Communications Manager

Communications Manager

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Position Summary: CNFA is seeking a Washington, D.C. based Communications Manager to drive the communications strategy and public image that bring CNFA’s vision, programs and mission to life. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Communications Manager will be responsible for developing key messages and brand strategy, and will play a leadership role in ensuring their consistent use throughout the organization.  The position requires strategic thinking, innovative ideas, exceptional writing and editing skills, and the ability to convey complex ideas clearly using consistent messaging and storytelling tactics.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the organization’s leadership team to develop an annual communications plan that will highlight CNFA’s programs while advancing organizational goals;
  • Strategize for and manage the creation of all organizational materials developed for annual meetings including annual reports, brochures newsletters and video content;
  • Develop message-driven communications content for media and digital platforms including press releases, blog posts, speeches, opinion pieces, one-pagers, executive scripts and supporting media relations activities;
  • Develop key messages and ensure consistent use of brand strategy and style guides throughout the organization;
  • Collaborate with the leadership team to design and implement organization-wide expectations and procedures for gathering stories, photos, and other content required to support communications efforts;
  • Establish and implement production timelines and envision and execute new types of creative content to bring CNFA’s work and history to life through video and print;
  • Strategically utilize website/blog and social media to increase levels of engagement with the organization, grow its base of supporters, and provide public education CNFA’s mission;
  • Identify and direct the organization’s participation in opportunities or events that will promote the importance of CNFA’s mission and attract new supporters;
  • Monitor news items and current events, and make recommendations for response, commentary, or involvement by CNFA;
  • Monitor and ensure compliance with the donor’s communications-related requirements for CNFA’s various initiatives; and
  • Manage field communications and public relations activities with CNFA’s program staff overseas.

Experience and Education

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Communications, International Relations/Public Affairs, Journalism, Marketing, Political Science or other relevant field, with a minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in outreach and communications work, especially with media relations;
  • Thorough knowledge of and practical experience in full range of communications strategy, execution and measurement;
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of agriculture-related international development, including the issues, stakeholders, clients and communications landscape is preferred, but not required;
  • Proven planning and organizational skills, strong conceptual and research/analytical skills, ability to think strategically and rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources into conclusions and recommendations;
  • Excellent oral, written communication and presentation skills;
  • Spoken and written fluency required in English with fluency in French preferred, but not required;
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines, juggle multiple tasks and flexibility to work effectively under stress;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with internal and external partners in a multicultural environment;
  • Excellent computer skills and ability to use standard technology packages
  • Strong track record of developing innovative solutions and delivering results for clients;
  • Ability to travel internationally as needed up to approximately 20%; and
  • Authorization to work in the United States required.

We are looking to fill this position immediately and will be interviewing qualified candidates on a rolling basis.

Please be advised that employment is contingent on your permanent and legal entitlement to work in the U.S. CNFA does not sponsor work visas.

Staff Accountant – Payroll

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Position Summary

The Staff Accountant – Payroll will be based out of the DC Home Office and will be responsible for all payroll related activities. This position works closely under the direction and supervision of the Corporate Controller in order to carry out all necessary financial management and fiscal control policies and activities for administration. Performs all activities necessary to process payroll, including maintain related records, filing tax reports and voluntary deduction reports, processing involuntary deductions such as levies and garnishments, preparing accounting transactions and documents, documenting and updating procedures, and preparing special reports for management.

Position Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Responsible for the preparation and processing of semi-monthly payroll;
  • review and ensure accuracy of approved timesheets; track and deduct all garnishments and other special payroll deductions;
  • Responsible for the coordination efforts between payroll, human resources, budget and other departments to ensure proper flow and maintenance of employee data (including preparation/distribution of detailed reports, e.g. labor” home” work, overtime, leave balances, head count, and retirement contribution reports);
  • Handle the administration of the electronic timekeeping system. Setup each employee, valid programs for each employee’s charges, and adherence to FLSA; monitor submissions of approved timesheets, ensure valid data transfers to/from payroll service;
  • Setting up new hires and processing terminations;
  • Establish/maintain employee records; ensure that employee changes are entered correctly and made on a timely basis; review changes for proper authorization and adherence to APA policy including compliance with federal/state/local regulations;
  • Keeps abreast with all US Government requirements and relevant changes associated to Post Deferential, Danger Pay, COLA and other allowances;
  • Keeps abreast of current payroll tax requirements and relevant laws associated with the processing of employee wage data, including payroll taxes, employee federal and state income and social security taxes, and other required reporting (SUI, worker’s compensation, deferred benefits, etc);
  • Conducts regular payroll reporting as required and assists with financial audits related to pay records and associated general ledger;
  • Performs other duties as assigned by Corporate Controller.

