Employment

DEPARTMENT:  Public Affairs                        JOB TITLE:  Director

JOB STATUS:  Exempt                                     REPORTS TO:  COO

JOB PURPOSE: To coordinate Iowa Soybean Association’s lobbying and policy communications efforts in federal and state legislative and regulatory arenas and engage Iowa producers in those efforts.

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

Coordinate ISA legislative and policy program in cooperation with ISA Board

  • Assist in developing ISA policy priorities through annual surveys and meetings with local farmers ultimately resulting in approval of ISA’s annual policy document
  • Along with farmer leaders, develop strategy to achieve the policy priorities of ISA
  • Work with ISA’s contract lobbyists to plan and execute lobbying strategy on specific issues
  • Work with elected officials to influence policy decisions at state and national level
  • Monitor state and federal legislative and regulatory issues of interest to Iowa soybean farmers and find ways to engage farmers in research and positive resolution of those issues
  • Energize the relationship with Advocate members to amplify ISA policy priorities with influencers
  • Provide direction for staff and members to develop relationships with government and agricultural decision makers and insure that ISA leaders and/or staff participate in discussions regarding policy
  • Develop and manage the Public Affairs budget as well as staff the Public Affairs committee and the Policy Advisory Council
  • Working with ISA communications to publicize ISA’s policy positions
  • Work cooperatively with other Iowa commodity and agricultural organizations on Iowa policy issues, and with the American Soybean Association on national policy issues
  • Prepare ISA delegates to participate in the annual Commodity Classic ASA resolution session

ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Frequently collaborates with ISA Research, Producer Services, Communications and Marketing
  • Must be able to work independently, meet deadlines, and collaborate effectively internally and externally.
  • Experience working with Government agencies is strongly recommended.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in communications or political science.
  • Must have excellent presentation skills.
  • 3 years’ in lobbying and/or legislative or regulatory experience. Agricultural background preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications 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.

Please send resumes to Sue Heath at sheath@iasoybeans.com


DEPARTMENT:  Communications                  JOB TITLE:  Research Communications Specialist

JOB STATUS:  Exempt                                      REPORTS TO:  Sr. Communications Manager

JOB PURPOSE: Assist in all facets of ISA communications and public relations activities to further the mission and goals of the association with an emphasis on production research and the work of ISA On-Farm Network

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 the
    On-Farm Network® and Analytics team, with an emphasis on soybean production
  • Demonstrated prowess in reading scientific articles, data and information sets, etc. and understanding and translating the potential value into various communication formats and forums to farmers, researchers and other stakeholders
  • Effectively position the On-Farm Network and ISA as a leader in checkoff-funded research enabling increased soybean production and profitability
  • Strong desire and ability to turn leading-edge agronomy and conservation science, technology, and practices into meaningful information and education for farmers and other stakeholders
  • In close coordination with public relations manager, identify and implement tactics to effectively position the On-Farm Network in key media with emphasis on farm print media
  • Interview and obtain testimonials from On-Farm Network 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
  • Author timely columns and stories for publication in the Iowa Soybean Review as requested by the ISR editor
  • Editing of technical papers
  • Project management for special reports
  • Co-author bi-weekly ISA Research Advance in close collaboration with On-Farm Network and Environmental Programs and Services teams; actively solicit opt-ins to enhance its reach
  • Assist with the development of On-Farm Network topics and copy acquisition and sponsors
  • Collaborate with ISA Marketing Department to ensure frequent updates to On-Farm Network web site
  • Attend and provide coverage of timely meetings where topics relevant to On-Farm Network and soybean production are featured
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to take responsibility and ownership in prioritizing time and effort across research communications that range from events coverage, program promotion and audience-appropriate communication of research results, technical information and agronomic practices for innovative change and process improvement in soybean production
  • Assist with other duties as assigned

ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Actively participate in weekly communications strategy meetings;
  • Assist in developing story ideas for all ISA communications including Iowa Soybean Review,
    eWeekly and ISA Monthly
  • Collaborate frequently with senior communications manager, senior writer, environmental communications specialist and Iowa Soybean Review editor to expand coverage of OFN activities and results
  • Post timely updates from production research meetings and seminars via Twitter and Facebook
  • Attend Iowa Soybean Review meetings with an emphasis on effectively integrating information about ISA production research
  • Submit updates for Friday Mail and Project and Objective reports
  • Write articles for North Central Soybean Research Program in collaboration with QSSBs as requested.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • BA or BS in one or more of the following: journalism, ag communications, agronomy, environmental sciences, ag technology or similar
  • Three years of Experience and proven success in communicating science and technology, with an emphasis on agronomy and/or field research to both a science and a non-science audience
  • Excellent writing skills utilizing AP style guidelines
  • Knowledge and fluency in social media platforms, particularly Twitter and Facebook
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments and tasks and meet deadlines and expectations in delivering quality work
  • Photography experience helpful
  • Proficient at Microsoft Office 365 (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.

All resumes must be received by August 10, 2018.  Please direct all resumes to Sue Heath at sheath@iasoybeans.com