Program planner (Iowa Department of Human Rights)

The Iowa Department of Human Rights has posted a job opening for a Program Planner for the Office on the Status of Women/ Office of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs within the Community Advocacy & Services (CAS) Division.

PAY GRADE: 26 ($41,870.40 – $63,627.20 annually)
LOCATION: Lucas Building, Des Moines
DIVISION: Community Advocacy and Services
STATUS: Full Time, 40 hours per week

DESCRIPTION: This position is primarily responsible for managing programs and coordinating the statewide Office of Status of Women within the Department of Human Rights. Additional duties include serving as the program planner for the Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs Office. Essential responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: conduct studies and prepare reports on issues affecting women and/or Asian and Pacific Islanders in Iowa, including economic and social needs; hold public hearings; gather and disseminate information; design research projects; analyze data; evaluate results and report findings; maintain records and track progress; participate in youth initiative program planning; provide assistance to other offices within Community Advocacy and Services; and other duties as assigned. Must meet the selective for Women’s Studies and Programs.

Preference will be given to applicants with experience in, and knowledge of, women’s issues and rights, and/or organizing, developing and implementing programs in areas that significantly impact women/girls. Understanding of and/or experience working with diverse communities and serving underserved minority and limited English speaking populations is a plus. The successful applicant will be subject to a criminal history and abuse background check.

The successful applicant will have the following competencies:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong research, strategic planning and analytical skills
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills
  • Strong presentation and facilitation skills
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently as well as with teams
  • Ability to work with diverse groups effectively and with cultural sensitivity
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and produce high quality professional work
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office

QUALIFICATIONS: The equivalent of six years of full-time program planning experience (at the local, regional statewide, or national level) OR an equivalent combination of education and experience, OR employees with current, continuous experience in the state executive branch that includes experience equal to eighteen months of full time work as a Program Planner 1.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Application can be submitted on the Department of Administrative Services website at Applications may also be downloaded from the DAS website and submitted via mail or fax. Application deadline is Tuesday, August 21, 2012.

In addition to the normal application process, cover letter and resume should be submitted to Heidi Smith, Deputy Director, Department of Human Rights, 321 E. 12th Street, Lucas Building, Des Moines, IA 50319 or emailed to or faxed to 515-242-6119. Contact Betty Tschetter at 515-281-3659 if questions.