Home Office Openings
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE:
- Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college in communications, public relations, marketing or closely related field.
- Minimum of three years of experience in communications or public relations demonstrating writing and editing experience covering areas such as website content, newsletters, and external facing communications.
- Applicants must submit writing samples and/or portfolio of recent work.
- Highly experienced in developing and implementing communications strategies.
- Ability to create and work within a yearly and/or project budget.
- The ability to take knowledge and transform it into exciting and useful messages so ideas are clearly and concisely presented.
- The ability to quickly comprehend information and utilize appropriate communication concepts and strategies to disseminate it to the appropriate audiences through the best communication channels.
- Ability to effectively prepare written reports and make oral presentations.
- Strong interpersonal communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate, both written and verbal, in a professional manner that supports the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships across all levels of MOFB and external stakeholders.
- Strong organizational skills, the ability to prioritize tasks, follow through effectively, and delegate where appropriate.
- Ability to coordinate multiple projects with minimal supervision.
- Ability to self-motivate, work well under pressure and tight deadlines, and thrive in a rapidly changing environment.
- Some knowledge of Federal and State government is essential.
- Knowledge of political action is desirable.
- Agricultural background desirable.
- May require occasional state and national travel.
Exact starting salary determined by experience.
The Director of Public Affairs will develop the strategy for all communications, website, and public relations messages to consistently articulate Missouri Farm Bureau’s mission. Responsible for developing and directing the operations, procedures, plans, and programs governing Missouri Farm Bureau’s public outreach. Make recommendations to the President and Chief Administrative Officer in determining the overall Federation objectives, policies, and plans regarding communication.
- Cooperates and works with Federation programs in designing, writing, and production of Farm Bureau materials.
- Handle media, member, and general public inquiries received by Missouri Farm Bureau.
- Develops and maintains strong relationships with the media.
- Works with news media representing Missouri Farm Bureau issues.
- Supervises and directs production of any films, radio or TV scripts necessary in influencing public opinion.
- Assists with planning and development of a theme, multimedia needs, videos, and printed materials for annual meeting, legislative and commodity conference, sales conference, etc.
- Serves as member of Missouri Farm Bureau Legislative Team.
- Directs publication of the “Show Me” magazine and any other publications.
- Develops, with other staff members, advertising programs to influence public opinion of Farm Bureau Programs.
- Assists with political education, Missouri Farm Bureau’s PAC program, state legislative programs, and national legislative programs.
- Keeps abreast of developments and techniques in public opinion and advertising fields.
- Represents Missouri Farm Bureau at professional meetings, conferences, and other activities.
- Presents relevant information at Farm Bureau meetings and other events.
- Provides and promotes excellent customer service to all internal and external customers and maintains a good working relationship with field and Home Office personnel.
- Manages the Public Affairs Department Budget.
- Manages all aspects of the public affairs department. Directly supervises assigned employees in the Public Affairs Department.
- Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable Federal and State laws and regulations.
- Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.