IL Corn is seeking an ambitious team-player to join us as our Biofuels Programs & Public Policy Manager!
The Biofuels Programs & Public Policy Manager directs and facilitates the policy development process and represents corn growers and their policy positions at state and federal levels. The position is responsible for issues management and effective communications to key audiences, especially grower members. This position will also gain and disseminate technical knowledge on all aspects of ethanol relative to policy, market development efforts to create demand.
This position works on:
· Gathering input on issues through membership surveys
· Coordinating regional roundtable discussions across the state
· Organizing the annual state policy conference
· Attending and assisting grower delegates at National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Corn Congress sessions
· ICGA’s Political Action Committee (PAC)
· Lobbies on agricultural issues at state and federal levels
· Coordinates grower lobbying groups at state and federal levels
· Supervises contract lobbyists
· Provides input for the Director of Communications and Marketing to write PAC newsletter regarding legislative and policy issues for membership
· Contributes to organization communication (web site, newsletters, social media, etc.)
· Develops and manages the Grassroots Network Program
· Serves as organization representative for state commodity legislative coordination group (BCPPS)
· Develops and maintains contacts with state and federal agencies, state universities and other agricultural groups
· Works closely with NCGA and other corn state organizations
· Works with research centers such as NCERC, industry and universities to accelerate the commercialization of new fuels
· Works closely with the ethanol industry in Illinois on state policy, legislation, and programs that will help the industry expand.
· Provide information and updates on a regular basis to both ICMB and ICGA boards on activities, project status, issues impacting corn, and future challenges, opportunities, and direction.
This position will report to the IL Corn home office in Bloomington, Illinois and will require regular travel to Springfield, Illinois and/or Washington, DC.
-Bachelor's degree in related field from four-year college or university plus three-five years' related experience and/or training.
-Experience in working with government officials/legislators.
-Extensive knowledge of US agriculture, with an emphasis on corn production.
-Working knowledge of corn-based ethanol industry.