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Goodwill seeks marketing director

MISSION: To empower individuals and families with barriers to independence through training, education, and employment. 

Come be a part of Goodwill’s mission!

Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa has an opening for a Marketing Director.   The Marketing Director will direct  supervise, and coordinate the Marketing department activities. This position will supervise the Marketing Communication Specialist and plan and formulate through agency directors, the department goals and objectives.

The Marketing Director will be responsible for planning, developing, conducting and maintaining positive public relations, marketing and community resources programs.  The Director will create and implement a marketing strategic plan that will maximize Goodwill’s exposure and mission throughout Central Iowa.

This position will plan and direct a public information program to maintain a positive public image of the agency and to promote sales.   The Marketing Director will make contacts with media representatives for release of information and advertising on radio, television and newspapers.  Responsible for writing, editing, publishing and distributing printed publicity materials such as brochures, newsletters, and annual reports. The Marketing Director will plan and produce an annual calendar of public relations events.

The Marketing Director will also be responsible for maintaining a social media presence and for developing and promoting programs to improve social media recognition.

Bachelor of Arts degree, from an accredited college, in marketing, communications, public relations or related field.

Two (2) years of full-time paid employment may be substituted for each year of post-secondary education, provided this work experience is direct marketing/ public relations and/or management and supervision in these areas.

A minimum of three (3) years of related full-time paid employment, provided this work experience is marketing, communications or public relations.

A Masters of Arts degree, from an accredited college, in marketing, communications or public relations, may be accepted as equivalent to two (2) years of marketing, communications or public relations experience.

Leadership and/or management experience.  Demonstrated experience in the design and execution of marketing, communications and public relations.  Must have strong creative, strategic, analytical and organizational skills.  Demonstrated experience writing press releases, making presentations and negotiating with media.  Experience identifying and managing outside vendors.  Attention to detail and follow through with an eye for design and strong copy writing skills.  Must be able to manage design and production of print pieces. Must be able to manage multiple projects.  Computer literacy in Microsoft Office products, InDesign and other marketing software.  Must have strong verbal and written communication skills.

Must have a valid Iowa driver’s license, reliable transportation, a good driving record and be insurable.  Must be able to pass a criminal background check and dependent adult and child abuse check.

To apply, visit

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Unique Professional Development Opportunity for Women: Moxie Exchange 2014 Cohort Forming

The Moxie Exchange Movement, a national leadership and professional development organization where businesswomen come together to learn, connect, collaborate, and grow, is launching its 2014 cohort in Des Moines Tuesday, January 21, 2014, with a introductory meeting in Hoyt Sherman Gallery at 3:30 p.m.

The goal of Moxie Exchange is to drive real business conversation and results in a collaborative atmosphere. “There is a special oxygen that gets created when extraordinary business women get together, but what’s usually missing is a structured process and tools to move the needle on performance. At Moxie we have both,” said Brooke Benschoter, Des Moines executive for the group.

The Moxie Exchange Movement is not a networking group, but a professional organization for women that will provide strategy, opportunity and insight to its members through a monthly meeting for individuals, corporate programs and online members’ only website.

If you’d like to register for the January session or learn more about The Moxie Exchange Movement, visit Please use code 6AB7 for free registration or contact Benschoter at 515-202-1396.

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Want to run for office? Register for 50-50 in 2020′s Blueprint for Winning Academy by Jan. 6, 2014

Spurred by women’s success this year in garnering legislative victories at state and national levels, 50-50 in 2020 continues its campaign to elect more Iowa women to political office.

As a major component of its effort, 50-50 in 2020 will conduct its second Blueprint for Winning Academy, January 10-11, 2014 at the West Des Moines Marriott. Participation in the bi-partisan academy is open to all women who have an interest in running for a state level office in 2014 but not necessarily in 2014.

The Friday and Saturday program includes lessons in grass roots campaigning, critiques of individual messages by nationally-known expert Chris Jahnke, how to operate a campaign organization, social media, using party resources and financing campaigns. Keynote speakers will include Diane Bystrom, Carrie Chapman Center for Women in Politics, Kathy Groob, author of “Pink Politics” and former Ambassador to Bahamas Mary Kramer and one-time President of the Iowa Senate.

