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Volunteer opportunities to hone your craft

Volunteer opportunities to hone your craft

Maybe our most exciting benefit of membership, we offer volunteer opportunities to serve on the IABC/Iowa board that will help you grow in leaps and bounds.

Hone your craft as you learn about elements of the communication world you might not see in your day job for years:

  • Plan professional development events
  • Manage a budget
  • Foster a vibrant community of communicators

You’ll build relationships and share ideas with colleagues at other companies and stay in tune with the best practices that will make your work life easier, no matter your focus area.

Through IABC/Iowa, connect with fellow communication professionals, and advance your career

Contact us today for more information!

Make the most of IABC/Iowa

Big or small, there are plenty of opportunities to give back and help IABC/Iowa.

Without volunteers, our nonprofit organization wouldn’t be able to provide the great professional development programming, networking opportunities and recognition that we do each year. How you can help:

  • Join the IABC/Iowa board (Members only)
  • Contribute to an event planning committee (Members only)
  • Introduce a speaker
  • Greet and escort guests to and from meeting rooms
  • Work at the registration table
  • Sponsor an event, meeting, etc.

Getting involved is by far the best way to connect with fellow communicators and advance your career. Expand your professional network. Learn some new skills you wouldn’t get exposed to in your day job. Build a stronger resume. In other words, make friends, try new things and benefit professionally in the process.

It’s fun and well worth your time. We promise.

To learn more or get started today contact us – we would love to hear from you!

Join us at Exile Brewing Company on December 8

IABC Iowa invites you to join us on December 8, 2015 at 5 PM for a free social event at Exile Brewing Company.
Come enjoy a festive evening including a brewery tour, socializing with friends (old and new), great food and good old-fashion holiday cheer!
Bring a canned good item to be donated to those in need this season and receive a free IABC Iowa drink koozie!
Don’t forget to bring your friends and share the invite with your social media contacts. 

Seeking a Content Writer for Ag Extension

Are you a master of the written word? We are seeking a content writer for our communications team with Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Extension, a program unit of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Our team works directly with campus staff and field specialists to develop and deliver research-based information that supports ISU Extension and Outreach in all 99 Iowa counties, nationally and internationally.

We’re looking for someone with superior grammar and proofreading skills for writing and editing news items and features; writing and editing of educational and informational publications; preparing copy for program materials; and developing web content for the ANR programs. This person will work closely with members of the ANR Communications team, content specialists and field staff, and others to write and disseminate information grounded in research-based science to targeted audiences.

Interested? Apply online at Iowa State University’s Human Resources page.

Application deadline is October 27, 2015.

IFL seeks a Communications and Outreach Specialist

Ready to make waves? Are you creative, driven, and an exceptional writer who’s ready for a new adventure? We are hiring for a Communications and Outreach Specialist!

As the Iowa Learning Farms and Water Rocks! Communications and Outreach Specialist, you’ll get the opportunity to dive in with writing, print and multimedia communications, marketing, graphic design, youth classroom outreach, agricultural field work, and more. View the full position description at Iowa State University’s Human Resources page. Or perhaps you have someone in mind who would be a great candidate for this full-time job… please share this information and encourage them to apply!

Applications are being accepted through October 25, 2015.

What millennials expect from employee communication… and how you can deliver it

Millennials are representing more and more of today’s workforce and with them comes new expectations of technology and communication in the workplace. However, are our employee communications shifting along with them?

According to Jeff Corbin, CEO of KCSA and APPrise Mobile, the answer is no. In the latest episode of CW Live, Natasha Nicholson talks with Corbin about the results of the 2015 Mobile Trends in the Workplace study and what they reveal about employee engagement and communication today.

A significant trend that the results show, Corbin shares, is the impact millennials are starting to have on employee communication. He says that there is somewhat of a disconnect happening right now in organizations: Millennials want instant, easy-to-access communication and content, but their employers are still predominately relying on older forms of communication.

“Current legacy systems (intranets, SharePoint systems) don’t work well in the mobile environment. Millennials aren’t able to get information quickly through these devices.”

Even email isn’t as effective as it once was due to problems of overload: The survey shows that though 89 percent of companies still rely on internal email, 30 percent of respondents ignore emails from their employers.

“Never before have we had such direct access to our employees…The question is, what to do about it?”—Jeff Corbin

Corbin suggests that communicators look at these trends as an opportunity to create a mobile strategy in their organizations.

“Never before have we had such direct access to our employees, to our other targeted audiences. The question is, what to do about it?”

The answer? Corbin recommends researching new methods of communication—like messaging apps and social collaboration tools—and start implementing them as soon as possible.

“Email isn’t going away anytime soon,” he says. However, because “millennials have these mobile devices and email is becoming somewhat of an issue, it might be a wake-up call for organizations and companies to start to think differently about how they communicate with their workers.”


Watch the complete interview below. To learn more about the 2015 Mobile Trends in the Workplace study, you can go to theEMPLOYEEapp’s website.



Principal Financial Group seeks Digital Marketing Director

Digital Marketing Director – #218874

Job Area: Marketing
Business Area: RIS Distribution
Location: IA – Des Moines
Career Category: Experienced Professional
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Date Posted: 10/06/2015


Principal Financial Group is seeking top talent as a Digital Marketing Director. This role will set and implement strategic direction for all Retirement digital marketing initiatives. The Digital Marketing Director will collaborate with all marketing leadership and business unit leadership to ensure all digital marketing initiatives are consistent with overall brand and marketing objectives including mobile, social media and web.

Additional responsibilities will include:

  • Lead team of internal Digital Marketing staff and establish strategic relationships with new media industry.
  • Collaborate with business partners to ensure all digital marketing strategies and campaigns support unified brand platform.
  • Guide the investment in digital innovation to foster brand growth and ensure advisors, employers, individual and institutional audiences have a user friendly digital experience.
  • Research and recommend the use of emerging digital marketing technologies to enhance user experience and execution, including usability testing.
  • Serve as expert of digital best practices, trends, tools to help position products and anticipate changes in consumer preferences.


Qualified applicants must have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • MBA is preferred.
  • 10-15 years’ experience including 6-9 years dedicated to digital marketing.
  • Deep understanding of Mobile, Web and social media required.
  • Ability to think strategically and have the leadership skills and ability to execute at a high level.
  • Ability to set short term and long term priorities and manage expectations at a variety of levels.
  • Excellent interpersonal, collaborative, decision making and communication skills are necessary.
  • Prior knowledge of financial services preferred.
  • Travel required including overnight stays.


The Principal is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, citizenship status, disability, genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, marital status, domestic partner status, military status, protected veteran status, disability status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Background Check Requirements:

Employment at The Principal is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

Visa Sponsorship:

This position is not eligible for sponsorship for work authorization by The Principal. Therefore, if you will require sponsorship for work authorization now or in the future, we cannot consider your application at this time.