Communications Manager for Happy Medium (Des Moines)

Happy Medium, an honest interactive advertising agency based in Des Moines, IA, is seeking a Communications Manager with stellar attention to detail and organization. The Communications Manager is responsible for external communications strategy development and implementation for Happy Medium and its clients.


As the Communications Manager at Happy Medium, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Managing the external communications strategy and implementation for Happy Medium and its clients
  • Assist in defining key communications goals and strategies for Happy Medium and its clients
  • Work closely with Happy Medium CEO to create executive communications, including speeches, talking points and presentations
  • Draft and distribute press releases to target media outlets
  • Assist with event planning and promotion
  • Research relevant awards and submit award entries

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • 3-5 years experience in a similar field/position
  • Experience crafting and implementing communications strategies
  • Excellent verbal communication and professional writing skills
  • Organized with high attention to detail
  • Self motivated – able to solve problems and make decisions in a timely manner
  • Ability to manage several projects simultaneously

To apply:

Employee Communications Manager at Dupont Pioneer (Johnston, IA)

The employee communications manager is responsible for executing key programs that support overall employee engagement. This role manages DuPont Pioneer strategy communications, global employee town halls, leadership team meetings, and global manager meetings. This role is also responsible for the design and implementation of an internal communications research program that measures the effectiveness of employee communications as well as identifies opportunities for continuous improvement to the overall function of employee communications.


  • Develop and implement a multi-faceted DuPont Pioneer Strategy communications program to help ensure alignment of employee understanding and line of sight with the strategy. Help leaders to become more skilled at communicating about strategy in their day-to-day interactions with employees.
  • Lead planning and manage execution of global group meetings that cut across the enterprise, for example: all-employee meetings, all managers’ meetings, leadership meetings, and provide guidance/support for regional town halls, as needed.
  • Provide writing and presentation support to the Pioneer president or other leaders as assigned for employee letters and other communications.
  • Lead robust communication research program, both formal and informal, to guide planning, measure progress and evaluate effectiveness of global programs, and, as needed, individual tactics (e.g. feedback following meetings). Develop research-based communication plans. Share research results as appropriate and develop recommendations based on results.

Job Qualifications

Education:  Bachelor’s Degree in communication or a related field.  Master’s degree preferred.

Experience:  5-7 years of communication experience required. Experience with employee communications, agency, or corporate communications essential. Prior project management experience required. Knowledge or experience in a science-related field preferred (or the aptitude to learn and apply this knowledge).

To apply:

Promotions assistant at iHeartMedia (Des Moines)

The ideal individual will assist the Marketing and Promotions Director by effectively and efficiently executing radio station promotions, contests and events to grow ratings and revenue.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Scheduling and execution of On the Streets Promotions for our cluster of eight radio stations (The Bus 100.3, KissFM 107.5, Capital 1063, KXNO 1460, WHO Newsradio 1040, KASI 1430, New Rock 105.1 and Iowa Radio Network).
  • Help coordinate some of Des Moines’ biggest events every year, including the logistics and planning of the event and onsite execution.
  • Manage a fleet of radio station vehicles and all remote equipment while keeping them in working order.
  • Develop, manage and execute ratings- and revenue-generating promotions for the radio stations.
  • Provide creative influence to enhance the stations’ image and visibility in the community.
  • Act as a liaison between Programming and Sales departments to develop overall station campaigns, themes and marketing approaches.
  • Implement grassroots marketing efforts.
  • Supervision station contests and on-air implementation of promotional programs. Ensure FCC compliance.
  • Represent stations at events and meetings with public and clients.

Required skills:

  • Strong organization skills with ability to multitask and manage multiple projects at one time.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Proven understanding of digital marketing and social networking.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Photoshop and web browsing.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Valid driver’s license with good driving record.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including nights and weekends.
  • Candidates must be able to lift and carry a minimum of 60 lbs. and have the willingness and ability to learn how to operate promotional equipment.

Required experience:

  • A minimum of 1-2 years experience in promotions, marketing, radio or related industry. Supervisory skills a plus.
  • A high school diploma or the equivalent plus 2-4 years of college strongly preferred.

iHeartMedia is an equal opportunity employer and will not tolerate discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, ethnicity, national origin, marital status, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected classification or status.

To apply:

Contact Mike Killabrew at

Writer at ITA Group (West Des Moines, IA)


The Writer conceives, writes and produces quality, creative and effective marketing collateral within our brand voice. This position supports several marketing channels including social media, public relations, effective print and electronic communication solutions for assigned corporate communications projects.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Journalism, Advertising, Public Relations or English.
  • Minimum three years experience as a Copywriter in an internal marketing department, advertising agency or similar environment.
  • Strong creative abilities and the ability to develop innovative ideas and concepts.
  • Working understanding of effective communication styles and techniques, including conceptualization, copy outlining, writing, editing and proofing for all media (social media, print, video and electronic).
  • Ability to review own writing and critique it prior to presentation to internal or external clients.
  • Ability to explain and create concept rationale to internal and/or external clients.
  • Basic PC experience required.  Software experience must include Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Excellent copy editing and proofing skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and manage personal workflow and schedules even in the midst of stressful and difficult circumstances.
  • Ability to listen, understand, and respond to external and internal customers’ needs in a timely manner; customer service experience in a service-related industry preferred.
  • Ability to work the time necessary to complete projects or to meet deadlines.

