August 13 – Free IABC Networking Social

Save The Date!

We would be delighted if you can join us at Bar Louie at Jordan Creek  for a networking event on Wednesday, August 13, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

This evening is a unique opportunity for you to network with your peers and experts in the communication industry. Meet people who share a common interest, problem, or profession benefit from spending face-to-face time with like-minded people — plus increase the frequency of visiting with people you already know.

Meet and mingle with your new 2014-15 IABC Iowa board!

Your new board has many exciting ideas and would love to share them with you as well as learn more about how IABC can help support your communication goals and objectives.

President: Nicole Bruene
President-Elect: Stephanie Wilson
Vice President, Career Services and Administration: David Krause
Vice President, Communications: Beth Schlotfeldt
Vice President, Leadership Development: Kelly Waetke
Vice President, Membership: Mitch Fastenau
Vice President, Professional Development: Courtney Schwartz
Vice President, Recognition: Kevin Shoesmith
Vice President, Treasury: Jared Johanningmeier

Need another reason to join us? Consider the following:

THIS EVENT IS FREE TO ATTEND. Appetizers are on us. You are responsible for your drinks.
Bring your business cards and a friend and get ready to talk shop! On behalf of the Iowa board members, we look forward to welcoming you at this special venue for what promises to be a most enjoyable evening.

Let us know you are coming – Register today!

Bar Louie at Jordan Creek | 7105 Mills Civic Parkway| West Des Moines, IA 50266

And The Winner Is…

This year’s Bronze Quill Awards Ceremony attendees were treated to great food, great entertainment, and a celebration of a great round of winning communication recipes.

On June 17, attendees gathered at the Des Moines Social Club downtown for a live cooking demonstration; entertainment from Masters of Ceremonies Lou Sipolt and Jackie Schmillen from the KCWI 23 “It’s a Great Day on KCWI 23” morning show; and of course, recognition of our 2014 award winners.

Congratulations to our Bronze Quill 2014 Winners

More about Bronze Quill

Winners of coveted Bronze Quill Awards serve as the industry benchmark for excellence in communication management, skills and creativity. The Bronze Quill Awards are open to both IABC/Iowa members and non-members alike. It recognizes small and large communication projects from corporate communication departments, private companies, government and education, PR firms, advertising agencies, human resources and benefit professionals, investor relations and freelancers.

The common thread amongst all entrants is the pursuit of communication excellence that contributes measurable results to their company or to their client’s bottom line.

This year, 17 entrants competed in categories ranging from media relations and marketing communications to audio visual and special events.

IABC/Iowa Honored as 2013 Small Chapter of the Year

 IABC/Iowa has been named the 2013 Small Chapter of the Year, topping the worldwide list of International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) chapters its size.

 Along with the highest honor for chapters with 75 members or fewer, IABC/Iowa earned a Professional Development Excellence Award, recognizing the chapter’s strong local programming for communication professionals. Both awards were handed out at the Chapter Management Awards, part the annual IABC Leadership Institute, this year in New Orleans, La.

IABC is composed of 14,000 members from more than 70 countries, representing all walks of life in business communications.

The Iowa chapter’s mission is to connect communication professionals and help them advance their careers. Anyone is welcome to attend IABC/Iowa events. See what’s coming soon.

The Chapter Management Awards recognize outstanding volunteer chapter leaders worldwide in the areas of leadership abilities, management skills, creativity and teamwork.

Athene seeks Communications Manager / Public Relations

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Purpose:
  • Develops anddelivers external communication strategies, tools and materials that support the goals and objectives of the company.
  • Serves as communications contact for the news media and public relations agencies.
  • Provides external communications consultation to Athene executives and departments.
Accountabilities:
  • Develops and implements external communication strategies and communications plans, translating those into actions, guidelines and deliverables.
  • Identifies key media outlets and cultivates relationships with key business journalists in trade publications.
  • Responds to information queries from media and the general public.
  • Partners with the Marketing team to develop corporate-level communication tools for customers and consumers.

o  Writes and distributes promotional releases about new products.

o  Proactively manages editorial calendars with trade publications.

o  Produces films and other video products and regulates their distribution.

  • Promotes the company’s brands, goals, reputation through traditional and non-traditional communication methodologies.

o  Develops compelling story angles.

o  Analyzes and measures results of PR programs.