Qualification:

  • Associate Degree in Business Administration/Finance required, Accounting Degree preferred;
  • Three plus years in a Payroll Office performing all payroll functions;
  • Excellent skills using MS Word, Excel, Access,
  • Experience working in Deltek/Cost point preferred;
  • Strong skills using and understanding the flow of transactions in an integrated and automated payroll accounting system;
  • Excellent problem solving/judgment skills, and high level of attention to detail and accuracy;
  • Strong organizational skills, and the ability to work under pressure;
  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks and meet all deadlines;
  • Knowledge of payroll and payroll tax laws;
  • Possess a thorough understanding of the importance of confidentiality and non-disclosure according to the general standards set forth by HIPAA 6;
  • Must have the ability to exercise a high degree of diplomacy and tact; excellent customer services and interpersonal communication skills; Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work with diverse people groups;
  • US Work Authorization Required.

We are looking to fill this position immediately and will be interviewing qualified candidates on a rolling basis.

Please be advised that employment is contingent on your permanent and legal entitlement to work in the U.S. CNFA does not sponsor work visas.

Business Development Manager

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The Business Development Manager (BDM) is an integral member of CNFA’s New Business Development Team contributing to the business development process in the construction of winning proposals enabling the organization to grow strategically.

General Responsibilities:

  • Lead proposal teams and manage the entire proposal development process including facilitation of proposal design and writing; management of high-level partner and staff identification, recruitment, selection and negotiations; support to pricing; and high-level review and consolidation of proposal inputs with a particular focus on ensuring compliance and competitiveness
  • Contribute to writing of management, personnel, and past performance sections of proposals as well as technical and other sections, as needed
  • Manage the drafting and completion all proposal annexes
  • Contribute to and lead business planning and capture activities including networking, research, and analysis to collect information that contributes to our ability to: make strategic and informed decisions regarding new business ventures; position CNFA given evolving trends in agriculture sector development; and identify upcoming opportunities
  • Assist with the creation of institutional systems related to (1) improving methods of forecasting upcoming business opportunities and developing plans at the country and regional levels; (2) ensuring processes and tools/templates for proposal development increase efficiencies and competitiveness (and contribute to staff training related to these processes and tools); (3) increasing collaboration across the organization in capture and proposal development; and (4) ensuring proper adherence to good proposal management practices
  • Ensure final submission of complete, compliant, and competitive technical and cost proposals and addenda (including owning formatting, stylistics, and other presentation functions associated with production and delivery)
  • Coordinate and facilitate critical meetings throughout the proposal process including kick-off meetings, design sessions, review panel discussions, and post-submission debriefs and after action reviews
  • Represent CNFA at conferences workshops, client meetings, and other relevant industry gatherings
  • Perform a variety of other related duties as required

Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in international development, business, economics, agriculture, or similar field; Masters in a related field preferred.  
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of progressively responsible experience in international development
  • Minimum of 3 years of USAID or similar donor proposal management experience
  • Excellent conceptual, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Proven experience new business development and/or fundraising
  • Ability to motivate teams to produce quality materials within tight time frames and simultaneously manage several projects
  • Ability to actively participate in and facilitate group meetings with a diversity of participants
  • Ability to develop strong trusting relationships with internal and external stakeholders, in order to gain support and achieve results
  • Ability to manage multiple, conflicting priorities
  • Ability to work in an environment with international objectives
  • Ability to be flexible and interpersonal skills to interact with employees at all levels
  • Ability to travel as required
  • Proficiency with MS Office suite required
  • US work Authorization Required.

We are looking to fill this position immediately and will be interviewing qualified candidates on a rolling basis.

Please be advised that employment is contingent on your permanent and legal entitlement to work in the U.S. CNFA does not sponsor work visas.