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Employer: City of Ottawa
Job Title: Franklin County Development Council Executive Director
Salary: $0 Annually

Job Description:


The Franklin County Development Council is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Executive Director.

The Franklin County Development Council is a public-private, partially membership based non-profit organization serving as the primary economic development organization for Franklin County, Kansas.

Franklin County is a growing semi-rural county of approximately 26,000 people located on the Southwestern edge of the Kansas City metro region. The region is the home to a variety of economic development drivers including direct access to Interstate 35and the NAFTA trade corridor, an established large industrial and commercial base including large-scale warehouse and distribution and manufacturing businesses, close proximity to BNSF’s newest rail-to-truck intermodal facility in Edgerton, Kansas and access (within an hour) to the Kansas City International Airport and other Kansas City transportation corridors.

Franklin County is also home to Proximity Park, a 320 acre business and industrial park located immediately adjacent to Interstate 35 on the South side of Ottawa, Kansas. Park is a publically owned property supported by a half-cent sales tax passed in 2015 to support utility build-out for the site.

An ideal candidate for this position would have at least 5 years economic development experience and management experience with the organizations they have served. Candidate should also have a bachelor’s degree, preferably in a business related field, from an accredited university. Candidates with formal economic development training (OU EDI/IEDC) are preferred.

Candidate should also possess the following skillsets:

  • Ability to manage complex public and private relationships including relationships with valued local, state and regional economic development organizations
  • Proven experience managing large scale economic development projects including all facets of business location and business expansion projects
  • Experience providing business retention and expansion services at the local level
  • Experience providing staff management for economic development boards
  • Budgeting and non-profit management expertise
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Experience providing economic development leadership to elected bodies and public officials
  • Willingness to serve as a team member in community based economic development projects

An ideal candidate would also have experience in public industrial land development and public-private land development projects.

To apply for this position, send cover letter with salary history, resume, and three professional references to Economic Development Director Recruitment, Attn: Michelle Stegman mstegman@ottawaks.gov or mail to  Attn: Michelle Stegman, City of Ottawa, 101 South Hickory, Ottawa, Kansas 66067.

For additional information on Franklin County and the Franklin County Development Council please visit the Franklin County Development Council website at www.ThinkFranklinCo.org. EOE




Job Title and Description:       Economic Development Director

Position Description:

The Economic Development Director is responsible for the coordination and planning of economic development and revitalization efforts, including managing and coordinating economic development activities with other economic and business development partners in the Franklin County region.  Major responsibilities will include planning and oversight of support activities for economic development  initiatives and appropriate projects , preparation of analysis of prospective economic development projects and related incentives,  coordination and support with economic development marketing and attraction efforts, analysis and support for economic development and revitalization efforts, coordination of incentive monitoring, and special economic development projects as assigned (e.g. workforce development, assistance to prospective businesses, assistance with business retention and expansion projects, assistance to tourism promotion efforts, etc.)

Reports to:

Works under the general supervision of the Executive Committee of Franklin County Economic Development Council (FCDC).

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design and implement comprehensive strategies to attract new businesses, retain and expand existing businesses, and increase and improve the economic vitality of Franklin County.
  • Serve as liaison for FCDC to other organizations and agencies focused on economic development at the state, regional and local level, including the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce, Franklin County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Ottawa Main Street Program, the State of Kansas Department of Commerce, and the Kansas Bioscience Authority.
  • Develop short-term and long-term goals, objectives, policies, and priorities relating to economic development issues for FCDC, local businesses, and the general community, and implement annual reviews.
  • Develop and coordinate economic development marketing strategies including business retention, expansion, and recruitment. Prepare informational graphics, charts, tables, and promotional materials for economic development activities.
  • Coordinate the development, review and revision of economic development policies and procedures related to business development and redevelopment within the city and serve as the coordinator of projects.
  • Provide technical and professional recommendations; make presentations to businesses, boards, commissions, civic groups and the general public. Provide information on economic development issues, programs, services, plans and projects through traditional and social media.
  • Attend professional development workshops and conferences to keep abreast of trends and developments in the field of municipal planning and economic development.
  • Assist in preparing; negotiating and administering economic development and business agreements; finance plans and/or contracts in accordance with contract specifications. Prepare, write and administer grant applications related to economic development.
  • Negotiate complex economic development agreements resulting in project implementation.

Job Requirements:

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices and methods of economic development including industrial and commercial recruitment and retention best practices, real estate, land use planning, land development process, financing alternatives, and use and types of economic incentives. Joint public/private sector approaches to economic development and techniques to stimulate and promote economic activity, including marketing and promotion techniques.
  • Public policy, laws, regulations and procedures pertaining to economic development.
  • Financing techniques and procedures relating to real estate and business development, industrial development and land financing.
  • Federal, state and local programs and resources for economic development and business assistance, and procedures for obtaining funds.
  • Principles and practices of demographic research and analysis; and statistics applicable to economic analysis.
  • Local government administration; budgetary methods and procedures; and program planning, monitoring and evaluation principles and practices. Working knowledge of municipal zoning and infrastructure.

Ability to:

  • Plan and coordinate complex programs in conjunction with local community and government organizations, and with established parameters.
  • Establish and maintain professional and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including the elected officials, staff, the business community and the general public.
  • Work independently and exercise considerable independent judgment in resolving issues of significant importance to the organization and community, including assisting in negotiating agreements and /or contracts effectively and within critical time constraints.
  • Facilitate priorities and program objectives, and balance working relations when providing technical support on economic development issues.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing with the business community and general public.
  • Gather economic and other relevant data, analyze complex information, and recommend appropriate action based on findings.
  • Familiar with personal computers and use of Microsoft Office or equivalent programs.



Three to five years related experience in a similar capacity with experience in a public-sector organization preferred.


Equivalent to Bachelor's degree in Economic Development, Public Administration, Business Administration, or a related field; Master’s degree preferred.



Environmental Conditions

Office environment; working closely with others; high levels of public contact; operating a motor vehicle; exposure to computer screen; irregular work hours; evening and weekend work may occasionally be required.

Physical Conditions

Essential and marginal functions require maintaining physical condition necessary for walking, standing, or sitting for prolonged periods time.









Vacancy Number: OFCD-122018

Open Date: 12/14/2018 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: