Executive Director

Des Moines, Iowa
Mar 07, 2019
Metro Area
Full Time

Iowa Broadcasters Association

Executive Director

The Iowa Broadcasters Association represents the interests of its television and radio station members in the Iowa State Legislature, the United States congress, at the FCC and with various other legislative/regulatory bodies and the public.   Since 1951, the IBA has worked to advocate and advance the mission of service that’s the cornerstone of broadcasting.

In addition to its lobbying efforts, the IBA offers a variety of services to help recognize and support Iowa’s broadcasters.  Sales training, FCC and legal guidance, the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP), and the maintenance of the Iowa Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame and Iowa Broadcaster of the Year honors.

The President/Executive Director provides leadership, direction and administration of all aspects of the IBA.  This person serves as the chief executive of the Association in accordance with the association by-laws, policies and directives, and the active management of the affairs of the Association.  They recommend and participates in the formulation of new policies and programs and make decisions within existing policies as approved by the Board of Directors.  This person also advocates on behalf of broadcasters to various constituencies including educators, the general public, and state and federal officials in political and regulatory matters. 


Within limits of the by-laws and policies, the President/Executive Director is responsible for and has authority to accomplish the duties set forth below:


·         Fully informs the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Officers concerning the conditions and operations of the IBA and on all significant factors influencing them.

·         Provides the necessary liaison to committee chairs and committees to enable them to properly perform their functions.

·         Plans, promotes and supports all official meetings of the Association

·         Maintains official minutes of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and other official meeting of the Association

·         Plans and promotes the IBA annual convention, Hall of Fame Induction and Broadcaster of the Year awards

·         Manages and promotes the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program.

·         Tracks FCC deadlines and requirement/rules on behalf of members.

·         Maintains active knowledge of FCC Law and Iowa legislative process.

·         Represents the IBA to the National Alliance of State Broadcaster Associations (NASBA).

·         In addition the IBA board, manages all the associated tasks and responsibilities of the IBA Foundation – a fund-granting board that exists as part of the Iowa Broadcasters Association. 


·         Maintains the financial management of the Association including planning, purchasing, receipts, disbursements, replies and analysis.

·         Maintains the financial management of the IBA Foundation including reviewing and recommending disbursements of grants to organizations in keeping with the Foundation’s mission and bylaws.

·         Develops and recommends an annual budget for consideration and approval by the Board of Directors as well as executing the approved budget.

·         Ensures that all funds, physical assets and property of the Association are appropriately administered, maintained and safeguarded.

·         Develops and oversees business and revenue opportunities to maintain and improve the financial health of the Association and its member stations.

·         Oversees the organizations fundraising effort through its ongoing Non-Commercial Sustaining Announcement/Public Education Program (NCSA/PEP).


·         The Executive Director will be expected to advance better, more effective communication with the membership including enhancing the digital and social media presence.

·         Promotes interest and active participation of the Association’s activities.

·         Maintains membership records and administers dues and all other assessments.

·         Provides a member directory, both printed and on-line and kept current to the extent it is possible.

·         Periodically travels throughout Iowa to member television and radio stations to maintain, enhance and develop relationships.

·         Appreciates the rich history of Broadcasting in Iowa.  Builds or continues relationships with longtime IBA members and Hall of Fame Members.  Proven interest in documenting and preserving important artifacts and providing recognition of those who have made a significant difference in local broadcasting in Iowa.


The Executive Director must be a seasoned industry professional with management experience in broadcasting, non-profit organizations or related field with the demonstrated ability to professionally represent groups or the organization to diverse audiences.  Ideal candidates will have a sales background and the ability to create fundraising solutions to enhance the resources of the organization and of the organization’s foundation.  Strong written and verbal communications skills a must.  Previous experience lobbying also a plus.  Creative, opportunistic, digitally-savvy skills and traits will serve candidates well.

Interested parties should send a letter of application and current resume via the link provided.

Please include the word “application” in the subject line.  Only .pdf files or Word or Word compatible documents are acceptable. 

Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the right applicant is found.

The Iowa Broadcasters Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.