We’re Hiring!

We are are currently looking to hire a part-time Program Specialist who will assist schools navigate the certification process. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.  We would also appreciate you linking this page to anyone you think might be interested. You can direct folks to our job posting on Idealist.org. Applications are due by Sunday, July 29 and we hope to have someone hired and ready to start by Monday, August 13.

Job Description: Program Specialist

Location: Des Moines, Iowa

Status: 20-28 hours per week

Reports to: Program Director

Overview: Iowa Pride Network (IPN) is a statewide nonprofit education and advocacy organization working to make schools and colleges safe for all students. IPN is a nationally recognized leader in student leadership development and safe school policies and was instrumental in helping pass Iowa’s 2007 Safe Schools Law (Iowa Code 280.28). The passage of the law has made Iowa one of a dozen states to have such a comprehensive policy. In the years since the law’s passage, however, there have been varying degrees of implementation in schools.

The Safe School Certification Program was created to change that. In 2009, IPN convened a diverse group of non-profit organizations and state agencies; representing many of the seventeen protected traits within the law, to create a program that provides support to schools and recognition to those that meaningfully implement the law. The Safe School Certification Coalition, as it became known, developed the Safe School Certification Program (SSCP). The Certification Program helps schools implement the law with fidelity and lead the way in providing a safe and affirming learning environment for all students

Program Specialists’ Role: The Specialist is expected to assist the Program Director and Advisor in the development of the program and will be directly responsible for helping schools navigate the certification process.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Program Development
    • Assist in refining the Certification Program
    • Participate in regular meetings with Iowa Department of Education consultants, SSCP staff and SSCP Coalition and Advisory Team
  • Support Schools Participating in the SSCP
    • Travel directly to schools to provide direct support and consultations
    • Utilize program tools (Basecamp, email, webinars, phone, etc.) to provide schools on-going support during certification
  • Capacity Building
    • Assist in developing a coaching and recognition model for nine Area Education Agency (AEA) Learning Supports Consultants (LSC), including AEA LSC on-site meetings and consultations
    • Participate in Department of Education partner webinars and IS3 state-wide development meetings
    • Maintain clear records of schools pursuing certification along with other important documents
  • Strengthen the SSCP through Marketing and Outreach
    • Expand and enhance mail, e-mail and volunteer lists/networks
    • Create strategic alliances and sponsorships with other groups and organizations

Minimum Required Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with a background in any of the following, but not limited to: education, public policy, communications, law, political science, and/or social work
  • Experience with new media (blogging, twitter, etc.) and managing communities (grassroots organizing) will prove helpful.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team, be well-organized and detail oriented, dependable and able to handle multiple projects and deadlines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and database software
  • Willingness to travel (approximately 10-15 days per month. Must have dependable transportation)
  • Problem solving skills and ability to work and stay poised under pressure
  • Strong working knowledge of students issues, anti-bullying programs and/or demonstrated capacity to understand issues quickly and competently
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to set big goals, execute effectively, and continually increase effectiveness
  • Believe in a safe education for all and investing in students, schools and families

Desired Skills:

  • Five or more years teaching experience and work within educational settings/institutions
  • Masters in Education, Social Work, Public Policy, Public Administration, Leadership Studies
  • Research Experience


All candidates are asked to complete the Occupational Assessment Questions: For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experiences and/or training. Please select only one letter for each item.

A – I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.

B – I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.

C – I have performed this task on the job. My work was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.

D – I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.

E – I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

_ Coordinated conferences and events

_ Adept at public speaking

_ Knowledge of bullying programs and common issues students face in today’s education system

_ Developed programs that enhance leadership skills

_ Supervised interns and other staff members

_ Provided on-site support to individuals seeking assistance

_ Utilized survey monkey and other online data tools

_ Directed, researched, reviewed and advised programs that reduce violence and bullying of all students

_ Ability to build coalitions and bring diverse groups of people together and find consensus

_ Understanding of Iowa’s Safe School

_ Knowledge and experience in working with or at K-12 schools, colleges and institutional bodies

_ Ability to fundraise and articulate mission and vision

_ Exercised independent judgment and ingenuity to adapt or enhance programs

_ Skilled in motivating others in order to reach goals

_ Ability to concisely and logically express ideas, policies and programs in writing

_ Plans purposefully and is extremely detail oriented

Send cover letter, resume, occupational assessment and references to Brent Robins, Program Director, at brent@safeschoolcertification.org no later than Sunday, July 29, 2012. When applying, please note “Program Specialist Position” in the subject line. No telephone calls or faxes, please.

Iowa Pride Network is an equal opportunity employer and is firmly committed to complying with all federal, state and local equal employment opportunity (“EEO”) laws. IPN strictly prohibits discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of the individual’s age, ancestry, color, creed, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, mental disability, military obligations, national origin, physical attributes, physical disability, political party preference, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Other Notes:

• This is a grant-funded position and employment is contingent upon grant renewal

• IPN does not have the ability at this time to provide sponsorship for this position.

• IPN does not have the ability to provide relocation benefits to candidates.

• IPN is a business casual dress environment.

• Candidates MUST be able to pass a criminal background check.

• The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by the personnel so described in the position. Management reserves the right to revise or amend duties at any time.

• This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. Critical features of this job are described under the headings of “Program Specialist’s Role” and “Tasks and Responsibilities”. They may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.