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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!

Grow from the ground up! Save the date for a special event on September 22!

What: Jennifer Glover Konfrst, assistant professor of public relations, Drake University will share insights into what communicators can learn from the campaign strategies of presidential hopefuls and the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses.

Every four years, the eyes of the political world turn to Iowa, home of the First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. And while big data and high-tech targeting rule the day in national political messaging, candidates hoping to achieve one of the three coveted “tickets out of Iowa” need to focus on personal, one-on-one interactions with voters. This often serves as a test of a candidate’s future national message strategy, evaluated one voter at a time. This report from Iowa five months before the caucuses will provide insight into the importance of this “old-fashioned” strategy in a hyper-targeted online world ­ and how organizations can learn from them.

Attendees will also learn:

  1. How messaging strategies that involve one-on-one interactions are critically important in today’s online world.
  2. What strategies have been tried with or without success in the presidential realm in Iowa and what that can teach us in our organizations.
  3. How personalized messaging and “old-fashioned” strategies can make-or-break a brand.

When: Tuesday, September 22 at 11:30 AM

Where: Olmstead Center, Drake University, 2875 University Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa

About the presenter: 

Jennifer currently serves as Assistant Professor in Drake University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She joined the journalism faculty in August 2013, following a 20-year career in the public relations industry. At Drake, she developed and leads the new Strategic Political Communication program, and teaches courses in public relations management, principles, case studies, and writing in the undergraduate program, and courses on ethical leadership and corporate social responsibility in the Master’s of Communication Leadership program. In addition, she has taught courses on political opinion media and the Iowa Caucuses.

Her career has consistently involved the intersection of politics and public relations. Prior to joining Drake, Jennifer spent 12 years in communications leadership at Iowa Public Television, where she was responsible for all communications elements of the network’s Iowa Caucus and other election coverage. Jennifer’s career also included time with CMF&Z Marketing Communications, where she provided counsel for the Iowa Economic Development Authority; Fannie Mae’s Chicago office, where she organized events with members of Congress; and a U.S. Senate campaign, where she did press and research.

Silver Quill now easier to enter; early deadline is September 8

Take your work to new heights by entering the IABC Pacific Plains Region’s Silver Quill Awards. The region – of which our chapter is a member – offers the Silver Quill annually to highlight work that stands above the rest.

Short on time? Enter the Communication Skills Division and skip the work plan. Only a work sample and brief online form are now required for this division. The change was intended to make the process easier for time-strapped communication professionals.

Don’t delay entering your best work of the year in the Silver Quill Awards. It’s only $100 to enter by September 8. The final deadline is September 15. Learn more.

About IABC Pacific Plains Region (PPR)

PPR supports the leaders and members of the region’s IABC chapters with resources and professional development opportunities. Pacific Plains embraces 17 chapters and members-at-large in 19 states from Wisconsin to Hawaii.

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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