Botanical Center has three positions open

The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden currently has three jobs posted, including Database and Records Coordinator, Events and Venue Liaison and  Youth and Family Coordinator. The job descriptions and information on how to apply can be found at

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Affordable Learning Opportunities in the Greater Des Moines Area This Fall

In this fast-paced world you have to take advantage of tools you can use to keep up.  I came across two opportunities too good to pass up.

Register Media offers a Social Media Advertising Made Simple seminar on Wednesday, October 28 from 3:30 – 5:00 at Capital Square downtown. It promises you will learn how to segment & target your audience, how to use & understand social analytics, best practices for social media campaigns and more. It’s free, but RSVP at

I just signed up for the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Market515 conference. This all-day conference out at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny will be held on November 4 from 8:30 – 4:30. Includes breakfast and lunch (from Jethro’s). Good speakers. Only $40. More info and online registration at

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Preview a National Conference Speaker at #AWCchat Thurs, Sept. 3 11:30 Central

Be sure to join us at #AWCchat, our award-winning Twitter Chat, for a conversation with Melanie Powers, @MelEdits. Melanie will be a speaker at the AWC National Conference #AWCcon15 in Kansas City October 9-10, 2015. She’ll give us tips on creating social media content.

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How I Became a Tweeter and You Can, Too

Before I connected with my AWC sisters at the 2013 National Conference, I just didn’t give a tweet about twitter. Oh, I was curious, but I couldn’t see the value in it. I knew that this was something I should explore as a professional woman in communications, but it would take time and effort and I had so many other things to do.

Four Greater Des Moines chapter members went to the conference. There was a lot of tweeting and talking about tweeting. When we got home, we were inspired and started trying to tweet our monthly meetings – tweeting photos and some key points from the speakers. We set up an @AWCDSM account and appointed an official chapter tweeter. We were so engaged! We even developed a Twitter Lab to help others get in on the fun.

Right after the conference, I started participating in #AWCchat. Before, I had only looked at the transcripts and found it hard to understand what was going on and why I would want to do it. I am not a good lurker. I must participate. After all, you only get back what you are willing to invest in the experience. So, I introduced myself. Sheila Scarborough, who was hosting the chat, led us through what to do. Easy peasy.

I learned that you have to include the #AWCchat in every tweet if you want it to show up in the stream of conversation. I learned about apps like Tweetdeck and Nurph which make things easier to see and follow along. I learned how to express myself in 140 characters or less! My skills advanced rapidly with a little help from my friends and #AWCchat.

Each #AWCchat is a learning and sharing experience. We cover a wide range of topics of interest to women in communications. I had no idea what Snapchat was until we discussed it. I picked up great tips for publicizing an event I was working on. I have developed relationships with women in communications across the country which have led to idea exchanges and collaborations. And guess what? There are other chats going on all the time! Just search for a topic of interest. There is no end to what you can learn on Twitter!

Now I am using what I learned to publicize the 2015 AWC National Conference. Follow @AWCcon15 or search for #AWCcon15 and see what’s in store.

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Greater DM Convention and Visitors Bureau Marketing and Media Panel

Board Members at MMP

Crissanka Christadoss, Peggy Fleming and Julie Fleming

Three of our board members met up at the CVB’s Marketing and Media Panel today. We learned about project management, obtaining sponsors, engaging team members, and how to prepare for the Iowa Caucuses next year.

The CVB always does a great job of presenting these events.  This one was held at the newly constructed convention facility at the Airport Holiday Inn.  Very nice!

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DMPCC seeks Marketing & Communication Specialist

Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is seeking a marketing and communication specialist who has the knowledge and experience to plan a broad-based strategy as well as the creativity and skills to execute the tactics and materials needed to carry the Center to greater levels of recognition and success in the wider community.


Marketing & Communications Specialist

REPORTS TO: Executive Director


Develop strategy for and coordinate all marketing and communication activities

in support of Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center’s (DMPCC) programs and

services. Support and collaborate with Executive Director, Director of Development,

Board members, volunteer leaders and DMPCC staff to increase community awareness

of the mission and services of DMPCC.


