Careers at Food Export

Communications Associate

 

Posting Date: 7/14/2022

Organization: Food Export - Northeast

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Contact: recruiting@foodexport.org

    Food Export Association of the Midwest (Food Export–Midwest) and Food Export USA–Northeast (Food Export–Northeast) are
    private, non-profit trade associations composed of Midwest and Northeast state agricultural promotion agencies. Our
    missions are the development and expansion of international markets for U.S. food and value-added agricultural products.
    We participate in the Market Access Program (MAP) of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of USDA. The associations are
    currently seeking to hire for its Communications Associate position, located in downtown Philadelphia, PA.

    Position Overview:

    Under the direction of the Communications Manager, with the Deputy Director in the Northeast on-site as point of contact as
    needed, this position supports the Communications Program in several areas, including website management and
    maintenance, content creation, and social media efforts. The Communications Associate will be cross-trained in a variety of
    duties and responsibilities in the Communications Program area.

    Responsibilities:


    Responsible for maintenance of Food Export–Midwest and Food Export–Northeast website.

    • Leads efforts to update and maintain organization website.
    • Creates and updates website copy and other content using the Content Management System (CMS) Sitefinity.
    • Updates event pages in a timely manner based on internal requests.
    • Ensures compliance with Section 508 accessibility requirements.
    • Conducts quarterly audit of website to keep content current and up to date.
    • Tracks Key Performance Indicators using Google Analytics.
    • Coordinates efforts to secure supplier testimonials on Food Export–Midwest and Food Export–Northeast home pages.
    • Is cross-trained in other Communications Program area functions to assist with tasks and projects as needed.

    Responsible for content creation.

    • Coordinates the ongoing publishing of the Food Export blog, including planning appropriate content, writing blog posts, and coordinating content with other staff/program areas.
    • Prepares/updates presentations for Food Export–Midwest/Northeast and industry-wide events; sets-up and coordinates ongoing maintenance of Food Export master slide presentation templates for a variety of key audiences.
    • Is a key member of the recently launched Food Export Podcast. Responsibilities include planning and drafting content, recording episodes, and editing episodes with other members of the cross functional team.
    • Contributes to development of an annual content calendar/strategy that positions the organizations as thought leaders in the industry, educates new companies about exporting, and drives recruitment/participation in Food Export programs.

    Supports the associations’ social media efforts.

    • Supports Communications’ social media lead with planning and creation of a variety of engaging social media content, including written copy, images/graphics, and videos.
    • Responds to comments and inquiries on social media platforms.
    • Helps grow and maintain engagement among social media audience including suppliers, partners, buyers, vendors, and members on our various platforms.
    • Positions Food Export–Midwest and Northeast as thought leaders on international business for the industry, leveraging inputs from our international contractors, state members, federal funding agency, and other key stakeholders.
    • Works to develop increased brand awareness and online reputation for the associations.

    Undertakes special projects as may be assigned by the Supervisor or Executive Director that are important to Food Export–
    Midwest and Food Export–Northeast.

    Standards of Excellence: Performs his or her duties in a manner that is consistent with the Organization's Standards of Excellence which include:

    • Service and Quality; Integrity and Responsibility; Timeliness; Professionalism and Fiscal Responsibility; Teamwork; Communications; Staff Development.


    Requirements:

    Education:

    • Four-year college degree in a related field.

    Work Experience:

    • 2 years’ experience in marketing, communications, website content management, digital marketing, journalism, social media, or a related field.
    • Non-profit or association experience is strongly preferred.
    • Experience in food, export, and/or agriculture is a plus.

    Core Competencies:

    • The position requires: excellent communication skills (verbal and written); attention to detail and accuracy; time management skills; a strong ability to prioritize and coordinate multiple projects simultaneously; customer-service oriented; self-motivated with the ability to work independently and solve problems; proficiency with MS Office.
    • Must be able to professionally communicate effectively with people from a variety of backgrounds and responsibility levels both internally and externally. Must always represent the needs and best interest of the organization in a way that is consistent with organization goals and mission.
    • Experience with website content management and maintenance and a CMS is required (Sitefinity preferred).Possesses a working knowledge of principles of SEO including keyword research and Google Analytics.
    • Strong writing, editing and proofreading skills are required. Experience with professional blogging and copywriting skills are strongly preferred.
    • Fluency with social media is preferred, including knowledge and understanding of current trends and best practices in social media.
    • Experience with photography and producing and editing video are preferred.

     Physical Demands/Work Environment:

    • Work is performed in a standard office environment. This position requires light duty physical work, conducting general office duties, participation in trade shows, and market promotions. Requirements include carrying multiple files and printed materials.  
    • Some travel may be required.

     

      How to Apply:


      • Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest, resume, salary history and references, in confidence, to: recruiting@foodexport.org
      • Food Export USA - Northeast offers an excellent employee benefits package
      • Must be authorized to work in the United States  
      • Financial assistance for relocation is not budgeted for this position

         

      Food Export–Midwest and Food Export–Northeast are equal opportunity employers

       

       

      It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants for employment without regard to age, disability, national origin or ancestry, race, color, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, military discharge status or membership in the military reserve, source of income, or other status protected by applicable state, federal or local law. It is our intent and desire at Food Export that equal employment opportunities will be provided in employment recruitment, selection, compensation, benefits, promotion, demotion, layoff, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment. Persons with disabilities or who otherwise require alternate means of communication of organizational or program information can contact us at the url at the top of this document.

      Food Export administers many services through Market Access Program (MAP) funding from the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternate means of communication of program information should contact us. Food Export–Midwest and Food Export–Northeast prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, familial/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.