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Communications Specialist

The Iowa State Bar Association

Des Moines, Iowa

Position closes Dec. 31, 2014

Start Date Feb. 2, 2015


The Communications Department of The Iowa State Bar Association is seeking applicants for a Communications Specialist to assist the director in all aspects of member communications. The communications department supports a wide range of internal and external communications activities supporting the bar and the lawyer-members of the ISBA. The Communications Specialist will report directly to the Communications Director while working with ISBA staff, members and leadership to drive member awareness and engagement as well as raise the ISBA’s visibility among target audiences.



The Communications Specialist is primarily responsible for the creation and execution of member communications. As such, the Communications Specialist will assist in maintaining ISBA communications channels such as the Iowa Lawyer magazine, the Iowa Lawyer weekly e-newsletters, targeted messaging, and other communications materials. In addition, the Communications Specialist may be called upon to support the creation and execution of a broad range of communications materials (e.g., brochures, public website content, presentations, fact sheets, etc.), and the support of integrated marketing/communications campaigns.



·         Bachelor’s degree in journalism, mass communications, public relations or related field

·         Demonstrated aptitude for writing and editing for various media, including newsletters, web, social media and marketing collateral

·         Basic photography and/or videography experience

·         Understanding of Iowa legislation and judiciary a plus

·         Ability to manage numerous activities while maintaining attention to detail and sticking to deadlines

·         Self-starter who is creative, flexible and personable in a dynamic environment

·         Ability to occasionally work outside of normal business hours as needed to attend events or to meet critical deadlines


Application Process

To apply, send cover letter, resume, and 2-3 writing samples or a brief portfolio no later than Dec. 31, 2014, to with attachments in Adobe PDF format. Or, send by mail to:


The Iowa State Bar Association
ATTN: Communications Department

625 East Court Ave.

Des Moines, IA 50309


About the ISBA

The Iowa State Bar Association is a vibrant, progressive organization that provides Iowa attorneys with the benefits of professional association with their colleagues. Its benefits include continuing legal education, practice aids, interaction with the judiciary and legislature, participation in reform of the law, and news regarding developments impacting the profession.

The ISBA includes lawyers young and old, newly licensed as well as retired, residents and nonresidents (including military), active and inactive, lawyers in practice, and those working for business, government, and in other lines of work. In all, the Association includes approximately 8,000 lawyers and judges in Iowa’s 99 counties and beyond. 

The Iowa State Bar Association also can lay legitimate claim to being the oldest voluntary state bar association in the United States, having been formed initially in 1874, four years before even the American Bar Association.

The Iowa State Bar Association • 625 East Court Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50309
Ph. (515) 243-3179 • Fax (515) 243-2511