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Iowa Department of Administrative Services International Relations Coordinator in Des Moines, Iowa

International Relations Coordinator

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International Relations Coordinator


$57,595.20 - $89,356.80 Annually


Des Moines - 50315 - Polk County, IA

Job Type


Job Number



269 Iowa Economic Development Authority

Opening Date


Closing Date

6/11/2023 11:59 PM Central

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Point of Contact

Bethany Coop

To Apply

Submit an application, resume, and cover letter at by the position closing date.

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Job Description

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) is seeking a motivated professional to join its team as the International Relations Coordinator.

The International Relations Coordinator, as part of the International Trade team, will oversee, facilitate, and represent the development of international relations with Partner State affiliations on behalf of the State of Iowa.

General Duties:

Partner States Relationship Management

-Represents Partner States in collaborative efforts to conduct exchange programs with participating countries

-Develops and maintains working relationships with key officials in state government, private sector business, local governments, foreign governments, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, and funding organizations

-Travels domestically and internationally

Delegation Coordination

-Manages the state’s programs that bring international visitors to Iowa, including those directed by partner organizations

-Coordinates logistics and required resources for special events, meetings, and delegations

International Relations Coordination

-Manages the coordination of international visitors to the state

-Provides support for special events and travel including scheduling courtesy meetings, photo ops, and briefings

-Recommends and coordinates gifts and promotional items for high-level visitors and travel events

-Liaises with domestic and international travel organizations to coordinate travel logistics

-Prepares digital briefing books for staff to ensure they are fully prepared for business and government meetings

-Remains current on all required Protocol training

The ideal candidate will have experience building and navigating cross-cultural business relationships and possess an understanding of international customs and protocol. Prior experience conducting foreign business travel and communicating in a foreign language will also be considered.

The ideal candidate must also exemplify our agency’s core values:

INNOVATIVE- We inspire people with our ideas, turn those ideas into reality and know how to replicate success

MISSION ORIENTED - We keep a constant focus on the Iowans our programs benefit

PURPOSEFUL - We nurture a culture of outstanding work, collaboration and diligence

ACCOUNTABLE– We accept responsibility, are trustworthy in our commitments, respectful to one another, and transparent in our actions.

CUSTOMER SERVICE FOCUS – We are courteous, responsive and respectful and serve as a reliable resource for our clients and constituents.

THOUGHT LEADERS – We are imaginative visionaries who find creative ways to reveal opportunities and leverage data to help drive decisions.

The International Relations Coordinator position is a non-contract, non-merit position that is classified by the State of Iowa as an Economic Development Specialist 2. This position is exempt (salaried) per FLSA regulations.

As an employee of the Iowa Economic Development Authority you are a State of Iowa employee and eligible for a comprehensive benefits package that includes the following and more:

Insurance – Health, Dental, Life and Long Term Disability

IPERS (Iowa Public Employee Retirement System)

Leave – Sick, Vacation, Family and Military Leave

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This is a non-merit position with the Iowa Economic Development Authority . Candidates must follow the instructions in the "To Apply" section. Positions in this class are exempt from the screening and referral requirements of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services - Human Resources Enterprise.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major coursework in research, planning, economics, public relations, business, corporate finance, journalism, or marketing and experience equal to two years of full-time work that involved responsibility for interpreting laws, rules and regulations, and/or securing compliance with them; or compiling and evaluating statistical, historical, economic, business, financial, or technical related or program data;


an equivalent combination of education and experience substituting one year of the above required experience for each year (thirty semester or equivalent hours) of the required education.

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Additional Qualification Requirements

Employees will be required to travel. Some positions may require employees to furnish their own means of transportation in order to conduct state business.

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269 Iowa Economic Development Authority


1963 Bell Ave

Suite 200

Des Moines, Iowa, 50315



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