Director, West Region
Overview Northwest AEA provides visionary leadership and quality, student-centered services through relationships with families, schools, and communities. In short, our focus can be summed up in these four words: Inspiring Learning. Changing Lives. Our vision is to be the first contact for timely and ongoing support to improve the performance outcomes and well-being of all learners.
About the Agency Northwest AEA provides special education and school improvement services to 34 public school districts and 32 accredited, non-public schools. The agency serves 45,000 students and more than 5000 educators in a 10-county area of Northwest Iowa (Lyon, Osceola, Sioux, O'Brien, Plymouth, Cherokee, Woodbury, Ida, Monona, and Crawford). Our headquarters is located across from the Morningside College campus in Sioux City with regional offices in Cherokee, Denison, Le Mars, Onawa, and Sioux Center.
Why Northwest AEA? Our vision, mission, and anchors guide our actions. Staff at Northwest AEA believe that what they do inspires learning and leads to changed lives for the students, staff, and families we serve. Our work is anchored in building positive, professional relationships with stakeholders and with one another. We embrace responsiveness in how we serve so that students, staff, and families can see improved results.
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree or higher in communications, marketing, or related areas Working knowledge of the education system (K-12 and AEAs) Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Board may find appropriate and acceptable
Job Purpose: Coordinate and oversee all aspects of agency communications to promote public understanding and support for the mission, programs, and services of Northwest AEA; and provide support for our creative services production team.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities Communications: Provide guidance, leadership, and technical assistance to staff in their internal and external communication efforts. Develop and carry out a comprehensive marketing plan for internal and external stakeholders. Monitor the reproduction, dissemination, and use of agency symbols, including the logo, to ensure consistency and professionalism. Manage all social media outlets, provide guidance for all activity on agency social media sites, and work collaboratively with AEA staff members in the management of the AEA website and social media sites. Coordinate agency print, audio, video, and electronic communications. Serve as a liaison with area news media and prepare appropriate news releases. Coordinate agency special events and programs for staff. Develop programs for community, civic, or service groups that can be given by AEA staff. Provide support and leadership to the state AEA communication team. Creative Services: Participate in statewide AEA initiatives. Provide leadership for the creative services operations of the agency. Provide supervision and support to our creative services staff through coaching, feedback, and formal evaluations. Approve leave, timesheets, and expense claims. Promote creative services products and the online ordering system. Monitor the overall production and delivery of creative services products. Monitor ordering of products and supplies for creative services in coordination with the business office.
It is the policy of Northwest Area Education Agency not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination.