Vice President/Senior Vice President - Agriculture Public Relations (Hybrid)

Kansas City, MO 64108-2522
United States
Job Description

Vice President/Senior Vice President - Agriculture Public Relations (Hybrid)

Job Locations

US-MO-Kansas City



Position Function

Public Relations

Job Classification

Full Time


Do you have a passion for food and working across the food and agriculture value chain? Do you like learning about agriculture’s impact and influence on everything from farm to fork? Are you energized by supporting programs that promote sustainability and the future of food production? If so, FleishmanHillard’s Kansas City office has a role for you!  We are seeking an experienced communications practitioner with knowledge of and a passion for building and protecting reputations for food, agribusiness and commodity clients to join our Food & Agriculture practice. This is a hybrid role based in our Kansas City Office.

This position will be instrumental in executing best-in-class work across growing accounts and support the development, presentation and execution of integrated reputation and brand positioning communications programs for national food and agribusiness clients. This individual will plan and activate creative recommendations on how to meet reputation management goals through communications.

At FleishmanHillard, we embrace challenges, think boldly, trust each other, and harness our talented worldwide network to provide the best in-class counsel to clients. We recognize that diversity and inclusion benefit our agency, our clients, and the communities in which we work and live. To that end, we strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As part of our ongoing effort to be the world’s most inclusive agency, we are committed to seeking candidates who possess and demonstrate a profound interest in furthering our DE&I goals.


  • Create and manage brand building and protection programs targeting producers, the food industry and other influencers for top B2B food brands and agribusiness clients, including thought leadership, executive visibility, issues management and more.
  • Be at the forefront of industry issues and provide client counsel for effective issues management.
  • Develop relationships and coordinate correspondence with external audiences: third-party organizations, industry and nutrition influencers, media, client partners.
  • Build and maintain strong client relationships and be an active leader and contributor to strong agency account teams.
  • Partner and build relationships with colleagues across teams and regions to successfully implement strategic campaigns that provide a diverse perspective.
  • Review/assess industry trends to identify opportunities to inject FH’s clients into current news cycles; drive story idea development, work closely with traditional and online media to shape and control communications that are in line with overall account objectives.
  • Develop and manage client budgets and support budget development, tracking, billing and communications.
  • Support food and agribusiness business development efforts for the office and assist on network new business.
  • Supervise and train junior account staff; provide quality control, determine workflow and assignments. Provide feedback and professional development opportunities.
  • Cultivate diverse teams and contribute to an inclusive working and learning environment.



  • Ability to join us in a hybrid model of working in-person in our Kansas City office weekly.
  • 10-15+ years of food and/or agriculture communication experience, preferably at a PR agency or corporate setting.
  • Previous experience managing agribusiness, commodity or food communications.
  • Knowledge of food and agriculture trends and issues, such as producer needs, food safety, sustainability, global food systems, animal health, etc.
  • Strong understanding of food and agriculture media environment: trade, national, consumer, business, bylines, influencers, spokespersons.
  • Success record of client counsel, client relationship building and team management; has launched and grown accounts.
  • Strong team player and passion for developing team members.
  • Energetic, self-starter and problem solver; gets things moving, keeps them on track and understands how to switch gears when needed.
  • Professional writing and client-facing presentation skills experience.
  • Understanding of and experience with business development.


About FleishmanHillard 
We’re more motivated by what we can give than what we receive, with a longstanding worldwide service commitment to support social inclusion in the communities in which we work and live. We specialize in public relations, reputation management, public affairs, brand marketing, digital strategy, social engagement and content strategy. FleishmanHillard was named 2021 PRovoke Global Agency of the Year; 2021 ICCO Network of the Year; 2021 Campaign Global PR Agency of the Year; 2022-2023 PRWeek U.S. Agency of the Year and Outstanding Extra-Large Agency of the Year; 2021 PRovoke APAC Consultancy of the Year; 2021 PRWeek UK Large Consultancy of the Year; Human Rights Campaign Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality 2018-2022; and to Seramount’s (formerly Working Mother Media) “Top Companies for Executive Women” list 2010-2022. FleishmanHillard is part of Omnicom Public Relations Group, and has 75 offices in more than 30 countries, plus affiliates in 45 countries.

FleishmanHillard offers a hybrid work model, and seeks employees who are comfortable working in the office for a portion of their workweek. We value the collaboration and camaraderie that in-person interactions provide, but also understand the importance of flexibility and balance in our employees' lives. As such, we are open to discuss various work arrangements that accommodate individual needs and circumstances, including flexible scheduling and alternative work arrangements. Our goal is to foster a productive and inclusive work environment where all employees can thrive, both in and out of the office.

The anticipated salary range for this position at the Vice President level is $102,689 - $175,000.
The anticipated salary range for this position at the Senior Vice President Level is $130,696 - $235,000.

Salary is based on a range of factors that include relevant experience, knowledge, skills, other job-related qualifications and geography. A range of medical, dental, vision, 401(k) matching, paid time off and/or other benefits also are available.