Development Assistant to the President (AFIA)

American Feed Industry Association
Washington, DC

The U.S. feed industry is responsible for the safety and nutritional value of vast quantities of the nation’s food supply. The association representing that industry seeks a Development Assistant to the President to help build support for the identification and promotion of best practices at the state and national levels.

The American Feed Industry Association is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative, and regulatory interests of the U.S. animal feed industry and its suppliers. AFIA’s members today include more than 670 domestic and international companies and state, regional, and national associations that contribute to food and feed safety, nutrition and the environment, and the production of healthy, wholesome meat, milk, fish, and eggs. More than 75 percent of the commercial feed in the U.S. is manufactured by AFIA members, who also make major contributions to the U.S. economy.

In the contemporary consumer environment, representing the American feed industry means protecting the quality of information available to consumers about its practices and impact. The Institute for Feed Education and Research, AFIA’s foundation, was established in 2009 to safeguard the integrity of that information. Over the next several years, AFIA and IFEEDER have embarked on an effort to expand internal operations and external support for IFEEDER’s work.

The Development Assistant to the President will provide extensive support for this effort by providing support to the chief executives of both AFIA and IFEEDER. The Assistant will play a key role in three primary areas: (1) working to build the development program of IFEEDER; (2) providing broad logistical support for the AFIA and IFEEDER chief executives’ activities; and (3) helping to support the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees.

The Assistant’s specific qualifications include:

  • 5 years of experience in an administrative, operational, or development role.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred.
  • Successful track record in a fundraising program of a non-profit organization or foundation is highly preferred.
  • Knowledge of relevant information management systems, including membership databases (AMS), such as AGCI Association Anywhere, and of donor management software, such as Bloomerang.
  • Skill in using Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office Suite programs, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and WordPress.
  • Proven verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to deliver crisp, cogent, and polished materials that effectively support high-level leaders and staff.
  • Excellent time management, project management, and organizational skills; ability to plan and carry out multiple long-term projects with unfailing attention to detail.
  • Superior customer service ethic in working with a wide range of internal and external audiences, including major gift officers, members, donors, and volunteers.
  • Highest level of discretion and confidentiality in managing sensitive information.