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Director, External and Member Communications


The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) is looking for a highly motivated communications professional to join our communications team. The Director, External and Member Communications will help to lead the strategy development and execution of all IDFA communications with key stakeholders and external engagements, with a focus on message development, media relations, member communications, positioning experts and thought leaders, and management of IDFA’s brand and reputation. Working with the Senior Vice President, you will strengthen and build awareness of IDFA’s mission to advance our agenda. Through your efforts, our reputation as a trusted representative for the dairy industry will grow even stronger among a wide variety of stakeholders including IDFA members, members of Congress, federal agency officials, experts and leaders from related food and agriculture trade associations, and dairy advocates. This position reports to the SVP, Executive & Strategic Communications. This position manages at least 1 position, Manager, Multimedia and Digital Communications. 

Qualifications 

  • A commitment to using strategic communications to advance food and agriculture policy and practices for IDFA members. 
  • Bachelor's degree required in Communications, Advertising, Public Relations, Marketing, Journalism or a related field; master’s degree preferred. 
  • Must have experience leading communications for a membership association or trade association, with a focus on policy and public affairs. 
  • Must have established relationships with media, as well as a demonstrated ability to place earned media and speak on the record with journalists.
  • A gifted writer and editor with experience developing remarks, statements, articles, talking points, and testimony for leaders and executives. 
  • Experience successfully positioning subject-matter experts with national, regional, and trade media to achieve high-impact results.
  • Ability to synthesize and communicate complex issues and information to diverse audiences in innovative and creative ways.
  • Experience developing, leading or managing a communications program for member companies and/or organizations.
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, and written communication skills with strong attention to detail
  • Management experience is a plus.
  • Adaptable under pressure and able to reprioritize and delegate work among the team in response to shifting goals or priorities.
  • Strong analytical, critical, and strategic thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
     

Responsibilities

  • Works with the SVP, Executive & Strategic Communications, Association staff, subject-matter experts, member company communicators, and vendors to support the development and execution of comprehensive communications strategies and campaigns to advance IDFA’s mission, goals, and strategic plan.
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of IDFA’s external affairs and member communications functions, including branding, messaging, planning and maintaining a communications calendar; proactively planning end-to-end workflows; media relations; leadership and expert positioning; and remaining knowledgeable and informed about the status of all tasks that fall under the communications function.
  • Lead IDFA’s media outreach efforts, including initiating media contacts, press briefings, and interviews; providing talking points and other materials as needed for senior staff; and responding to media inquiries quickly and effectively.
  • Manage and coordinate the production of a diverse range of products (including policy briefs, speeches/testimony, videos, infographics, etc.) tailored to specific audiences to help advocate on behalf of IDFA members.
  • Collaborate with staff to craft press releases, official statements, opinion pieces, and blog posts; devise strategic dissemination strategies; and create and manage innovative advocacy campaigns and related events.
  • Effectively manage the function of digital and social media strategy and email marketing.
  • Support the process of updating IDFA’s website.
  • Establish metrics and regularly evaluate the results and impact of our communications efforts; report internally on developments and trends within the industry.
  • Manage vendor contracts to ensure efficient use of IDFA resources.
  • Support the implementation of policy and advocacy strategies designed to advance IDFA’s policy and regulatory priorities and vision through legislative, regulatory, and non-regulatory work with government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels; and in partnership with other organizations.
  • Develop strategic partnerships with key constituencies to elicit support for and maximize the impact of IDFA’s research and other initiatives, including serving as the principal communications and advocacy liaison to media organizations, government agencies, national groups, education organizations, etc.
  • Provide advice and expertise to senior leaders and other staff on a range of communications and outreach issues, methods, and approaches.
  • Supervise a direct report and cultivate their professional growth; work with external consultants and manage outside vendors, as needed.


If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to Tracy Boyle at tboyle@idfa.org.
 

Manager, Multimedia and Digital Communications


The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) is looking for a highly motivated digital strategist to join our communications team. The Manager, Multimedia and Digital Communications, will report to the Director, External and Member Communications and will perform a wide variety of tasks in connection with IDFA’s integrated communications, with primary responsibility for creating and implementing IDFA’s digital presence, including: oversight of multimedia product development, management of IDFA’s digital and social media platforms and distribution, development and leadership of email marketing strategy, help to manage IDFA’s website, and manage social and web analytics. Works with the SVP and Director, IDFA members, and vendors to support the development and execution of comprehensive digital and multimedia communications strategies and campaigns to advance IDFA’s mission, goals, and strategic plan, and to grow IDFA’s online presence. Uses digital communications skills to effectively frame policy and advocacy issues and translate them for general and policymaker audiences. Manages IDFA’s digital editorial calendar. Tracks and reports on analytics of all communications’ vehicles (website, newsletters, social media) to take steps to improve the organization’s digital marketing plan. And uses email marketing to help build and cultivate the IDFA member community. 

