The team at The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement at Drake University conducts research and provides programming on important, timely policy issues.

Current Openings:

Executive Director

The Harkin Institute is in search of its next transformational leader. The Executive Director is privileged to lead a dynamic international public policy organization that engages in research and programming on issues that advance social justice, fairness, and opportunity.

For all of the details about this position, and to apply, please visit the listing on the Drake University website.

Communications Manager

The Institute seeks a Communications Manager to oversee, coordinate, and implement the growing Institute’s communications strategy. In addition, this position will create and execute dynamic events with leading national and international public policy thought leaders. Experience working in a non-profit, government office, or corporation is preferred.

Director of Wellness and Nutrition

Drake University’s Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement is excited to launch a search for a new Director of Wellness and Nutrition Policy. Those interested should have a strong understanding of wellness and nutrition policies, policy initiatives and outcomes, and a passion to lead efforts to bring about progressive focus to prevention, wellness, medical research, and food and drug safety.

Address: 2800 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311

Phone: (515) 271-3592

Fax Number: (515) 271-3631


Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.