  • Takes an active role in delivering advice and counsel during crisis situations, resulting in the production of communication materials that are clear, deliberate and factual.
  • Designs, develops and delivers regularly published external communication documents aimed at improving customer communication, public relations, media relations andcommunity support.

o  Drafts speeches and other materials for executives.

o  Writespress releases and media kits.

  • Manages the organization’s reputation with the public in general and clients.
  • Formulates policies and procedures related to public information programs.
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, marketing or communications or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong network of national business and trade media contacts.
  • Proven successes in both traditional and interactive PR channels.
  • Acute sense of judgment, tact and diplomacy.
  • A strong sense of teamwork and ability to both manage AND execute programs.
  • Knowledge and work within a public company’s communications or investor relation steams a plus.
Experience:
  • Five to seven years of corporate communications experience.
  • Advanced writing and editing skills.
  • Understanding and proficiency with basic computer and PR applications, including: MS Office Apps (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), Google News  Alerts, SharePoint as well as experience with online social networking services.

BSB Design in West Des Moines Offers Two Full-Time Positions

BSB Design was founded in 1966 to specialize in the planning and design of residential housing and communities. Through its multiple offices across the country, the firm has designed cost-effective housing in all price ranges and styles for construction in all 50 states, Canada and a number of countries overseas.

In addition to exceptional residential architecture, BSB Design offers land planning, community design, resort planning and design, landscape architecture, market research, estimating and color services.

We are currently looking for high energy, creative, fun people to join our West Des Moines Corporate marketing team.

Marketing Assistant

This detail-oriented self-starter will assist with a wide variety of activities including:

• Developing and preparing marketing materials

• Maintaining a project database

• Developing and editing graphic elements

• Maintaining a contact database

Qualifications include:

• Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Business Administration, Architecture or equivalent. Minimum of two years of experience in a business setting – preferably a professional service firm (architecture/engineering strongly preferred).

• Ability to work under tight timelines with shifting priorities.

• Detail-oriented, very organized, and capable of completing multiple tasks at once.

• Ability to work within a fast-paced environment and meet multiple deadlines.

• Conscientious and flexible, with a great work ethic, a sense of humor, and team-player attitude.

• Ability to self-manage and acquire necessary resources for completion of tasks.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

• Must be proficient with Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite.

 

Social Media Specialist

This motivated and highly articulate individual will develop and maintain a well-integrated plan for BSB Design’s communications, messaging, and brand strategies through their website and social media presence.

Qualifications include:

• Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or related field, five years related experience or equivalent combination of experience and education.

• Experience managing web and/or interactive design teams.

• Experience and knowledge of all aspects of digital communications.

• Demonstrated knowledge of web best practices.

• Ability to analyze, segment and report metrics/data.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

• Ability to understand and convey messages to diverse audiences and to interact easily with staff, vendors and others.

• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with diverse personalities in a collaborative environment.

• Conscientious and flexible, with a great work ethic, a sense of humor, and team-player attitude.

• A passion for staying up to date on technology trends.

• Experience working for a professional services firm (architecture/engineering preferred).

• Experience with website content management systems and social media platform management.

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 To apply, please send cover letter and resumé to: Barbara Wicks: bwicks@bsbdesign.com

Des Moines Metro Opera seeks Director of Marketing and Communications

Des Moines Metro Opera
Director of Marketing and Communications
Indianola, IA
Classification:    Full-time, Salaried, Exempt
Reports to: General & Artistic Director   