  1. Collaborate with and advise Executive Director and Leadership Team regarding overall communication and marketing strategies.
  2. Plan: Create and implement annual Marketing & Communications plan and timeline to enhance and increase the community’s understanding and appreciation of DMPCC’s wide variety of programs and services. (Include specific strategies to promote the Institute of Ministry, Veterans’ Services, Prairie Fire, Psych Testing, C.O.O.L., etc.)
  3. Print Materials: Write content and oversee design and production of all internal and external DMPCC publications including brochures, newsletters, invitations, annual report, etc. (Design of promotional pieces to be outsources to graphic design business.)
  4. Media Relations: Develop and implement all media relations strategies for DMPCC, including news releases, media alerts, op/ed work, and media response.
  5. Website & Social Media: Manage DMPCC website – oversee updating, direct content,       ensure accurate/current information. Serve as the front-line recipient and responder to questions submitted via the site. Promote DMPCC and its programs through a variety of social media outlets.
  6. Event Management (Non-fundraising Events):       Coordinate planning and implementation of non-fundraising events such as Annual Meeting, educational events, etc. to increase awareness of DMPCC in the community. (Project Manager for Marketing & Communications has overall responsibility for management of non-fundraising events. Director of Development has overall responsibility for management of fundraising events.)
  7. Event Promotion: Oversee promotion of both fundraising and non-fundraising events to increase attendance and community awareness.
  8. Advertising: Manage advertising for all programs, services and fund development events/activities. (Including budget development, copy writing and ad placement.)
  9. Communication:
    1. Develop talking points for DMPCC spokespeople, including Board members, regarding services and programs.
    2. Manage all public relations efforts related to disseminating coordinated messages from DMPCC to the general public.
    3. Manage internal communication efforts to ensure that all internal communications are presented accurately and appropriately to employees and other audiences.
  10. Other duties as assigned 


CUSTOMER SERVICE: Demonstrates concern for meeting internal and external customer needs in a manner that provides satisfaction. Anticipates additional needs of the customer beyond their current use of DMPCC services. Understands and finds solutions within the limits of what is available. Solves problems with minimal disruption. Communicates openly and directly. Able to change communication style according to the needs of the audience and the situation.

TEAMWORK: Able to gain cooperation from others and work collaboratively toward solutions which generally benefit all involved parties. Proactively identifies opportunities to assist others and ensures that information is communicated accurately and timely to all necessary parties. Behaves honestly and ethically.

PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Establishes a systematic course of action to accomplish goals and objectives. Determines priorities and uses time effectively.   Completes the workload required of the position. Able to change priorities according to the work load and asks for assistance as appropriate.

ACHIEVEMENT ORIENTATION: Self-starting. Independently demonstrates a desire to set and meet goals, to find a better or more efficient way to do things, and to compete against a self-defined standard of excellence.

EXPERTISE (Technical or Procedural): Possesses specialized knowledge or skills to accomplish results. Is capable of learning new skills. Identifies areas for enhancing/acquiring new skills to enhance effectiveness.

PRESENTATION SKILLS: Is effective in a variety of presentation settings: one-on-one, small and large groups, with volunteers and donors.

 If interested, contact

Ellery Duke, Ph.D.

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Check out Greater Des Moines Partnership’s job search site

Cognizant and Mercer are hiring 400 new positions to Greater Des Moines in the upcoming months. Visit to see what new jobs might be a match for you. 

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Plymouth Congregational seeks PT Communication Assistant

Part-time Communication Assistant opportunity at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Des Moines.

Plymouth is based on progressive theology – and we pride ourselves in a progressive approach to church communications, too. We are looking for that rare creative communicator who can craft copy that grabs attention AND create compelling, innovative graphic design.

As a communications jack-of-all-trades, your primary duties will include writing and graphic design for brochures, newsletters, and worship materials that fit Plymouth’s branding guidelines.

The Communications Assistant also plays an important role in helping maintain and grow our website. Knowledge of both InDesign and WordPress required. Position reports to Director of Communication. Please send resume and three work samples to

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Nominations Sought for Open Board Positions for 2015-2016

The Greater Des Moines Professional Chapter is seeking nominations for several openings on the board of directors. This is your chance to become an influencer in the direction of the chapter and build your resume at the same time!

Board Openings include:

  • President-Elect – Performs duties assigned by the president and the board of directors and is in training for the presidency.
  • Secretary – Keeps a correct record of the proceedings of all meetings of the chapter and the board of directors and will transmit those records to his/her successor.
  • Treasurer – Keeps records of all financial reports, collects fees paid in person, forwards required moneys to headquarters, pays bills when directed by the chapter board of directors, and provides necessary information for required reports to association headquarters. Will transmit treasurer records to his/her successor.
  • Membership Co-Chair – Recruits new members and makes them welcome to the chapter, follows up with members who have let their memberships expire, publicizes membership drives, updates the membership list on MailChimp.

Elections will take place at the May 20 luncheon. Terms begin on June 1.

Nominees for board positions must be members in good standing. Please submit your nominations for a fellow member or yourself to by May 15, 2015.

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Allegra seeks client experience assistant

If you are a quick learner, have an eye for detail and are relationship-minded then, Allegra Marketing Print, Mail is looking for you. Allegra is growing fast and looking for a client experience assistant. In this role you will

‐ Manage ad specialties sales and production

‐ Generate estimates and proposals to support the sales team

‐ Work closely with production to assist in managing client projects

Opportunities available for advancement.

Minimum Skills Required

‐ 2 years of experience in sales support or customer service role

‐ Working knowledge of Microsoft Office

‐ Associate or bachelor’s degree preferred but not required

Email your resume to by Jan. 30, 2015.

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