The Diocese of Des Moines

Diocesan Openings

School Leadership Talent Pools

In preparation for anticipated future vacancies, the Diocese of Des Moines maintains a pool of potential candidates who have demonstrated their qualification for principal and/or assistant principal.  Candidates will be pre-screened and once a vacancy is confirmed, candidates will be invited to apply.  Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and three references by email to Tracy Bonday, Superintendent of Schools, at


Executive Director – St. Thomas More Center

The St. Thomas More Center is seeking an Executive Director.   This position is responsible for maintaining, implementing and developing resident camping and retreat programs that are responsive to the spiritual needs of youth and young adults primarily within the Diocese of Des Moines.  The Executive Director fosters a comprehensive and holistic approach to youth ministry in conjunction with diocesan and parish ministries which recognizes the cultural, developmental and spiritual diversity among adolescents and young adults.  The Executive Director will maintain a faith-filled, nurturing, safe and fun community that promotes Gospel values and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

  • Assures that the philosophy and mission of the St. Thomas More Center is apparent in the performance of duties.  Communicates and promotes a strong commitment to the Center’s philosophy, mission, strategic plan, and Catholic identity.
  • Supervises and mentors direct reports to ensure professional competence and skill development. 
  • Directs the development, implementation and evaluation of the Center’s strategic plans to ensure collaboration with key stakeholders and other community partners.
  • Oversees the work of others and ensures the effectiveness of the Catholic Youth Camp.
  • Fosters efforts at inclusion of the Hispanic Community and other ethnic groups in the programs and leadership of the Center.
  • Designs and implements a structured, leadership development curriculum for young adults serving in paid and volunteer positions.
  • Oversees and promotes retreat opportunities that meet the needs of youth and young adults and serves the needs of youth ministers and catechetical leaders.
  • Develops and oversees the operating budget and capital expenditures of the organization; including risk management, facilities management, and technology infrastructure.
  • Oversees accounting and cash handling policies and procedures for the organization.
  • Oversees the corporate brand and logos to ensure effective marketing and public relations; including print, website and other media usage.
  • Obtains and supervises the ongoing accreditation by the American Camp Association.
  • Accepts and manages charitable gifts and works with prospective donors to support Center funds held in The Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa.  Works with the Advisory Board to solicit charitable support for annual and special needs; including implementation of an annual fund campaign.
  • Promotes vocations to religious life and the priesthood.

Minimum Knowledge/Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Must be a practicing Catholic.
  • Earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of five years of successful leadership experience in any of the following: administration; financial and budget management; Catholic youth and young adult ministry; or camp management.
  • Proven experience and skills in directing and supervising staff; including volunteers.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Holds a valid Iowa driver’s license.

This position will maintain two office locations, within the Catholic Pastoral Center in Des Moines, and at St. Thomas More Center near Panora.


Significant time at camp location is expected during summer season.


The full job description can be viewed here.


Qualified candidates are encouraged to send their cover letter and resume by July 6, 2018 to:

Diocese of Des Moines

601 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50309




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Emmaus House Spirituality Center - Des Moines, IA



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The Iowa Catholic Conference (ICC)

Administrative Assistant


The Iowa Catholic Conference (ICC) is the public policy agency of the Catholic bishops of Iowa. The ICC seeks a full-time administrative assistant to provide administrative and clerical support to the executive director, staff, committees, and Board of Directors. Flexibility of hours depending on the season is possible. Responsibilities will include general office support including phones, greeting visitors, email, correspondence, web updates, records retention, and ordering materials and supplies. Financial responsibilities include bookkeeping, payroll, income tax preparation, and data management for the ICC statewide school unemployment program.


Knowledge of Quickbooks and Microsoft Office preferred. Ability to maintain confidentiality of information and an attitude of helpfulness is essential. Support of the mission of the Catholic Church required.


To apply, send a cover letter and resume to: Search Committee, Iowa Catholic Conference, 530 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312,