Looking for a rewarding career?  You've found a great place to start!  At MICA, you'll work with people who make a difference every day in the lives of people struggling with poverty, and you will love our casual work environment.  In addition to paid time off and paid holidays, we offer great benefits like health and dental insuranceIowa Public Employees Retirement System - IPERS, and even student loan forgiveness for those who qualify for the program.  If that sounds like a good fit to you, review our open positions below.  Click on the job titles to view full job descriptions for each open position.


To apply, use the online application below or send a cover letter, resume and application to:

Mail: MICA, 1001 S. 18th Ave., Marshalltown, IA 50158

Fax: 641-753-1048

Email: jobapp@micaonline.org


Please note - Due to the volume of applications we receive, we can only accept applications for open positions.

NEW!  Early Childhood Programs Dietitian


Join our Early Childhood team and make a difference in the lives of young children and families.  Create nutritious menus for children in our classrooms and support families’ nutritional health. Help ensure nutrition services are high quality and meet requirements. Flexible schedule. Casual on-call position. $22.22 per hour.


Required:  Baccalaureate degree in Foods and Nutrition, Dietetics, Community Nutrition or related fields; must have completed the minimum undergraduate requirements that have been outlined by the Council on Educational Preparation of the American Dietetics Association.

  • Licensed Dietitian in State of Iowa

  • Registered as a Dietitian in State of Iowa


Preferred:  Experience providing information or services for pregnant women and children 0-5 years of age.


Closing Date: Open until filled

NEW!  Early Childhood Program Recruitment Specialist – Marshalltown, IA


This is an excellent opportunity for a very out-going individual who thrives on meeting new people, reaching out to them via phone, via home visits, via outreach opportunities at health clinics or other social events, or via recruitment posters.  This position is responsible for recruiting families for participation in Early Head Start or Head Start programming.  Determines eligibility for enrollment, completes intake process with family, connects families to resources as needed, and connects with partner agencies to receive and process referrals into MICA programs. 


Full-time position with professional development opportunities and an excellent benefit package. 


​Wage:  $18.06 per hour


​Required:  Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or Family/Human Services or closely related field.


Preferred: Bilingual in (English/Spanish)


Closing Date:  Open until filled

NEW! Early Head Start Lead Teacher –  Iowa Falls, IA

If you are passionate about toddlers, this may be a position for you!  With a student to teacher ratio of 4 to 1 you can have a real impact on children ages 6 weeks to 3 years. Help children gain the skills and confidence they need to succeed at home, school and the community. 


Will lead the classroom team and promote the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of children.  Responsible for oversight and leadership of the classroom team, including supervision of staff and responsibility for achieving and maintaining established educational thresholds of participants.   Encourage parent involvement in all aspects of the program.

 Full-time, 12 month position.  Excellent benefit package and ongoing professional development.   $15.44 to $21.64 per hour, commensurate with education.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development (classified as Early Head Start Lead Teacher 3).  Preference given to candidates with experience teaching preschool-age children.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education with an Early Childhood Education Endorsement (classified as Early Head Start Lead Teacher 3).  Preference given to candidates with experience teaching preschool-age children.


  • Bachelor's or advanced degree and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education (such as the Child, Adult and Family Services Degree with Child Option at Iowa State University), with experience teaching preschool-age children (classified as Head Start Lead Teacher 2).


Will consider:

  • Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development (classified as Early Head Start Lead Teacher 1) with infant, toddler, or pre-school teaching experience.



  • Supervisory experience


Closing Date:  Open until filled


NOTE:  Full-time employees may be eligible for a Federal Perkins Loan Forgiveness Program or Public Service Federal Student Loan Forgiveness Program.

NEW! Head Start Assistant Teacher – Iowa Falls

Join our Head Start teaching team and make a difference in lives of children ages 3 to 5.  Help children learn new shapes, colors, numbers, and more while developing important social skills they need to succeed at home, school and in the community.   

We provide an excellent benefit package and ongoing training opportunities, including assistance in completing a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential during work hours. 

Position is full-time, 40 hours per week, 9 months per year.  $11.93 to $12.97 per hour commensurate with education. 


Required:  High school diploma or equivalent


Preference given to candidates with the following:

  • Child Development Associate (CDA) credential appropriate for the age group with which they will be working,


  • Applicants enrolled in a program leading to an associate or baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood Education


  • Experience working with children 0-5 years of age


Closing Date: Open until filled

Food Aide – Marshalltown, IA

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of children?   Then join our Head Start team as a Food Aide where you will prepare and serve nutritious meals and snacks to children ages 3 to 5.  Responsible for food safety and sanitation, ordering paper products and cleaning supplies, as well as verifying all supply deliveries against invoices. 


Two positions open. One position 24 hours per week, one 20 hours per week.  9 month position, $10.54 per hour.  


Required:  High school diploma or equivalent


Preferred:  Previous experience or training in food preparation in a like setting


Closing Date:  Open until filled

Classroom Substitutes – Marshalltown, Iowa Falls and Nevada, IA


Do you want to make a difference in the lives of children?  Would you like a position that helps children and families in the community? Do you like to read and play with children? New to the workforce?  This is a great way to build your resume. Then join the Head Start team as a regular Classroom Substitute. 


