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County Farm Bureau Manager Trainee- May

Company: COUNTRY Financial
Location: Bloomington
Posted on: January 14, 2020

Job Description:

Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) is seeking County Manager Trainees to join the Member Services Public Relations division. County Manager Trainees participate in a detailed training program in which they will go through various training activities at Illinois Farm Bureau and on-the-job training at County Farm Bureaus, with the end goal of becoming a County Manager.


  • Assists a county Farm Bureau with work activities under supervision of the Field Operations Manager and the Regional Manager. Within approval of those supervisors, assists county Farm Bureau manager in an "on-the-job training" format.

  • Develops skills and practices to organize and motivate county Farm Bureau member involvement structures.

  • Develops the ability to successfully motivate, lead and supervise county Farm Bureau staff.

  • Develops an understanding of the financial management aspects of a county Farm Bureau, including PeachTree accounting, budgeting process and financial statement reporting to county Farm Bureau board at regular monthly board meetings.

  • Becomes familiar with the duties associated with physical plant maintenance, lease agreements/negotiations, property/casualty coverage, liability insurance, etc.

  • Gains a perspective of the legislative and regulatory process at the local, state and national level.

  • Completes reviews and understands various agreements in place with affiliated companies, County Farm Bureaus and Illinois Farm Bureau i.e. county service agreements, uniform cooperative agreement, etc.

  • Becomes familiar with the practices necessary to support a successful County Farm Bureau publication.

  • Understands major revenue streams such as dues, compensation, royalty and grants.

  • Learns how to effectively deal with media, specifically regarding phone calls, other contacts and interview procedures.

  • Develops an understanding of the technology options that exist for facilitating member involvement, such as WebEx, videoconferencing, conference calling, etc.

  • Develops a basic understanding of Farm Bureau-- history and structure.

  • Develops an in-depth understanding of the purpose/structure of the Member Services and Public Relations Division.

  • Develops a general understanding of purpose/structure of the Finance, Legal, Governmental Affairs & Commodities and Public Relations Divisions.

  • Understands what needs to be done for a County Farm Bureau to participate in the Illinois Agricultural Association Annual Meeting and the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting.

  • Develops an understanding of websites and social media options, including how to start up or improve existing sites.

  • Completes a mock interview with Regional Managers and other staff.

  • Develops skills to conduct the business writing requirements of a county Farm Bureau manager, including practical application and completion of assignments designed to enhance those skills.

  • Becomes familiar with IFB training opportunities/conferences available to members and staff.

  • Assists Illinois Farm Bureau staff with various work activities such as PEARS reports, Youth Conference, Young Leaders Conference, Ag Quiz Bowl, Ag in the Classroom activities, IAA Foundation activities, etc.

  • Performs other related work as required or requested.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Understands the tenets of membership processing, maintenance, and recruitment.
    • Ability to organize work and set daily priorities.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Effective collaboration skills with volunteers, staff and affiliated companies.
    • Ability to learn human resource skills to become a successful supervisor, including performance review practices, counseling techniques and interpersonal professional skills.
    • Ability to learn the fiduciary responsibilities associated with being a County Farm Bureau Manager.

      Required Qualifications:

      • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in related work experience.
      • Experience with volunteer organization; planning, coordination and leading meetings; developing and working with budgets.
      • Background/experience in agriculture and understanding of agricultural issues.
      • Strong computer skills and have an understanding of technology; solid communication and organizational skills, including planning; leadership; and the ability to work effectively in a team setting.

        Physical Requirements:

        • Ability and willingness to travel.
        • Ability and willing to relocate in any county within Illinois is required.
        • Possesses and maintains a valid driver's license with the ability to drive a car.
        • There are minimal physical requirements for all CFB Manager positions, including setting-up meeting rooms, moving and setting up AV equipment and light lifting.

          Illinois Farm Bureau does not generally sponsor individuals for employment-based visas for this position.

          For more details about careers at Illinois Farm Bureau, please visit us online at

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