POSITION TITLE: Biofuels Director
DEPARTMENT: Grain Production & Utilization
REPORTS TO: Senior Director Grain Production & Utilization
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
This position is responsible for managing the biofuels programs for the Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC). ICMC is managed under a shared service agreement with the Indiana Soybean Alliance. This includes implementation of objectives and tactics of the Indiana Soybean Alliance and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council’s strategic plan in line with the approved budget. Focus areas of expertise include activities in ethanol and biodiesel production and distribution related to continued growth of the industries including the RFS, plant production, pump infrastructure, engine development and retailer support.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
To be successful in this role, an individual must be able to perform in a satisfactory manner the functions listed below. The company will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these functions.
• Develop and maintain effective communications with management staff and stakeholders.
• Ability to build alliances with various ethanol and related stakeholders.
• Strategic thinking and planning, especially in the program area as the staff subject matter expert.
• Develop an annual budget, including outside funding sources. Complete approved plans on time and within budget.
• Accountable for the identification and accomplishment of program metrics.
• Manage the corn and soybean checkoff funds with programs that are checkoff-compliant and within the scope of the approved budget.
• Develop a strategy with the communications and marketing staff to inform stakeholders about research, projects, events, and programs within the biofuels area.
• Responsible for implementing research plans for the program area and communicate results.
• Provide staff assistance to corn and soybean farmer/director board and committees as directed.
• Work with other ISA/ICMC program directors to design and execute programming and leverage soybean and/or corn checkoff dollars most effectively where program goals and objectives overlap.
• Monitor, review and analyze all relevant issues to determine potential impacts of biofuels production and use on corn and soybean industry.
• Join and actively participate in appropriate state and national organizations.
• Organize industry activities and participate in appropriate events to build relationships and utilize the forums to educate stakeholders to advance our agenda.
• Prepare program related educational materials including background papers, talking points and correspondence.
• Serve as an industry spokesperson at working groups, trade shows, association meetings, member functions and appropriate meetings of state and local government agencies to educate regarding the program area.
• Responsible for program development and events that promote the growth of biofuels use.
• Develop and execute sales action plans and strategies for Fuel Retailer Education and Promotion programs.
• Educate farmers about opportunities to participate in programs related to biofuels.
• Establish and maintain relationships with government policymakers and regulators; county, state and federal elected officials; industry officials, allies and associations essential to ISA/ICMC strategic goals to educate regarding the program area.
• Understand the biofuels public policy issues and recommend policy positions and strategies to related policy organizations.
• Perform other duties and responsibilities as requested.
• As directed.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have an equivalent of the following education and/or experience.
• Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant discipline.
• Five or more years of experience and working knowledge related to duties.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The company will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these functions.
• Knowledge of soybean and corn checkoff programs.
• Understanding of agricultural industry, issues, and leadership.
• Basic understanding of county, state and federal legislative rulemaking process.
• Knowledge of, or background in retail fuel or ethanol production, marketing or distribution
• Strong verbal and written communication skills with an ability to produce effective communications materials.
• Ability to converse with diverse audiences regarding organizational and industry issues.
• Proven ability at consensus building and trust/credibility maintenance a must.
• Strong analytical, interpretive, evaluative and constructive thinking skills.
• Strong project management skills and ability to effectively manage multiple projects and escalating priorities.
• Professional demeanor with the ability to display good judgment and diplomacy in dealing with target audiences, farmers, and co-workers at all times.
• Basic knowledge of principles and practices of sales and ability to achieve sales targets.
• Advanced computer skills (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel). Aptitude for learning new applications as needed.
• Basic knowledge of web development and social media applications.
• Basic understanding of county, state and federal legislative rulemaking process Basic knowledge of social media applications.
• Ability to travel extensively within Indiana, national and international.
• Availability to work evenings and weekends when necessary.
WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The environment and physical demands described here are representative of those an individual must meet to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The company will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these functions.
• This position requires considerable concentration and creativity. It is subject to stress caused by a changing environment, tight deadlines and workload.
• Exempt position with a minimum of 40 hours per week required.
• Extensive travel within Indiana, out-of-state and international travel required, sometimes on short notice.
• Travel and other work-related assignments may occasionally include evenings and weekends.
• Must be able to sit for long periods of time, stand, crouch, stoop, reach, and move up and down stairs.
• Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs.
This description is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this position. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.