The Virginia Agribusiness Council is seeking an energetic and capable Director of Member Services and Events to join our small professional team in our Richmond office. The position provides high-level support to the Executive Director and other assigned leadership in supporting the mission to Represent Virginia Agribusiness with a Unified Voice.

 The Director of Member Services and Events will work closely with the Executive Director to manage the day-to-day administrative affairs of the organization, including the development and implementation of fundraising activities, planning and execution of organizational meetings, and overseeing various administrative operations. The ideal individual is expected to demonstrate experience and interest in working within a professional environment that prioritizes initiative, attitude, and accountability. This position will also coordinate directly with the Virginia Agribusiness Council’s various committees and work groups to develop policies and activities that support the industry. 

The Virginia Agribusiness Council is looking for a motivated individual with an interest in serving the agricultural and forestry community through the advocacy and promotion of the unified voice of Virginia’s agribusinesses. This opportunity has proven to be a valuable starting point for many influential leaders, and serving the Virginia Agribusiness Council will be an incredibly rewarding experience for those individuals who approach it with sincere interest and enthusiasm.

If you are interested in more information on how you can begin engaging with, advocating for, and raising awareness of the largest private sector industries in the Commonwealth of Virginia in a keystone position, please contact Cliff Williamson at cliff@va-agribusiness.org

Director of Member Services and Events


The Director of Member Services and Events oversees the strategic development, promotion and management of Council membership recruitment and retention as well as the planning, organization, and execution of Council meetings and events. This is an in-person role at our Richmond area office with an opportunity for hybrid schedule after one year.

The Director of Member Services and Events provides leadership and involvement in all aspects of the Council’s mission to Represent Virginia Agribusiness with a Unified Voice. The Director of Member Services and Events also supports the Council through successful planning and execution of social media outreach, member programs, fundraising activities, and development of short- and long-term strategies to enhance these programs.

                                                     EDUCATION, CREDENTIALS AND TRAINING

•    Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
•    Related work experience and working knowledge with associations, membership marketing, and events preferred.
•    Knowledge of agriculture, forestry or nursery industries preferred.


•    Self-motivated, team player, with focus in consensus building
•    Excellent people, organization, communication, and strategic thinking skills
•    Always represents the Council by conveying a positive, professional image.
•    Ability to work on and manage a variety of projects simultaneously.
•    Must possess the ability to safeguard information of a confidential nature.
•    Proficiency in the use of current information technology skills (i.e. Microsoft Office applications, social media, etc.)
•    Must be available to travel and work flexible hours, as needed.

                                                                           ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIP

The Director of Member Services and Events reports to the Council Executive Director.
Within parameters set by the membership, this position plans, implements, and successfully executes member events, programs, meetings, as well as leading the retention and recruitment efforts for the organization. Develops and implements the most effective strategy for achieving the greatest success for event participation and support. Works to exceed approved budget goals for membership retention, growth, and events revenues.

                                                                          JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

A.    Membership Recruitment and Retention Services - Develop and implement a comprehensive plan for membership retention and stimulate growth.

Specific duties may include:

  1. Identify new groups of member prospects and develop new approaches to reach them; and research and analyze membership needs through the     development and implementation of programs. 
  2. Facilitate programs to increase membership and retain current members, including membership campaigns; website content and development; working with members to assist in recruitment efforts; creating promotional materials; and analyzing results.
  3. Respond to inquiries from current and prospective members and track results.
  4. Analyze membership dues categories in comparison to the marketplace and recommend changes as needed to the Executive Director and Board of Directors.
  5. Keep current with all the latest membership marketing techniques and employ them as deemed appropriate.

B.    Event Management – Coordinate details of Council meetings and events. Specific duties may include.

Planning and executing membership meetings, Board and Committee meetings, Council fundraising events, and programs. These are including, but not limited to:
i.    Annual Legislative Appreciation Banquet

ii.    Council Connections Networking Events

iii.    Annual Golf Tournament
iv.    Annual Sporting Clays Tournament
v.    Annual Meeting
vi.    Board and Committee Meetings
  1. Development of materials for promotion of meetings and events.
  2. Development of sponsorship opportunities and growth of event revenues.
  3. Ensuring meeting logistics are handled.
  4. Provide coordination for events which includes problem-solving, decision making, and interaction and management of vendors.

C.    Administration

  1.  Assist in the administrative operations of the organization, meets internal control guidelines, and provides support when needed.
  2.  Generate membership billing and maintain current membership database.
  3.  Work with Executive Director to ensure financial tracking of membership and events revenues.
  4.  Ensure event registrations and website are updated in a timely fashion.

D.    Other

  1.  Employees are not expected to have any direct supervisory responsibilities. May be asked to supervise staff related to specific projects and activities.
  2.  Perform all other duties as may be assigned by the Council Executive Director.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this position. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities, or requirements.

This position is a bona fide executive position under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is an exempt position in relation to wage and hour regulations.

The Virginia Agribusiness Council provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Virginia Agribusiness Council
(804) 643-3555; vac@va-agribusiness.org
9323 Midlothian Turnpike, Suite T
 Richmond, Virginia 23235
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