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Program Associate at Iowa Valley RC&D - 5776

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Program Associate
Iowa Valley RC&D
920 48th Ave
Amana, IA 52203
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Job Description: 

This position brings creative talent and communication excellence to Iowa Valley RC&D.

The Program Associate supports the Iowa Valley RC&D’s Regional Food System Initiative through development and implementation of project promotions, event coordination, and diverse communication strategies. This initiative includes efforts in farm to school, farmers markets, farmer training, food safety, food hub development, food entrepreneur technical assistance, food production, and community food security.

This position leads event planning for specific projects as well as for the organization, manages brand identity, ensures a positive user experience, is responsible for social media, and produces (or coordinates creation of) original visual and written content. The Program Associate creates and manages marketing/promotion campaigns. Must be able to work independently as well as collaboratively. This position is dynamic and requires creativity, good humor, flexibility, and the ability to manage projects of varying lengths and complexity. The project profile and deliverables for this position change in accordance with funded projects. This position performs all other tasks as assigned.

Iowa Valley RC&D recognizes the importance of social capital and professional networking, especially in today’s business landscape. To this end, this position is expected to foster and maintain a positive, professional, and mutually beneficial relationship network with area leaders, project partners, community stakeholders and project beneficiaries.

The Program Associate reports to the Food Systems Director. This is a full-time position located in the Iowa Valley RC&D office (920 48th Avenue, Amana, Iowa 52203). Travel is required. This position requires availability on weekday nights and weekends. Must possess and maintain a valid Iowa Driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record.


Iowa Valley RC&D is a 501c3 non-profit that was founded in 1998. Our office is located in the Historic Amana Colonies--20 miles from Cedar Rapids and 25 miles from Iowa City. Iowa Valley RC&D's project have impact at the local, state, and national level.

Iowa Valley RC&D is place-based and uniquely built to address varied local needs and concerns. Our team works to grow local economies, strengthen food systems, foster protection and enhancement of natural resources, and develop awareness for the arts, history, and culture. We facilitate partner collaboration, solve problems at a system level, and leverage resources to get more done. Our expertise is in community food systems, planning, and placemaking. Iowa is our home and we are passionate about doing meaningful and measurable work here.

The Iowa Valley RC&D envisions a future where regional food system infrastructure is revitalized. Diverse farms provide food for their community in a way that aligns with the functions of the natural ecosystem. Local businesses pay community members a living wage to contribute to the transportation, processing, storage, marketing, and retail of food products. Most importantly, everyone in the community is able to be secure in the access, availability, and utilization of food that supports the health of people and planet.

Education & Experience: 

Bachelor’s Degree
3+ Years work experience related to event coordination, marketing and design, or community engagement
Proficiency with a variety of social media platforms
Excellent speaking, writing, and facilitation skills
Strong work ethic
Personality strengths that complement the staff team
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
Knowledge of local and regional food systems/sustainable agriculture is desirable
Proficiency with website design and the Adobe Design Suite is desirable
Videography or photography experience is desirable

Application Instructions: 

Submit a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples electronically to
Applications Due by midnight on Sunday, April 21st

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