http://www.desmoinesmetroopera.org

Job Description:
Des Moines Metro Opera annually produces over 100 public performances through both its mainstage Summer Festival Season, the 2nd Stages Series and through other educational productions as well as several other fundraising and community engagement events. In conjunction with the General and Artistic Director and the Director of Operations, this position designs, develops and oversees a comprehensive marketing, publicity and communications plan and is responsible for the direction, implementation, execution and management of marketing, branding and public relations activities for the Des Moines Metro Opera. The director will develop and implement disciplined approaches to brand strategy, creative development, and media deployment. This position is responsible for achieving ticket-sales goals via an ambitious, multifaceted subscription and individual tickets sales campaign for all performances. Charged with ensuring that the long-term strategic goals of the organization are met as they pertain to audience development and public relations, the director will partner with the development department to execute a comprehensive institutional marketing plan.  This position represents an ideal opportunity for an experienced highly-motivated public relations professional with strong verbal, written and copy editing skills to work in a fast paced environment and a thriving professional arts organization.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain long-range marketing plans that support the institutional vision for DMMO.
  • Design, implement, and manage a comprehensive marketing program that meets the institutional needs for contributed and earned revenue in addition to attendance targets for subscription and single ticket campaigns utilizing direct mail, advertising, social media, e-commerce, and other forms of promotion.
  • Assume an active role in fundraising event planning and promotion in conjunction with other staff members.
  • Assure that the marketing and promotional planning of the opera’s performances and the development of collateral materials used in related efforts are properly completed within suitable timeframes.
  • Generate copy and disseminate information for single ticket and subscription campaigns and advertising as well as patron communications (cancellations, announcements) as needed.
  • Assume a leadership role in the maintenance, monitoring and development of company website and online presence, including oversight of communications with third party vendors.
  • Work closely with the Graphic Designer/Art Director on the development of seasonal artwork, imagery and printed pieces while meeting established deadlines.
  • Oversee advertising for the company’s summer festival program; including securing renewals of previous advertisers and serving as the company liaison for the third party vendor responsible for securing new sales.
  • Prepare and maintain operating budgets for marketing and communications activities. Partner with the Director of Finance on budget assumptions, documentation and analysis.
  • Establish departmental revenue and expense budgets in support of institutional objectives. Suggest and implement corrective measures, as necessary.
  • Develop appropriate reports in collaboration with other staff members.
  • Conduct public presentations on occasion to promote the organization and ticket sales to various groups.
  • Negotiate contracts as needed with outside vendors for the provision of direct mail, telemarketing, advertising, website maintenance, marketing research, design, and printing services; ensure competitive pricing and the quality of their work.
  • Attend performances to act as liaison to the media and the public; oversee distribution of tickets to press and VIPs; participate in artist hospitality as requested.
  • Possess ability to perform under pressure on tight deadlines

Qualifications:

  • Required: Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, or related field and previous professional experience in marketing, publicity, communications or related field. A proven track record of media relations across a range of media (print, radio, television, online). Familiarity with the Des Moines press landscape preferred. Excellent copy editing skills. Experience in social media content management preferred.

Strong understanding of marketing, branding and communications trends, philosophies and strategies; and demonstrated experience in marketing design and implementation. Excellent written and verbal communication sills; an ability to be creative and analytical, and comfortable working in a fast-paced team environment.   Previous experience in the performing arts is preferred.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

About the company:

Des Moines Metro Opera is a major American Summer Opera Festival founded in 1973 and is the state’s largest performing arts organization, annually producing over 100 performances in the metro area and around the region. The company’s Summer Festival Season runs from May through July of each year during which three operas are performed in repertory for 15-16 mainstage performances. The Summer Festival Season takes place at the 467-seat Pote Theater at the Blank Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. Since its founding in 1973, Des Moines Metro Opera has presented 135 productions including 73 titles. The company was founded by Robert L. Larsen as Artistic Director and Douglas Duncan as Managing Director. Michael was named General and Artistic Director in 2010 with David Neely appointed as Principal Conductor and Music Director in 2012. In 2013 Opera News magazine called Des Moines Metro Opera an “Essential Unexpected U.S. Summer Opera Venue.”

In addition to providing mainstage productions, Des Moines Metro Opera is responsible for OPERA Iowa Educational Touring Troupe, which brings opera to classrooms across Iowa and to nearly 24,000 students, OPERAtion Opera Community Outreach Program, which works with more than 30 human service agencies to provide opera to underserved and at-risk audiences, the Apprentice Artist Program, one of the largest singer-training programs in the country, and two new programs: The Design and Production Internship Program, a training program for students within the theater arts who wish to expand experience and gain the skills necessary for a successful professional career; and Raising Voices -  Rising Stars program which gives high school musicians the opportunity to explore career opportunities from the rare vantage point within a professional opera company.

Application Information
Email resume and cover letter to megel@dmmo.org or mail to:
Des Moines Metro Opera
Attn:  Michael Egel
106 West Boston Ave
Indianola, IA 50125
 
Please, no phone calls | Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

Principal Financial Group seeks Individual Investor Specialist I

Individual Investor Specialist I Responsibilities

Looking for an opportunity to gain valuable experience working in the retirement services industry?

