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Government Relations Specialist - GROWMARK Inc. - Bloomington, IL

GROWMARK is an agricultural cooperative serving almost 400,000 customers across North America, providing agronomy, energy, facility engineering and construction, and logistics products and services, as well as grain marketing and risk management services. Headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois, GROWMARK owns the FS trademark, which is used by its member cooperatives. GROWMARK also owns and operates SEEDWAY, the largest full-line seed company in the United States. More information is available at

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Responsible for the planning and coordination of communications, research, data, and events on legislative and regulatory efforts impacting the GROWMARK/FS System.



Coordinates development of legislative and regulatory guidelines supporting GROWMARK’s action on public policy issues with input from business units.  Evaluates various public policy to determine GROWMARK System impact.  Surveys divisions to establish and maintain a record of their positions.


Performs research to improve division knowledge and communication of government issues. Analyzes proposed legislation and regulations. Compiles, interprets, and drafts summation of research and analysis, explaining the impact on the GROWMARK System.


Develops fact sheets and talking points containing the pros and cons of the issues.


Provides strategic direction and guidance to member cooperatives and System employees regarding legislative and regulatory issues.


Interacts with various industry trade associations and government agencies obtaining information and their objectives on issues affecting the GROWMARK System.


Provides member cooperatives and System employees with information and leadership to enhance their grassroots efforts.


Coordinates communication and outreach on federal, state, and provincial regulatory changes and activities to affected GROWMARK divisions and member cooperatives.  Creates and disseminates government relations newsletter.  Maintains internal eResource information.


Assembles grassroots information for legislative activities and System regulatory compliance.


Interacts with various state and national legislative offices to arrange legislative meetings for employees, leadership and members.


Maintains knowledge of the current lobbyist laws and is the registered agent for GROWMARK and files ethics reports as required.


Maintains regulatory and legislative hearings or meeting dates and comments deadlines to assure Government Affairs awareness and involvement.


Develops, drafts, and edits correspondence for Government Affairs Division.





Maintains centralized files of legislative and regulatory activity.


Follows GROWMARK’s Code of Conduct and Corporate Compliance Program, Environmental Health and Safety, OSHA and DOT policies and procedures, as they apply.


Performs all other duties as assigned.





Normally requires a Bachelor’s Degree preferably in Political Science or Communications or related experience demonstrating government affairs knowledge and business writing skills.


Normally requires knowledge and understanding of federal and state government, contemporary political issues, and public policy formation, along with business writing skills and the ability to research, comprehend, interpret, summarize, and draft position statements and talking points on legislative issues and the regulatory process.    


Demonstrates essential abilities including business knowledge, collaboration, communication, customer focus, decision making and skill development.


Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and satisfactory driving record. 


Proven professional communication, interpersonal, and customer service skills and the ability to build relationships with external trade associations and government agencies.


Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to work under time limitations with “attention to detail” skills.  


Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team-oriented environment.  


Proven computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and website management and the ability to use of the Internet for research purposes.


Ability to work hours beyond those considered normal to meet the demands of the position.


Ability and willingness to participate in required training that may include education on GROWMARK’s policies and procedures and additional training as it relates to the requirements of the position.  

We are an equal opportunity employer, including protected veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities. Employment may be contingent upon receipt of an acceptable and job-related background check, drug test, motor vehicle report, and/or reference check, as applicable and permissible by law.


Nearest Major Market: Bloomington IL
Nearest Secondary Market: Normal

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