Qualifications 

  • Bachelor's degree in Communications, Advertising, Public Relations, Marketing, Journalism or a related field.
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience at a trade association, Capitol Hill, or agency setting in communications/public affairs with an understanding of the political process and interest in public policy.
  • A gifted copywriter, able to draft, refine, and edit social and digital content.
  • Excellent project manager, capable of overseeing multiple deliverables and managing vendors/contracts.
  • Experience creating and/or editing video and multimedia content for social media and web channels.
  • Has project managed or led paid advertising/promotion campaigns via Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram.
  • Knowledge and experience with email marketing platforms such as MailChimp and Constant Contact.
  • Digital strategist, eager to learn and implement the latest trends in digital media and integrate them into broader communications campaigns.
  • Community manager, with knowledge of how to monitor, maintain, and optimize Facebook pages and Twitter accounts.
  • Creative, working both in groups and independently, and driven to make “good” content “great.”
  • A lover of food, agriculture and food and ag innovation.

Responsibilities

  • Works with the Director, External and Member Communications, SVP, Executive & Strategic Communications, Association staff, subject matter experts, member company communicators, and vendors to support the development and execute comprehensive communication strategies and campaigns to advance IDFA’s mission, goals, and strategic plan.
  • Uses communications skills to effectively frame policy and advocacy issues and translate them for general and policymaker audiences. Identifies the most effective use of digital and email communications vehicles and forums for projects.
  • Manages Association’s social media channels and email marketing platform and creates digital and email content as part of wider communications campaigns.
  • Leads creation of video and multimedia content for social media and web.
  • Manages IDFA’s digital editorial calendar.
  • Tracks and reports on analytics of all communications vehicles (website, newsletters, email, social media) to take steps to improve the organization’s digital marketing plan.
  • Ensures IDFA’s marketing, messaging, and branding efforts are consistent with IDFA’s guidelines.
  • Supports the process of updating, refining, and evolving IDFA’s website to maintain fresh content and a user-friendly design.


If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to Tracy Boyle at tboyle@idfa.org.
 

Executive Assistant


This position is responsible for providing support to the Association’s President and CEO and Chief of Staff.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintain and coordinate calendars, contacts, expense reports and travel requirements 
  • Assist in preparing materials and scheduling logistics for both internal and external meetings 
  • Support the Chief of Staff with planning, executing and debriefing for prominent events and special projects
  • Proof and edit executive department correspondence; maintain files
  • Coordinate executive department online resources, board and committee databases and subscriptions
  • Provide assistance on Association special projects
     

Job Requirements

  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to perform complex tasks and to prioritize multiple projects in a fast-paced deadline-oriented environment
  • Exemplary planning and time management skills
  • A high degree of responsibility, initiative and professionalism
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals
  • Proficient in computer and web skills, including but not limited to Microsoft products (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Excellent customer service
  • Discretion and confidentiality
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Proven experience as an executive administrative assistant, senior executive assistant or in other secretarial position
     

If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to Tracy Boyle at tboyle@idfa.org. 

Legislative Affairs Coordinator


This position is responsible for providing support to the Association’s legislative department.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintain and coordinate calendars, contacts, expense reports and travel requirements for the legislative department
  • Assist in preparing briefing materials and scheduling logistics for federal legislative fly-ins, PAC events, and internal and external meetings
  • Draft, revise and publish articles and communications for Association’s website, social media and other platforms
  • Prepare and summarize a weekly compilation of news stories for distribution to membership
  • Research issues, finalize meeting notes, and report on congressional hearings
  • Proof and edit legislative department correspondence; maintain department files
  • Coordinate the legislative department's online resources, committee databases and subscriptions

 

Job Requirements

  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to perform complex tasks and to prioritize multiple projects in a fast-paced deadline-oriented environment
  • A high degree of responsibility, initiative and professionalism
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals
  • Proficient in computer and web skills, including but not limited to Microsoft products (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Excellent customer service
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 1 to 3 years of experience


If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to Tracy Boyle at tboyle@idfa.org.
 

 
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