The NCGA Grassroots Advocacy and Leadership Development Manager, based in our Chesterfield, MO office, is responsible for serving the national association, state affiliates and general membership. Duties primarily focus on grassroots activism and leadership programs with ancillary support to fundraising, membership, and Services and Operations, as outlined below.
Reports to: State and Industry Relations and Development Director
Duties and Responsibilities
Grassroots Activism and Communications
- Foster grower activism and ensure close working relationships with state offices on grassroots advocacy and grower communications issues.
- Execute grassroots advocacy campaigns in online advocacy platform.
- Work closely with public policy staff and subject matter experts to implement grassroots calls-to-actions.
- Assist states in making grassroots activism central to membership, communications and training efforts nationally and in member states.
- Generate regular opportunities to raise profile of grassroots activism through regular communications and at state and national events.
- Assist with advocacy training for association members and directors.
- Maintain grassroots database and share campaign metrics with NCGA public policy staff, state policy staff, state executives and NCGA management team.
- Conduct other duties as assigned by the State and Industry Relations and Development Director, in cooperation with the Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Public Policy and PAC and Political Strategy Director.
- Develop and manage leadership development efforts in support of NCGA and states, including overseeing program curriculum, solicitation of candidates, and production of leadership publications, articles, and updates for NCGA website.
- Serve as lead staff for Leadership Academy and other co-sponsored leadership programs and serve as point of contact with co-sponsors.
- Serve as lead staff for NCGA William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship and other NCGA scholarships including management and promotion of the program and interface with co-sponsor.
- Interact with grower members and prospects by processing memberships.
- Assist Association & Membership Services Manager with membership-related duties, as determined by State and Industry Relations and Development Director.
- Provide support of membership initiatives including Commodity Classic, production of membership correspondence, proposals and newsletters, as well as updates to NCGA website.
- Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Communications or related field preferred.
- Three to five years relevant work experience in grassroots advocacy, government relations or similar position preferred.
- Experience in leading and facilitating meetings and/or training programs.
- Experience in political advocacy, political campaigns and strong background in the legislative process. Capitol Hill or state capitol experience preferred.
- Self-starter with good communication skills, customer orientation, issue sensitivity, and personal diplomacy.
- Experience with Voter Voice or other online advocacy platform highly desired.
- Proficiency with MS Office—Word, Excel, PowerPoint—required.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality for all projects and data is an integral part of the position.
- Ability to prioritize work assignments and communicate them, meet deadlines, remain flexible under deadlines, and provide feedback on priorities.
- Ability to work independently and make decisions within approved policy.
- Ability to follow written and verbal instructions, including detail orientation.
- Ability to express thoughts, ideas and perceptions clearly and concisely.
- Ability to travel.
- Project a positive image of NCGA and show a demonstrated concern for maintaining high professionalism in all areas of appearance, behavior and work habits.
- Ability to work with all levels of staff and external customers.
Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to HR@ncga.com by Friday, April 2, 2021.
The National Corn Growers Association is committed to cultivating a diverse workforce and a culture of inclusivity and belonging. Our goal is to attract qualified candidates and encourage applications from all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.