“The pivotal role women lawmakers played in negotiating Iowa’s health care program and in ending Congress’ shutdown of the federal government in 2013 reinforces our belief that more women are needed in the governing process,” said Jean Lloyd-Jones, a co-founder of 50-50 in 2020 and former Iowa state senator from Iowa City. “Women as a rule choose collaboration over confrontation, pragmatism over polarization, and legislate for the common good.”

Registration is $300 if a hotel room is not needed or $350 with one night of accommodations at the West Des Moines Marriott. Seating is limited. Scholarships are available.

Registration closes Monday, January 6, 2014.

Contact 888-488-4293 or to register.


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NIPCO seeks Manager of Member Relations & Development

Northwest Iowa Power cooperative (NIPCO), an electric generation and transmission cooperative in western Iowa, has an opening for a Manager of Member Relations & Development. This job opportunity will involve both member and public relations and economic development.

 Here is a link to the job posting on the NIPCO site:

Here is NIPCO’s site for general info about the cooperative:


Rebecca Lauters
Human Resources & Administrative Support Manager
Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative
31002 County Road C-38
P.O. Box 240
Le Mars, Iowa 51031

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Gina Adam Selected for ABI Leadership Iowa

Congratulations to our programming committee member gina adam of Saturday Mfg. who was selected by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) Foundation for the 2013-14 Leadership Iowa class. This statewide issues-awareness program is designed to instill passion in current and emerging leaders while fostering a high level of civic engagement throughout Iowa. The ABI Foundation has been offering this program for 31 years.

We’re proud of you, gina!

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AIA Seeks PT Communications Assistant

Part-time (24+ hrs/wk) Communications Assistant needed for the Iowa chapter of the American Institute of Architects in Des Moines. Experience with template-driven web sites, written communications, database management, event planning, membership management, and Affiniscape AMS a plus. Looking for self-directed individual with excellent organization, communication skills, and familiarity with PC operating system and Microsoft Office Professional products required. Minimum of 2 years of experience in a professional office environment. Report to Communications & Programming Coordinator. Primary tasks include website, newsletter, and database management as well as administrative tasks. Link:

Send resume and cover letter to AIA Iowa, 400 Locust St., Ste. 100, Des Moines, IA 50309 by October 23.

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Des Moines Metro Opera Seeks PT Advertising Consultant

 Are you looking for additional income and to work for an exciting organization? Do you love the arts? Do you have the skills to find companies advertising outlets that best suit them? Des Moines Metro Opera is looking to hire an independent freelance advertising consultant to contact advertising prospects and secure new advertisers via phone, Internet or in person for our DMMO summer festival program with a completion date of June 1, 2014.  In addition, if interested, the opportunity exists to work on program advertising for the Holiday production of Amahl and the Night Visitors with a completion date of November 15, 2013 and the

  • DMMO will provide the consultant with lists and/or bases of previous and potential advertisers
  • DMMO will provide the consultant any printed or digital promotional materials that have been created to distribute to potential advertisers
  • DMMO will provide a PDF file that includes digital requirements for ad layoug/design
  • DMMO will provide a list of ad sizes available and rates for regular advertisers, non-profit groups and advertising agencies
  • DMMO will reimburse basic expenses such as parking, etc., should the need arise.
  • DMMO will provided a detailed list of advertising deadlines and contracts for secured clients
  • The consultant will contact advertisers via phone, Internet or in person to secure advertisers in advance of a predetermined deadline
  • Once an ad is secured, the consultant will develop a system in conjunction with DMMO to ensure contracts are signed and dated prior to deadline with payment plans arranged as directed by DMMO

DMMO seeks $12,500 in new advertising sales at a 12% commission (.$6-8,000 for the Holiday and show).  Should the consultant exceed the ad sales goal, commission rate would increase to 15% for every ad sold above the goal.

Payment to the consultant will be made via check, no later than two weeks following the close of the final advertising deadline and/or once all of the secured contracts have been reviewed and approved at the discretion of Des Moines Metro Opera

Contact: Michael Egel, General Director, Des Moines Metro Opera;

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Response to Deb Engle’s presentation Sept. 18

Guest Pam Schoffner commented on “Improving Communication: It’s an Inside Job” in her blog:

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