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There are three open positions at NCGA.

NCGA is an equal opportunity employer.


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POSITION PURPOSE 

 

The Soil Health Field Manager will provide technical assistance and educational resources to the Soil Health Partnership Farm network farmers and surrounding community members. This position manages and maintains knowledge to connect and leverage relationships/networks, research and communications tools, and information to increase effectiveness and efficiency across relevant agricultural and non-agricultural networks in the assigned territory.  The Soil Health Field Manager will report to the Field Team Director in planning and delivering key project objectives within the territory.

 

Specific Role Responsibilities

  • Manages key relationships with Soil Health Partnership Farm Network farmers, agronomists and collaborators
  • Manages the logistical detail involved with Soil Health Partnership field-based applied research programs
  • Coordination of the collection and submission of soil sample, harvest yield and economic data information from the Soil Health Partnership Demonstration Farm Network farmers 
  • Provides technical advice for enhanced agricultural systems through cover crops, conservation tillage and adaptive nutrient management 
  • Organizes and delivery of training materials and coaching for Soil Health Partnership Demonstration Farm Network farmers
  • Networks and coordinates with locally relevant agricultural and non-agricultural groups to enhance collective efforts to improve soil health
  • Plans and manages the logistical details for Soil Health Partnership events

 

Required Skills/Experience:

  • Education and/or experience equivalent to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy, Soil Science, Plant Pathology, Horticulture or related discipline with a minimum of 4 years of work experience in an agronomic related field OR a Master of Science in Agronomy, Soil Science, Plant Pathology, Horticulture or related discipline may be substituted for years of work experience requirement.
  • Experience in precision agricultural data management and software programs
  • Working experience of relationship management, recommendations, on-farm experimentation and interpretation of results
  • Experience planning and implementing customer-type, farmer and agronomist events
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Willingness to travel extensively within the assigned territory, with occasional national travel.

 

Desired Skills/Experience:

  • Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) certification.
  • Experience in making recommendations for optimized agricultural systems
  • Experience in precision agricultural data management and software programs
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and manage on-farm research trials

 

 

Time Requirements:

  • This position is full-time with travel required within assigned territory and occasional national travel.
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PROGRAM CORE COMPETENCIES:

  • Customer support - Responsive to needs of members and prospects.  Takes personal responsibility for service delivered. Is courteous and responsive to members.  Sets realistic expectations with members regarding requests for additional services.
  • Team support - Is seen as a collaborator and one who can contribute in a team setting.  Encourages all members to participate, and keeps team focused on goals and objectives.  Demonstrates a willingness to work with all those involved in the task at hand.
  • Initiative - Acts independently while working to achieve performance objectives.  Takes action to improve or remedy situations that may be problematic by offering solutions, insights, and suggestions to those involved.
  • Adaptability - Adapts to change, is open to new ideas, takes on new responsibilities, handles pressure, and adjusts plans to meet changing needs.
  • Results Focus - Can be counted on to meet or exceed goals; pushes self and others for results; is a conscientious worker who can be relied upon to handle unforeseen obstacles.
  • Customer Focus - Meets internal and external customer expectations; delivers upon commitments; build customer confidence; follows through on requests gaining trust and respect. 
  • Judgement - Uses good problem solving and analytical skills in making decisions.  Thinks through the impact of decisions and actions on other people and programs.
  • Coordination- independently cross-checks data, projects, and communications across geography and multi-level collaborations with partnering organizations.

 

If interested please email soilhealth@ncga.com or call (636) 733-9004

Please visit soilhealthpartnership.org for more information on the Soil Health Partnership.

 

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POSITION PURPOSE

 

The Soil Health Field Manager will provide technical assistance and educational resources to the Soil Health Partnership Farm network farmers and surrounding community members. This position manages and maintains knowledge to connect and leverage relationships/networks, research and communications tools, and information to increase effectiveness and efficiency across relevant agricultural and non- agricultural networks in the assigned territory. The Soil Health Field Manager will report to the Field Team Director in planning and delivering key project objectives within the territory.

 

Specific Role Responsibilities

  • Manages key relationships with Soil Health Partnership Farm Network farmers, agronomists and collaborators

  • Manages the logistical detail involved with Soil Health Partnership field-based applied research programs

  • Coordination of the collection and submission of soil sample, harvest yield and economic data information from the Soil Health Partnership Demonstration Farm Network farmers

  • Provides technical advice for enhanced agricultural systems through cover crops, conservation tillage and adaptive nutrient management

  • Organizes and delivery of training materials and coaching for Soil Health Partnership Demonstration Farm Network farmers

  • Networks and coordinates with locally relevant agricultural and non-agricultural groups to enhance collective efforts to improve soil health

  • Plans and manages the logistical details for Soil Health Partnership events Required Skills/Experience:

  • Education and/or experience equivalent to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy, Soil Science, Plant Pathology, Horticulture or related discipline with a minimum of 4 years of work experience in an agronomic related field OR a Master of Science in Agronomy, Soil Science, Plant Pathology, Horticulture or related discipline may be substituted for years of work experience requirement.

  • Experience in precision agricultural data management and software programs

  • Working experience of relationship management, recommendations, on-farm experimentation

    and interpretation of results

  • Experience planning and implementing customer-type, farmer and agronomist events

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Willingness to travel extensively within the assigned territory, with occasional national travel.

    Desired Skills/Experience:

  • Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) certification.

