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About the Organic Trade Association

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America. OTA is the leading voice for the organic trade in the United States, representing over 9,500 organic businesses across 50 states. Its members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers' associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers, and others. Our member businesses work together through networking, advocacy, and other initiatives to encourage and protect organic farming practices and to share messages about the positive environmental and nutritional attributes of organic products with consumers, the media, and policymakers. 

We are a connected community of innovators and pioneers working to shape the future for organic food and farming. Together, with our members, we are focused on solutions.

Open Positions

Job Title: Digital Communications Manager
Location: Remote 

What you'll do: 
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is seeking a Digital Communications Manager is an integral part of the communications team responsible for designing, producing, updating, and disseminating web-based, multimedia marketing pieces and content for OTA websites, mass email communications and social media channels. The Digital Communications Manager establishes the forward-looking vision for digital marketing and communications at OTA and The Organic Center. Through collaboration with the Director of Communications and Marketing, this leader drives interactive strategy and helps bring those strategies to life. The Digital Communications Manager will coordinate the use of new media channels in a complementary role to other aspects of a comprehensive communications plan; maximize the benefits of online media channels and technology in advancing OTA/TOC overall communication goals; work collaboratively with all staff to effectively reach target audiences with priority messages; and develop and implement new tracking and reporting systems to analyze digital data and measure outreach effectiveness. They will also create, edit, and collaborate on the design and production of a broad range of goal-focused web, social media and multimedia content.

Your day-to-day responsibilities: 

  • Serve as a thought leader on digital marketing strategy through digital mediums using best practices and procedures, including web content, social media, e-publications, email and mobile marketing, and general digital integration
  • Maintain the OTA’s website and microsites; Serve as the association’s primary trainer of and resource for our CMS, with responsibility for ensuring that content meets high standards of editorial quality, relevance, readability, accuracy, and SEO best practices. Project manage ongoing web content development
  • Work closely with other departments to coordinate OTA/TOC’s messaging and branding to the online community. Provide strategy input on digital integration opportunities
  • Develop, manage, and implement OTA/TOC social media strategy.
  • Create and disseminate B2B and B2C content relating to organic food and farming marketing campaigns, news updates, OTA/TOC publications and events on social media channels
  • Manage OTA’s event marketing strategy including website and registration form building and email promotion to encourage registration 
  • Originate new approaches and ideas for building audiences and usage of all OTA/TOC digital platforms.
  • Collaborate on concepts and approaches for enhancing and enriching the user experience of these media
  • Manage strategy, copywriting, list generation and dissemination of email marketing and advocacy campaigns. Integrate content with related landing pages
  • Lead OTA’s approach to measuring effectiveness of digital media and online activity for marketing campaigns by developing and implementing systems for digital analytics and reporting.
  • Produce weekly/monthly reports of website and digital communication statistics to relevant staff via communications dashboard
  • Seek new tools and programs emerging in the digital space and make recommendations to keep OTA on the forefront of interactive trends.
  • Report on and utilize emerging best practices research
  • Manage OTA/TOC digital and social advertising projects as they arise
  • Design and implement new media projects to support trade marketing goals as directed
  • Manage outside IT consultants and vendors

What you should have: ​​​​​​​

  • 5+ years of relevant experience; preferably non-profit or trade association experience in the food and agriculture-related space.
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Communications or a related field
  • A passion for digital marketing, emerging technologies, and relevant marketing tools to reach and engage target audiences
  • Involved and engaged with the organic food and farming industry; participation and leadership in relevant organizations preferred
  • A command of digital marketing best practices with an ability to incorporate them into program implementation
  • Experience with digital tools including CMS, email automation, social media management, and Google Analytics; direct experience with Drupal, Pardot, and Sprout Social preferred  
  • Knowledge of UX design and SEO best practices
  • Graphic design experience strongly preferred
  • Excellent communication skills, including strong presentation and facilitation skills
  • Strong influence and negotiation skills to convince individuals to act based on analysis/insights
  • Relationship building skills with cross-functional resources
  • Strong people and project management skills

What we offer: 
We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive compensation and an extensive benefits package including paid time off, medical, dental and vision benefits and future growth opportunities within the company. Plus, we work to maintain the best possible environment for our employees, where people can learn and grow with the company. We strive to provide a collaborative, creative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning and culture.

