Author Archives: kathleenrichardson

Spring PR intern, World Food Prize

The World Food Prize is recruiting a George Washington Carver PR Intern for Spring 2019.
The duties for this position are included below and can also be found here:
  • Writing and editing press releases, articles, newsletters and other information
  • Researching and developing targeted media lists
  • Outreach to local, national and international media
  • Marketing and promoting World Food Prize events
  • Website content and design
  • Scheduling and updating social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.)
More information about the George Washington Carver Internship can also be found at  

Research assistant, SJMC centennial exhibit

The Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication is looking for a qualified student to conduct research and work with Cowles Library archivists to create an exhibit on the history of the SJMC. The School will celebrate 100 years of journalism education at Drake in 2019-2020, and centennial events will begin with an exhibit and event in Cowles this spring.

The student research assistant will conduct research using SJMC and library  materials to create a timeline of important events in the history of the School; identify and write a narrative to illustrate the School’s story; help University archivists create the display, and work with the dean to organize and publicize the public event to accompany the exhibit. The research assistant will be paid $9/hour and work with SJMC Dean Kathleen Richardson as well as Cowles librarians. Doing the project as an academic independent study for credit is also a possibility.

The qualified student will have a strong work ethic and ability to work independently as well as with others in order to complete this important project. Attention to detail is a must, along with strong writing and editing skills. Design and multimedia skills would be a plus to help with the display.

To apply, please send a resume and brief explanation about why you are interested in and qualified to work on this project to Dean Kathleen Richardson at


Operations assistant, Iowa Radio Reading Information Service for the Blind

TITLE: Operations Assistant

SUMMARY: The Operations Assistant will ensure continuous delivery of Iowa Radio Reading Information Service for the Blind and Print Handicapped (IRIS) programming, maintain IRIS’s warm and welcoming culture, support daily administrative functions and promote awareness for IRIS.


45% Programming:
Ensure continuous delivery of IRIS programming by:

  • Monitoring the IRIS signal in all forms – broadcast, internet and DTV.
  • Preparing reading materials and studios for volunteer readers.
  • Reading On-Air and recording content as needed.
  • Managing and distributing On-Air announcements.
  • Monitoring equipment to ensure optimal sound quality, balance and volume.
  • Editing programs to exact time and optimal sound quality and volume.
  • Uploading completed programs for broadcast and podcast pages.
  • Updating automation schedule as needed.
  • Downloading programs from approved sources and preparing them for air.
  • Identifying, reporting and troubleshooting issues with IRIS broadcast and internet signals.
  • Preparing receivers for proper distribution thru delivery, post office or other means.
  • Processing receiver returns and managing the receiver inventory.
  • Maintaining a current and accurate database of listeners and all relevant information.
  • Testing and/or setting up Audio Description at venues as requested.

40% Volunteer Management:
Maintain IRIS’s warm and welcoming culture by:

  • Recruiting, training, welcoming and supporting new and current volunteers.
  • Managing regular communications about scheduling and openings with volunteer teams.
  • Communicating volunteer shift vacancies as far in advance as possible.
  • Responding promptly to volunteer communications and inquiries.
  • Maintaining live and recording calendars – both online and physical.
  • Keeping the volunteer database, photo database and mailing lists current and accurate.
  • Providing support needed by volunteers while they are reading or producing programs.
  • Sharing volunteer issues and concerns with the Executive Director.
  • Preparing scripts and equipment for Audio Description performances.

10% Administration:
Support daily administrative functions by:

  • Greeting and directing office visitors and volunteers.
  • Monitoring and responding to email and telephone communications.
  • Ensuring the database is up-to-date and accurate.
  • Monitoring office supply and software inventories.
  • Preparing orders as needed.
  • Gathering data and compiling reports.
  • Attending IRIS board meetings and events as requested.
  • Keeping the IRIS office and studios in clean and presentable form by vacuuming, dusting, sanitizing equipment, furniture and fixtures.

05% Awareness:
Promote awareness for the Iowa Radio Reading Information Service by:

  • Updating Social Media as requested.
  • Assisting with mailings, outreach materials and IRIS events as requested.
  • Assisting with fundraising requests and reports as requested.
  • Presenting information about IRIS services to community groups as requested.
  • Executing other duties and special projects as assigned.


Employee is exposed to normal broadcasting and office conditions. Noise level is moderate.


Classification: Full time.
FLSA Status: Nonexempt (Hourly).
Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 3:30pm (35 hours per week). Available as On Call every other weekend.



  • Reliable transportation to and from office, events and meetings.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google, online calendars and other internet products.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills with adherence to deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with a wide range of people and personalities.
  • Pleasant reading voice.
  • Knowledge of current events.


  • At least one year office administrative support experience.
  • Broadcast, communications or journalism experience.
  • Non-profit organization experience.


Commensurate with experience plus an attractive benefits package.


Position will be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified. Interested applicants should submit their cover letter, resume, salary requirements and contact information for three professional references to Maryfrances Evans, subject “Operations Assistant”, at before 5 p.m. Dec. 14.

IRIS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Employer will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the Employer.

VP of communications, Greater D.M. Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is seeking a vice president of communications. The VP of communications will work hand-in-hand with the chief strategy officer on the communications and marketing team, lead public relations and manage the day-to-day aspect of the Partnership’s communications initiatives. See to apply by Nov. 9.

PR and events intern, On With Life rehab

On With Life, a non-profit brain injury rehabilitation organization, is looking for a detail-oriented, independent intern to help with public relations and event management. This opportunity is great for experienced students who want to lend their time and talent to a worthwhile cause. This internship will provide a unique experience with hands-on learning at On With Life. Interns with the following backgrounds are ideal for the position: Event Management, Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, Marketing or working towards a nonprofit emphasis. Please email with any questions. A link to the description and application is available here: This is an unpaid internship, but academic credit can be obtained if needed.

Her Campus seeks Drake chapter

The website Her Campus wants to launch a chapter at Drake University. Her Campus’s mission is to be the career-launching point for top student journalists and communications students, both women and men.

For someone interested in journalism, media, marketing, PR, entrepreneurship or event-planning, launching a Her Campus chapter at his or her school is a great way to get real-world experience while in college.

Students can visit to read more about the position and apply. Ailish Harris, campus expansion assistant, is happy to answer any questions or speak to students directly.

Ailish Harris
Campus Expansion Assistant and Director of Events at the University of Utah
9 Lansdowne Street, Suite 2, Boston, MA 02115

Copywriter, Team Rubicon, Los Angeles

Team Rubicon is seeking a creative, detail-oriented, and versatile copywriter to support its Marketing and Communications team. Team Rubicon is an organization of military veterans “and kickass civilians” who volunteer to help with free disaster relief around the globe. As an integral part of the in-house Creative Services team, the Copywriter will draft copy for offline and digital campaigns and collateral to meet the needs of a rapidly growing, industry-leading international disaster response organization. The ability to capture and own Team Rubicon’s voice and tone will be critical, as is the ability to collaborate with stakeholders across the organization. This position is based at Team Rubicon’s national office in Los Angeles and reports to the Manager, Brand and Creative Services.

For more information and to apply, see