We provide an excellent benefit package and ongoing training opportunities. $10.21 per hour. 40 or 20 hours per week.

Marshalltown, IA - One position open. 40 hours per week. Temporary through March 2021.

Iowa Falls, IA - One position open. 20 hours per week. Temporary through March 2021.

Nevada, IA - One position open. 20 hours per week. Temporary through March 2021.

Required:  High School Diploma or equivalent


Prefer:  Experience working with children birth to 5 years of age


Closing Date:  Ongoing

NEW! Lactation Consultant – Ames or Marshalltown, Iowa   


We are looking for an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who is passionate about working with pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.  The consultant provides follow-up breastfeeding support to WIC participants experiencing complex maternal and infant breastfeeding problems which are beyond the scope of practice of Breastfeeding Peer Counselors and WIC staff.  Provides timely follow-up services by telephone, WIC clinic visits and/or meetings at a neutral location with pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.  Acts as the designated expert within the WIC team, providing breastfeeding education to WIC staff and Breastfeeding Peer Counselors.  Will provide services to WIC participants in seven counties in central Iowa. 

Casual, on call position, averaging approximately 10 hours per week, $15.00 per hour. 



  • High school diploma or GED/HiSET

  • Is enthusiastic about breastfeeding and wants to help other mothers have positive breastfeeding experience

  • Holds current certification with the IBCLC credential issued by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners

  • Adheres to the Code of Professional Conduct for IBCLC’s


Preferred:  Bilingual in English and Spanish


Closing Date:  Open until filled

Breastfeeding Peer Counselor - Ames or Marshalltown , IA


Are you passionate about breastfeeding?  Do you enjoy sharing your personal breastfeeding experiences with other moms?  Then this may be the perfect job for you!  Join the WIC team as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor and provide basic breastfeeding information, support and encouragement to new mothers.  Counsel pregnant and breastfeeding WIC mothers at the WIC clinic during scheduled clinic hours, and by phone, email, text outside of usual clinic hours.  Educate mothers on the benefits of breastfeeding, overcoming common barriers, and getting a good start with breastfeeding.  You will provide services to WIC participants in seven counties in central Iowa.  


Casual, on call position, averaging approximately 12 hours per week, $13.00 per hour. 

•    High school diploma or equivalent  
•    Personal breastfeeding experience
•    A current or former WIC participant (in any state)

Preferred:  Ability to read, write and speak Spanish

Closing Date:  Open until filled

Family Development Assistant - Ames, Grinnell, Iowa Falls, Marshalltown and Tama, IA


Seeking individuals with great customer service skills to join the team at our Family Development Centers in our five county service area.  This is casual position, working as-needed to fill in for regular staff when they are out of the office.  The assistant will assist families to apply for resources, program services, and work with them to resolve crisis situations.  Strong communication skills and the ability to learn and effectively use a variety of computing software and databases is required. 

Candidates who can work in multiple counties are preferred.  This is a casual position working as needed.  This is not a full time position.  $9.74 per hour.

Required:  High School diploma or equivalent



  • Associate’s Degree

  • Ability to work in all 5 counties served

  • Customer service experience

  • Oral and written bilingual (English/Spanish) skills


Closing Date:  Ongoing

Volunteer Opportunities

AmeriCorps Volunteer Position – Disaster Case Manager


2 positions available- position locations will be at one of our 5 sites locations in Hardin, Poweshiek, Marshall, Tama, or Story Counties, and also remotely from member’s home as well.

Build your resume. Become a part of a dynamic, innovative organization as AmeriCorps member working to deliver support to meet the basic needs of Iowans, lending a hand to organizations that are experiencing challenges due to the August 2020 derecho.


Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA) in partnership with the Iowa Community Action Association, is seeking motivated individuals to serve as Disaster Case Managers AmeriCorp Members. Disaster Case Managers will connect with impacted communities by developing relationships with applicants and connecting them to federal, state, and local resources to aid them in their recovery.


The AmeriCorps member must have:

  • Willingness and ability to serve as a team member, provide support, communicate clearly, ask for guidance when needed, and admit mistakes

  • Ability to handle responsibility, make decisions and problem-solve in the moment

  • Emotional maturity, situational awareness, and comfort taking broad direction

  • Flexibility and capacity to take initiative

  • Ability to set healthy boundaries with others

  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality

  • Committed to the concept of diversity and the inherent worth of every individual

  • Experience with diverse populations with complex needs


The member will receive a living allowance of $10,650 for completing 1200 hours of service. Upon successful completion of the term of service, the member will receive a Segal Education Award worth $4,336.50 from the National Service Trust.



  • Must be 18 years of age or older by start date

  • Must have at least a high school diploma or recognized equivalent by start date

  • Must be either a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States

  • Must pass mandatory pre-service background checks

  • Ability to work remotely, if applicable

  • Must have and maintain reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance


Closing Date:  Open until filled


Mail or email cover letter and resume to: MICA, Attn: Josie Stahlin, 1001 S. 18th Ave., Marshalltown, IA 50158; josie.stahlin@micaonline.org.   EOE

Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc.

mail: 1001 S. 18th Ave, Marshalltown, IA 50158

email: info@micaonline.org

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