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Associate Director of Local Government and Political Engagement

IAAIllinois Farm Bureau

IAAIllinois Farm Bureau

Bloomington, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, April 5, 2024
Associate Director of Local Government and Political Engagement (

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As the Associate Director of Local Government and Political Engagement, you'll be part of a team that develops and implements local government programs with a focus on relationship building at the local level. You'll also take the lead in coaching our county Farm Bureau leaders, staff and members on political engagement and local government processes. You will address key local legislative and regulatory issues and develop programs that involve our members in the political process. As a member of the local government team, you’ll also work with the department on member and leadership outreach and education on many different issues impacting at the local level.

This position offers a hybrid work schedule and is based out of our corporate offices in Bloomington, IL.

How does an Associate Director of Local Government and Political Engagement make an impact?

  • Represents IFB throughout the state regarding local regulatory and policy issues. Fosters positive relationships with local officials, CFBs, members and others to accomplish IFB policy and local goals.
  • Works with CFBs to develop key policy issues within the county. Provides guidance on local policy development; setting, implementing and communicating priorities; and developing strategy.
  • Develops messaging on local regulatory and policy issues for various audiences.
  • Engages CFB staff and leadership in the political process by encouraging local volunteer efforts and advocacy on regulatory and policy issues.
  • Exercises professional leadership by keeping abreast of current issues, trends, developments and opportunities within field of responsibility.
  • Performs research, prepares reports and provides information and counsel to the IAA Board of Directors, relevant committees and other entities, as requested.


Do you have what we're looking for?

  • Strong knowledge of local government structure, duties and responsibilities.
  • Experience in coalition and relationship building with local officials, trade associations and organizations.
  • Ability and willingness to advise Farm Bureau members on local political engagement and governmental processes.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, including robust writing and presentation skills.
  • Experience serving as a local elected or appointed official.
  • Ability to work flexible hours as needed.
  • Regular travel, including some air travel and overnight trips.
  • Typically requires 7 years of relevant experience or a combination of related experience, education and training.

Why work with us?

We planted our roots in 1916 and are one of the largest Farm Bureau organizations in the United States. We are a voice for Illinois farmers, farm families, and anyone involved in food and agriculture. That covers a lot of ground. We represent our members in local communities, Springfield, IL and Washington D.C. When you become a part of Illinois Farm Bureau, you become part of something that touches the lives of people every day. You truly make a difference.

You’ll be able to take advantage of our benefits package, which includes insurance benefits (medical, dental, vision, disability, and life), 401(k) with company match, parental leave, paid time off, paid company holidays and time off to volunteer. Please click here to learn more about Illinois Farm Bureau and the many benefits we offer our employees.

Illinois Farm Bureau is committed to providing equal opportunity in all areas of employment, and in providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, disability, or any other status protected by applicable laws or regulations.

Come join our team at Illinois Farm Bureau today!

Illinois Farm Bureau does not generally sponsor individuals for employment-based visas for this position.