Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway Coordinator

Job Title: Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway Coordinator

Job Type: 32 to 40 hours per week

Location: Ames, IA

The Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway Coordinator will develop and lead our Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway Program. We are looking for the right person who wishes to develop this dynamic program along the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway over the next several years. The Lincoln Highway is Iowa’s longest designated roadway, its only historic byway and the state’s portion of the original Lincoln Highway, the first coast-to-coast improved highway in the United States. This Coordinator must be enthusiastic about history, preservation, heritage tourism and community development in relationship to the Lincoln Highway. This unique position will assist in the development and implementation of fundraising strategies for the road’s intrinsic qualities, meet and develop stakeholder groups and conduct project activities along the Byway. This position also offers the opportunity to interact with a wide range of stakeholders in locations across the state, and to make an impact in many byway communities.

Major Duties

The following duties shall be performed by the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway Coordinator:
1) Assist in developing and conducting a strategic plan for the Byway including fundraising initiatives.
2) Build relationships with a wide variety of project partners to get the appropriate resources for the Byway including building connections with community leaders, consumers, businesses, and educators.
3) Conduct projects identified through the strategic plan, and with staff and partners.
4) Raise public awareness of the Byway and its historical and cultural relevance by directly promoting it through the media, at community events, developing a semi-annual newsletter, updating websites and other promotional venues.
5) Develop the Byway as an educational resource, especially for school-age students and their teachers.
6) Identify and apply for grant and private funds to support the Byway program.
7) Assist in recruiting and holding effective stakeholder meetings.
8) Participate in the development of a Corridor Management Plan for the Byway
9) Attend from time-to-time the Prairie Rivers of Iowa monthly board of directors meetings.
10) Maintain project files with complete documentation.
11) Monitor the project budget and make reports as required.
12) Perform duties as determined by the Director as necessary.


  • Requires at least a four year degree from an accredited university or college in non-profit management, community planning, public administration, history, natural resources, or related fields
  • Prefer 6 to 10 years work experience
  • Good communication and writing skills, and the abilityto inspire people
  • Prior strategic planning experience
  • Ability to work in teams or groups to get projects done
  • Ability to listen and solve problems at the community level
  • Self-motivated and able to manage work time efficiently
  • Good with details and well organized
  • Preferred fundraising experience, membership programming and/or experience developing sponsorships
  • Grant writing a plus
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and the ability to attend evening and weekend meetings
  • Able to understand and support technology, such as social media and website
  • Competent word processing, Excel and Adobe skills

This position will report to the Executive Director.
Starting Salary Range: $27,000-$35,000 based on 32 to 40 hours a week. The successful applicant will finalize his or her schedule with the Executive Director.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Prairie Rivers of Iowa does not discriminate against any person on the grounds of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or political beliefs in carrying duties associated with the position.

Application Instructions

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Executive Director Penny Brown Huber,, by Monday, November 10, 2014.

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