CAREERS

NCGA is an equal opportunity employer.

Summary:

Responsible for developing and implementing communication plans in support of NCGA strategic priorities, including public relations, writing news and editorials, event coordination, and social media.

 

Reports to:

Vice President of Communications

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in developing annual goals and strategic plan for the Communications Department related to market demand-building programs.
  • Provide input to and coordinate with DC-based staff related to programs that involve policy elements – such as ethanol and trade.
  • Develop content (talking points, news stories, editorials, press releases, etc.) in support of assigned topics and communication plans.
  • Monitor news and trends related to assigned topics.

 

Writing:

  • Write and edit news articles, news releases, editorials, speeches, background papers, and other NCGA communications as needed.

 

Media Relations/Public Relations:

  • Develop proactive media relations program by identifying and cultivating relationships with. reporters-editors to effectively position NCGA as a leading agriculture organization.
  • Coordinate and respond to media inquiries, and initiate pitches to media related to assigned topics.
  • Update “media tracking sheet” daily to indicate media inquiries and outcomes.
  • Utilize tracking tools (TrendKite and Cision) to monitor issues and track coverage for assigned topics.

 

Other:

  • Respond to state affiliates’ request for information or assistance with communications.
  • Provide information and status updates to NCGA staff, Action Teams, and our state affiliates as needed.
  • Develop and implement social media campaigns as needed/ called for in communication plans.

 

 

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong public relations skills, with knowledge of agriculture (preferably corn).
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategic communication plans.
  • Able to take initiative and drive projects from concept through implementation and evaluation.
  • Advanced writing skills.
  • Strong analytical skills and familiarity with reporting tools (Cision, TrendKite) for issues management.
  • Experience implementing social media campaigns.
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills (Excel, Word and PowerPoint).
  • Good interpersonal skills with collaborative, team-building approach
  • Able to travel, as needed.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications or Public Relations with a minimum of 5 years of experience. Agriculture and/or association communications experience is a definite plus. OR
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

 

 

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to HR@ncga.com by June 16.