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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Land O'Lakes - Sr. Communications Editorial Manager

Land O'Lakes

Sr. Communications Editorial Manager

Business Unit Description:
Land O’Lakes, Inc. is one of America’s premiere member-owned cooperatives. We offer local cooperatives and agricultural producers across the nation an extensive line of agricultural supplies, as well as state-of-the-art production and business services. We also are a leading marketer of dairy-based food products for consumers, foodservice professionals and food manufacturers.

Since 1921, we have been member-owned and directed. Today, we are the third-largest cooperative in the nation, a Fortune 250 company, with approximately 9,000 employees, 3,200 direct producer-members and 1,000 member-cooperatives serving more than 300,000 agricultural producers. We handle 12 billion pounds of milk annually, produce a plethora of dairy foods products, are home to our respective industries' top value-added brands and are a trusted partner to many of the nation's top food companies and manufacturers. We do business in all 50 states and more than 50 countries.

Position Purpose:
Serve as a direct manager of five Corporate Communications staff members, providing guidance and ensuring continuous improvement and development. Work in close coordination and serve as a backup for the Director. Serve as a primary, hands-on editor and provide direct oversight for the development of communication strategies and messages, and the production of communications vehicles and products (i.e. news releases, brochures, magazine, web, intranet, etc.). When necessary, take a lead role in managing special projects. Take a leadership role in media relations (serving as a backup company spokesperson) and in crisis communication. Ensure communications products are fully leveraged. Bring forward new ideas for continuously improving communications, including utilization of vehicles such as social media.

Required (Basic) Experience & Education:
Communications-related college degree (Communications, Journalism, etc.) along with a minimum of 8 years relevant work experience.

Must demonstrate strong writing/editing ability along with effective verbal communications and interpersonal skills.

Possess a strong understanding of effective design (both print and web); demonstrate an understanding of social media strategies and options; and possess Communications research skills.

Proven ability to influence and work directly with senior leaders.

Must demonstrate a willingness to make decisions and accept accountability.

Previous supervisory experience required.

Required Competencies & Other Skills:
Must be proficient in Microsoft applications to include Word and PowerPoint.

Communications planning and execution experience.

Extensive experience conceptualizing, writing and editing communications along with demonstrated experience in media relations.

Ability to understand communications issues, strategies, tactics and products for a wide range of audiences (members, employees, public, etc.) on a wide variety of topics.

Complete an extremely diverse range of assignments (new releases, magazine, web, intranet, member communications, newsletters, etc.).

Build trust and respect for the Communications function across the organization through development of effective relationships (internal and external).

Ability to prioritize tasks and understand and respond to corporate priorities.

Effectively manage workloads and shifting priorities while meeting demanding deadlines and retaining creativity and attention to detail and accuracy.

Develop communications (creative) staff.

Preferred Experience & Education:
Previous knowledge of agriculture, agribusiness, food industry and cooperatives strongly desired.

Desktop publishing.

Proficient with AP style.

Apply for the postion online here.