Employment Opportunities

You can make a difference by joining the staff of Iowa Safe Schools! Iowa Safe Schools has a dynamic staff of dedicated individuals from diverse backgrounds working to change lives and impact social justice issues that affect our community.

Iowa Safe Schools is dedicated to diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color, women, people living with HIV and AIDS, transgender individuals and all others are encouraged to apply for employment opportunities.


Title: Director of Education

Location: Des Moines, Iowa

Job Type: Full-time

Reports to: Executive Director

Compensation: $45,000-50,000 annually

Benefits: Generous vacation package, health, dental and vision coverage, retirement package, travel reimbursement

Application Deadline: September 30, 2018


This position is charged with the responsibility of developing, maintaining, and growing Iowa Safe Schools’ educational programming including the Safe Schools Academy, the Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth, and our array of smaller conferences and events. The successful candidate will have knowledge about the LGBTQ community, especially LGBTQ youth.  The candidate will have successful skills at building relationships, public speaking, and creation of curriculum.


  • Manage and lead the Safe Schools Academy, a collaborative program with the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) and Drake University which provides online and in-person license renewal and graduate credit courses for Iowa educators, social workers, and mental health counselors.
  • Build upon existing Safe Schools Academy courses with curricular updates and infusion of new information from partner organizations.
  • Organize and manage the Annual Iowa Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth.
  • Organize and manage approximately ten additional conferences throughout the year that are held throughout the country.
  • Organize and manage the Trans Education Summit.
  • Develop a plan to continue increasing revenue from programmatic efforts including the Safe Schools Academy
  • Coordinate with the organization’s Registrar in maintaining and organizing Safe Schools Academy courses
  • Develop an evaluation plan for Iowa Safe Schools’ educational programming
  • Cultivate existing relationships with allied organizations.
  • Speak to schools, community organizations, corporations, colleges, city staff, faith communities, and others upon request about LGBTQ youth and other topics requested.


Specific requirements include:

  • Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing curriculum
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills
  • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently
  • Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to cultivate relationships with various groups and individuals
  • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives
  • Understanding and commitment to improving the lives of LGBTQ youth throughout Iowa
  • Ability to present and create informative presentations
  • Master’s degree in women’s studies, social work, history, political science, psychology, education, human services, or related field.  Preferred experience of at least three years in training or other educational work.


Additional Information

Trans and LGBTQ persons of color are encouraged to apply. Please send a resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to with a subject of Director of Education. Please do not call or email with questions.