Leadership Opportunities

Leadership Opportunities


High Impact Leadership

ICAA is offering an exceptional leadership series in partnership with SparkPoint, to help any Community Action leader, or aspiring leader, feel confident with organizational development and critical leadership skills. We will offer practical, easy-to-use materials and concepts that can be put to use in any Community Action Agency. An excellent way to strengthen your organization, invest in developing high performing leaders and resilient advocates for Community Action’s mission.

The series will convene monthly throughout the year via Zoom, with in-person gatherings if feasible. The four anchor courses include: Communication Leadership; Thought Leadership; Management; and Culture Leadership.

Congratulations to ICAA’s Inaugural High Impact Leadership Cohort!!! The Class of 2020 just wrapped up its year of engaging in new learning around leadership dynamics as we carry out the mission of Community Action.













Top Row: Dave Frett (CAEI), Sarah Ennis (SparkPoint Consultant), Monique Ortiz (Mid-Sioux Opportunity), Tiffany Keimig (ICAA)

2nd Row: Josie Stahlin (MICA), Allison Wilson (MICA), Cassie Reuter (Mid-Sioux Opportunity), Melissa Nelson (NICAO)

3rd Row: Carrie Sodders (MICA), Chrishelle Stravers (NEICAC), Chris Ackman (HACAP), Dan Rauser (HACAP), Heather Harney (HACAP), Mindy Clayton (MICA)

4th Row: Bobbi Riedemann (Mid-Sioux Opportunity), Lindy Schreier (Mid-Sioux Opportunity), Lori Wink (NICAO), Karli Schmelzer (NEICAC)

Not pictured: Chad Hessel (CAEI), Kayla McKinney (UDMO)

The 2021 application period has closed. The 2021 High Impact Leadership Cohort will meet January – December 2021. The 2022 application packet will be released Fall 2021. In the meantime, check out ICAA’s 2021 Real-Time Leadership Development Series. 


Emerging Leaders Institute for Training and Excellence (ELITE)

ELITE is a great opportunity for Community Action staff looking to grow their leadership skills. There is an 8-9 month commitment and participants meet monthly through a combination of on-line Zoom (video-conferencing) meetings and in-person gatherings (when feasible). Learn more about Community Action operations with other staff across the state! To learn more about ICAA’s ELITE program click here or contact Tiffany Keimig, ICAA’s Director of Training and Technical Assistance.

The 2021 application period has closed. The 2022 application packet will be released early 2022.

ELITE Graduates


Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP)

To learn about becoming a CCAP, visit the Community Action Partnership’s websiteAnyone interested in pursuing this certification is encouraged to contact Tiffany Keimig (tkeimig@iowacaa.org) to indicate your interest. ICAA facilitates a Study Group that provides candidates support and mentoring throughout the process. Check out this overview document to learn more!

The Study Group is highly encouraged (optional) activity that is available with a participation fee to help mentor and facilitate your learning and preparations through the CCAP process. The Study Group will meet in-person and online November through June each year. Contact tkeimig@iowacaa.org if you’d like more information. 

Iowa CCAPs as of September 2020


Iowa ROMA Professionals

Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) is the performance management system adopted by the Community Action network. The time local agencies invest in such essential functions as Community Needs Assessments, Strategic Planning, and other Organizational Standards requirements is optimized through ROMA principles and practices. Nationally Certified ROMA Implementers and Trainers can better assist in reviewing agency practices to support compliance with the Organizational Standards and helping to create a results-orientation to decision-making, capacity building and achieving the goals of the agency. This is the way to maintain high quality Community Action Agencies.

Are you interested in enhancing your skills and knowledge of Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA)? Consider applying to become a Certified ROMA Implementer or Certified ROMA Trainer. To learn more about each click on the respective hyperlinks or click here to visit the Association for Certified ROMA Professionals website.

Iowa ROMA Professionals

NCRI Steps
NCRT Steps

If you have questions or, once enrolled please contact Tiffany Keimig, ICAA Director of Training and Technical Assistance, tkeimig@iowacaa.org or 515.244.0320. ICAA convenes a cohort of Iowa ROMA professionals that connects as needed to discuss updates, best practices and implementation strategies.


ICAA Book Club

ICAA recently launched a Book Club and we’re reading Broke in America, Seeing, Understanding, and Ending U.S. Poverty with 15 colleagues from across Iowa and Kansas. We held our first virtual gathering September 7th and will connect again several times over the next month. We will even get to have a Q&A session with the authors of the book, Joanne Samuel Goldblum and Colleen Shaddox! ICAA hopes this will be the first of many books we dive into as a network so stay turned for future opportunities to join us.


For additional information about any of ICAA’s Leadership Opportunities contact ICAA’s Director of Training and Technical Assistance, Tiffany Keimig, 515.244.0320, tkeimig@iowacaa.org