Hiring: Program Coordinator

January 20, 2021

Job Title: Program Coordinator
Organization: Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact
Location: 1111 9th St. Ste. 225, Des Moines, IA 50314 or remote within the state of Iowa
Job-Type: Full-Time
Compensation: $35,000-45,000 annually commensurate with experience
Benefits: Full health, dental, vision, and retirement benefits (IPERS eligible) through Iowa Western Community College (host institution)
Reports To: Executive Director
Application Deadline: The priority deadline to apply is February 12, 2021. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Monique Ellefson at mellefson {at} compact(.)org.
This is an immediate opening, but start date can be negotiated


Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact is seeking a Program Coordinator to support the civic mission of higher education by focusing on student development through our Campus Compact AmeriCorps program. This position will support the development and success of our part-time Campus Compact AmeriCorps members. This includes providing training, development and mentorship to over 100 members on college campuses across the state. This also includes ensuring grant compliance and success through administrative support and communications.

Campus Compact AmeriCorps catalyzes transformation in higher education, people, and communities through partnerships. Part-time members are current college students serving at least 300 hours through college campus sites with a variety of community organizations providing volunteer management and capacity building services.

Primary duties include:

  • Managing member and site processes including agreements and background checks
  • Maintaining all program records and ensuring compliance
  • Coordinating member time keeping
  • Coordinating part-time member communications
  • Developing and delivering member development and training
  • Conducting site visits with other team members
  • Gathering information and preparing grant reports
  • Supporting the development and design of programming that engages and supports students, particularly those from low-income and first-generation backgrounds


The successful candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree and at least two years of relevant experience. Experience may include a combination of employment, internship and/or significant community service in a community-based learning environment, higher education, or a non-profit setting. Other desired qualifications:

  • Experience with and knowledge of higher education in general and service-learning in particular
  • Experience in program and grant management, preferably AmeriCorps programming
  • Experience with and knowledge of volunteer recruitment, retention, and training, and community organization capacity building
  • Experience with developing and delivering training and development
  • Experience with mentoring and/or mentorship
  • Self-motivated and able to take initiative with proven organizational and time-management skills and excellent attention to detail
  • Familiarity with necessary technology including Google Suite, Microsoft Office, web site management, webinar platforms and social networking
  • This position also requires successful completion of criminal history background checks


Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact (IAMNCC) is a coalition of 58 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education by educating students for active citizenship and building strong communities. IAMNCC has ten staff located in Des Moines and Minneapolis.

Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact strives to attract and retain a diverse and talented staff who will contribute to the organization’s goals, mission and vision. We encourage individuals of all ethnic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and national service members and to providing equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, height, weight, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member) or any other basis prohibited by law.


Embrace difference and complexity. To foster inclusion and belonging in the many contexts in which we work, we cannot brush over difference, history, and complexity. We must seek to include and affirm different identities and lived experiences, while also acknowledging and accounting for varying degrees of privilege and power. We must recognize how the institutions and systems we represent and work within have excluded and exploited certain communities if we are to build equitable and inclusive institutions and communities today.

Prioritize rigorous learning and reflection. Our work requires us to act in ways that are consistently rigorous, reflective, and intentional. This includes how we reflect on our relationships, analyses, and approaches. We also prioritize seeking sources of knowledge and ways of knowing that have been marginalized and excluded from the dominant culture. We commit to pursuing that knowledge through deep listening and active reflection about what dominant ways of knowing have rendered absent. This value guides us to recognize that learning with and from each other is at the heart of what we do.

Work to achieve full participation. We strive for the engagement of everyone on our campuses and in our communities in every decision we make. Upholding this value requires targeting our resources to challenge and dismantle barriers to participation. It also requires striving to create cultures of community and belonging. To achieve full participation, we must put people first as we make decisions and take the time to build trusting and reciprocal relationships.

Lean in to change. Higher education is steeped in tradition. While we do not seek to abandon important practices, we must cultivate a receptivity to adapting, asking questions, challenging norms, and embracing a different future. We thrive when we are working together toward shared goals and finding new ways of achieving our desired outcomes. This also means we must be willing to accept risk and failure as important steps to any learning and growth process.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Monique Ellefson at mellefson {at} compact(.)org.