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Communications Coordinator

Company: Valley Queen
Location: Milbank
Posted on: May 15, 2022

Job Description:

Job Description VALLEY QUEEN CHEESE FACTORY, INC. Communications Coordinator JOB DESCRIPTION Position Summary This position is responsible for managing Valley Queen's external and internal communications function by developing effective corporate communication strategies, managing written communications and drafting content to increase our company's visibility while managing the brand image and the design of marketing materials. This position will provide a range of duties, including: writing strategically to clearly articulate company strategy, initiatives and complex issues in an understandable manner; the ability to work well with and relate to employees in all areas; be seen as trusted team member and the ability to coach, interact with and challenge senior executives and managers in a professional, efficient manner when providing feedback and recommendations.Essential Functions

  • Develop and execute internal and external communications initiatives.
  • Create communications strategies and implementation plans tied to organizational strategic priorities.
  • Coordinate with other departments to identify communications priorities and deliverables; produce new communications products for internal and external audiences.
  • Write, copy and manage editing/approval processes for:
    • Internal and external communications
    • Corporate website
    • Newsletters; video newsletter
    • Press releases and media materials
    • Social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
    • PowerPoint presentations
    • Video presentations
    • Perform editing and quality control functions related to material produced by other departments to ensure alignment with core strategies.
    • Recommend marketing and communication best practices to ensure alignment with existing strategies across Valley Queen.
    • Participate in defining website architecture and overall site structure.
    • Manage project timelines, ensuring optimal development and distribution of internal and external communications.
    • Build awareness and understanding of Valley Queen among the following audiences: employees, board members, dairies, customers, food industry stakeholders, trade associations, and government officials (local, state and federal).
    • Ensure quality and consistency in the creation and execution of communication initiatives across all audiences and mediums.
    • Correspond with key industry individuals and internal departments as required.
    • Support industry-related events (Dairy Drive, Congressional fly-in, South Dakota Hall of Fame, Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, Dairy Protein Messaging Initiative).
    • Manage outside vendors such as marketing communication firms, photographers, website developers, graphic designers and videographers.
    • Serve as the gatekeeper for the company's voice and the point of contact for all media inquiries.
    • Serve on the company's crisis response team.
    • Coordinate and facilitate internal meetings such as HERD Meetings and The VQ Whey for new employees.
      • Coordinate a variety of company sponsored events.
        • Maintain highest level of confidentiality. Competencies
        • Communication Proficiency
        • Ethical Behavior
        • Detail Oriented
        • Organization Skills
        • Technical Knowledge
        • InitiativeSupervisory Responsibility This position has no supervisory responsibilities. Work Environment This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment and technology.Physical Demands The physical demands for this position are mainly able to do sedentary work. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently will need to sit, stand or walk. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Position Type/Expected Hours of Work This is a full-time position. Base hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Travel Occasional travel is required for this position.Required Education and Experience Bachelor's degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, Marketing or related field. High level of proficiency with MS Office Suite (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Internet, Publisher, etc.). Proficiency in Adobe Suite, especially Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.Preferred Education and Experience Mature individual who has eight to 10 years of experience in communications role, with experience managing communications processes. Dairy and/or agriculture industry background, more specifically, communications experience in dairy and/or agriculture is preferred. (S-11) Communication certifications such as ABC (accredited business communicator) or APR (accredited public relations professional). Bilingual in English/Spanish.Additional Eligibility Qualifications None required for this position.Other Duties Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of responsibilities, duties or tasks that are required of the employee for this job. Responsibilities, duties and tasks may change at any time with or without notice.

Keywords: Valley Queen, Sioux Falls , Communications Coordinator, Other , Milbank, South Dakota

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