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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!

Apply Today for the IABC Pacific Plains Region Silver Quill Award

2015 Silver Quill Awards


What will you enter this year?
Get your work the recognition it deserves. Consider entering the 2015 Silver Quill Awards Program.

Hosted by the Pacific Plains Region of IABC, the Silver Quill Awards:

  • Are open to professional communicators across all industries
  • Offer dozens of categories to ensure the right fit for your campaign
  • Are scored by trained evaluators against established “best practice” criteria
  • Provide feedback that benefits your entry, your career and your workplace
  • Represent the year’s best campaigns in digital, social and print communication
  • Are aligned with Gold Quill criteria so you can re-enter at the higher level with minimal time and effort

Raise visibility for your work, your expertise and your employer by entering the 2015 Silver Quill Awards. Watch iabcppr.com for details and materials. 

Early Deadline: September 8 

Final Deadline: September 15 

Iowa Finance Authority Seeking Assistant Communications Director

Assistant Communications Director

The Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) is seeking to hire a motivated and creative marketing professional as Assistant Communications Director. This position will be a vital to executing agency marketing strategies to achieve strategic goals and to increase awareness of IFA’s programs amongst Iowans.

IFA’s core focus is to enhance the quality of life for Iowans by making affordable financing possible for home and community. IFA is a self-supporting public agency. For more information about IFA’s core focus, core values and programs please visit IowaFinanceAuthority.gov.

IFA offers State of Iowa benefits and professional development opportunities, advanced technology, networking opportunities and recognition awards for creativity, exceptional performance and teamwork. For more information about benefits see the State of Iowa benefits web site at Benefits.Iowa.gov.

General Duties Works in cooperation with the Communications Director

  • Coordinates and assists in the communications and public information needs for IFA
  • Serves as lead employee on communication technology Initiatives, including social media
  • Coordinates external messaging and marketing
  • Provides oversight to vendors

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with twenty semester hours of course work in journalism, public relations or communicative arts.
  • Professional experience equal to two years of full time work in the marketing field.

The position’s salary range is $41,828 – $54,000. This position is classified as an Information Specialist 2. Further details about requirements and job functions are available at Jobs.Iowa.gov.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to the State of Iowa’s hiring system at jobs.iowa.gov; by 4:30 p.m. on August 14, 2015. A comprehensive background check will be performed before an offer is made.

Please contact Christine Wetzler, IFA Human Resource Manager at Christine.Wetzler@iowa.gov or 515-725-4966 with any questions regarding this position.

An EOE/AA Employer

2015 Grand Ave. – Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: 515-725-4900 | Toll Free: 800-432-7230
Fax: 515-725-4901

August 4 – Join us at MALO for a Free Networking Event #MeetTheBoard

WhatCurious to know the people working behind-the-scenes to bring you amazing professional development events, outstanding learning opportunities and the best networking in Iowa? Well, here’s your chance to meet the 2015-16 IABC Iowa Board! This evening is a unique opportunity for you to network with your peers and experts in the communication industry. The board will share ideas for the upcoming year, while you tell them how IABC can support your communication goals and professional development.  

WhenTuesday, August 4 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

WhereMALO Restaurant, 900 Mulberry Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309

More DetailsTHIS 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 IABC board members, we look forward to welcoming you at this special venue for what promises to be an enjoyable evening. 

RegisterLet us know that you are coming – Click here to register today! #MeetTheBoard

IABC Iowa Board

  • President: Beth Schlotfeldt
  • President-Elect: Ashley Jared
  • Vice President, Membership: Wendy Bellus
  • Vice President, Communications: Mitch Fastenau
  • Vice President, Treasury: Jared Johanningmeier
  • Vice President, Career Services and Administration: David Krause
  • Vice President, Leadership Development: Amanda Olerich
  • Vice President, Professional Development: Kevin Shoesmith

Iowa Department of Education Seeking Education Program Consultant

Date Job Opening Posted: July 10, 2015


POSITION: Education Program Consultant (PPAR)

PAY GRADE: Pay Plan 013, Pay Grade 32

Salary Range – $ 2,107.20 – $ 3,258.40 biweekly

$54,787.20 – $84,718.40 annually

LOCATION: Grimes State Office Building

WORK UNIT: Department of Education; Division of Community Colleges


  • Coordinate preparation of assigned publications related to community colleges, career and technical education, adult education and literacy, workforce preparation, student outcomes reporting, special reports, and other division functions.
  • Serve as project manager for assigned projects such as the Condition of Community Colleges report
  • Act as the editor or lead writer of public reporting materials including publications required for federal Perkins grant purposes, annual reports, division newsletters, brochures, guidance documents, event descriptions and e-mail communication, and social media communication.
  • Interviews departmental officials and employees to obtain information about various aspects of programs; writes and edits factual information for newsletters, news releases, annual and special reports, agency publications, and programs. Lays out and designs informational material; proofreads galley proofs; and makes arrangements for printing.
  • Provide leadership on assigned issues and programs impacting career and technical education and community colleges.
  • Plan, develop, implement, and maintain quality control of publications and other communications of the division supporting federal Perkins programming and other activities including annual reports, legislative reports, newsletters, program announcements and brochures, and other publications.
  • Assist with maintaining division webpages and social media communication.
  • Collaborate with division supervision in preparing and revising Perkins manuals, forms, reports, agency publications, and announcements.
  • Coordinate with the Communications Director on division communication priorities and the crafting, implementing, and maintenance of a communications strategy to support federal program implementation and other division priorities.
  • Develop messaging in collaboration with Communications Director; prepare news releases to publicize programs and accountability efforts; coordinate responses to requests received from the public, special interest groups, and other stakeholders for informational materials.
  • Maintain working knowledge of issues impacting community colleges and assigned programs within the state and nationally.

