Search Firm Opportunities

Iowa State University periodically partners with a variety of Search Firms for some searches. Applicants who wish to be considered for these positions must apply via the Search Firms application instructions below.

Assistant Dean of Students for Intercultural Initiatives and Resource Centers & Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Reporting to the associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students and serving on the dean of students executive leadership team (“dean team”), this assistant dean oversees a portfolio of five departments: The center for LGBTQIA+ student success, the Margaret Sloss center for women & gender equity, the veterans center, the office of multicultural student affairs and the Hixon opportunity awards program and national student exchange office. The assistant dean of students for intercultural initiatives and resource centers/director is responsible for the development and delivery of programs and support services which foster student success, satisfaction, and enhancement of the university experience foundationally established from a DEI lens. Emphasis is placed on implementation of a comprehensive programmatic and support services strategy designed to increase the recruitment, retention, and ultimate graduation of Iowa State students identified as under-represented and/or marginalized. This population of students includes but not limited to first generation students, veterans and military-affiliated students, students who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community, women, students from low in-come backgrounds and ethnic identities that include African American, Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American, Latinx, Native American/Alaskan Native or Multiracial.


A bachelor’s degree and at least seven years of related professional experience are required. A master’s degree is preferred. The ideal candidate will possess experience working directly with students from marginalized/underrepresented backgrounds and identities; experience advising college student and student organizations with an emphasis in culturally and identity-based groups; and an understanding of, and commitment to, the practical application of student development theories/research and equity, diversity, and inclusion work with a focus on underrepresented student recruitment, development, and retention. In addition, experience with supervision of professional staff and student crisis management within a student affairs organization are preferred.

Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin April 15, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Lynette Lindsey at or Mark Hall at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email

Director of Classification, Compensation and Talent Acquisition

Iowa State University, located in Ames, Iowa, is a R1 University with a small town feel.  Known worldwide for excellence in science and technology, discovery, and innovation, our client also boasts a dedicated Human Resources Team that is eager to welcome a Director in University Human Resources who will be responsible for leading Compensation and Classification with oversight of Talent Acquisition.  The Director will develop the ongoing practices that will power the University’s compensation and recruitment philosophies and programs to attract, motivate and retain staff at Iowa State University.  The newcomer will maintain an equitable classification and market-based salary structure to include standards for starting salaries, pay on promotion, and other salary adjustments; and administer annual salary merit increases.  This role will be hands-on in solving problems and addressing policies and practices to develop and implement improvements for the benefit of administrators, hiring managers, and employees while addressing the ever changing market needs and talent issues. 

The ideal candidate will be a leader with a talent development mindset that invests in developing their own team as well as contributing across the broader University Human Resources Team to enhance understanding; A compensation subject matter expert eager to build upon our compensation strategy and further develop that roadmap; A thought leader with the ability to maneuver through complex policy, process and dynamics.  This role requires a strong collaborator with the ability to work optimally in an organization where people can apply perspective in common goals.  The position will work in partnership with employee governance groups, University leadership, the Iowa Board of Regents Office, Operations and Finance, University Counsel, Provost’s Office and UHR personnel.    

Preferred qualifications include a Master’s degree; Experience overseeing and implementing all aspects of new classification and/or compensation programs; Experience which demonstrates technical competency with compensation plan structure and design; Experience in developing employee communications; Experience with large scale project management; Experience with Workday.

A competitive base salary, generous benefits, and relocation assistance will be offered. 

Application Instructions

Interested applicants should contact Jason Rose, Sr. Partner at Tower Consultants at 

Sous Chef - Multiple Positions

ISU Dining is committed to understanding student expectations and our impact on the student experience. We are dedicated to meeting these expectations by producing a diverse range of culinary offerings, making ongoing reinvestments in our facilities, utilizing the latest technologies, and creating connections across the ISU community.

Reporting through the Division of Student Affairs, ISU Dining operates 4 residential dining facilities, 18 retail venues, campus-wide vending, 2 food trucks, catering services, a culinary support center, a bakery, and a food stores warehouse and distribution center.  In addition, to support these operations we maintain several administrative units including support services, engagement, business services and financial operations, dining information systems, and a culinary team. 

We established Guiding Principles and Core Commitments that anchor our decision-making, namely responsible financial management, quality experience, equity and inclusion, team development and recognition, and being environmentally conscious. ISU Dining is committed to training our staff and executing objectives focused on customer service, food production, and sustainability. 

ISU Dining is seeking a Sous Chef, Seasons with the following attributes/experience:

This Sous Chef position will report to the Research and Development Chef and manage one student worker. Some primary responsibilities will be to assist in the development and execution of culinary training programs, provide onsite training for cooks, assist in the recipe/menu creation process, and support Dining locations across campus.

Required Qualifications:

High school diploma or equivalent and 3 years of related experience.

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants should submit their application to Jana Walker, Sr. Recruiting Partner, Goodwin Recruiting: