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Organization Summary

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy has a 30-year history of pursuing cutting edge solutions that benefit family farmers, rural communities and the planet. Our work extends from advocating for more democratic and economically just trade agreements, to advocacy for strong climate policy that supports family farmers, to spearheading Farm to Head Start programs. Connecting the dots has made IATP unique in that we match high-level research and analysis with on-the-ground engagement to bring policies to fruition. Our technical expertise and credibility within a variety of fields has enabled us to serve as a convener, collaborator, and trusted source for NGOs, policymakers, and public agencies around the world. Our location in Minnesota is fortunate and strategic, as the deep tradition of civic engagement in this state has allowed us a laboratory to test innovative solutions that have been replicated around the country and world.

Our Mission

IATP works locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems.

Our Vision

IATP envisions agriculture, trade, and food systems that are good for people, farmers and food system workers, eco-systems and social justice globally. Growing these systems requires a long-term, sustained effort to build and mobilize public will, to invigorate and fortify political will and to effectively democratize power relationships.


The Media Coordinator is responsible for helping the organization maintain a consistent message and voice for external audiences and reports directly to the Executive Director. The Media Coordinator distributes and tracks IATP content with the objective to increase the visibility of IATP’s work among a variety of stakeholders including the media, policy makers and constituencies with whom we work.



  • Acts as liaison between IATP staff and media by:
    • Building and managing relationships with members of the media and other stakeholders (policy makers, NGOs, etc.)
    • Providing input to program staff on public relations opportunities
    • Booking press appearances and interviews for IATP staff
    • Organizing IATP media events
    • Understanding current media trends and topics
    • Tracking media coverage
  • Maintains and monitors IATP’s digital presence through email bulletins and newsletters, social media, website content, outside listservs and any other sources identified
  • Monitors digital analytics to be reported to the staff with recommendations for improved performance
  • Assists in the editing and distribution of press releases and other externally facing materials


  • Responsible for video shooting and editing
  • Contributes to the communications team in planning and strategy
  • Assists Communications Manager & Creative Director in creation of IATP’s communication products, i.e. print materials, mass emails, podcasts, video, website, etc.
  • Assists with technical execution of IATP events

Communications Planning

  • Contributes to the communications team in planning and strategy
  • Along with the Communications Manager & Creative Director, develops and coordinates internal communication systems with program staff in order to identify audience and optimal communications platforms for distribution
  • Collaborates with fundraising staff members to ensure distribution of relevant communications to funders

Brand Management

  • Assists program staff in creation and execution of IATP organizational messaging
  • Ensures consistency of IATP branding on all current externally facing material
  • Works with partner organizations and outside contractors to manage IATP’s brand on third party material
  • Ensures IATP’s externally facing work is at its highest quality

Preferred Qualities and Qualifications:

  • Commitment to the mission of IATP and work of program staff
  • Two years of experience working in media, communications, or public relations fields
  • Experience conducting outreach and promotion to media outlets
  • Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills
  • Previous videography experience
  • Knowledge of website content management, social media, and media tracking analytics tools
  • Proficient in MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite, and high level of comfort with other digital tools and databases
  • Profound sense of professionalism and stellar interpersonal skills
  • Well-organized and detail-oriented
  • Abundance of creativity and enthusiasm

Benefits and Compensation:

Compensation for this position is based upon qualifications and experience, with a starting range of $45,000-$55,000. IATP offers excellent health insurance, Health Savings Account (HSA), paid vacation and holidays, sick leave, 403B retirement plan with employer match, employer paid life, AD&D and LTD insurance. Enjoy a lively, collegial, flexible and dog-friendly work environment. This position is located in the Minneapolis office.

How to Apply:

Please combine your resume, cover letter and writing sample of no more than 3 pages into a single PDF and submit to Option to include a video sample. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but priority will be given to applications received by Friday, August 30. No phone calls, please.

IATP is committed to the principle of equity. We actively encourage women, people of color and LGBTQ individuals to apply for this position and all positions at IATP.

IATP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military status or any other characteristic as established by law.


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