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Public Relations Manager

Iowa Soybean Association

Job Posting
May. 2, 2018

The Iowa Soybean Association, recognized as an Iowa Top Work Place and nationally regarded for serving Iowa farmers and improving the competitiveness of the Iowa soybean industry, seeks a talented, enthusiastic and motivated professional for the position of Public Relations Manager.

The preferred candidate excels in a team-centered, fast-paced business environment and possesses exceptionally strong communications and organization skills, work ethic, keen understanding of public relations and communications strategy and a passion for serving farmers.

Primary responsibilities:

1. Coordinate outreach to print, digital, online and broadcast reporters to advance association’s reach and reputation as a reliable and credible voice for soybean production and issues critical to Iowa agriculture

2. Serve on ISA Editorial Team to develop and implement communications assignments to achieve departmental goals and organization success

3. Facilitate requests from local, state and international media in timely and professional manner

4. Author and distribute news releases, guest editorials, backgrounders and speeches for reporters, ISA staff and organizational leaders

5. Maintain updated media list and quantify earned media result

6. Author news and feature stories for association’s print, digital and electronic communications about ISA programs and activities and issues impacting the soybean industry

7. Maintain ISA website with up-to-date news and information to benefit Iowa’s farmers

8. Assist in developing spokespersons for association on key issues, programs and activities

9. Develop slide, audiovisual and video presentations

10. Assist in the timely acquisition of qualitative and quantitative farmer and consumer opinion research

11. Help develop department’s strategic plan and annual budget

12. Edit information distributed by ISA using owned, earned and paid communications

13. Assist in the continued growth and effectiveness of ISA consumer outreach and agricultural awareness initiatives

Qualifications: Three to five years of experience in communications, public relations or related field; Accreditation in public relations a plus; Confident communicator and presenter; Excellent verbal, written communication, organizational and planning skills; Strategic and tactical understanding of primary social media platforms; Knowledge of the news cycle, media expectations and how to foster strong relationships with reporters; proactive, reliable, responsible and accurate with attention to detail; College degree in journalism, marketing, public relations or related field; Demonstrated history of handling multiple tasks on time and within budget; Familiarity with agriculture helpful; Enthusiasm for project development and implementation; Self-motivated with a positive and professional approach to working with others.


As an Iowa Top Work Place as designated by the Des Moines Register, the Iowa Soybean Association is pleased to provide a generous employee benefits program that includes: Competitive salary; Comprehensive health care, dental, life and disability insurance (including family options); 401(k) savings plan featuring generous company match; Defined Benefit Retirement Plan; Paid holidays, sick time and vacation; Wellness program with incentives; Generous tuition reimbursement; Cell phone reimbursement; Modern and spacious work environment; Flex summer hours (Memorial Day-Labor Day); Organizational culture emphasizing teamwork, flexibility, ideas and respect; Professional growth and development opportunities

To apply:

Submit resume, cover letter, and three writing samples by Friday, May 11 to Sue Heath at or mail or drop off to:
Iowa Soybean Association
Attn: Sue Heath
1255 Prairie Trail Pkwy.
Ankeny, IA 50023