The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) represents the corn wet-milling industry in the United States. Wet milling produces sweeteners, starch, advanced bioproducts, and feed products from corn components such as oil, protein, and fiber. CRA also administers the Plant Based Products Council (PBPC), an organization launched by CRA in 2019 that represents companies manufacturing or using non-food products and materials made from renewable, plant-based inputs.  The Director, Communications will support both CRA and PBPC reporting to CRA’s Senior Vice President and PBPC’s Executive Director.

As a member of the External Affairs team managed by the Senior Vice President, the Director is responsible for refining and implementing strategic communications plans, contributing to broader advocacy plans of which communications is an essential part, and offering direct support to CRA’s CEO.  Further, the Director will be a hands-on leader focused on day-to-day communications activities and the creation of policy advocacy materials. The Director oversees the communications budget and CRA’s dedicated communications and website vendors to ensure they deliver high-quality communications products and services. The Director must be adaptable to changing advocacy conditions and member inquiries or requests. The Director must be able to support communications of technical issues to a broad range of audiences. The ability to manage multiple projects while staying on strategy, on deadline, and on budget is a must in this role.

What You’ll Do:

Messaging: Carefully shape the language and images that represent CRA and PBPC and their positions in a compelling and persuasive manner. Ensure that consistent, clear messaging follows through all modes of communications for a range of audiences and across our membership.

Supervisory: Direct, manage, and supportively mentor Communications Interns. Serve as staff lead for CRA and PBPC member communication committees, including regular committee meetings.  Manage and evaluate vendors and consultants.

Writing & Editing: Draft and review a range of documents and resources — both print and online — for a broad range of audiences, including public education, member engagement, membership recruitment, lobbying, and other purposes.

Strategy:  Contribute to development of broader advocacy plans.  Scope of work includes but is not limited to distributing CRA newsletters, promoting advocacy campaigns, engaging with member companies, supporting member recruitment, publicizing events, and broadening audiences.

Media Relations: Oversee vendor management of websites and collaborate with vendors on media relations, including story development, media targeting, op-ed pitching, and relationship management. Plan proactive media campaigns and outreach, as well as rapid-response work in reaction to breaking news. Monitor the media and social media for opportunities to engage.

Campaigns & Project Management: In collaboration with the policy and external affairs teams, advance the association’s legislative and advocacy priorities through message development, advocacy materials, educational programs, research projects, consumer research and reporting, grasstops/grassroots campaigns, and press and social media campaigns.

Newsletter & Publications: Oversee production of CRA and PBPC updates/newsletters, reports, educational materials, brochures, fact sheets, and other advocacy materials.

Internal Communications & Administrative Tasks: Create and maintain resources and protocols that strengthen our communications efforts such as style and brand guides. Develop and manage the Communications budget.

Branding: Oversee branding and design of CRA and PBPC promotional materials.

Qualifications:

  • At least seven years of progressive experience and demonstrated success in communications or related field, preferably in the association and/or government sector.
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to:
    • Manage consultants and vendor
    • Understand and grasp fast-changing media markets and platforms
    • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with members of the media
  • Exceptional project management and time management skills.
  • Strong commitment to the CRA and PBPC missions.
  • Ability to work independently and stay organized in a fast-paced environment, while managing several projects simultaneously and adjusting to frequently shifting, immediate demands.
  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in journalism, public relations, marketing, or English, or comparable experience.
  • Previous campaign and/or Hill experience preferred.

Our organizations place a heavy emphasis on culture. Our work is highly collaborative, action-oriented, and fast paced in implementation of team developed strategic workplans. We strive to enjoy our work and consistently be transparent, inclusive, and professional. We believe that we are a “team of leaders” who “share the problem” to collaborate and achieve success.

This is a full-time employment position in an office environment. CRA has a hybrid work environment which requires in-office work and local residency in Washington, DC metro area.

Benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience up to $130,000 annually. Best in class benefits offered, including health insurance plan, life insurance as well as short and long-term disability insurance; 401(k); sick, vacation and holiday leave; public transit assistance. We embrace continuous learning and support our team in efforts to grow and develop professionally and personally.

To apply please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to [email protected]. Please include “Director, Communications” in the subject line.

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