Hiring: Program Manager for Community Impact

September 23, 2019

Job Title: Program Manager for Community Impact
Organization: Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact
Location: 1111 9th St. Ste. 225, Des Moines, IA 50314
Job-Type: Full-Time
Compensation: $40,000-50,000 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 October 28, 2019
This is an immediate opening, but start date can be negotiated

Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact is seeking a Program Manager for Community Impact to support the civic mission of higher education by focusing on community impact as a result of campus-community partnerships. This position oversees the Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact VISTA Community Corps and guides the implementation and growth of a community organization affiliate membership program. The VISTA Community Corps has members serving in community-based organizations and higher education institutions working to alleviate poverty through community-campus partnerships and capacity building. Focus areas include health, education, and economic opportunity, including projects focused on college students’ basic needs such as hunger and housing. The program includes 30-40 full-time VISTA members, 1-2 VISTA Leaders, and VISTA Summer Associates in both Iowa and Minnesota. 

Our Program Manager plays an important role in supporting our capacity to uphold the civic mission of higher education and strategic priorities in communities across Iowa. Our current strategic priorities include:

  • Inspire and support action on campuses for social change
  • Connect people across higher education sectors for collaboration
  • Co-create solutions to address community challenges
  • Give voice to higher education’s critical role in communities and democracy

The Program Manager supports these priorities by supervising VISTA sites and member recruitment and leading the efforts of other staff to support these members and programs. This includes guiding collaboration and alignment among program staff based in Minnesota and Iowa, gathering stories and information on the community impact of  Campus Compact programs and members and designing campaigns to publicize the information. This also includes building on previous research to help members and our programs document and describe impact. This position reports to the executive director. This position helps to lead the work of the VISTA Program Coordinator and VISTA Leaders and works closely with Directors of Operations in both states.

Related duties include:

  • Serving as team lead for the VISTA program
  • Convening staff team meetings, collaborating with colleagues,and directing the work of others across geographic distance, including frequent use of online web conferencing technology
  • Designing assessment systems and reporting processes and compiling reports
  • Ensuring compliance with grant requirements and policies
  • Evaluating program results and implementing program improvements
  • Supporting and training members
  • Training and communicating with site supervisors and coordinating site visits
  • Designing promotional materials and conducting social and earned media outreach
  • Recruiting organizations to serve as AmeriCorps VISTA host sites and individuals to serve in AmeriCorps VISTA positions
  • Contributing to writing future grants and seeking additional funding

This position also supports other community impact strategies, including supporting external communications through newsletters and social media. In particular this includes leading the community partner affiliates program:

  • Developing and implementing an annual affiliate engagement strategy in conjunction with other team members
  • Supporting the director of member engagement with tracking and evaluation systems
  • Researching and developing recruitment strategies for new members
  • Supporting the annual affiliate member renewal and recruitment process


Successful candidate will have the opportunity to impact Iowa and Minnesota higher education in a supportive and team-oriented work culture. Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact supports ongoing learning and innovation in our organization and provides support for ongoing professional development. IAMNCC is a supportive and flexible work environment. Remote work and flexible scheduling options are available. Working parents and caregivers are encouraged to apply.


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/or community and civic engagement in particular
  • Experience and/or education in community organizations and/or community organizing
  • Familiarity with learning outcomes and assessment
  • Working knowledge of program and grant management, preferably AmeriCorps programming
  • Working knowledge of volunteer recruitment, retention, and training, and community organization capacity building
  • Working knowledge of anti-poverty efforts
  • Working knowledge of systems of oppression including but not limited to racism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts
  • Experience leading staff teams and experience with and/or willingness to develop expertise in leading and working effectively with geographically dispersed teams
  • Strong relationship-building skills and experience with networks
  • Self-motivated and able to take initiative with proven organizational and time-management skills
  • Familiarity with necessary technology including Microsoft Office, web site management, webinar platforms and social networking 
  • Upon offer of employment, this position requires successful completion of criminal background checks
  • Ability to travel across Iowa and Minnesota by car frequently and some national travel for events and conferences (must have a valid drivers license, use of rental cars encouraged)


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.


We are a team. We are here for each other and for our members. We take initiative and are always willing to step in and help others, whether members, partners, or colleagues, to achieve success. We all own our collective success and failure. We are accountable for what needs to get done and make sure everyone who needs to be included is included.

We are passionate about our mission. We are connected to our mission and the big picture of our work. We model the civic and community engagement we strive to create in the world. We are always working to connect our daily activities to our larger mission and not lose sight of the big picture. To achieve success, we manage our time well and focus on the details that make success possible. We act with diplomacy, professionalism, and kindness and do our best to effect strong outcomes for all involved.

We are committed to equity, inclusion, and dignity for all. We strive for excellence and recognize that our differences make us stronger. We respect and seek out inclusion of differences, realizing that we can learn from each other. We work to create equity in all situations and ensure that we are representing our members and organization in a way that upholds our values and integrity.

We are all about people. We focus on being flexible, responsive, relational, and empathic. People matter more than anything. We care about those we work with and those we serve. We are all about building trust-based relationships and establishing win-win partnerships. We care about results, but not at the expense of people. We prioritize listening and being guided by the voices of those most connected to the issues we seek to address.

We are always learning and growing. We seek to be curious and always try to understand before we are understood. We practice strong listening skills and prepare for success through education and development. We regularly reflect on our work and actions and think critically about our approach and goals. We seek to develop our knowledge and expertise in ways that serve our mission and our members.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Carly Bahnsen at cbahnsen {at} compact(.)org.