The Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA), representing electric cooperatives in Minnesota (www.mrea.org ), is seeking qualified applications for the position of Director of Communications. This position reports to MREA’s President/CEO and is based in MREA’s Maple Grove location. The position is responsible for continually enhancing and managing our internal and external communications to meet the needs of our members.
MREA fosters unity among and provide service and leadership to all of Minnesota’s 50 locally owned, nonprofit electric cooperative utilities.
The Director of Communications will:
Develop and deploy strategies and content to enrich, enhance, and amplify the voice of Minnesota’s cooperatives in traditional and social communications across Minnesota.
Provide leadership in MREA’s efforts to influence energy policy thought leaders within Minnesota.
Proactively develop and foster relationships with representatives of the media.
Direct, solicit, write and edit content for MREA publications.
Lead efforts to strengthen social media as a tool to provide a unified cooperative voice
Manage MREA’s graphic design and marketing activities to effectively promote and support MREA’s services and programs.
Manage the Communications program budget
The successful candidate must possess an in-depth knowledge of communication related functions and strategies. A background complimented by communication skills, ability to write persuasively and present to a variety of audiences, and management skills to lead the communication team. Knowledge is typically acquired through a bachelor’s degree in communications or related fields and at least 7 years of experience in related job functions.
Familiarity with member-owned cooperatives and electric utility industry preferred.
Must be able to work outside normal business hours when required to attend meetings and/or interact with various groups. Travel required, including overnight stays.
Hybrid work opportunities up to two days per week.
Please send a detailed resume, cover letter, and at least two professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, September 30.
MREA Vision, Mission, and Values
The Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA) is the Minnesota Statewide representing the electric cooperatives in the state of Minnesota. We foster unity among and provide service to all of Minnesota’s 50 electric cooperatives.
Our Vision: Strength through unity.
Our Mission: Serving our members through collaborative leadership and expertise.
Integrity: Caring about who we are and where we are going. Honest and straightforward in all we do.
Leadership: Unified and co-op strong. Relevant for today and prepared for tomorrow.
Excellence/Quality: Excellence through innovation. Providing uncompromised quality.
Service: Be the preferred choice by putting our members first.