Position: Environmental Communications Specialist

Company: Iowa Soybean Association

Position Type: Regular Full-Time 
Location: Ankeny, Iowa

Department: Communications

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 for the purpose of encouraging more farmers to participate in activities that improve their competitiveness and environmental performance while enhancing relationships with strategic rural and urban partners. 


  • 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


  • Identify and report key areas of research and outcomes related to the work of Environmental Programs & Services (EPS) with an emphasis on soybean production
  • Attend and provide coverage of timely meetings where topics relevant to EPS including ISA Supply Committee and EPS advisory team meetings
  • Author timely content for publication in the ISA Research Advance and Iowa Soybean Review
  • Create communications plans for grants and coordinate communications deliverables as specified in EPS contracts
  • Assist EPS in developing content for the marketing and promotion of ISA Farmer Research Conference;    
  • 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
  • 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
  • Maintain updated copy placement on ISA web site
  • Play key role in effective content management by repurposing information for use on variety of communications channels
  • Compile communications metrics for reporting to key stakeholders including progress related to the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy
  • 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
  • Assist with other duties as assigned


  • 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


  • 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.

To apply:

Please submit resume, cover letter and two or more writing samples to:

Sue Kmet

Human Resources Consultant

Iowa Soybean Association


Or mail:

Iowa Soybean Association,

Attn:  Sue Kmet

1255 Prairie Trail Pkwy.,

Ankeny, IA 50023

Application deadline: Aug. 21, 2017