Community Action of Eastern Iowa (CAEI) provides services to over 25,000 people every year. It is the Community Action Agency for Cedar, Clinton, Muscatine, and Scott counties in Iowa, and has been in business since the summer of 1965.

CAEI offers an array of programs and services to support families and individuals throughout the community. They include Head Start and Early Head Start programs; Family Development and Self-Sufficiency Program; Child Care Resource and Referral Program; Emergency Food Pantry; Utility Bill Assistance; and Weatherization of Homes.

The next Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Community Action of Eastern Iowa will have the opportunity to serve more than 25,000 people, across four counties, with a budget of $17M and a dedicated staff of 175 employees, supported by a Board of 15 members. While following a long-term esteemed leader brings the need to maintain and prioritize the current positive organizational culture and sense of community, the CEO role also affords the opportunity to bring innovation to this highly respected organization that will enhance and increase effectiveness, productivity, and – ultimately – even greater impact.

The CEO will be a compassionate, out-of-the-box thinker, who is willing to take informed risks, who responds to humanity and understands culture. The ideal candidate will be experienced in key areas of executive leadership.

The next CEO must have a deep understanding of the needs in the community and a strong passion for the mission of Community Action of Eastern Iowa. This person must value the diverse needs of children and families in both urban and rural communities. They will have a demonstrated ability to build unique relationships in the community that advance the goals of the organization. Candidates must have the ability to establish and maintain a strong presence in the community and be able to work with all types of people and personalities: people of all ages and backgrounds, government leaders, donors, and families and individuals who may struggle to make ends meet. They will serve as the key spokesperson for Community Action of Eastern Iowa, providing a dynamic and compassionate presence with both internal and external communities and constituents.

Candidates for this position must have proven leadership qualities to bring vision, direction, a collaborative atmosphere, and inspiration to continue the strong momentum built by the organization. This person will foster a positive community culture through a demonstrated openness to feedback, humility, and authentically listening to diverse voices. The CEO will be an effective “democratic” leader who is able to guide decision-making while being open to the ideas of others. A strategic leader, the CEO will be able to communicate clearly and take action when necessary. The next leader must be able to evoke confidence and build connections with families, community partners, funders, elected officials, and business leaders.  They will manage diverse viewpoints with integrity, understanding, and patience. The CEO will be able to navigate critical and complex issues and address difficult problems creatively and equitably.

The next leader must bring expertise in grant writing and financial management. This leader will be able to broaden the funding sources beyond public sources, with a view toward long-term sustainability. They will be experienced in securing continued government funding while continuing to expand these sources. Candidates must have a sound business and financial background and be interested in the financial status and sustainability of the agency. They should understand government reimbursements and contracts and yet have experience with multiple services and revenue sources.

The CEO will be a forward thinker, with the ability to plan and strategize, and advance the mission. The next leader will be able to solve problems creatively yet swiftly. They will expand the use of technology to respond quickly and efficiently to the needs of the community. This person will continue to build innovative and creative solutions that address the needs of the changing demographics, including new immigrants from Latin America and Africa in the counties served by Community Action of Eastern Iowa. The next CEO will be a problem solver without seeking or desiring to solve every problem themselves; a healthy and intentional reliance on staff and board members is required.

A proven ability to inspire and motivate employees, families, and communities is essential to ensure maintenance of Community Action of Eastern Iowa’s culture of teamwork, collaboration, and inclusivity. The next CEO will be a proven nonprofit leader with high-level, senior management experience. The next leader will bring a sense of humility, developing and respecting the knowledge and abilities of the surrounding team. They will be a good mentor to the staff, encouraging professional development and advancement. This person must have exceptional written and verbal communication skills, and comfort with public speaking. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated presence within the human service, business, and philanthropic communities.  This leader will have experience in board relations and the ability to build and maintain a strong, collaborative, and mutually supportive relationship with the Board of Directors.

CAEI offers comprehensive benefits to its employees, including participation in the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS), health, dental, vision, long term disability, life, generous leave benefits, and progressive flexibility and telecommuting policies. CAEI will assist with relocation expenses for the successful candidate.


To apply, submit a current resume and a cover letter to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at (click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page).


For more information about Community Action of Eastern Iowa, visit

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