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Job Title: Associate Director, International Trade
Location: Washington, DC

What you’ll do:
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is seeking an Associate Director, International Trade to lead the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) international trade grant funding development along with implementing OTA’s international strategy through collaboration with external contractors, USDA marketing specialist(s), and outreach to industry. You will be expected to maintain complete Unified Export Strategy (UES) and performance related reporting and facilitate record-keeping as necessary for, and directed by, finance and office manager to maintain audit readiness, execute claims as directed by finance manager. You will also function as a creative member of OTA’s marketing and policy teams. The Associate Director, International Trade will share information effectively to assist others in doing OTA’s work, build positive and strong relationships with members, Foreign Agricultural Service, other Cooperators and OTA staff, and demonstrates personal responsibility in job performance.

Your day-to-day responsibilities:

  • Assists the CEO/Executive Director in international trade grant funding development including annual Market Access Program (MAP) applications as well as ad-hoc applications for Emerging Market Programs (EMP), Global Broad-Based Initiatives (GBIs) and other grants as identified. Includes primary accountability for UES maintenance
  • Responsible for high quality delivery of MAP and Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP) activities as defined by performance measures, industry engagement, timely and sufficient reporting. Serves as ‘sales person’ to industry on value of activities, and thinks creatively on new projects
  • Coordinates multiple international and domestic travel events annually, including managing travel logistics, planning trade show or trade mission events, traveling for events for on-site leadership and support, and managing contractors as needed
  • Leads ongoing development of OTA’s international trade strategy, in coordination with the CEO/Executive Director, Sustainable Strategies, and member stakeholders
  • Primary responsibility for collecting, documenting and reporting on industry contribution
  • Facilitates record keeping necessary for audit readiness, as directed by finance manager; accountability for audit preparedness and decision making is held by finance manager and other authorized corporate officers
  • Executes claims as directed by finance and office manager; reviews OTA financial details to ensure full expenses and income accuracy
  • Represent OTA’s trade policy programs at meetings and through public/conference presentations as approved
  • Travel to meetings or events as required; travel may involve up to 35% of time
  • Willingness to meet with members and prospective members, Government officials and foreign trade representatives as required
  • Attend staff meetings; makes department and Board reports periodically; contributes to weekly News Flash and quarterly newsletter; maintain relevant web pages; monitors relevant member forums (listserves); engages with staff from other departments as necessary for Association purposes
  • Engage with members on trade issues as they arise, work with USDA and others to remedy organic trade barriers

What you should have:

  • 1-3 years of related experience
  • Bachelor’s degree; job-related continuing education a plus. Master’s degree in related field preferred.
  • Multiple language skills desired.
  • Knowledge of and passion for organic agriculture and international trade
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong personnel management skills
  • Excellent research and analytical skills
  • Strong ability to work independently
  • Creative approach to planning and executing international trade activities
  • Superb written/verbal communication skills; Ability to produce written documents in a clear, concise, timely and accurate fashion—including Federal Grant Applications
  • Exemplar interpersonal skills including strong leadership, consensus building, meeting and discussion facilitation and active listening
  • Ability to perform routine work
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Ability to work well under pressure with critical deadlines
  • Excellent typing and word processing skills, solid knowledge of spreadsheet, database, and word processing software
  • Ability to travel up to 35% of time

What we offer you:
We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive compensation and an extensive benefits package including paid time off, medical, dental and vision benefits and future growth opportunities within the company. Plus, we work to maintain the best possible environment for our employees, where people can learn and grow with the company. We strive to provide a collaborative, creative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning and culture.

Apply here.