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2017 News

Posted 8/23/2017

Community members gets active on Sneakers and Spokes -- July 13, 2017


Study shows Girls on the Run transforms young girls’ lives -- August 21, 2017


Eastern Iowa youth “running” for life-long success with Girls on the Run -- August 23, 2017



GOTR of Eastern Iowa is Hiring!

Posted 12/28/2016



Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa (GOTREI), a 501(c)3 serving girls throughout eastern Iowa, is seeking a dynamic, professional, and creative Program Manager (part-time/hourly) to help administer the Girls on the Run Program to 20+ sites in Johnson, Iowa, Washington and Jefferson Counties. The Program Manager must be a creative, can-do problem solver who enjoys a bit of healthy chaos. The Program Manager reports to our executive director and will work closely with our Linn, Buchanan, and Benton County Program Manager. The Program Manager must possess a passion for the GOTR mission and the ability to comprehend and effectively communicate issues surrounding empowerment, self-esteem, body image and whole-person health.


Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a life-changing, after-school program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade that uses the power of running to prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. The GOTR program provides a safe and interactive way to learn about important topics such as goal-setting, cooperation, healthy decision-making, and self-respect, while training for a 5K event. Our important mission is accomplished by giving girls the tools to make positive choices for a healthy body and mind, while reducing the many risks they face today.


Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Program Outreach and Site Management:

  • Achieve program goals with respect to number of girls and number of sites
  • Work with Executive Director (ED) to identify, reach out to, and follow up with potential new sites according to strategic program plan
  • Coordinate existing and new sites, generating innovation and improvement as needed for program coordination; inform and train sites on policies and procedures and assist ED with enforcing all current site policies and procedures
  • Conduct community outreach and attend community meetings to promote program and advocate and generate visibility and support for GOTREI mission, vision and goals
  • Promote program in ways that are inclusive of all demographics
  • Cultivate strong relationships with coaches, parents, participants, volunteers, and donors and sponsors along with ED.


Coach Management and Training:

  • Ensure all program sites are staffed with qualified volunteer coaches through ongoing recruitment
  • Plan, organize and implement an engaging and informative training experience for coach training with assistance from ED, including location, date, time, agenda and training materials
  • Ensure that background checks are completed by all volunteer coaches and community running buddies every 2 years.
  • Assist coaches in recruiting and organize Running Buddies each season for practice 5Ks and the end-of-season 5K
  • Recruit, interview, place, train, support and inspire program management intern(s) and program volunteers, working together to schedule and conduct site visits (1-2 per season) and provide meaningful feedback for each team
  • Enforce all current coaching policies and procedures and generate continuous improvement


Curriculum/Equipment/Resource Management

  • Manage distribution of coach and program curriculum, materials, supplies and resources
  • Assist with utilizing program resources in a fiscally responsible manner



  • Data collection & information management of rosters, girls, numbers & revenue
  • Manage all program-related paperwork
  • Assist as directed with annual events, such as the Girls on the Run Fall 5K and fundraising events; serve on 5k committee for your program management area
  • Work with ED to maintain a positive social media presence and maintain relevant website pages



  • BA or BS degree
  • Be a positive role model for health and self-esteem
  • Outstanding communication skills in multiple environments and with a range of audiences (internal and external)
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize and make efficient decisions
  • Outstanding relationship-building skills and the ability to respond quickly and empathetically to volunteer coaches and sites and generate win-win solutions
  • Ability to travel within assigned territory using a personal vehicle (Johnson, Iowa, Washington and Jefferson Counties; also meetings and events in Linn County)
  • Computer competence, including Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, data management and email
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 40 pounds
  • Flexible, adaptable, dependable and personable
  • Creative problem solving skills
  • A fun-maker!
  • Passion for Girls on the Run mission and the ability to comprehend and effectively communicate issues surrounding empowerment, self-esteem, body image and whole-person health



  • Experience with Girls on the Run (or other similar youth or wellness programs)
  • Volunteer management experience
  • Fundraising experience
  • Connections to the local community


Email resume and cover letter with the subject line "Program Manager Application" to or mail to Executive Director, Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa, PO Box 3222, Iowa City, IA 52244 by January 20, 2017.

 All positions with GOTR are pending a valid background check and reference checks. This job description materially represents the responsibilities of the position; however, the Program Manager may be asked to perform other job-related tasks not specifically presented in this job description.

 Girls on the Run is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis ofgender, race, ethnicity, creed, religion, political position, disability, or sexual orientation.


2016 News

Posted 5/8/2016

Running Into Winter: City staffer closes in on 1,000 miles to raise funds for Girls on the Run, Solon Economist/North Liberty Leader, December 14, 2016

Girls on the Run 5k, Daily Iowan, November 16, 2016

Girls on the Run teams give back to communities, KCRG-TV 9, May 8, 2016

Recent News about Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa

Posted 9/15/2014

Running to Help Girls Grow Up Healthy: Endurance Coach and Mentor Kelly Teeselink, Iowa Public Radio's Weekend Edition, September 14, 2013

"Iowa City Girls on the Run coach and mentor Kelly Teeselink today (Saturday) is running the North Face fifty Mile Endurance Challenge in Wisconsin. It's forested trails and steep hills hundreds of feet up. She says she’s fit to take on endurance races but three years ago she was not."

UI Grad Tackling 50-mile Run Today: Teeselink Shares Running Love as GOTR Mentor, Iowa City Press-Citizen, September 14, 2013

"After struggling with her weight and body image most of her life, Iowa City resident Kelly Teeselink embarked on her first Couch-to-5K running program in 2010...Three years later, the University of Iowa graduate will compete in the North Face 50 Mile Endurance Challenge in Wisconsin today...Teeselink now works to share her love of running — and inspire positive self-image — as a coach with Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa."

Hear KXIC AM 800 Jay Capron's interview with our executive director, Kathleen Cannon, about our Fall 2013 season (aired August 30, 2013)

Running Program Teaches Self-Esteem, Not Speed, The Gazette, September 23, 2012

"Over the course of approximately two months, the girls meet twice a week to learn, talk and train under a coach's direction. Each session, usually held at a local school where most of the runners attend, lasts a little over an hour and uses physical activities to teach a mental lesson."

Meet Kathleen Cannon, Iowa City Press-Citizen, August 14, 2012

"Why you should know her: Kathleen Cannon, 29, is the executive director of Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa, a program that empowers girls through companionship, life lessons and running."

Soon to be More Girls on the Run: Program incorporates physical activity with lessons about eating, bullying, and more, Iowa City Press-Citizen, August 12, 2012

"The local program, which began as Girls on the Run of Johnson County in 2007 with just 15 participants, expands into Cedar Rapids this fall to become Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa."

Girls on the Run: UI Student Runs Not Only for her Health but to Serve as Role Model. Iowa Now, May 3, 2012

"'I have never been part of a program whose mission I support as wholeheartedly and authentically as Girls on the Run,' Stephanie Kliethermes says. 'Here is my opportunity to introduce to young girls all that sports and an active lifestyle gave me: self-confidence, discipline, perseverance, courage, and so much more.'"