STATUS: Full Time, Exempt

BENEFITS: Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K, ESOP and many more!

Apply by July 28, 2015 at and be sure to include your resume and work samples!

Communications internship at Pearson (Iowa City, IA)


Pearson has one defining goal: to help people progress in their lives through learning. We champion innovation and we invest in models for education that deliver on our promise for effective, accessible, and personal learning from early literacy, college and career readiness to professional education, through data informed instruction and inventive applications for mobile and digital learning.

Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, has global-reach and market leading businesses in education, business, and consumer publishing and is listed on the London and New York stock exchanges (UK: PSON; NYSE: PSO). For more information, visit

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Department Overview The Research & Innovation Network plays an important role for Pearson by being a public face that plans, projects, innovates, communicates, connects, and delivers solutions. Three activities have and will continue to establish Pearson as a thought leader in education:

  • Create – we have created capabilities, innovations, and solutions that are respected by the broader education audience.
  • Connect – we collaborate with respected experts and leaders.
  • Communicate – we publish, present, blog, tweet, consult, train, and broadly share the results of our research with all audiences.

The goal of the Network is to help address the challenges in education to move the needle in student success. We focus on global K12 education issues, but the challenges touch all level of learners. The goals of the communications team include:

  • Drive pan-Pearson, K12 thought leadership through outreach about the Network’s research projects and results.
  • Raise researchers’ profiles through conference presentations, social media, and traditional media.
  • Implement web and social media strategy that engages audiences in debate about challenges in education.

Learn more at

Intern Responsibilities The intern will support the image and communications efforts of the Network. This will include writing for various media (web, social media, business documents), working independently on research/business intelligence projects, and supporting the execution of strategic communications. Three skills the intern will learn from our Network include:

  • Gain strategic communication planning and implementation experience
  • Build a portfolio of persuasive writing pieces
  • Hone project management skills

Activities include the following:

  • Research and planning for communications campaigns: assist in planning strategies and channels necessary to achieve defined goals based on their own research efforts.
  • Persuasive writing: write web, blog, and marketing material copy. Help translate research and findings into meaningful copy for the identified audience.
  • Social media: Coordinate with stakeholders across Pearson to implement a corporate social media strategy.
  • Business intelligence: perform research on competitor landscape, attitude on key issues, and audience characteristics. Understand key education issues and important players, and then communicate findings to inform strategy.


Must be a current college student within commuting distance of Iowa City, Iowa, during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Required Skills

  • Strong persuasive writing skills
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Business acumen and judgment
  • Planning, prioritization, project management skills
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills

Additional Skills

  • Experience with developing and implementing social and traditional media campaigns
  • Knowledge of social media tools such as Hootsuite, Tweet Deck, Spredfast, and engage121
  • Adept at using Microsoft Office suite (Word, PowerPoint and Excel)
  • Experience with graphic design or web programs (e.g., Adobe Creative Suite and WordPress) is helpful

A cover letter and three writing samples are required.

Job ID: 2015-33181
# of Positions: 1
Position Type: Temporary Part Time
Category: Project/Temporary Workforce

To apply, click here

Topical Writer/Producer at KCCI-TV (Des Moines, IA)

Topical Writer/Producer

Reports to:
Creative Services Director

Job Description:
KCCI, The Hearst Television Inc. CBS-affiliated station in Des Moines, Iowa, is now interviewing candidates for a Topical Writer/Producer. This full-time position works weeknights until 10pm and occasionally includes some weekends and holidays. Successful candidate will work closely with our newsroom producers, reporters and anchors to effectively drive viewers to newscasts from television and multiple other platforms. Important proficiencies include strong writing, shooting and lighting plus the ability to learn station-specific systems and procedures. A successful candidate will also deal with the stresses and pressures of time-sensitive deadlines as well as make clear and timely decisions when a manager is not available. We’re looking for a creative thinker with a great attitude to join our team of pros who love what they do.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Writing, producing and editing late-news topical promotions
  • Producing station positioning, news image, sports-themed and digital platform branding spots
  • Communicating with producers, reporters, anchors, photographers and management
  • Editing on non-linear systems
  • Strategic thinking and brand building
  • Work varied shifts – including over time, holidays and weekends
  • Work well and interact professionally with many different personalities
  • Developing new ideas for delivering promotions to viewers


  • College degree in Journalism or Communications preferred


  • Two years’ experience at a broadcast TV station or cable network
  • Proven writing, shooting and editing skills in the development of original marketing with a focus on primetime news topical promotion
  • Experience shooting video on a DSLR preferred
  • Excellent non-linear editing ability
  • Experience with ENPS and proficiency with Adobe Creative Cloud are both pluses
  • Drive company vehicles if necessary (Valid Driver’s License and Motor Vehicle Record Check required)

To Apply:
Please apply online with your resume and a link to examples of your work at


PR Internship at Hanser & Associates (West Des Moines, IA)

This paid career-track opportunity is a one semester internship designed for juniors or seniors in a university public relations program and available for a part time internship – 20 hour per week internship. Strong candidates will have excellent writing, communication, organizational and problem-solving skills, plus a professional demeanor, previous PR experience and a passion for client service.

Email your cover letter and resume to Bonnie Hanser at to apply.