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Positions currently available with the Victorian Farmers Federation:

         Member and Network Development Representative – Gippsland region

         Livestock Manager

Member and Network Development Representative – Gippsland region

Victorian Farmers Federation

Be part of a team that makes a difference

Victoria’s peak farmer organisation, the VFF is seeking an enthusiastic individual who is passionate about farming and agriculture to join our Member and Network Development Team. 

About the role

The Member and Network Development Representative is a key farmer facing representative of the VFF in regional Victoria. The primary objectives of this role is to build and maintain VFF’s farmer and stakeholder networks, whilst delivering membership growth through direct membership retention and sales. You will be responsible for maintaining and developing a network within the Gippsland region of branches, key farmer contacts, and members with the objective of market penetration and growth. Consistent with this is the responsibility for direct membership sales activities, from retention, through to lead generation and close of sale. This across sectors throughout the Victorian agricultural/farming community in this region. This role reports to the VFF Member and Network Development Manager and both represents and assists the VFF to strengthen its relationship with stakeholders in the region including industry partners, government representatives and media.

The role will be based in the Gippsland region and will involve travel across your local region.

Position Objectives include

• Drive awareness of the activities of the VFF in the local region, engage with the local farming community to support and retain existing members and grow VFF membership.
• Responsible for maintaining and developing new farmer networks across agricultural sectors within regional Victoria, with the ultimate goal of driving market penetration and membership engagement and growth
• Responsible for direct membership sales tailored exclusively to the agricultural industry
• Assist the VFF to strengthen its relationships with stakeholders in the region including industry partners, government representatives and media
• Representing the organisation in a professional and respected manner, demonstrating a sound understanding of the organisation, its benefits and different sectoral issues  

Skills and experience

The successful applicant will ideally have relevant tertiary qualifications and/or relevant industry experience in agriculture.

• 5 or more years of sales experience in the agriculture sector or related industry
• A familiarity of agriculture and farming practices.
• Excellent rapport building skills, with demonstrated experience building relationships with stakeholders.
• Motivation and enthusiasm for talking to people in the agricultural sector and an ability to communicate with farmers.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills. • Excellent negotiation and presentation skills.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office suite and social media platforms.
• Strong initiative and the drive to make the role your own and to work both independently and as part of a team.
• The ability to maintain confidentiality and trust with regard to sensitive material and information.
As this role is regionally based, an ability to manage workloads with minimal supervision and direction is also essential, as is a current driver licence. The flexibility to travel and work outside normal work hours on occasion is required.

 Applications close 5pm Sunday 24 June 2018

Further details

The salary range is $60,000 - $70,000 per annum plus superannuation, commensurate with knowledge and experience.

If you think this is the role for you, we would love to hear from you!

For more information contact the VFF Workplace Relations Department on 1300 442 481 or wr@vff.org.au

Applications close 5pm Monday 25 June 2018

To apply for this role, visit http://bit.ly/GippslandRep

Livestock Manager

Victorian Farmers Federation

Be part of a team that makes a difference

This peak representative organisation is seeking an experienced Manager for the Livestock commodity to drive key reforms and meet the needs of our members. 

About the role

The key focus of this role is the growth and development of the VFF Livestock Group commodity through advocacy on behalf of and services to Livestock sector members and the Victorian farming community. The Livestock Manager with the broader support of the organisation and the Livestock council, manages membership activity including events, campaigns, communications and sponsorship. The incumbent to this position is also responsible for overseeing the operations of the Livestock extension project and ensuring that the project delivers on funding expectations.

 Maintaining communication and engagement with Livestock members and industry stakeholders in relation to policy outcomes and positions affecting the Livestock industry is a vital focus of this role. The Livestock Manager works proactively with key stakeholders including industry, lobby groups, politicians, bureaucrats, members and farmers to promote the Commodity and VFF position on issues and policy. This is diverse and challenging role and an exciting opportunity to lead a great team for a candidate passionate about Agriculture and advocacy on behalf of this industry.

Skills and experience

A recognized degree and/or significant industry experience is required. The ideal candidate will have significant knowledge and understanding of the Livestock industry in addition to strong project management and communication skills. Consultation and negotiation skills and the ability to link to Government to undertake projects with initiative, dedication, respect for members and stakeholders are also essential. Strategic planning and policy development skills are also required with the ability to foster strong networks within the agricultural sector and Livestock industry.

Further details

Remuneration commensurate with experience

 Please refer to the position description for more detail.

 For more information contact our Workplace Relations Department on 1300 442 481 or wr@vff.org.au

 Applications can be made at http://bit.ly/LivestockManager

 Applications close 5pm Sunday 24 June 2018