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Thursday, September 26, 2013


Who We Are
The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MBA) is a dynamic and evolving nonprofit trade association dedicated to representing the interests of the renewable biofuels industry in Minnesota.  We collaborate with a variety of stakeholders including those in the agricultural, educational and consumer sectors.  MBA stimulates constructive conversations about the role of biofuels and supports research aimed at informing consumers and other target audiences about the role of renewable biofuels for today and tomorrow and how biofuels tangibly help Minnesotans decrease dependence on petroleum while improving environmental quality, increasing energy security and enhancing local and regional economic development.

Working with the Executive Director and other designated MBA Team Members, the Communications & Education Coordinator (CEC) will select lead stories and also craft original, timely, on point messages to reach and engage MBA target groups.  Information content will be disseminated through existing and evolving social media platforms (for example, MBA website, Facebook, Flickr and Twitter) and yet to be created communication channels.  The CEC, working in cooperation with MBA Team Members, will also support a variety of educational and outreach initiatives aimed at further building a base of supporters across all of Minnesota.  In addition to retaining and expanding the base of support for MBA initiatives, the CEC is charged with converting potential members to various membership categories, managing interns and volunteers and coordinating a variety of project initiatives in cooperation with MBA members, stakeholders and other educational and partner organizations.

Position Description
We are seeking  a well-organized professional CEC with strong critical thinking skills and an authentic passion for renewable energy ingredients and biofuels to join our creative, advocacy oriented, high energy Team.  The CEC should have some practical understanding about today’s biofuels and the ability to function in a nimble organization that works to keep one step ahead of the news making issues.  Given MBA’s commitment to providing cost-effective value added services for its members, the learning curve for the CEC, and position responsibilities, will develop and deepen in a relatively short time.  Qualities of an outstanding CEC will include these elements:  strong project planning, implementation and management skills; superior writing and communication skills; excellent strategic, critical thinking and problem solving skills; ability to work independently with initiative and self managed deadlines; strong decision-making skills; solid judgment; and an innate sense of pace and urgency. Equally important is the ability to work productively and proactively, both independently and as part of our Team.

Responsibilities Include
$             Schedule meetings, maintain calendar and prepare reports.
$             Provide other administrative and creative support as assigned by the Executive Director.
$             Manage communication and education budgets.

Project Creation and Management
$             Lead, manage and execute an ongoing and integrated media campaign (assist with drafting communication pieces; coordinate advertising programs; leverage the stories of MBA members as well as the features,

advantages and benefits of biofuels; maintain and refresh the MBA website and related communication tools; and develop and support other communication channels).
$             Assist the Executive Director in responding to incoming media requests in a manner that is timely and consistent with the overall communications and MBA messaging and branding strategy.
$             Manage an existing database and create targeted blogger, journalist and other media lists and track communications campaigns to help evolve projects to meet MBA objectives.
$             Serve as a liaison between MBA and key stakeholders to ensure the successful coordination and production of timely deliverables and targeting of effective messages.
$             Develop strategies and implement action plans to maintain and update the content for the MBA website.
$             Identify key trade shows and other events and activities that can be leveraged by MBA and create new events and activities to spotlight the benefits of biofuels and engage a broad range of stakeholders consistent with the strategic communications and membership recruitment plan.
$             Contribute to the ongoing enhancement of, and coordinate and operate, a membership system and the database so as to provide timely communications, engage members and post high retention rates.
$             Review, edit, and provide design assistance to the MBA Team, as requested, for materials used in conjunction with, for example, special events, conferences, workshops, board meetings and fundraising activities.
$             Prepare or edit, as requested by the Executive Director, speeches, talking points, presentation materials, memoranda, and other project documents.
$             Serve as a liaison between MBA and educational partners to ensure the successful coordination and timely delivery of projects consistent with the strategic plan.
$             Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Qualifications and Experience
$             BA degree.
$             At least 3 years of experience with communications, membership support and educational project coordination or management, or some combination, preferably in a trade association or other nonprofit organization.
$             Demonstrated project management experience.
$             Proven ability to manage several projects at once and work well in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment.
$             Excellent strategic and critical thinking skills.
$             Superior writing skills.
$             Strong analytical, coordination and budget management skills.
$             Ability to multi-task and continually re-prioritize.
$             Ability to create, operate and maintain database and other computer operating systems.
$             Ability to work under limited supervision.
$             Self-starter who works independently with initiative and self managed deadlines.
$             Proven ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
$             Strong member focus and attention to detail.
$             Can do, positive attitude and a team orientation.
$             Strong understanding of trade organizations or other nonprofits.
$             Experience working cross functionally in a nimble, growing and evolving organization.
$             Adept at creative thinking and problem solving.
$             Persuasive and able to succinctly communicate ideas.
$             Working knowledge of website management and graphic design software or layout concepts.
$             High level of proficiency with Corel Software (WordPerfect, Quattro Pro, Presentations).

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send a resume and thoughtful cover letter describing your specific qualifications, salary requirements and interest in the position to . Include the position title and the website or other source where the posting was listed in your subject line. Please, no telephone inquiries.  Applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted.