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Director of Communications, FARM Program

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Job Title: Director of Communications, FARM Program
Location: Arlington, VA, South United States, USA
Company: National Milk Producers Federation
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Government, Policy and Legal
Career Type: Communications/Public Relations
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: 3
Salary: Competitive
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Director of Communications, FARM Program



Bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications, or equivalent experience, with at least three to five years of related work experience, i.e. at a trade association, media organization, government agency or Capitol Hill office. An interest in public policy, specifically the intersection of agricultural and sustainability issues, is necessary. Position requires:

  • Superior writing and editing skills; can work independently and take the initiative to identify FARM communications efforts, including websites and social media channels;
  • Creativity combined with ability to multi-task;
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite; ability to use WordPress, Constant Contact and other publishing programs a big plus;
  • Basic photography, video and graphic-design skills, and ability to use skills and tools to create digital content.



  • Oversees day-to-day digital content development and production, including social-media activities;
  • Takes lead on drafting and editing FARM content, including news releases, newsletters and materials released for stakeholders;
  • Helps other NMPF communications staff with communications responsibilities, including NMPF publications and social media;
  • Collaborates with NMPF communications staff in developing media strategies that cut across NMPF and FARM issue sets;
  • Leads FARMS’s rapid response to fast-developing issues in animal welfare, labor and other areas and works across dairy organizations to coordinate communications crisis management;
  • Assists in interaction with media, including story development, and maintains distribution lists;
  • Leads development and production of newsletters, brochures, reports and other communications resources;
  • Manages day-to-day relationships in communications areas with other associations and vendors;
  • Collaborates with coworkers on planning for board and annual meetings; and
  • Travels on behalf of FARM team to industry meetings and events, representing organization and speaking on its behalf both as member of team and as sole representative.




  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail; proofreading skills essential;
  • High levels of professionalism, discretion and sound judgment;
  • Strong writing and reading skills;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing, sometimes in high-pressure situations;
  • Ability to work both as part of a team and independently on multiple tasks;
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to prioritize work, often juggling multiple assignments within short timeframe;
  • Ability to follow through and meet deadlines.
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Job Post Date: 01/21/20
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