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State Policy Communications Coordinator

Job Title
State Policy Communications Coordinator
Job ID
27357110
Location
Washington, DC,  DC 20003
Other Location
Description

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is a national trade association that advocates on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international trade issues. It is the collective voice of 300,000 producers in 30 soybean-producing states represented through 26 state affiliates. A primary focus for ASA is policy development and implementation, starting with adoption of policy goals at an annual meeting of ASA’s voting delegates. We carry out these goals through advocacy efforts before Congress and Executive Branch agencies, activating support at the grassroots level, and in contacts with the media. We are a premier organization with an excellent track record and reputation for effectiveness

State Policy Communications Coordinator

As the State Policy Communications Coordinator, you’ll be the primary facilitator in communicating policy issues between ASA and state soybean organizations. You’ll coordinate regularly with state soybean organizations on policy priorities, issues, and advocacy to help improve understanding of federal issues and aid states in encouraging farmer engagement within states.

This role is vital in assuring there is regular and timely, accurate and useful information flowing from ASA to the states, and from the states to ASA. It is important this role work on closing any communications gaps between national and state staff on matters of policy and be a conduit for ASA rapport building with states.

We will rely on you to seek new engagement opportunities with state affiliates by working hand in hand with Sr. Director Marketing and Communications and DC-based Government Affairs staff to assure ASA’s policy messaging is accurately portrayed to all soybean-producing states. Travel is expected throughout the year to state events, including for presentations at state board meetings, field day participation, state conferences and other state visits as required.

Working under the direction of Sr. Director, you’ll play a large role in not only state communications, but also supporting media relations and writing various policy communications materials. However, you’ll have great autonomy in growing and expanding this role to better fit the needs of the states, and there is room for advancement for the right person who takes ownership and initiative in progressing ASA’s state outreach. While you’ll be based in and work from the DC office during regular working hours, the position does require aforementioned travel and some night and weekend hours for breaking policy news situations.

Responsibilities:

  • Attending state board meetings and organizing policy staff call-ins to state board meetings: Communicating with state staff on board meeting dates to either attend and/or lead call-ins with ASA policy issue leads to provide policy updates and discuss national and state engagement.
  • Other state visits: travel frequently to states throughout the year for (1) policy updates and presentations; (2) rapport-building, and opportunities to discuss communications priorities and policy objectives; and (3) United Soybean Board (USB) education program presentations, which also typically include broader ASA discussions and/or policy updates.
  • Planning annual or bi-annual ASA policy communications event for state staff: Plan and implement a Policy Communications event annually or biannually in D.C. to ensure ASA and state communications staff are working in tandem, and that state affiliates are policy-literate on ASA’s core policy positions.
  • Initiating Issue Updates and Action Alerts: Writing and distributing, and posting on ASA Board and State Portal, all Issue Updates and Action Alerts. “Issue Updates” are policy updates distributed via email regularly on policy issue developments. “Action Alerts” are calls to action for states and their members to contact Members of Congress or the Administration via the online Soy Action Center advocacy tool, which this position updates in the CQ Engage platform.
  • Organizing monthly State Policy Call: Monthly call-ins for states and ASA policy staff to coordinate on national policy issues and what is happening at the state level. Sends agenda and coordinates calls with states and ASA policy staff.
  • Function as liaison between states and ASA Government Affairs team in D.C. in coordinating policy discussion and in-state policymaker engagement activities.
  • Writing quarterly “President’s Message” to update state affiliates and larger soy community on ASA’s top-line activities and ASA president’s vision for the coming month and year.
  • Fielding media requests and setting up media interviews in a timely manner.
  • Writing articles regularly for state publications and other articles upon request.
  • Writing press releases and media alerts to support Sr. Director as needed.
  • Assisting with updating backgrounders and talking points.
  • Contributing to ASA social media, eBean weekly newsletter (including cross training on production), ASA quarterly magazine, and other ASA communications pieces as needed.
  • Attending trade shows and conferences at which ASA can advance its policy messaging. These include ag shows such as annual Farm Progress and NAFB Trade Talk. This position helps set up media interviews, ASA booth space, and travel for these events, along with updating talking points and issues backgrounders, and producing other collateral as needed.
  • Commodity Classic annual trade show: Coordinates ASA press conference, including moderating event, writing comments and talking points for ASA officers to deliver to media; writing other speeches and talking points for Classic events; helping man ASA booth.
  • Speaking at ASA conferences and events on ASA advocacy efforts and policy priorities.
  • Preparing speeches for ASA board members and other presentations as needed.  
  • Developing ASA and/or ASA/USB project communications/collateral pieces as needed.
  • Retaining high level of knowledge about the Association, including its policy priorities and objectives, its internal policies and procedures, its industry partners and leadership programs.   
  • Attending ASA board meetings leadership programs, and other ASA meetings as required.
  • Networking on behalf of ASA as required in DC and other meetings relevant to job description.
  • Coordinating with outside suppliers, contractors, and speakers as required.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.
  • Travel expected approximately 35% of the time.

Qualifications:

  • Hands-on policy experience, preferably in agriculture or related field.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism or related field; or equivalent work experience; or combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment to support a diverse organization.
  • Must be able to work independently with ability to meet assigned deadlines.
  • Must be detail oriented and able to adapt to changing priorities.
  • Knowledge of agricultural industry and public affairs a plus.

Benefits:

We offer a competitive annual salary, depending on experience, in addition to:

  • Paid time off.
  • Medical benefits, dental, vision and life insurance.
  • 401K plan with employer match.
  • Exciting and challenging work environment!

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.