The National Bison Association launched a job search on Monday, June 13th to fill a new position at the organization. Please see the job description below and share it with any potential candidates you may know that would be interested in applying.

National Bison Association Program Manager Job Description                                  

NBA Mission: The mission of the National Bison Association is to bring together stakeholders to celebrate the heritage of American bison, to educate, and to create a sustainable future for our industry.

Start Date: August 1, 2022

Job Summary – The program manager (PM) will provide critical support to the National Bison Association’s (NBA), a 501 c (5) nonprofit trade association, products and services while serving its approximately 1,200 members that are the core of the NBA. This full-time position can be facilitated remotely with approximately 20% travel mostly to the Mid-western United States. The program manager will provide support to the executive director and other NBA staff, which includes a part-time bookkeeper and part-time communications director. This is a permanent position with growth potential, including performance-based bonuses in addition to a base-salary.

Responsibilities and Duties – The responsibilities and duties of the program manager include, but are not limited to:

  • Social Media – The PM will monitor and facilitate the NBA’s social medial channels, which currently include Facebook and Instagram platforms, and add other pertinent platforms to grow the NBA’s social media presence. This includes posting scheduled/themed posts in coordination with the executive director and communications director. Monitoring industry related social media and replying to user questions and comments. Providing vetted answers to questions among the NBA member’s only Facebook group. Soliciting and sourcing member stories, photos and videos for social media content, and facilitating social media advertising.
  • Member Support – The PM will be the primary point of contact for the NBA membership, who will assist in support services including fielding questions/concerns, members’ only website access, and supporting the NBA’s member communications, which includes a quarterly trade journal, a weekly newsletter and periodic member alerts. The PM will also work to retain current members and recruit new members to the association and assist the executive director and webmaster in maintaining and developing the NBA’s website content at www.bisoncentral.com.
  • Outreach and Education – The PM will assist the executive director in providing quality outreach and education to both NBA members and the general public to include in-person presentations at industry conferences and events, webinars, online trainings, tradeshows, print media, podcasts, and more. The PM will also develop, maintain and update bison-specific educational tools and resources to improve economic literacy among the membership and beyond.
  • Board of Directors/Committees – The NBA is governed by a volunteer 14-member board of directors. The PM will provide support to the board and will be required to attend bi-monthly virtual and in-person board meetings and record meeting minutes. The PM will also attend virtual and phone committee meetings among the NBA’s ten active committees, and support committee chairs and their work.
  • Event Facilitation – The PM will serve as the NBA’s conference manager at its annual conference, held in the Denver area the third week of every January. Duties include maintaining and tracking event registration, developing the conference agenda in coordination with the planning committee, supporting speakers and attendees, developing event menus, soliciting sponsors/donors, event promotion, working with the host hotel, etc. The PM will also be responsible for assisting in the coordination of regional outreach events in the summer and fall, which includes coordinating with regional bison associations to offer region-specific education, farm/ranch tours, etc. to both new and existing bison producers.

Qualifications and Skills – The ideal candidate will be a team player and a people person who has a proven interest in sustainable agriculture and is engaged and articulate to assist the NBA’s diverse membership and stakeholders, which includes large-scale producers, processors and marketers; small “gate to plate” producer/marketers; Native American producers; bison conservation groups; federal legislative and regulatory staff and leadership; the media, etc. Proficiency in Microsoft Office is required, as is an understanding of social media facilitation. Independent individuals who can work unsupervised and manage their time effectively is a highly desired trait. The ideal candidate will have a background or experience in agriculture, with a focus on sustainable/regenerative agriculture preferred. Familiarity and comfort around animal production and processing is a requirement.

Salary and Benefits – $50,000 - $60,000/year salary range plus health/vision dental coverage, retirement after three-month probation, and performance-based bonus opportunities.

Location: Remote with approximately 20% travel, which is typically two nights’ travel, with the candidate being in fair proximity to an international airport. The PM will travel to the Denver, CO region approximately three times per year to participate in in-person staff meetings/retreats, conferences, etc. with travel and lodging provided. A computer is provided, but the candidate needs reliable internet access to perform the job duties.

How to apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to jim@bisoncentral.com by June 30, 2022. Please limit questions to email, which can be directed to jim@bisoncentral.com. No phone calls please. The NBA is an equal opportunity employer. Learn more at www.bisoncentral.com and @nationalbison.