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There is a definite sense of family among the staff here at the Oregon Dairy Products Commission. Of course, that's what happens when you assemble a group of talented and motivated professionals for purposes of furthering the interests of the region's dairy farm families. ODPC is an equal opportunity employer that honors diversity, and is keenly interested in the health, wellbeing and workplace happiness of its employees. We strive for high job satisfaction. Opportunity for personal and professional growth is ever present. And the work environment is genuine pleasure. Who knows? Perhaps you'll find yourself working with us one day.

Following are our current openings:

Industry Relations & Communications Manager

Position Title:Industry Relations & Communications Manager
Position Category:Communications
Agency:Oregon Dairy Products Commission
Agency Number:617000
Work Location:Portland, Oregon
Position:Full Time
Eligible for Overtime:FSLA/No

SECTION 2 - PROGRAM/POSITION INFORMATION
The Oregon Dairy Products Commission (ODPC) was created in 1943 by an act of the Oregon State Legislature and represented the first industry in the state to request the authority to tax itself for the purpose of its own betterment through marketing, promotion, education and research. ODPC is one of Oregon’s industry-funded commodity commissions that operate under the umbrella of the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s (ODA) Commodity Commission Program, and whose statutory authority is provided specifically in ORS 576. The Commission is funded and directed by the Oregon dairy industry, with oversight by the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

The Oregon Dairy Products Commission is seeking a dynamic, experienced professional to join our team as the primary liaison with Oregon’s dairy industry and affiliated agricultural organizations.  In this newly created position, the individual will create lasting relationships with Oregon’s dairy farm families, dairy processors, industry leaders, and other influencers to develop a strong sense of ownership and value for the state’s checkoff program.  This work also supports a comprehensive communications plan that strives to achieve consumer belief and trust in dairy foods and dairy farming.  The individual will also help unite the many facets of Oregon’s dairy industry into a cohesive community to foster industry growth and advancement.

SECTION 3 - DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Key Responsibilities:
The Industry Relations & Communications Manger reports to the Sr. Director of Communications and has responsibility to implement an industry relations program throughout the State of Oregon.

Serves as the primary liaison in communicating the value of dairy checkoff to, and deepening engagement with, Oregon’s dairy industry including producers, processors, cooperatives, dairy organizations, agencies, dairy leaders, industry boards, vendors and suppliers.   Develops and delivers communications through newsletters, website, digital distribution, social media, presentations, collateral materials and other means.

  • Serves as the primary point of contact for dairy producers in providing materials, resources, and other means of support for ongoing activities including dairy farm tour programs and localized activities.  
  • Engages Oregon’s dairy industry in its role to support Consumer Confidence in dairy through media training, messaging, social media, speaker engagements, event participation, and collateral materials.  Assists in identifying, documenting, and promoting success stories from within the industry including animal care, sustainability, product quality, and community support.
  • Works with affiliated agricultural organizations and agencies to create and retain dairy advocates, and achieve mutually beneficial goals of advancing a positive producer image in Oregon agriculture.
  • Develops and maintains a positive, working relationship with key stakeholders and organizations in helping unite the many facets of Oregon’s dairy industry into a cohesive community to foster industry growth, advancement, and effective use of resources.
  • Supports the Commission’s crisis communications preparedness team by acting as the key industry liaison for producers and processors.
  • Represents the Oregon Dairy Products Commission at key industry events in helping ensure the understanding and value of the dairy checkoff.
  • Monitors performance criteria and collects data to report and evaluate program results.
  • Completes approved tasks/projects on time and within budget.
  • Provides support to program planning, communications/media relations, goals, and budgets, as directed by Sr. Director of Communications.
  • Other duties as assigned.

SECTION 4 - SUPERVISORY DUTIES
No supervisory duties.

SECTION 5 – DECISION MAKING

  • Understands implications of decisions within scope of responsibility.
  • Manages priorities to meet program and strategic objectives within established timelines.
  • Exercises good judgment and discretion in handling confidential matters and information in accordance with the Commission’s Employment Policies.

SECTION 6 - REVIEW OF WORK
Performance is reviewed on an annual basis by the Sr. Director of Communications.
 
SECTION 7 - WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Applicant must have, or be able to obtain, a valid driver’s license and have a good driving record or be able to provide an acceptable method of transportation and must carry full liability insurance coverage (personal injury and property damage) in at the least the minimum amounts required by state law.
  • The individual will be expected to work a full time schedule as agreed with manager during a five-day work week of Monday- Friday.  Occasional overnight travel and work during weekend and evening hours may be required.  The position is not eligible for overtime.

SECTION 8 – GUIDELINES
The Industry Relations & Communications Manager must become familiar with applicable statutes, rules, policies and procedures of the State of Oregon, and as they relate to a commodity commission marketing and promotions program.

SECTION 9 – PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Five or more year’s professional experience in public relations, community outreach, program/project management, network development, and/or industry/stakeholder relations.
  • Four-year college degree in public relations, communications or related field a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience managing a program of relationship building through various forms of communications, personal contacts, and speaking engagements.
  • Proven background in working with a variety of stakeholders and influencers within an industry setting.
  • Must be outgoing, have a consistently positive attitude, good skills in personal presentation and professional appearance, and work well with people from a variety of backgrounds.
  • Proven strong experience in making persuasive presentations and crafting written materials in a meaningful format for the given audience and under deadline.
  • Experience with social, digital, print, verbal/audio, and video media formats.
  • Knowledge of, or exposure to, agriculture and food-related industries is desirable, but not required.
  • Ability to accommodate travel throughout Oregon, with occasional overnight stays and occasional work during evenings and weekends.

SECTION 10 – COMPENSATION
As an agency of the State of Oregon, the Commission provides a benefit package including medical, vision and dental insurance; paid vacation, sick leave and holidays; and contribution toward state retirement plan.  Options for life and disability insurance are available. This position is a full-time, salaried position and is not eligible for overtime compensation.

Starting Salary Range:  $57,000 - $62,000

The Oregon Dairy Products Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).  Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, political affiliation, belief, or veteran status.

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