Marketing Assistant Position at Insta-Pro

A new position of Marketing Assistant has been posted for Insta-Pro in Des Moines. Insta-Pro is a manufacturer of extrusion and pressing equipment for processing oilseeds, grains, pet food and fish feed.


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FT Digital Content Specialist at ZLRIgnition in Des Moines

Digital Content Specialist


Research. Write. Edit. Fact check. Revise. Proof. Publish. Promote. Whether you’re creating content for a website, magazine, print advertisement or social media post each step in the editorial process is crucial. ZLRIGNITION is looking for a passionate storyteller. We want a person who can work independently to dig up good information and methodically transform it into a compelling narrative. From 40 characters to a thousand words. Can you tell a story?

Required Skills:

  • Self-directed and independent
  • Excellent spelling and grammar
  • Adaptable to both creative and journalistic writing styles
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite of software including Outlook, WORD and EXCEL
  • Familiarization with digital software platforms including website Content Management Systems like WordPress, as well as social media tools like HootSuite or TweetDeck
  • Basic understanding of web and social media analytics


Key responsibilities:

The new hire will be responsible for researching, developing and authoring quality content for digital and social channels to serve a variety of clients. The ideal candidate will support current public relations and marketing staff in integrating strategy and message platforms throughout all work. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Maintain an ongoing knowledge of current news, trends and research related to specific industries
  • Regularly present ideas for story collection and content creation in alignment with client needs
  • Efficiently research and collect data, interviews and images for content creation and publication
  • Deliver tactical plans to merchandise and repackage content elements across several channels, including blogs, e-mail, websites and social community sites (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube, etc.)
  • Feed account management and public relations staff information and ideas to be leveraged in marketing and media relations
  • Assist account teams in developing and maintaining editorial/content calendars
  • Audit content and social media analytics for engagement levels and results. Interpret and advise account team on results
  • Monitor social/content marketing trends, identify insights that may impact client business tactics
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience level:

  • B.A. in Public Relations, Journalism or Marketing Communications, or equivalent experience
  • 4-5 years in public relations, copywriting and social media
  • Agency background preferred but not required.


The Digital Content Specialist is a full-time position which includes a full complement of benefits. Please send your resume, cover letter and references to Jessica Lown at Application deadline is December 9, 2015.


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Part-Time Position: Marketing/Communications Associate at West Bank

This Job Has Closed

West Bank is looking for the right person to fill a part-time position as Marketing/Communications Associate. This would be 20 hours a week and schedule is flexible. If you are interested, please contact Jill Hansen at 515-222-2305 or by November 14, 2015. Job description follows:

The Marketing/Communications Associate will assist the Marketing and Communications Directors with internal and external communications, public relations events, retail sales support, and marketing and communications projects as assigned.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Communications: Write and proofread copy for internal training, website development, press releases, and other projects within the marketing and communications areas at West Bank. Maintain and update employee biographies as needed for press releases and other purposes. Proof and approve onboarding communications in CRM; respond to employee support questions; maintain custom reports. Develop and write copy for West Waves, the company intranet, and West Word, the company newsletter. Manage day-to-day website content.

Public Relations/Community Involvement: With direction of the Marketing Director, respond to PR advertising requests, sponsorship ad requests, and assist with event planning. This includes designing advertising and communication materials for events such as Grand Openings, West Bank hosted (Shred Day) and West Bank sponsored events, including internal events such as company parties and fundraisers. Photograph events as requested. With direction of the Communications Director, assist with employee community involvement reporting and in management of the Company Store.

Branch Merchandising and Signage: Assist with branch merchandising, including keeping posters, brochures and teller displays current. Coordinate requests for signs and banners for bank events.

Reporting/Compliance: Develop and maintain Channel Usage report and Website Analytics reports; maintain compliance binder and respond to audit requests; assist with copywriting for compliance-required customer communications, including pricing changes and other notifications.

Community Involvement: Participate in community events, including staffing at least one event (art festivals, community celebrations, etc.) and participating in at least one community festival (parades, bank-sponsored outreach events, etc.) per year.

Qualifications: B.A., B.S., or A.A. degree in marketing, communications, or related field. Business or banking experience a plus.

Technical Qualifications/Experience:
– MS Office Suite, including Word, Excel, Outlook
– Adobe Creative Suite, including Illustrator, InDesign, DreamWeaver, Photoshop
– Some website development – HTML and an understanding of usability design

Critical Success Factors:
– Ability to mange time and assist others in managing priorities and deadlines.
– Must have exceptional communication skills with an ability to collaborate across organizational boundaries.
– Must be a self-starter capable of working independently and an excellent problem-solver.

