Senior Vice President, Executive and Strategic Communications
Reporting to the President and CEO and serving as a member of the International Dairy Foods Association’s executive team, the Senior Vice President of Executive and Strategic Communications will be responsible for developing and executing all the association’s communications and public relations strategies.

The SVP of Executive and Strategic Communications will oversee all communications activities to promote, enhance and protect the image of dairy and the association. He or she will integrate a broad range of activities to position the association and its executives as thought leaders in the dairy industry and the broader food and beverage sector.

IDFA is seeking an ambassador for the organization who will maintain and build relationships with key reporters, editors and media outlets, both within the dairy and agricultural space as well as with political and mainstream audiences. He or she will enhance the visibility of IDFA and its advocacy and policy efforts with relevant constituents and drive broader support for and engagement with the association.

Job Responsibilities
• Develop and implement a comprehensive communications strategy to support the association’s policy, advocacy and membership goals and to protect and promote the image of dairy
• Position IDFA and key staff members as thought leaders, advisors and influencers in the industry and raise awareness among member companies, policymakers and other key constituents
• Work with IDFA’s subject matter experts and executive team to develop content that can be shared with stakeholders to promote our activities and successes
• Provide strategic counsel on communications regarding critical policy or member issues and prepare testimony, talking points and other presentation
• Create a unified front by facilitating consistency in messaging in all communications materials throughout the association
• Develop crisp, informed and relevant messages; a timely public relations strategy with forward-thinking media relations;
• Oversee IDFA’s social media plans and content
• Coordinate with communications staff at IDFA member companies and dairy industry groups on strategies and responses for key communication issues
• Manage the ongoing development and dissemination of IDFA news, including press releases and statements, media advisories, op-ed pieces and trade columns, speeches and other materials
• Establish internal communication policies, protocols and procedures that prioritize member engagement, and work with the executive team to develop new member communications programs and initiatives
• Develop metrics to gauge effectiveness of existing and new communications initiatives
• Guide efforts to ensure all IDFA communications maintain consistent messaging and branding
• Oversee the design, content and continued evolution of IDFA’s website, ensuring that it is up to date, comprehensive and relevant for members and prospects
• Lead strategic communications planning to promote the quality, value and growth of educational offerings

Job Requirements
• 15 years of strategic communications and public relations experience
• Outstanding writing, editing and presentation skills
• Expert ability to craft meaningful communications aligned with business strategy and executive voice
• Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work with colleagues at all levels of the organization
• Ability to build effective coalitions and lead and manage a high-performance team
• Strong strategic planning and project management skills
• Experience advising and coaching executive leadership and subject matter experts in communication-related issues
• Experience in issues management and crisis communications
• Extensive network of media contacts in Washington, D.C., as well as mainstream, business and trade press
• Strong experience with/knowledge of social media tools and techniques for sharing IDFA’s successes and activities in the industry
• A confident and disciplined self-starter
• Recent experience in website redesign and analytics

Physical Requirements
• Normal office environment requiring use of typical business equipment (e.g., computer, telephone, fax and copier machines); ability to travel to industry events.

To Apply: 

If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to Tracy Boyle at tboyle@idfa.org.