Do you enjoy providing excellent customer service in a professional work environment?

Interested in working for a Fortune 500 company with benefits?

Motivated to make a difference in people’s retirement outcomes?

As an Individual Investor Specialist for Principal Financial Group’s team, you will educate and assist 401K participants by answering inbound phone inquiries about their retirement accounts and help them take action to prepare for retirement.

In addition, you will acquire valuable industry knowledge and receive development opportunities specific to your career objectives.

Qualifications

Education & Experience:

  • Two-year degree or equivalent customer service work experience required
  • Bachelor’s degree is preferred
  • FINRA registrations (Series 6, 63, or 65) may be required depending on the products supported

Skills & Knowledge:

  • Strong communication, customer service, organizational and telephone skills required
  • Must be self-motivated individual who can work well in a team environment
  • Ability to multi-task, detail-oriented able to maintain strict confidentiality guidelines required
  • Must have basic computer skills with ability to efficiently navigate within numerous software and web applications
  • Must have ability to acquire strong knowledge of business unit products, processes and systems

Requirements:

  • Must be able to wear a telephone headset and sit for extended periods of time
  • May be required to work non-traditional hours to meet customer needs

Work Hours

The hours of operation for this department will be 6:55am – 9:10pm, Monday to Friday. Qualified individuals must be available for shifts during this time frame. Shift differential pay will be available for shifts ending at 7:00pm or later.

Projected Fill Date

The anticipated start date for this position is September 22nd.

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.

Job Level

With this position we may consider bringing in individuals at a higher level with prior experience or licensing.

Background Check Requirements

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

Call Center

In this position, you will be responsible for taking inbound calls and must be able to sit for extended periods of time wearing a telephone headset.

AAEEO

The Principal is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to of 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.

At the Principal Financial Group, we offer a competitive total compensation package and a comprehensive benefits package to meet each of your needs. If you are looking for the opportunity to get ahead in your career, apply online at www.principal.com/careers for job #216312 to be considered. AA/EOE

Principal Financial Group seeks Bilingual Individual Investor Specialist I

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Bilingual Individual Investor Specialist I  – Responsibilities

Looking for an opportunity to gain valuable experience working in the retirement services industry?

Do you enjoy providing excellent customer service in a professional work environment?

Interested in working for a Fortune 500 company with benefits?

Motivated to make a difference in people’s retirement outcomes?

As a Bilingual Individual Investor Specialist for Principal Financial Group’s team, you will educate and assist 401K participants by answering inbound phone inquiries about their retirement accounts and help them take action to prepare for retirement.

In addition, you will acquire valuable industry knowledge and receive development opportunities specific to your career objectives.

Qualifications

Education & Experience:

  • Two-year degree or equivalent customer service work experience required
  • Bachelor’s degree is preferred
  • FINRA registrations (Series 6, 63, or 65) may be required depending on the products supported

Skills & Knowledge:

  • Strong communication, customer service, organizational and telephone skills required
  • Must be self-motivated individual who can work well in a team environment
  • Ability to multi-task, detail-oriented able to maintain strict confidentiality guidelines required
  • Must have basic computer skills with ability to efficiently navigate within numerous software and web applications
  • Must have ability to acquire strong knowledge of business unit products, processes and systems

Requirements:

  • Must be able to wear a telephone headset and sit for extended periods of time
  • May be required to work non-traditional hours to meet customer needs

Bilingual

Bilingual Spanish speaking skills required.

Work Hours

The hours of operation for this department will be 6:55am – 9:10pm, Monday to Friday. Qualified individuals must be available for shifts during this time frame. Shift differential pay will be available for shifts ending at 7:00pm or later.

Projected Fill Date

The anticipated start date for this position is July 28th.

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.

Job Level

With this position we may consider bringing in individuals at a higher level with prior experience or licensing.

Background Check Requirements

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

Call Center

In this position, you will be responsible for taking inbound calls and must be able to sit for extended periods of time wearing a telephone headset.

AAEEO

The Principal is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to of 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.

At the Principal Financial Group, we offer a competitive total compensation package and a comprehensive benefits package to meet each of your needs. If you are looking for the opportunity to get ahead in your career, apply online at www.principal.com/careers for job #216313 to be considered. AA/EOE