Located in the metropolitan Wichita area, Sedgwick County encompasses approximately 1,009 square miles, is home to over half-a-million residents, and has positioned itself as the heart of south central Kansas commerce, entertainment, health, and education. Sedgwick County has the eleventh highest per capita income among Kansas counties and comprises 21 municipalities. The City of Wichita is the county seat and is the largest city in the County and the state of Kansas.
Sedgwick County has a strong agricultural economy and is home to numerous aircraft industries which provide more than 60% of the world’s general aviation aircraft. In addition, industries within the County are a major exporters of everything from aircraft to computer storage devices. Major employers in the area include Spirit AeroSystems, Textron Aviation, Koch Industries, U.S. Government, Unified School District No. 259, State of Kansas, Via Christi Health System, Wesley Medical Center, City of Wichita, Sedgwick County, and Bombardier Aerospace Learjet. Sedgwick County is also home to McConnell Air Force Base.
Sedgwick County features extensive shopping, dining, and recreational opportunities. Major area attractions include Botanica, the Wichita Gardens; Sedgwick County Zoo; Exploration Place, the Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center; The Kansas African American Museum; Mid-America All Indian Center; Wichita Art Museum; and the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum and Cowtown. Located in the heart of downtown Wichita is the 15,000 seat INTRUST Bank Arena (owned by Sedgwick County and operated by SMG), a modern state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue. Cultural opportunities include festivals, live theater, ballet, opera, symphony orchestra, and nationally-renowned visiting artists and performers.
Sedgwick County has excellent public school systems and provides many primary and secondary private school options. Opportunities for higher education are readily available at several local institutions, including Wichita State University and home of the “Shockers”, the third largest university in the state which hosts the National Institute for Aviation Research. Other local educational institutions include: Friends University; Newman University; Wichita Area Technical College; the National Center for Aviation Training; and the University of Kansas School of Medicine – Wichita.
The community offers an exciting mix of history and culture, as well as the modern conveniences of shopping and entertainment. The 247-acre Sedgwick County Zoo opened in 1971 and has been ranked among the best zoos in the world. Home to more than 4000 animals of 400 species, it is the #1 outdoor tourist attraction in the state of Kansas. Exploration Place, a science and discovery center, offers visitors of all ages an opportunity to “explore” nature, flight, human life and more! This beautiful facility built on the Arkansas River in downtown Wichita provides hours of entertainment!
SEDGWICK COUNTY EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
Sedgwick County’s benefit plans offer employees a way to stretch their benefit dollars.
Flexible Benefits. Employees have the opportunity to build personalized benefit plans from a menu of choices. Each year, eligible employees select the benefits that best meet their needs and those of their families.
Our Plans Offer Tax Advantages. Benefits may be purchased on a pretax basis without any federal, state or Social Security tax withheld. This allows for a substantial reduction in taxes.
Members Have Choices. Our plans offer employees choices in each of these categories:
• Medical Plan – employee may participate in UnitedHealthcare Choice Plus. This plan is tiered into Single, 2-Person, and Family. Co-pays, deductibles and co-insurance apply.
• Prescription Drug Plan – If an employee elects to participate in the UnitedHealthcare Choice Plus Plan, they are automatically enrolled in the Prescription Drug Plan. The pharmacy provider is OptumRx. This is a three-tiered plan
• Dental Plan – employees may elect dental coverage through Delta Dental of Kansas. The dental plan has no-copay. There are deductibles and coinsurance levels.
• Vision – employees may elect vision coverage through Vision Service Plan. Co-pay and coinsurance apply.
• Life Insurance – employees may participate in Advance Insurance plans; Basic Term Life up to $150,000, Accidental Death & Dismemberment up to $150,000, and Dependent Life up to $10,000 (not pre-tax).
• Flexible Spending Accounts – employees participate in Health Care and Dependent Care reimbursement accounts.
• Vacation Sell – during open enrollment, employees can sell vacation accrual to purchase other benefits or may take a cash lump sum
Employees become members of either the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS), or the Kansas Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (KP&F). You are automatically enrolled in the retirement plan contributing a percentage of your gross pay.
KPERS Life – KPERS provides life insurance equal to 150% of a member’s annual salary.
KPERS Group Optional Life Insurance- for employees and eligible dependents
Sedgwick County also offers a 457(b) Deferred Compensation Program through Empower. You can contribute a certain percentage of your gross pay and choose investments for those contributions.
LEAVE and HOLIDAYS
Employees accrue between 12 and 24 days of vacation per year depending upon their length of service and approximately 8 hours of sick leave per month. Sedgwick County employees enjoy legal holidays as established by the Board of Sedgwick County Commissioners.
Sedgwick County offers courses to assist employees with professional and personal development via in-class and online training programs. Employees may enroll in available in-class courses or arrange for access to the online Learning Management System through the Training Department.
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Various referral and counseling services are available for employees and their families.
SEDGWICK COUNTY IS PROUD TO BE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
We value diversity in the workplace. Men and women of all ages, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, religious and political affiliations, national origins, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Veteran’s Preference is offered to qualified Veteran’s.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
In general, Sedgwick County prohibits the hiring of spouses and/or immediate family members within the same division, but not within the County structure. Immediate family and family of the employee's spouse shall be considered husband, wife, son, son-in-law, daughter, daughter-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, mother, mother-in-law, father, father-in-law, grandchildren, grandparents and grandparents-in-law.
Subject to Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Civil Service Board policy, employees of the Sheriff’s Department may not supervise, be supervised by, or be assigned with an immediate family member.
Sedgwick County is committed to a Drug-Free Workplace. We conduct pre- and post- employment drug testing. Applicants who refuse to be tested, test positive, or tamper with the test will not be eligible for employment. Completion of an application does not constitute an employment contract or an offer of employment. Employment with Sedgwick County is considered “at-will”. Employees are subject to all Sedgwick County Policies and Procedures.
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA)
It is the policy of Sedgwick County not to discriminate in its programs or services provided to the general public, including employment and all other activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other similarly protected status. Sedgwick County is committed to making the application, interview, and pre-employment testing process accessible to persons with disabilities. If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please notify Crissy Magee Sedgwick County ADA Coordinator by phone (316) 660-7056, TDD (Kansas Relay at 711 or 800-766-3777), or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
SEDGWICK COUNTY HUMAN RESOURCES EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
The employment services office assists customers seeking employment with Sedgwick County and coordinates all pre-employment testing services. The Sedgwick County Division of Human Resources employment services is located on the third floor of the Historic Courthouse.
Sedgwick County Human Resources
510 N. Main, third floor, suite 304