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday with some in and out of state travel, nights and weekends Date Job Opening Posted: July 10, 2015

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must meet at least one of the following minimum requirements to qualify for positions in this job classification:

  1. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university and seven years of full-time post-graduate work experience in any one or a combination of the following areas:
    1. Professional training, teaching, or counseling experience in an educational setting;
    2. Professional administrative experience in an educational setting;
    3. Professional personnel administration including such areas as job analysis, performance appraisal systems, selection devices, or labor relations;
    4. Professional experience in a major technical program area utilized by the Iowa Department of Education or Board of Educational Examiners.
  2. A combination of a total of seven years of post-graduate education and full-time experience (as described in number one), where thirty semester hours of accredited post-graduate college or university course work equals one year of full-time experience.
  3.  Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree, possession of a valid Iowa Teaching Certificate, and five academic years of teaching and/or administrative experience in PK-12 and/or a post-secondary educational institution.


  • Advanced degree
  • Experience in an educational setting
  • Education or experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • data reporting
    • mass communications
    • marketing
    • policy development

DEADLINE: To ensure full consideration for this position, all requested materials must be completed and uploaded through the TeachIowa.gov online application process. This position will remain open until July 31, 2015. For additional information regarding this position or application materials contact:

Kayli Burkhart, Human Resources Associate
Iowa Department of Education
Grimes State Office Building
400 E 14th St
Des Moines, IA 50319-0146
E-mail: education.personnel@iowa.gov

The story behind the new Communication Management Professional certification

As the Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC) launches the new Communication Management Professional (CMP) designation, Council chair Janet McCormick shares her thoughts on the mission of the GCCC, its accomplishments and the considerable research and thought that went into shaping this first and much anticipated certification offering.

Natasha Nicholson: In 2014 you were appointed the chair of the GCCC. Can you tell us about the Council’s mission, purpose and how it came to be?

Janet McCormick: The GCCC was created by IABC as a standard setting and assessment Council for communication professionals.  After our introductory Council meeting hosted by IABC in New York, New York (April 2014), we crafted the following Mission Statement:

  • The Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC) comprises a strong slate of officers representing the communication industry worldwide and serves as an autonomous governing body for the Global Communication Certification Program.
  • The Council’s purpose is to create and maintain an internationally recognized standard of communication excellence based on a global understanding of key principles and job competencies worldwide.
  • The Council aims to serve the communication profession worldwide by encouraging and executing a process of credentialing of communicators who achieve a global standard at different points of their career path.

NN: The Council is aiming to offer a series of certifications in the coming years, including the recently launched CMP, Communication Management Professional, for professionals with 6 to 10 years of experience. What was the thinking behind offering this certification first and what other certifications will be pursued?

JM: The certifications will be based on the “Global Standard” of the communication profession, which was developed by IABC through extensive research and consultation with the wider profession. Four broad career paths were identified through this process (Foundation, Generalist/Specialist, Strategic Advisor, Business Leader). The generalist/specialist [6-10 years of experience] level was chosen to be developed first as it applies to the largest potential applicant pool.  The Council is currently discussing which level to develop next, the Foundation or Strategic Advisor.

NN: The Council will be seeking ISO accreditation. Can you please explain what this is, why it’s so important and what’s involved in getting this accreditation?

JM: ISO (17024) is an international standard for professional certifications.  It is important that we pursue this designation in order to gain and maintain respect on the global stage.  It is my understanding that we can apply for this accreditation after 2 years of successful operation.  To that end, we are working closely with consultants during program development and data collection/analysis.

NN: A key part of this certification is the Job Task Analysis. Can you explain what this is, how it was developed and how it will be used?

JM: The Job Task Analysis was created as a survey tool to assess the landscape of the profession for this certification program.  It was used to collect demographic information of those working in the field of Communication as well as descriptions of particular knowledge requirements and performance expectations.  The survey results have provided a solid foundation for decision making regarding the focus and direction of the certifications we are developing.

NN: This certification program aspires to serve a global audience. How does the program and the exam take into account cultural differences?

JM: As IABC serves an international population, so will the certification program.  To the extent possible, those individuals surveyed for the JTA, members of the GCCC, and the item writers/scorers for the exams reflect the broad diversity of the profession, notably with regard to the types of organizations (academia, agency, corporate, government/public authority, independent practitioners, and not-for-profits), geographical distribution, cultural considerations, types of communication expertise, gender balance and existing professional credentials.

NN: Your term is coming to an end.  What is your “take away” from this experience?  Where would you like to see the program a year from now?

JM: I have thoroughly enjoyed my time serving as the inaugural chair of such a worthy endeavor!  The dedication of those involved in seeing this program to fruition is admirable in every way.   We have worked tirelessly to create and soon implement what I am confident will be a successful launch in June 2015.  As we all agree that quality credentials are essential in designating expertise in a way that can be understood globally, my vision for the future is that this program is the program that gets it done for Communication Professionals around the world.

Learn about how to become a certified Communication Management Professional.