Iowa Safe Schools is pleased to announce we are hiring!


Iowa Safe Schools works to create safe and supportive learning environments and communities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth through outreach, education, and advocacy.


Director of Development & Communications

Location: Des Moines, Iowa


Job Type: Full-time


Reports to: Executive Director


Compensation: $50,000-$55,000 annually


Benefits: Generous vacation package, health and dental coverage, retirement match


Application Deadline: Rolling Deadline


Desired Start Date: May 1st 


This position is strategic and requires managing all communications and development activities including social media, press releases, outreach, external relationships, grant writing, and cultivation of donors. 




  •  Assist in the grant writing process
  • Work with the Executive Director in implementing annual events and fundraising campaigns
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate the annual communications plan
  • Lead the generation of online content that engages constituencies and leads to measurable action. Decide who, where, and when to disseminate
  • Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, newsletters, brochures, and the Iowa Safe Schools’ website
  • Coordinate webpage maintenance—ensure that new and consistent information (article links, stories, and events) is posted regularly
  • Track and measure the level of engagement over time
  • Manage all media contacts
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate the annual development plan
  • Develop a database of individual, corporate, foundation, and local community organization donors



Iowa Safe Schools is seeking an accomplished Director of Communications & Development who has at least 3 years experience, ideally in an “in-house” leadership role within a complex (number and variety of constituents) nonprofit entity, and covering areas such as website content, newsletters, and donor communications. The ability to take knowledge and transform it into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate it to the right audiences through the best distribution channels is critical. 



Specific requirements include: 

  • Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing communications strategies
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills
  • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently
  • Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to cultivate relationships with various groups and individuals
  • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives
  • Understanding and commitment to improving the lives of LGBTQ youth throughout Iowa 


Additional Information 

Trans and LGBTQ persons of color are encouraged to apply.   

This is a grant funded position with funds available for at least two years.   

Please send a resume, cover letter, and two writing examples to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a subject of Director of Development & Communications  

Please do not call or email with questions. 






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