Performs duties as workload necessitates Maintains a positive and respectful attitude Maintains a demeanor that creates positive team atmosphere Communicates regularly with supervisor and team members Consistently reports to work on time prepared to perform duties of position Meets organization productivity standards ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Identify and report key areas of research and outcomes related to the work of EPS with an emphasis on soybean production Create communications plans for grants and coordinate communications deliverables as specified in EPS contracts Develop and implement tactics to promote greater awareness of EPS among key stakeholders Effectively position EPS and ISA as leader in checkoff-funded research enabling increased soybean production and profitability in tandem with environmental performance Identify tactics to effectively position EPS in key media with emphasis on farm print media Maintain updated copy placement on ISA web site Play key role in effective content management by repurposing information for use on variety of communications, education and outreach forums and media channels Compile communications metrics for reporting to key stakeholders including progress related to the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy Contribute to the development of the ISA Research Annual Report, technical bulletins and other information, as well as contributions to well-written research proposals to complement and extend checkoff funding support Contribute to or lead in the development and dissemination of conservation, soil and water health and management, and nutrient management information to drive farmer engagement and the adoption of continuous improvement practices Play key role in success of Agriculture’s Clean Water Alliance (ACWA) including development of annual ACWA progress report, monthly e-correspondence with ACWA member communicators and development of copy to increase ACWA awareness and participation Attend and provide coverage of timely meetings, field days and other events where topics relevant to EPS, including ISA Supply Committee and EPS advisory team meetings Author timely content for publication in the ISA ResearchAdvance and Iowa Soybean Review Assist EPS in developing content for the marketing and promotion of ISA Farmer Research Conference and other activities involving EPS Interview and obtain testimonials from EPS participants to showcase the relevance and value of its work to soybean farmers; coordinate the incorporation of information into all ISA communications including print, electronic and digital; share contacts with ISA communications team for additional story and feature opportunities QUALIFICATIONS
Bachelors degree in journalism, communications or related field Excellent writing skills, experience in crop production, agronomy, environmental sciences a plus 4+ years’ experience in journalism, communication or related field with understanding of environmental and conservation practices deployed on Iowa’s farms strongly preferred Familiar with AP style guidelines Ability to manage multiple assignments and tasks and meet deadlines and expectations in delivering quality work Excels in a team-centered work environment Knowledgeable in social media platforms, particularly Twitter and Facebook and PowerPoint Photography and photoshop/editing software experience a plus Proficient at Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Power Point) Strong copyediting skills LANGUAGE SKILLS
Ability to read, and analyze, and interpret information and adjusts strategies in response. Ability to command the respect of the board of directors, association directors, regulatory agencies, vendors and business community. Ability to effectively present information to members, management, public groups and/or boards of directors. WHAT WE OFFER
During the interview process, our leadership will fill you in on the details of our strong benefits plan that includes:
Modern and spacious work environment Organizational culture emphasizing teamwork, flexibility, ideas and respect Professional growth and development opportunities to help advance your career Tuition and cell phone reimbursement Comprehensive health care, dental, life and disability insurance (including family options) Wellness program with incentives 401(k) savings plan featuring generous company match Paid holidays, sick time and vacation Defined Benefit Retirement Plan Competitive salary To apply:
Submit resume, cover letter and two or more writing samples to:
Human Resources Consultant
Iowa Soybean Association
Iowa Soybean Association,
Attn: Sue Kmet
1255 Prairie Trail Pkwy.,
Ankeny, IA 50023
Application deadline: Sept. 8, 2017