The Nebraska Soybean Board (NSB) is a nonprofit organization based in Lincoln, Nebraska. The soybean checkoff program was created as a part of the 1990 Farm Bill in order to maximize profit opportunities for soybean farmers. NSB staff is tasked with carrying out projects passed by the nine members of the board in the areas of farmer support, production & crop research, community engagement and demand & utilization. NSB engages with the industry on behalf of Nebraska soybean farmers to maximize utilization of Nebraska soybeans in the feed, energy, industrial and food markets.
NSB Mission: Growing value for Nebraska farmers by maximizing their checkoff investments.
Demand & Utilization Coordinator is responsible for establishing domestic and international demand development strategies for NSB. This position includes, but is not limited to, soybean new uses and technologies, biodiesel utilization, specialty soybean market growth, infrastructure logistics, maintaining existing soybean markets and developing new emerging markets for soybeans internationally.
- Work with domestic and international market development industry leaders to establish goals and create a workable plan for NSB’s demand & utilization activities.
- Evaluate programs and gather feedback from key market audiences to help determine future marketing program direction.
- Responsible for managing all international marketing and transportation activities, ensuring objectives and expectations are accomplished, projects are conducted within budget, and project deadlines are met.
- Develop projects that increase exports of Nebraska soybeans and promote international trade.
- Plan, manage and conduct export market development trips to key markets for Nebraska soybeans and soy-based products.
- Serve as NSB staff lead for national export promotion organizations, including US Soybean Export Council, US Meat Export Federation, USA Poultry and Egg Export Council, Clean Fuels Alliance America, World Initiative for Soy in Human Health, and others.
- Represent NSB at state and national conferences and trade shows focused on soybean and agricultural exports.
- Identify and recruit farmer leaders to participate in domestic and international programs.
- Collaborate with state and national livestock organizations to promote exports of Nebraska and US meat and poultry products.
- This position requires a significant amount of travel both domestically and international.
- Review project proposals and make recommendations to the Executive Director and board leadership. Report to the Executive Director and board on status and results of projects. Prepare and present project and program updates to NSB Board and other audiences.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people.
- Ability to work in a team environment.
- Computer skills critical thinking, prioritization, organization, analytical and planning skills.
- Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, agriculture, communications, or another field related to the position’s duties or at least (4) years’ work experience marketing an agriculture product or service domestically or internationally.
- Working knowledge of the soybean industry.
- Work experience marketing with soybean products domestically and internationally.
- Experience working with contractors, and other state and national organizations in promoting soybeans or other agricultural commodities to potential domestic and international buyers.
- Work experience with developing and managing budgets and contracts.
- Work experience with making presentations to groups including boards.
- Work experience with establishing and maintaining working relationships with a variety of people including co-workers, producers, agribusinesses, boards, and contractors.
- Experience utilizing Microsoft Office.
The Nebraska Soybean Board offers a variety of employee benefits including the following:
- Employee stipend
- Short & Long-term disability insurance
- Life insurance
- A match of up to four (4) percent on company 401(k) plan.
- Up to 12 paid holidays each year
- Three weeks of paid vacation per year, for the first five (5) years
If you are interested in the position, please submit your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Scott Ritzman at [email protected] by April 15th, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Scott at (402) 432-5720.