Now Hiring: Executive Director

December 17, 2020

Job Title: Executive Director
Organization: Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact
Location: Des Moines, IA or Minneapolis, MN
Job-Type: Full-Time, Exempt
Compensation: $75,000-95,000 annually commensurate with experience
Benefits: Full health, dental, vision, and retirement benefits
Reports To: Iowa Campus Compact and Minnesota Campus Compact Boards of Directors
Priority application deadline: January 15, 2021
To apply send a resume and cover letter to Stephanie Cox at stephanie.cox {at} rcsearchgroup(.)com

Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact’s Executive Director (ED) is responsible for managing staff to achieve organizational goals. This includes creating work plans, dashboards, and other evaluation tools, meeting regularly with staff and providing support, guidance, and formal evaluation. The executive director also serves as the main conduit to the board and works with chairs to ensure all meetings are scheduled and managed effectively. The executive director serves a key role as the face of the organization, which includes speaking engagements, meetings with campus and community leaders, and other efforts to build the organization’s profile and partnerships. Additionally, the executive director serves as the main contact for other Campus Compact staff including the national office, and is a key advocate for resources and opportunities. The executive director manages financial processes for both organizations, regularly updating the board and seeking to grow financial resources. The executive director must be able to collaborate and build partnerships at the state and national levels between and among institutions of higher education, government, non-profit agencies, foundations, and other agencies committed to public and community service.


  • Implement a strategic plan in partnership with staff and the network
  • Convene meetings of the boards of directors and board committees
  • Develop and secure funding from public/private sources to support the advancement of campus-community engagement
  • Ensure the success and compliance of grant-funded programs
  • Promote the organization with internal and external audiences
  • Foster growth of the organization through increased membership and connection to other state, regional, and national organizations
  • Manage organization and budget, collect fees and dues, and provide the board with regular reports on finances and other agreed-upon metrics
  • Hire, manage, evaluate and train staff and volunteers


Successful candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree and at least ten years of relevant experience. A Master’s or doctoral degree in a related field such as teaching and learning, higher education administration, or nonprofit development is preferred. 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 and community and civic engagement
  • Knowledge of and experience with higher education institutions in Minnesota and Iowa
  • Commitment to and experience with equity and inclusion initiatives
  • Commitment to organizational values (see below)
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including training and facilitation experience
  • Experience in program planning, project management, goal development, agenda-setting, meeting facilitation, and training
  • Demonstrated ability to build coalitions and collaborative relationships with diverse constituent groups, and community organizations
  • Demonstrated financial management experience, including budget development and grant administration
  • Self-motivated and able to take initiative with proven organizational and time-management skills and attention to detail
  • Experience with necessary technology including Microsoft Office, Excel; web site management; webinar platforms and social networking
  • Requires regular travel, including overnight trips in both states and nationally at least monthly
  • Proven fundraising and grant writing ability
  • Strong organizational and office management skills
  • Experience in program assessment and evaluation
  • This position also requires successful completion of criminal history background checks


Successful candidates will have the opportunity to impact Iowa and Minnesota higher education, leading a supportive and team-oriented work culture. This position offers the opportunity to build relationships across higher education and nonprofit communities in two states. As an organization, Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact supports ongoing learning and innovation in our organization and provides funding and flexibility for ongoing professional development.


Occasional long days around retreats and conferences.  Ability to travel cross-state by car.  Some days working primarily on a computer in an office.


Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact (IAMNCC) is a coalition of 60 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, Cedar Rapids, and Minneapolis.

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

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.


A key step for any organization in changing its culture and practice is to examine the values underlying it and intentionally set forth and hold ourselves accountable to values that promote the vision of the world we want to create.

  • We embrace difference and complexity
  • We prioritize rigorous learning and reflection
  • We work to achieve full participation
  • We lean in to change


The civic mission, as well as the future of higher education, depends upon our consistent and persistent commitment to equity. Equity is essential to the future viability and effectiveness of our network.  To achieve our goals, we must create conditions for all people to thrive, experience a sense of belonging, and engage meaningfully in their institutions and communities.

To actualize our vision of the civic mission, we must reckon with the systemic racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, and other oppressions entrenched in the institutions of higher education and other contexts we work within. We cannot strive to promote the public good of higher education without acknowledging who has been excluded from or exploited by the definitions of “public good” that have emerged out of institutions with legacies of Native American removal, racial segregation, and other white supremacist violence.

Our approach is grounded in an ethic of full participation that recognizes the need for architectural approaches and systemic change.

“Full participation is an affirmative value focused on creating institutions that enable people, whatever their identity, background, or institutional position, to thrive, realize their capabilities, engage meaningfully in institutional life, and contribute to the flourishing of others,” (Sturm 2006, 2010).

Our understanding of full participation prompts us to actively and intentionally apply our definitions of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This requires continual self-examination, ecosystem-level analyses and approaches, and stewardship of a shared ownership and vision. We strive to build architectures of full participation by eliminating disconnects between institutional values and practices and establishing a shared vision and ownership over the civic mission.