Job Opening • Industry Relations Manager

OREGON DAIRY PRODUCTS COMMISSION

POSITION DESCRIPTION 

Industry Relations Manager

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

The Oregon Dairy Products Commission (dba Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council or ODNC) is seeking an experienced professional to join our dynamic team to fill the role of Industry Relations Manager. In this role, the selected individual will function as a strategic resource  

for Oregon’s dairy farm families, industry leaders, and other influencers to meet the overall goal of building trust in and sales of Oregon dairy foods.  

Working as part of a small-office team, the ideal successful candidate will have experience and proven skills in project management, agriculture science and communications, and/or industry/stakeholder relations. Important to the success of this work is a positive attitude and an appreciation for the growth and prosperity of the Oregon dairy industry. 

Please read the Position Description thoroughly before applying. The position is based in Tigard/Portland, Oregon working a full-time hybrid schedule with defined days/hours in-office and at a home office. 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Initial review of applications will begin the week of April 25, 2022.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.   

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to HR@odncouncil.org.  In the subject line note: ODNC Industry Relations Manager.  No phone calls or faxes, please. 

Qualified candidates selected for subsequent interviews will be required to provide at least three personal references.  

POSITION INFORMATION

Position Title: Industry Relations Manager 

Position Category: Communications  

Agency: Oregon Dairy Products Commission 

Agency Number: 617000 

Work Location: Portland, Oregon 

Position: Full Time  

Eligible for Overtime: No / FLSA Exempt 

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.  ODPC does business as Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council (ODNC). 

ODNC serves the Oregon dairy industry as a strategic resource to help the industry grow and thrive.   Our work is pre-competitive and supports the entire dairy food system – small and large, new and established farms and businesses – and the full range of dairy products.   

The Industry Relations Manager creates lasting relationships with and serves as a strategic resource for Oregon’s dairy farm families, industry leaders, and other influencers.  Working as part of a dynamic team, the Industry Relations Manager works to ensure programming meets the overall goal of building trust in and sales of Oregon dairy foods.  This position reports to the Communications Director.  

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

The Industry Relations Manager plans and implements an industry relations program with five key areas of responsibility: 

Farmer Relations 

  • Engages Oregon’s dairy industry to build trust in dairy farming and dairy foods through media training, messaging, 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. 
  • Serves as the primary liaison in communicating the value of dairy checkoff to, and deepening engagement with, Oregon’s dairy industry including farmers, cooperatives, and allied organizations.   Develops and delivers communications through in-person visits and experiences, newsletters, website, presentations and others. 
  • 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, social media development, speaking engagements, and localized activities. 

Industry Relations 

  • 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. 
  • Represents the Oregon Dairy Products Commission at key industry events in helping ensure the understanding and value of the dairy checkoff.  Serves as the primary liaison in working with dairy industry and industry-related agricultural organizations for mutually beneficial activities and projects. 

Communications Support 

  • Supports the Commission’s crisis communications preparedness team by acting as the key industry liaison for producers. 
  • Leads communications for producers and supports ODNC’s overall social media content. 
  • Supports content development for stories, articles, and other visibility for on-farm accomplishments. 
  • Provides other content assistance as needed. 

Farm Sustainability 

  • Serves as the liaison to the Innovation Center for US Dairy for on-farm sustainability efforts. 
  • Serves as the ODNC liaison to the national Net Zero initiative, through the Innovation Center for US Dairy, for the benefit of and communications to Oregon producers. 
  • Compiles and delivers content relevant to local, regional and national dairy sustainability science and innovation to farmers, staff and stakeholders. 

Administrative 

  • Develops annual plan of work and budget under guidance, direction, and approval of Communications Director. 
  • 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 Communications Director. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

SUPERVISORY DUTIES 

The Industry Relations Manager has no supervisory duties. 

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. 

REVIEW OF WORK 

Performance is reviewed on an annual basis by the Communications Director. 

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. 
  • This position is based in Tigard/Portland, Oregon.  The individual will be expected to work a full-time hybrid 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. 

GUIDELINES 

The Industry Relations 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. 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS & ABILITIES 

  • Five or more year’s professional experience and proven skills, in   program/project management, agriculture science and communications, and/or industry/stakeholder relations. 
  • Four-year college degree in agricultural sciences, communications, or related field preferred. 
  • Demonstrated experience managing a program of relationship building through various forms of communications, personal contacts, and speaking engagements. 
  • Experience working with a variety of stakeholders and influencers within an industry setting. 
  • Must be outgoing, have a consistently positive attitude and work well with people from a variety of backgrounds. 
  • Proven strong experience in making persuasive presentations and writing effectively for a target audience. 
  • Experience with social, digital, print, verbal/audio, and video media formats. 
  • Experience leading tours, both virtual and in-person is a desirable. 
  • Knowledge of, or exposure to, dairy farming, agriculture, and food-related industries is highly desirable. 
  • Ability to accommodate travel throughout Oregon, with occasional overnight stays and occasional work during evenings and weekends. 

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:  $70,000 to $75,000 depending on experience. 

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. 

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.