The Iowa Soybean Association seeks to fill the position of Communications Specialist. The responsibilities of the Communication Specialist will include assisting in all facets of ISA communication and public relations activities to further the mission and goals of the organization. The successful candidate will be an experienced and outgoing communicator with experience in all social media platforms, news writing, and copy editing. The Communication Specialist must possess outstanding verbal and written communication skills and an education or experience in journalism, communications or public relations. This person must work unsupervised independently and as a member of a team. The successful candidate must embrace the vision and goals of the Iowa Soybean Association.


  • 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


  • Report on key issues and activities impacting the competitiveness of Iowa soybean farmers for ISA print, digital and electronic communications
  • Monitor and update ISA Twitter profile
  • Serve as editor of ISA eWeekly and ISA Monthly

    • Maintain weekly table of contents
    • Manage editorial calendar
    • Facilitate layout and distribution
    • Help maintain subscription lists
    • Monitor and report key metrics including number of recipients, opens, clicks and other key measurables
  • Edit and distribute Agri-Pulse, including authorship of twice-monthly ISA president's letterĀ 
  • Maintain strong working relationships with content providers of ISA member benefits newsletters and ensure that newsletters are created and distributed within operating budget
  • Assist with development and implementation of ISA ag awareness activities as needed
  • Assist in maintaining updated content on iasoybeans.com via weekly posting of content from ISA member benefit newsletters
  • Capture minutes from ISA I&E Committee meetings
  • Write or gather current ISA president's letter for Agri-Pulse and ISA Monthly
  • Ability to capture broadcast quality audio and video
  • Assist public relations manager in facilitating media requests as needed
  • Assist public relations manage in tracking earned media values via Meltwater and Iowa Press Clippings Service
  • Organized, self-motivated, dependable and able to work independently and closely with other team members.


  • Bachelors degree in journalism, communications or public relations
  • Experience in news writing
  • Familiar with AP style guidelines
  • Photography and audio/editing software experience
  • Adept at various social media platforms
  • Proficient at Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Power Point)
  • Copyediting experience

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

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: February 9, 2018

The Mission of the Iowa Soybean Association is to expand opportunities and deliver results for Iowa s soybean farmers. We are a non-profit, equal opportunity organization