  • Experience in making recommendations for optimized agricultural systems

  • Experience in precision agricultural data management and software programs

  • Demonstrated ability to plan and manage on-farm research trials

 

Time Requirements:

• This position is full-time with travel required within assigned territory and occasional national travel.

 

PROGRAM CORE COMPETENCIES:

  • Customer support - Responsive to needs of members and prospects. Takes personal responsibility for service delivered. Is courteous and responsive to members. Sets realistic expectations with members regarding requests for additional services.

  • Team support - Is seen as a collaborator and one who can contribute in a team setting. Encourages all members to participate, and keeps team-focused on goals and objectives. Demonstrates a willingness to work with all those involved in the task at hand.

  • Initiative - Acts independently while working to achieve performance objectives. Takes action to improve or remedy situations that may be problematic by offering solutions, insights, and suggestions to those involved.

  • Adaptability - Adapts to change, is open to new ideas, takes on new responsibilities, handles pressure, and adjusts plans to meet changing needs.

  • Results Focus - Can be counted on to meet or exceed goals; pushes self and others for results; is a conscientious worker who can be relied upon to handle unforeseen obstacles.

  • Customer Focus - Meets internal and external customer expectations; delivers upon commitments; build customer confidence; follows through on requests gaining trust and respect.

  • Judgement - Uses good problem solving and analytical skills in making decisions. Thinks through the impact of decisions and actions on other people and programs.

  • Coordination- independently cross-checks data, projects, and communications across geography and multi-level collaborations with partnering organizations.

 

If interested please email soilhealth@ncga.com or call (636) 733-9004

 

Please visit soilhealthpartnership.org for more information on the Soil Health Partnership.

 

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Summary:

Responsible for developing and implementing the communications plan and tactics that provide service to key constituent groups, such as grower-leaders, state affiliates, media, public policymakers and NCGA staff. Assist with overall communication objectives of NCGA.

 

Reports to:

Vice President of Communications in St. Louis, MO

Coordinates daily with the Executive Vice President in Washington, DC

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in developing annual goals and strategic plan for the Communications Department to support the mission of NCGA.
  • Work with Vice President of Communications to develop and manage communications plans and tactics that achieve organizational objectives set for the Washington, D.C. office.
  • Provide input to and coordinate with St. Louis-based Communications team and other NCGA staff regularly for general NCGA communications use/tactics.
  • Develop and coordinate messaging and its use by corn growers to the media.
  • Initiate conversations with media and other constituents to be informed of issues and to pitch and write stories, talking points, and other tactics

 

Writing:

  • Write news stories on policy issues for posting on website and daily email newsletter.
  • Provide editorial and consultative support to Executive Vice President of Public Policy and the Washington, D.C. staff on strategic methods to handle communications issues as well as what tactics to use, such as Issues Briefs, Insiders, Call to Actions, speeches, talking points, and related documents.
  • Write and edit news articles, news releases, editorials, speeches, background papers, testimony and other written documents as well as electronic-based documents (including but not limited to website articles).

 

Media Relations/Public Relations:

  • Develop proactive media relations program by identifying and cultivating relationships with Washington, D.C. reporters-editors to effectively position NCGA as a leading agriculture organization. Become DC media’s “go-to” source on legislative issues affecting corn growers.
  • Work with key Washington, D.C. media for placement of stories that promote NCGA’s role and position on issues.
  • Organize press conferences for policy-related events

 

Coordinate and respond to media inquiries.

  • Initiate pitches to media on NCGA topics of interest/news.
  • Assist with lobbyist deliverables, including letter-writing and phone-calling campaigns, fly-ins of growers for Capitol Hill visits, development and placement of advocacy advertising, etc. Coordinate with St. Louis on support needs.
  • Update daily all media requests, interviews, outcomes via Cision.

 

Web:

  • Exercise editorial management of the Legislative Action Center. Update and maintain “Current Legislation” section. Post “Action Alerts,” write letters and generate member use.
  • Suggest and provide web content, as needed or feasible.

 

Other:

  • Respond to state affiliates’ request for information or assistance on communications and policy-related activities.
  • Initiate and maximize photo opportunities to promote NCGA. Maintain electronic photo files accessible to Communications team electronically.
  • Prepare timely oral and written reports on communications efforts.
  • Initiate and maintain continuous contact with Vice President of Communications and other department staff on the status of projects and other issues requiring inter-office coordination.
  • Oversee and direct the work of outside vendors, as needed (i.e., public relations and advertising agencies) to meet project/campaign needs, deadlines and budgets.

 

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Background and knowledge of agriculture (preferably corn) and/or federal and state government procedures (Congress, Agencies, Administration).
  • Able to take initiative and drive projects from concept through implementation and evaluation.
  • Enjoys fast-paced work environment.
  • Good interpersonal, oral, written, and presentation communications skills.
  • Ability to initiate, build, nurture, and leverage relationships with all segments of the industry from corn growers to legislators to media for the purpose of advancing NCGA’s mission and goals.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality on all projects and data.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Good computer and photography skills.
  • Excellent writing, proofreading, editing, investigative, and initiating skills.
  • Ability to project a positive image for NCGA and maintain professional standards in all areas of behavior and work habits.
  • Able to travel, as needed.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree in agriculture journalism, journalism, communications or related field with a minimum of 8 years of proven experience in journalism, investigative news gathering, agribusiness, strategic communications management, public and government relations or related field and Capitol Hill work.

 

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