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Communications Officer

Date: March 13, 2020

The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) Communications Officer plans and conducts internal and external communication, public relations, outreach, and media affairs activities on behalf of the NAAF organization. The incumbent must establish and maintain a deep understanding of NAAF’s mission and strategic issues, respond to questions related to them appropriately, anticipate and be prepared to mitigate inaccurate or negative public media narratives, and prepare NAAF leaders for engaging with the media and other public stakeholders. The Communications Officer builds, ensures the quality of, and delivers effective communication products advancing awareness of the NAAF organization.

NAAF is a registered North Dakota private charitable trust for with the mission to provide grants that benefit Native farmers, ranchers, and food and agriculture sector activities. NAAF’s is headquartered in Fayetteville, AR and the position is located at NAAF headquarters. NAAF is the largest U.S. philanthropic organization focused exclusively on the needs of Native American farmers and ranchers.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • In coordination with NAAF leadership, build enterprise communication strategies and plans
  • Identify and maintain positive relationships with stakeholders
  • Build and maintain a favorable public view of the organization
  • Manage the organization’s brand and reputation
  • Design and implement communication, media, and marketing plans
  • Establish and maintain relationships with members of the media
  • Write, edit, and distribute press releases and media kits
  • Facilitate media interviews
  • Develop communications initiatives and create products enhancing broad awareness of NAAF’s mission
  • Prepare organization leaders for media engagements; conduct media engagement training
  • Prepare speeches, talking points, and “elevator speeches” for leaders and staff of the organization
  • Develop and maintain organization social media presence
  • Develop internal publications, including newsletters, email announcements, and similar products enhancing understanding of the organization’s activities and priorities
  • Provides guidance and assistance to staff on communication activities
  • Conducts research of issues affecting the organization and its mission Develop external publications for broad public release
  • Develop reports and media materials elevating public awareness and understanding of the organization’s grantee community.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Extensive knowledge of public communication, customer service, and public media engagement
  • Strong written and verbal skills
  • Ability to build and deliver compelling presentations and written reports and documents
  • Understanding of web-based and traditional publishing
  • Expert knowledge of social media platforms
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to respond quickly and with good judgment in quickly changing, often emotionally charged environments

Degree in communications, or equivalent and experience in the communications field required.

NAAF offers a competitive salary and an excellent comprehensive benefits package that includes: low cost healthcare options; dental and vision; disability; life insurance; vacation, sick and personal time off; retirement plan options. This position offers an opportunity to join a philanthropic organization doing ground breaking work in a fast-paced environment. NAAF headquarters is located in one of the best places to live in the U.S. per U.S. News and World Reports (2019). Local amenities include: regional population of approximately 500,000 (2019); location in the Ozark Mountains; abundance of outdoor recreation including regional trails system, lakes and national forest systems; local arts district; national arts museum; low cost of living and low unemployment; regional airport with direct flights to most major hub airports; close proximity to nationally-ranked university with excellent K-12 school system. Relocation assistance offered.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, natural origin, sex, age, genetic information, or physical or mental disability. In addition, NAAF is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants without regard to marital status, sexual orientation, gender identification, political affiliation, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation or tribal membership.


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