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Capital Crossroads: A Roadmap for the Future

More than a decade ago, a broad cross-section of community leaders from the public, private, nonprofit, and social sectors launched a major, collaborative effort to form a five-year vision plan for Central Iowa. That initiative, known as Capital Crossroads, and its sequel in 2017, catalyzed numerous visible and influential projects that continue to foster economic growth and community vitality, and enhance quality of life in the region.

Capital Crossroads drives action and creates impact through creating a shared vision, convening stakeholders, elevating ideas, coordinating aligned efforts across communities, celebrating, communicating successes and work in progress, and catalyzing impactful large-scale initiatives.

The Capital Crossroads 3.0 Roadmap provides a comprehensive vision to inspire action in six key areas: regionalism, equity, and inclusion, placemaking, workforce housing, job growth and education. The roadmap is a shared articulation of what the region can and should be—but it only becomes a reality under the leadership of a skilled and savvy Executive Director.

Capital Crossroads is seeking an Executive Director to lead this vision to fruition.

The Executive Director is a full-time senior-level position with strong proficiency in relationship building, influencing, communications, and facilitation. Demonstrated ability to bring diverse perspectives together to deliver measurable large-scale results is required. Experience with public-private partnerships preferred.

Planning/Organizing | Communication Proficiency | Strategic Thinking | Facilitation/Convening | Relationship Management | Fundraising | Independence

The Capital Crossroads Director guides the implementation of the regional vision plan. Working with community, nonprofit, and business leaders, the Executive Director will:

-Maintain cohesion and momentum of Capital Crossroads 3.0 initiatives through regular connection with CXR Chairs, the Regional Council, the Governance Committee, the Cornerstone Coordinating Organizations, and the public.
-Identify and onboard additional Cornerstone Coordinating Organizations as needed.
-Identify and convene the right groups of stakeholders to discuss issues, prioritize solutions, clarify responsibilities, and support action, ensuring diverse voices and perspectives are included.
-Surface issues and recommend solutions for Regional Council consideration.
-Oversee the collection of metrics, distribution of annual leadership survey, perform gap analysis, and deliver reporting to the Regional Council.
-Facilitate advocacy efforts.
-Organize and deliver a stakeholder conference every two years.
-Articulate regional priorities, calls to action, and successes through storytelling and information sharing, identifying, and leveraging available marketing resources where possible.
-Ensure effectiveness of and cohesion within public-private partnerships.
-Support fundraising efforts to sustain CXR operations.
-Maintain Capital Crossroads budget in collaboration with the Staffing Partner.
-Oversee onboarding and integration of Capital Crossroads priorities throughout the community as opportunities are identified, such as connecting with area leadership cohorts and programs, as needed.
-Oversee Capital Crossroads Support Role.

This list is not comprehensive, as other duties, in addition to essential job functions, will be assigned as necessary.

Bachelor’s degree in economic development, city planning, business, political science and/or communications preferred.

Mid to Senior Level. Project management experience preferred.

Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Demonstrated values of engagement of diverse voices and community leadership. Capacity to work within tight timeframes and to work independently as well as with a team. Ability to balance and juggle multiple priorities. Must be available to work flexible hours based on business needs.

To express interest, please provide a cover letter and resume to Please email your information no later than November 24. Any questions, please contact Jackie Norris, President, SPPG at