Careers at Food Export

International Marketing Program Associate


Posting Date: 7/26/2021

Organization: Food Export - Midwest

Location: Chicago


    Food Export Association of the Midwest USA (Food Export-Midwest) is a non-profit organization that promotes the export of food and agricultural products from the Midwest region of the U.S.  The organization has been helping exporters of Midwest food and agricultural products sell their products overseas sine 1969, when it was first created as a cooperative effort between 13 Midwest state agricultural promotion agencies and the United States Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).






    Provides project coordination for the International Marketing Program, aimed at aiding small US suppliers of food and agriculture with exporting.


    • As directed by the International Marketing Program manager, support projects, programs, and services with careful consideration to budget, schedule, scope, evaluation, stakeholder management, communication, risk, procurement/contracting, and resources.
    • Serves as a point of contact for a diverse set of stakeholders, domestically and overseas, requiring strong intercultural communication skills, adaptability, and responsiveness. Stakeholders may include internal staff, contractors, vendors, partners, foreign buyers, US suppliers, and association members (State Departments of Agriculture).
    • Collaborate with other areas of Food Export – Midwest in order to meet goals related to Success Stories, registration fees, marketing materials, and outreach.


    Provides clerical support in the administration of the International Marketing Program



    • Coordinates the processing of invoices and expense reports, as well as other requests for payment. Develops, processes, and tracks financial information related to programs and services. Maintains accurate documentation to support compliance with federal regulations.
    • Supports processes related to procurement such as Requests for Proposals, vendor tracking, and filing contractor agreements.
    • Prepares and disseminates correspondence, deliverables, and marketing materials within stated timeframes.
    • Maintains accurate data from International Marketing Program activities.
    • Ensures that procedures for program operations are maintained and kept current throughout the year.


    Contribute to Food Export - Midwest's tactics and strategy relating to exporter education, market entry, and market promotion.

    • Effectively uses Food Export - Midwest's database, website, and other software.  May research and implement additional technology solutions to meet program needs.
    • Coordinate the dissemination and collection of surveys to assess the impact of programs and services.
    • Assists with efforts to determine cost effectiveness and track performance measures against goal.
    • Creates and presents reports using various sources of data.
    • Learns and supports efforts to educate US suppliers on how to export their food and agricultural products, which includes topics such as food retail, financing, international trade, food marketing, documentation/compliance, and more.
    • Assists International Marketing Program Manager with large projects including annual application for funding and preparation for major conferences.



    • Undertakes special projects as requested.





    • Four-year college degree in a related field

    Work Experience (highly preferred):

    • 2+ years of work experience in a related field, such as grant administration, project coordination, event coordination, international marketing, marketing administration, customer service, international trade, food, or agriculture.


    Core Competencies:


    • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, customer service oriented, must be proficient with MS Office, attention to detail and accuracy, time management skills and the ability to prioritize work, strong ability to troubleshoot and solve problems independently, strong ability to multitask and coordinate multiple priorities simultaneously, general knowledge and understanding of international marketing, selfmotivated, a self‐starter, and effective presentation skills. Ability to communicate and build relationships with people from a variety of backgrounds and responsibility levels.


    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.
    • Out‐of‐office travel to domestic and international locations is up to 25%.



      How to Apply:

      • Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest, resume, salary history and references, in confidence, to:
      • Food Export‐ Midwest offers an excellent comprehensive 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 is an equal opportunity employer:


      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

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      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.