Executive Director Job Opening

Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Executive Director Half-Time Position

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) Board of Directors invites applications for the half-time position of Executive Director.

The ICFRC, based in Iowa City, seeks a dynamic, flexible, collaborative Executive Director to work with the ICFRC Board to plan, organize and coordinate programs, to work with a staff of up to ten interns, and to serve as liaison with the University of Iowa and with public and private agencies in carrying out the mission of the ICFRC.

The mission of the ICFRC is to promote understanding of international issues by hosting community forums with expert speakers both local and from around the world. The ICFRC provides opportunities for members to hear over thirty experts per year who may be visiting the University campus or the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area. Programs are catered luncheons and are usually held at noon once per week during the fall and spring University semesters, as well as twice during the summer months, in order to allow as wide a participation as possible from the business community, other professionals, the community at large, and students, faculty and staff from the University. Outside speakers as well as University faculty and area specialists are featured in these forums. After formal presentations, speakers respond to members written questions. This gives the audience an opportunity to address issues covered in the lecture in more depth. The luncheon format allows for an informal and lively exchange of ideas between presenters and those attending. These programs are cablecast by City Channel 4 or 118 – 2 and can be viewed at https://citychannel4.com/ and University of Iowa digital archives.

Job Description

The Executive Director should be a dynamic, flexible, collaborative leader for the ICFRC. The Executive Director reports to the President and Board of the ICFRC.

Specific duties and responsibilities:

* Plan, organize, coordinate and monitor ICFRC programs;

* Collaborate with a working board;

* Serve in an ex-officio advisory role on the Board of Directors and its committees;

* Review operational expenditures and revenues, maintain contracts, and prepare budgets for Board approval in collaboration with Finance Committee and bookkeeper;

* Recruit, train, and supervise 5-10 University student interns in order to accomplish duties and goals of the organization;

* Prepare monthly and special reports for Board of Directors meeting;

* Serve as liaison with University, public and private agencies to coordinate programs;

* Prepare special reports for granting agencies and others as appropriate;

* Hire luncheon caterers;

* Build networks of contacts, members and sponsors;

* Raise the visibility of the organization in the community through public speaking and other community outreach activities;

* Facilitate and execute organizational development, including fundraising, building membership, and setting priorities for new initiatives;

* Develop policies and systems for the efficient and effective operation of the organization;

* Demonstrate respect for all members of the Iowa City area community;

* Welcome the richness of talent from a diverse workforce and recognize that diversity brings stimulation, challenge, and energy that contribute to a productive and effective workplace;

* Seek opportunities to enhance one’s own professional knowledge, skills and abilities;



Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience;

Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English;

Proficiency in basic office computer applications (e.g., Word and Excel);

Familiarity with the Iowa City/Coralville community, on and off the University campus; and

Ability to assist and supervise the setting up and taking down of luncheons.


Demonstrated interest and knowledge of current international events;

Nonprofit administrative experience; and

Event management, budgeting, fund raising.


Salary and Benefits: The Executive Director position is a half-time assignment with salary range of $22,000 to $25,000 per annum (including two weeks paid vacation). It does not include health insurance.

Application Process

Review of applications will begin on March 2, 2020 and will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Anticipated start date is June 15, 2020 (with limited flexibility).

Interested applicants should send letters of interest accompanied by an up to date resume to: Dave Martin, ICFRC President, at dndmartin1@mchsi.com

For general information on the ICFRC, see http://www.icfrc.org

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