Executive Director

The Executive Director of Quill and Scroll is a consultative leader and manager who knows and understands journalism, news media, non-profit organizations, professional and/or scholastic educational services and public university culture. The Executive Director will oversee the daily operations of the international honorary society’s programs and its related Foundation, and reports to the organization’s Board of Trustees. The successful candidate will work in an action- and service-oriented environment and will strive to maintain the program as a national leader in scholastic journalism education in an increasingly digital era. This includes supervising professional and student staff, production of media for internal and external audiences, and planning, managing and developing educational and membership services. This position also serves as a liaison with the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication, high school journalism/media educators and students, and other scholastic journalism programs.

Required Qualifications:

  • Education and knowledge of an advanced type normally associated with a degree at the Master’s or Doctoral level (in journalism, education, communications or related subject areas preferred) or an equivalent combination of related education and experience is required.
  • Proficient written and oral communication skills, with proven abilities in writing and editing are essential.
  • Possesses strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Demonstrated competency of computer software applications related to word processing, publication and web layout and design, and e-communication channels.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Reasonable, at least 3-5 years, program and administrative experience in management, supervision and organization of staff and financial budgeting are desired.
  • Previous experience as an administrator or staff member of a scholastic media organization or program.
  • Considerable knowledge of university-level policies, procedures and regulations.
  • Research and grant writing experience.
  • Secondary school or higher education teaching or professional experience.
  • Professional journalism or media production, strategic communications, philanthropy, fundraising and/or marketing experience.
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively in and promoting a diverse workplace environment.
  • The successful candidate will have opportunities to teach as an adjunct faculty member, lecturer or to serve as a program administrator with the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication in addition to the core responsibilities of the Executive Director position.

Quill and Scroll offers a competitive benefits and salary package for this full-time position with a 12-month work schedule. To apply for the position of Executive Director, please send a cover letter and resume to: Executive Director Search Committee, Quill and Scroll, E346 Adler Journalism Bldg., University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242, or to [email protected] for PDF or Word documents.

Initial screening of applications will begin after January 12, 2017, and continue until the position is filled. The Quill and Scroll Board of Trustees wishes to have the Executive Director begin no later than July 1, 2017. Quill and Scroll and the University of Iowa are equal opportunity employers and encourage women and minorities to apply.

Quill and Scroll serves more than 11,000 school chapters and inducts an average of 7,000 student members annually.  Organization services include providing resources, scholarships and conducting media evaluations, and yearbook and writing, photo, multimedia and blogging competitions for high school, junior and middle school students. It was organized April 10, 1926, at the University of Iowa by renowned pollster George H. Gallup and a group of high school advisers to encourage and recognize student achievements in journalism and academics. The organization has a Board of Trustees composed of nine high school and collegiate journalism educators, and media-related professionals. The offices are located in the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s state-of-the- art Adler Journalism Building. Learn more about the organization and its services at www.quillandscroll.org.

The University of Iowa is located in Iowa City, IA. The beautiful campus spans the Iowa River, and faculty, students and staff enjoy access to an array of cultural, educational, and recreational activities. The Iowa City area offers quality public schools and reasonable housing options. Any day of the week one can enjoy athletic events and facilities, art exhibits, community and professional theater, live musical entertainment, and cultural and community events.