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County Farm Bureau Manager Trainee- May 2021

Company: COUNTRY Financial
Location: Bloomington
Posted on: January 12, 2021

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. Responsibilities: * Assists a county Farm Bureau with work activities under supervision of the Field Operations Director--and the Regional Managers. 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--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 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. Job Requirements: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 www.ilfb.org/careers

Keywords: COUNTRY Financial, Bloomington , County Farm Bureau Manager Trainee- May 2021, Executive , Bloomington, Illinois

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