Executive Director

One Iowa

Not for Profit-Charity | Full Time | Hybrid | Des Moines

Posted: 6/3/24

Job Description

The Executive Director will assume executive leadership responsibility for One Iowa and One Iowa Action. In partnership with the Boards of Directors, the Executive Director will provide strategic, administrative, operations, and fiscal management to the organization. The individual selected will lead fundraising/resource development, staff leadership, and community relations, and will act as the spokesperson for the organization.

Deadline to Apply 6/17/24


Essential Job Functions

Principal duties include:

Staff and Organizational Management:

Manage overall operations and administration in accordance with One Iowa’s and One Iowa Action’s mission, vision, values, and strategic goals.
Responsible for the hiring, retention, and management of staff, and maintaining a strong organizational culture
Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.

Board Management and Coordination:

Lead the strategic planning efforts for the organization, including a 3-5 year strategy refresh to begin in late 2024.
Work with board leadership to develop and monitor an annual plan and budget.
Work with the board treasurer and finance committee to monitor financial status and report monthly to the board, and ensure compliance with all state and federal reporting requirements.
Help build and support a strong board of directors, including partnering with the board chair on board meetings.
Programs and Communications Oversight:

Be the spokesperson for One Iowa, and respond to media inquiries.
In coordination with staff, design and implement programs that carry out the organization’s mission.
Help plan and implement all major organizational events.
Present to diverse audiences, such as corporate, community, and coalition partners.

Stakeholder and Donor Relations:

Serve as the organization’s fundraiser, including the annual and long-term fundraising plan, major donor relations, sponsorships, fee for service, grant writing and reporting, event support, donor retention, growth, and renewals.
Develop and maintain strong relationships and alliances with key allies, coalition partners, the LGBTQ+ sector, and all relevant public and private sector officials.
Engage with the community served by the organization, building relationships and partnerships to enhance the organization’s impact and relevance.

Policy and Advocacy Management:

Register as a lobbyist.
Serve as the organization’s primary liaison, representing its interests to the public, media, government officials, and other stakeholders.
In coordination with staff, develop and implement advocacy strategies to advance the organization’s mission and goals.
Ensure compliance with relevant laws, regulations, and reporting requirements governing 501(c)(4) organizations, including tax regulations and lobbying disclosure requirements.
Other duties as they arise or are assigned by the Board of Directors.


Bachelor’s degree or 10 years of director-level experience

Other Formal Training

Professional certifications encouraged, but not required


Bachelor’s degree or 10 years of director-level experience
Five years of successful experience in senior nonprofit management or transferable professional skills.
Demonstrated ability to solicit individuals and organizations for financial support, and experience cultivating major donor gifts.
Strong public speaking ability.
Demonstrated ability to work on the road including travel and/or work at non-traditional hours and on weekends.
Must possess and maintain a current and valid driver’s license, access to reliable transportation, and ability to travel as needed.


100% company-paid individual health insurance, 50% company-paid for family plans
11 paid holidays
15 days of PTO in the first year
2 – one week company shutdowns
Simple IRA with 3% employer match.
32-hour work week: this is a full-time position; however, to reduce staff burnout in this critical work, One Iowa and One Iowa Action have an established 32-hour work week, recognizing that this is not always possible due to the nature of the work, especially during event weeks and legislative sessions.

About the Company

One Iowa advances, empowers, and improves the lives of LGBTQ Iowans statewide.

Our Work Includes:

- Educating Iowans about the LGBTQ community
- Training healthcare providers, business leaders, and others to ensure LGBTQ Iowans are respected in every facet and stage of their lives
- Promoting policies within state and local government that protect the civil rights, health, and safety of LGBTQ Iowans
- Empowering tomorrow’s LGBTQ leaders through training and mentorship
- Connecting LGBTQ Iowans with vital resources

Travel Required

Yes - up to 10%

Resume Required


Contact Person

Jeremy Weiss, Board Chair

Deadline to Apply 6/17/24

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