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Operations Director

DEPARTMENT:     Business Operations & Revenue Development


POSITION OBJECTIVE:     Manage onsite operations for all IDEAg farm shows, including onsite, pre/post-show deliverables and vendor customer service, focusing mainly and outdoor trade shows.


REPORTS TO:     Show Director


LOCATION:     Remote, based in Minnesota or South Dakota



  • Serve as the primary contact and General Service Contractor for IDEAg farm shows and direct and perform all set-up, planting, exhibitor move-in/move-out and operational details, including, but not limited to, maintaining equipment, materials necessary for onsite production of trade shows and trade show related events.
  • Monitor exhibitor onsite activities and communicate actions to the Show Director, i.e., no-shows, early/late entry and/or early/late departure.
  • Ensure internal and external customer satisfaction and track equipment use and rentals.
  • Maintain knowledge of onsite staff activities and responsibilities and work as an extension of that group as dictated by volume, show size or complexity.
  • Direct onsite logistics including, but not limited to, onsite customer service for all exhibitors, floor plan, onsite food vendors, insurance requirements, seed plots, and livestock areas, with the Show Director.
  • Identify onsite staff support and direct the temporary employment process with the Show Director and Human Resources.
  • Direct employees and processes, including, but not limited to, onsite construction requirements, electrical contracting, water issues, and onsite emergency services, and coordinate with the Show Director on traffic flow, safety issues and evacuation procedures.
  • Collaborate with the Sales Team and Show Director to identify, analyze and implement new show opportunities.
  • Direct onsite details of events related conference programs including, but not limited to A/V, room sets, F&B, signage, and utilities. 
  • Confirm that fulfillments accurately match contract and sponsorship details and keep the Show Director apprised of any changes.
  • Direct, review and enforce vendor and venue event agreements and advise the Show Director on new developments and recommended changes.
  • In conjunction with the Show Director, create, manage and enforce onsite exhibitor regulations, i.e., contract rules & regulations and design regulations.
  • Assign and maintain booth spaces, floor plan reconfigurations and placement of all onsite events including demonstration areas, in conjunction with the Show Director.
  • Work with Show Director to create and manage budgets, monitor expenses, and inform management of any changes or trends.
  • Review the onsite post-show report of all vendor payables, assess all post-show information and provide recommendations for future improvements to the Show Director and other internal stakeholders.
  • Monitor exhibitor onsite activities and communicate actions to the Show Director, i.e., no-shows, early/late entry and/or early/late departure.



Communicate and coordinate with all farm show staff, exhibitors, outside service providers, state and national Farm Bureau staff, and other organizations as needed to carry out the responsibilities of the position.



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent farm show operations experience



  • Minimum 6-8 years’ experience in farm show management, including a minimum of 2 years’ experience managing employees with a background in agriculture, construction, transportation, or grounds keeping
  • Strong problem solving, planning, and organizational skills with great attention to detail
  • Ability to adhere to budget guidelines
  • Working knowledge of contract agreements and terms
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects
  • Strong interpersonal relationship skills
  • Proven aptitude for technology and/or software solutions and analytical skills
  • Possession of or ability to obtain a CDL
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record



  • Knowledge of Salesforce, ExpoCad, Microsoft Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, etc.)



  • Travel up to 50%, typically regionally within MN and SD



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