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Bravo needs Community Impact Specialist

Bravo Greater Des Moines

Job Description

Title: Community Impact Specialist FLSA Status: Exempt

Reports To: Executive Director

Revision Date: October 2015


The Community Impact Specialist will primarily be responsible for managing and evaluating Bravo’s grantmaking programs and enhancing Bravo’s community engagement function. Working closely with the Executive Director, the Grantmaking and Community Engagement Committees of the Board, and Bravo-funded organizations, the Community Impact Specialist will provide essential support to Bravo as the organization defines our position as a leader in enhancing the role of arts and culture as a key driver of quality of life in the region.


The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.


 Manage current grantmaking programs, including the Cultural Enrichment grant and Capital Campaign and Project grant.

 Develop necessary grant materials, including guidelines, applications, press releases, reports, review materials, web copy, etc.

 Implement efficient application procedures and review processes.

 Lead Bravo’s Board Grantmaking Committee through discussions and recommendations about current grantmaking programs, gaps and opportunities.

 Provide general information about Bravo’s grantmaking process and priorities to potential grantseekers, providing technical assistance as needed

 Cultivate ongoing relationships and maintain regular dialogue with grantee organizations that can inform Bravo’s grantmaking function.

 Monitor the performance of active grants through site visits, review of grantee reports, and evaluation of grant outcomes and relay information to the Executive Director and/or Grantmaking Committee as appropriate.

 Maintain Bravo grant calendar and process documentation for grantmaking functions, including paper and electronic grantmaking filing systems, file set-up and organization, and management of centralized grant, decline, and pending files.

 Evaluate effectiveness of current grantmaking programs and regularly consider enhancements, opportunities and gaps that can be addressed to increase Bravo’s impact on quality of life in the region.

 Maintain grants management system and database software, including access and training for Bravo staff and Board as well as applicant organizations.

 Assist with data collection and analysis relevant to reporting on investment outcomes.

 Regularly coordinate grant planning and processes with Executive Director, Board’s Grantmaking Committee.

Community Engagement

 Communicate and promote Bravo planning priorities, resources and funding programs to communities, arts organizations and related constituents while cultivating relationships among stakeholders and Bravo.

 Identify opportunities and develop strategies and partnerships that leverage Bravo resources and networks to enhance community arts organizations, events and initiatives.

 Develop ideas for adding value to grantmaking programs by identifying opportunities for innovation, collaboration, professional development and networking.

 Build and maintain relationships with other funders and community groups.

 Lead Bravo’s Board Community Engagement Committee through discussions about how best to achieve identified strategic priorities.

 Serve as Bravo’s primary point of contact for the Principal Charity Classic and Connecting Kids and Culture program, operated jointly with the Greater Des Moines Community Foundation.

 Design and deliver presentations to boards, agencies, professional associations and community groups, as needed.

 Plan and direct development and communication of information designed to keep public informed of Bravo’s programs, accomplishments, or point of view, including social media.


 Provide staff support for Cultural Capital work within Capital Crossroads initiative.

 Support special projects or initiatives that enhance Bravo’s strategic goals and objectives and enhance the cultural community in central Iowa.

 Conduct research and analysis of interest areas, as directed.

 Represent Bravo during community projects and at public, social, and business gatherings, as directed by the Executive Director.

 Perform other duties, participate in special projects and Bravo initiatives as needed, including attending exhibits, events, performances and programs by Bravo grantees.

Bravo Greater Des Moines Community Impact Specialist 3


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Excellent analytical and organizational skills; mature judgment and critical thinking ability; innovative problem solver; proven ability to manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously, set priorities, handle numerous responsibilities, and work both independently and in a small team environment. Adaptable attitude, self-starter, creative, requires little regular supervision. Comfortable with frequently evolving direction and priorities.

Highly dependable with initiative to take independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; goal oriented; Follows through on commitments. Adapts strategy to changing conditions.

High integrity; Excellent interpersonal skills, able to interface well with a variety of people and effectively present information to a variety of stakeholders. Displays passion and optimism; Inspires respect and trust. Must be a conscientious listener.

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out as well as develop instructions; excellent writing, proofreading and communication skills. Strong computer, database management and internet research skills.


Bachelor’s degree and two to five years related project management or implementation experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Prior program/project or grant management experience desired with knowledge of the nonprofit arts and cultural sector and existing community initiatives strongly preferred; demonstrated commitment to enhancing quality of life in central Iowa.

Strong proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required; proficiency with databases and research tools preferred.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hand to finger, handle or feel. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Bravo Greater Des Moines Community Impact Specialist 4

Bravo Greater Des Moines is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or applicable state regulations, Bravo Greater Des Moines will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with Bravo Greater Des Moines.


Interested Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to with “Bravo – [NAME] – Community Impact Specialist” in the subject line.

No phone calls please.

Applications will be accepted through November 20, 2015, or until a suitable candidate is found.

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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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