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Position Title: Director, Communications
Reports To: Vice President, Communications
Department: #14, Communications

Scope of Responsibilities

USMEF is seeking an experienced communications professional to write, produce and edit news articles, audio and video releases and other reports targeting USMEF member organizations as well as external audiences. This individual will also be responsible for developing and managing online content and social media strategies and monitoring media coverage of issues critical to the U.S. meat industry.

Specific Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with the Vice President, Communications, strategize and execute communication programs designed to raise the positive profile of USMEF
  • Coordinate with department heads, project managers and international directors to identify domestic and international USMEF resources and activities that can be included in USMEF’s communication efforts
  • Assist Vice President, Communications, in further developing relationships with key agricultural, business and consumer media
  • Coordinate with U.S. producer check-off organizations and other key funding sources in the preparation of communication messages and materials for their use
  • Manage and develop press releases, reports, newsletter items and other materials describing USMEF activities, achievements and positions on key issues
  • With staff Editor, maintain optimal efficiency of USMEF.org and communications to staff and member organizations
  • Continuously review USMEF communications vehicles and methodologies, recommending and implementing appropriate updates and improvements necessary to reach key audiences in a cost-effective manner
  • Serve as a key member of USMEF’s media training team
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) in communications-related field required
  • Eight or more years of experience in related field; trade association experience and familiarity with agricultural issues preferred
  • Sound news judgment and strong writing, editing and proofreading skills required; experience in media relations preferred
  • Ability to multi-task and work under deadline pressure
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated customer orientation and an ability to work in a team-based atmosphere

Note: This position description is not intended to reflect an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities or qualifications associated with the position.

Email resume and cover letter to Office Manager Joni Costa.

EEOC: USMEF complies with all equal opportunity, non-discrimination and affirmative action measures applicable to it by contract, government rule or regulation or as otherwise provided by law.


Position Title: Administrative Assistant/Receptionist
Reports To:Office Manager
Department:#11, General Office

Scope of Responsibilities

Provide administrative support to all departments, as necessary. Responsible for all aspects of reception and front desk duties, including answering and routing incoming calls, receiving visitors, maintaining shared office areas, receiving and assisting guests and assisting with facilities management. This position requires an 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. schedule.

Specific Responsibilities

Administrative

  • Work with all departments, perform general clerical office duties such as copying, filing, printing, typing, and special projects, as necessary
  • Research, assist with production of reports, prepare PowerPoint presentations
  • Assist with travel coordination and prepare expense reports
  • Correspond with domestic and international staff
  • Maintain time-off database including time off requests; receive and file travel plans
  • Maintain various general office Outlook calendars
  • Prepare outgoing mail and correspondence, including emails
  • Print and review time-off reports, review with Office Manager and Sr. VP, Operations
  • Provide support to Office Manager
  • Transcribe communications materials
  • Assume other duties as necessary or requested

Front Desk and Reception

  • Answer and screen incoming telephone calls in a friendly and professional manner and determine proper routing; arrange conference calls
  • Sort and route company mail, faxes and packages; log incoming documents, checks and payables according to company policy
  • Route general office payables for approval
  • Responsible for all outgoing domestic and international mail and shipments; keep abreast of domestic and international shipping documentation requirements and rates
  • Maintain, organize office supply inventories; order supplies
  • Coordinate scheduling and set-up of conference rooms for meetings, including catering needs
  • Email visitor notifications with updates/information
  • Point of contact for most general office vendors

Facilities

  • Maintain an organized and professional appearance of lobby, conference rooms and kitchen areas on a daily basis
  • Schedule maintenance for office furniture

Office Equipment

  • Maintain and troubleshoot office equipment, order equipment supplies, arrange for service as needed

Qualifications

  • Three years’ experience desired (experience in travel arrangements helpful)
  • High school diploma required, college degree or coursework desired (general business, math, English composition)
  • Attention to detail imperative
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and organizational skills
  • Proficiency in all Microsoft Office Suite, e-mail and internet
  • Proficiency in written communications, correct grammar usage, spelling and punctuation required
  • Ability to prioritize and carry out multiple tasks with flexibility
  • Ability and desire to work in a team atmosphere
  • Culturally attuned; agricultural background helpful
  • Team oriented, can-do attitude, outgoing, friendly and flexible

Note: This position description is not intended to reflect an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities or qualifications associated with the position.

Email resume and cover letter to Office Manager Joni Costa.

EEOC: USMEF complies with all equal opportunity, non-discrimination and affirmative action measures applicable to it by contract, government rule or regulation or as otherwise provided by law.

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