Communications/Editorial, Research and Information
4 Year Degree
The Director of Research and Industry Insights is responsible for the identification, development, execution, ongoing management and promotion of IFDA research, insights, benchmarking and thought leadership platforms. Serves as staff liaison to IFDA leadership committees and related project teams. Works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders
Responsible for the identification, development, execution and publishing of IFDA research, benchmarking, thought leadership and insight projects and programs:
Serve as primary research, benchmarking and insights contact for IFDA membership by timely responses to inquiries, provide access to reports, advise on projects in development, etc.;
Leverage Committee, Council and Task Force input and feedback to identify research issues, projects and initiatives;
Manage specific projects, member project teams, timelines and deliverables;
Develop and maintain partnerships/relationships to provide research, thought leadership and insights to membership;
Develop, manage and execute internal research mechanisms, data collection vehicles and reporting capabilities (i.e. member surveys, public data, government databases, economic reports, etc.);
Secure member/industry participation in benchmarking and research projects;
Collaborate with VP of industry Relations to align research and benchmarking activities with IFDA strategic plan and committee/council priorities;
Collaborate closely with industry relations, meeting and communications teams on integration of IFDA published thought leadership, insights and benchmarking into IFDA/Industry conferences, appropriate committee/council/share group meetings, etc.;
In conjunction with marketing and communications team, develop and execute publication marketing and promotion plans for research/insights/thought leadership, IFDA communication platforms, website, webinars, social media, trade/consumer press, etc.;
Manage research project budgets.
Serve as IFDA staff liaison to the following IFDA Committees, Councils, Task Forces:
Sales & Marketing Leadership Committee; Safety & Risk Leadership Committee; Information Technology Leadership Committee and other IFDA Task Forces, project teams as needed;
Support IFDA VP of Industry Relations in management/execution of Operations Leadership Committee; Financial Leadership Committee and Supplier Advisory Council;
Support IFDA conferences and events as needed including SMart Conference; Truck Driving Championship; Distribution Solutions Conference, Washington Insight Conference.
Engage and attend member share group meetings as needed.
Other duties as assigned.
Supervisory Responsibilities: No direct supervisory responsibilities, but collaborates closely with administrative staff and Director of Education Programs and Engagement.
Experience: 8+ years in association management, market research, consulting, analytics/insight development. Microsoft office proficiency and experience with social media and web based delivery/survey tools. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or the equivalent, advanced degree preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
Qualitative and quantitative research experience.
Ability to establish priorities and proceed with objectives with limited/without supervision.
Volunteer committee management experience.
Must have excellent written and verbal communications skills.
General knowledge of Microsoft Office, survey/results reporting software, etc.
Experience in project management.
Collaborative, team oriented approach to meeting/exceeding organizational goals and objectives.
Travel: Travel to IFDA events, industry-related events, member visits up to 20% of the year by land/or air. Some weekend travel required.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive salary based on experience. Send salary requirements along with resume.
About International Foodservice Distributors Association, Inc.
The International Foodservice Distributors Association is a trade organization comprised of foodservice distributors serving foodservice operations throughout the U.S., Canada, and many other countries.
Our Mission: IFDA provides leadership and action on industry issues most important to our members' success.
Our Vision: To be the place where industry leaders address the industry's biggest... challenges and opportunities.
IFDA continues to work diligently to advance the interests of foodservice distributors through government relations, industry relations, education, and research. We exist to help our members succeed!
We are located in McLean, VA and have a dedicated staff of 17 working in a professional environment. Visit www.ifdaonline.org for more information about IFDA.