The Gothic House wants you

The American Gothic House in Eldon.

The Ottumwa Area Convention and Vistors Bureau has a job opening.

The Iowa Community Cultural Grant (ICCG) program recently announced it will fund a project that will help promote cultural events and attractions throughout Wapello County from July 2012 through June 2013.

The ICCG is a program of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs that provides cash support for the employment of Iowans who through those jobs spur the development and appreciation of arts, cultural, ethnic, historical and tourism activities.

The Cultural Affairs Department awarded Wapello County $8,000 to hire a part-time Media/Publicity Coordinator. The coordinator will market the events and activities of such organizations as the Airpower Museum, American Gothic House Center, Wapello County Historical Society, Ottumwa Community Players and many other similar cultural entities.

The coordinator will be charged with collecting information pertaining to county cultural activities and creating greater awareness among residents and visitors in order to encourage more participation. This position will also convene meetings of these various organizations to determine how they could better cooperate and pool resources. The desired result is to have these valued institutions attain more admissions, merchandise sales and/or fundraising so they can continue to contribute to the countyâ??s quality of life.

The overall project is titled the â??Wapello County Cultural Media Campaignâ?? and is the result of the collaboration of the Wapello County Board of Supervisors, American Gothic House Center, and Ottumwa Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB).

The coordinator will be hired to work 22 hours per week, half of those hours at the American Gothic House Center and the other half at the CVB office. Candidates are being solicited to apply for the position until the deadline of noon on July 6. Applicants should be familiar with social media, e-mail marketing, and Microsoft Office and possess strong writing and interpersonal skills. A preference will be shown to those with web and graphic design expertise.

A detailed job summary can be viewed at Any questions regarding the position can be directed to Mark Eckman of the Ottumwa Area CVB at 641.684.4303 or Holly Berg of the American Gothic House Center at 641.652.3352.