Work at Ohio Corn & Wheat – Director of Communications & Industry Engagement

Director of Communications & Industry Engagement

Application Process 

For more information or to apply submit letter of application and resume by, Friday, July 5:

Tadd Nicholson
Ohio Corn & Wheat
59 Greif Parkway, Suite 101
Delaware, OH 43015
tnicholson@ohiocornandwheat.org 

Position Summary 

Ohio Corn & Wheat is seeking highly qualified, confident candidates who demonstrate experience as a spokesperson and substantial management experience for the Director of Communications & Industry Engagement. This position will lead all outward facing messaging of Ohio Corn & Wheat, develop marketing & communication strategies, manage our relationship with a PR firm, oversee the Manager of Communications and ensure that information released is consistent with the Ohio Corn & Wheat brand. This position reports directly to the Executive Director and is a member of the leadership team who sets the vision, strategy, and implements our goals for the betterment of Ohio’s corn and wheat industries. 

About Ohio Corn & Wheat 

Ohio Corn & Wheat is a strategic alliance that houses three separate and unique organizations: the Ohio Corn Checkoff, the Ohio Small Grains Checkoff, and the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association. We work on behalf of Ohio’s corn and small grain farmers to secure a sustainable future. 

Key Responsibilities 

  • Develop a cohesive communication strategy 
  • Ensuring quality control of all information released 
  • Projecting a positive company image to the public 
  • Managing a communication budget 
  • Overseeing the manager of communication and contractors 
  • Crisis management and preemptive planning 

What You’ll Do 

  • Lead strategy for grower communications about checkoff and association work 
  • Develop key messages for current issues in conjunction with national organization partners 
  • Serve as spokesperson for organization at grower events and with media 
  • Work collaboratively with the manager of communications to plan editorial calendar and ensure content is aligned with brand identity and strategic plan 
  • Manage consumer campaign projects led by OCW and/or industry partners 
  • Build campaigns to recruit and retain Association members 
  • Forge relationships with association sponsors 
  • Plan the organization’s annual Celebration, annual meeting, Farm Science Review presence, and other events for members 

Critical Components for Success 

  • 10 years of experience preferably in marketing, communication, agricultural communication or public relations. 
  • Strong written, verbal communication, and presentation skills 
  • Strong customer-centered relationship skills 
  • Ability to present and defend point-of-view constructively and persuasively with stakeholders 
  • Background and/or experience with Midwest grain production and how to connect with corn and wheat growers 
  • Excellent oral communication skills both in small groups and in front of larger audiences 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop successful marketing campaigns 
  • Strong time and project management skills 
  • Fast-paced environment with multiple competing priorities 
  • Enjoys forging new relationships 

Role Execution and Compensation 

  • This position is a full-time, salaried position requiring 40+ hours a week. These hours will vary according to events, travel, and responsibilities to the association and checkoff boards. Occasional weekends and frequent travel are required. 
  • This position is primarily based in Ohio Corn & Wheat’s office in Delaware, Ohio, with some work being executed remotely. 
  • Compensation package includes competitive pay, dynamic work environment, retirement plan with options, insurance plan, and paid time off. 

This description is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this position. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. Director of Engagement & Communication June 2024

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