Planner - City of Grandview, Missouri

The City of Grandview, Missouri (pop. 25,000) is currently seeking a Planner to be a vital contributing member of our Community Development Department.  The Planner will be engaged in a number of interesting and varied work initiatives including site plan review, plats and minor subdivisions, concept development plans, zoning ordinance, GIS, home occupations, and historic preservation and will assist in cases that go before the Planning Commission, the Historic Preservation Commission, the Zoning Board of Adjustment and the TIF Commission.  The Planner is responsible for working with a wide array of audiences including citizens, attorneys, real estate professionals, developers, engineers, architects and others engaged in the development process.  Please see Job Opportunity Profile attached to this advertisement for additional details.

Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in Urban/Regional Planning or a closely related field (Landscape Architecture, Architecture or Geography) with 0-4 years of experience in planning and community development. A working command of GIS is required.  A Masters degree in Urban/Regional Planning is a plus.  

The expected hiring range for the Planner position is $40,582-$50,000 or, depending upon qualifications of the successful candidate.  In addition to the salary, the City offers a full complement of benefits including health, dental, vision, retirement and tuition reimbursement.

Interested candidates shall submit a cover letter, professional resume and five (5) references to: Ms. Deb Angell, Human Resources Manager, City of Grandview, Missouri, 1200 Main Street, Grandview, Missouri 64030 or e-mail these required items to  All required materials shall be submitted no later than 5:00PM CST on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

Community & Economic Development Director - City of Lansing, KS

The city of Lansing, Kansas, is accepting applications for the position of Community & Economic Development Director. Lansing is a growing community uniquely located on the Missouri River in Leavenworth County. It is 25 minutes from Kansas City International Airport and 15 minutes north of the Kansas Speedway. Lansing has a small town atmosphere with big city accessibility. This position serves as the director of the department and as the main point-of-contact for businesses seeking to locate or expand and works to attract new businesses. Responsibilities of the director include serving as the city planner and primary liaison to the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals, overseeing event planning for certain City events, building permitting, plan review, inspections, trade licensing, enforcement of property maintenance codes, and health and zoning codes. Duties also include managing public information, implementing public information tools, and oversight of all citywide information technology.

For more information, view the Job Details.

Development Services Director - City of Edgerton, KC

Development Services Director

City of Edgerton, KS

The City of Edgerton, KS (pop. 1,671) is located in the southwest corner of Johnson County, a suburb of the Kansas City area. Edgerton defines itself as the unique juxtaposition of a small town with strong community values and a world-class inland port with direct connection to the global supply chain. Since opening in 2013, Logistics Park Kansas City has nearly 11 MM square feet of new industrial warehouse space and has added over 3,900 jobs in Edgerton.

Edgerton seeks an experienced, creative and collaborative local government professional to serve as the City’s Development Services Director. The ideal candidate will possess outstanding leadership, personnel management and technical skills as he/she oversees the operation of the Community Development Department. This candidate will be an effective communicator comfortable with many different audiences, and will be a motivated self-starter who is organized, is able to handle multiple priorities and identifies creative solutions critical to oversee the implementation of the Governing Body’s vision for the community.

Development activity in the community has accelerated exponentially over the past few years. Therefore, work is rewarding and fast-paced. The ideal candidate will be able to work under pressure with tight time frames, an aggressive review schedule and competing demands for time. He/she will be responsive to customers large and small but will understand major priorities. At the same time, he/she will not lose sight of other assigned priorities and responsibilities.

The selected candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree in city or urban planning, landscape architecture, geography, engineering, public administration or a related field. and have five to seven years of progressively responsible related experience, including supervisory experience. A master’s degree in urban planning, public administration or related field, and AICP certification are preferred. Residency within the City of Edgerton is not required.

Applications will be accepted electronically by Ms. Leslee Rivarola, RR Municipal Advisory Services. Please include a cover letter, resume with salary history and a list of three to five professional references. Full position description available here. 

First review of resumes will be October 11th. Position will remain open until filled.

Contact: Ms. Leslee Rivarola;

KC-CUR Project Manager

About LISC:

LISC is a national nonprofit intermediary, and a designated Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), that provides financial and technical assistance to community-based organizations, public agencies and private nonprofit and for-profit entities focused on the revitalization of urban neighborhoods and rural communities. The organization works through 31 local offices in urban sites including Greater Kansas City LISC and a national rural program which operates in 44 states. In partnership with residents and multi-sector stakeholders, Greater Kansas City LISC attracts and coordinates local and national resources to strengthen neighborhoods in Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas. Greater Kansas City LISC is comprised of a small, passionate staff and a local advisory board dedicated to carrying out this mission. More information can be found at 

Project Background:

The Kansas City Catalytic Urban Redevelopment (KC-CUR) initiative is currently one of Kansas City’s primary strategies for scaling up redevelopment on the city’s east side, focusing on both the People and the Place. Launched in 2014, it is spearheaded by a Project Steering Committee comprised of the City of Kansas City, MO, Urban Neighborhood Initiative (A Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce “Big 5” Initiative), LISC, and Mid-America Regional Council (MARC). The KC-CUR Implementation Strategy report released in 2016 is the culmination of a nine-month study to scale up the capacity and resources to implement transformative neighborhood revitalization within the Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI) area. Four Priority Areas have been selected that are best positioned to receive targeted attention and investment from public, private, and philanthropic partners in order to have the greatest positive impact for the community.

Based at LISC, the KC-CUR Project Manager will be the primary coordinator, strategist, and advocate for KC-CUR and will advance the KC-CUR Implementation Strategy in partnership with the UNI. Each of the Priority Areas has an emerging level of investment and community engagement already in place, and require a variety of approaches to seed the systems that accelerate their revitalization and foster community wealth and health. Ingrained in the process is a consensus-based approach to engage residents and provide opportunities for resident advocacy and neighborhood capacity building. The Project Manager will work with the landowners, residents and community development organizations associated with each Priority Area to help advance the redevelopment plans and guiding principles of each Revitalization Scenario. In partnership with other UNI and LISC staff, this will encompass physical redevelopment opportunities and human capital programs. Alongside UNI’s Community Health & Wellness Specialist, the Project Manager will develop and promote community strategies to prevent displacement, promote affordability, and provide real economic opportunities for residents. This position will enhance the capacity of minority-owned businesses and fuel an entrepreneurial environment.  The KC-CUR Project Manager is a direct link for the partnership between LISC and UNI in the implementation of the KC-CUR strategy. The Project Manager reports to the LISC Executive Director, and updates the KC-CUR Steering Committee as needed. This is roughly a two-year position with funding committed by the City of Kansas City, MO. 

Specific Job Requirements:

  • Coordinate community stakeholders to complete and advance the Revitalization Scenarios
  • Support and enhance the capacity of the KC-CUR partner organizations to carry the work forward in their respective Priority Areas
  • Foster partnerships and seed programs for local wealth building strategies such as local employment, job training and entrepreneurialism
  • Work with LISC’s real estate finance staff to attract and deploy capital for projects
  • Assist LISC Executive Director in the development of the KC-CUR Capital Fund  Develop and implement communication strategies that promote the KC-CUR strategy, inform residents, and aid fundraising efforts
  • Identify and advocate for policy changes that protect and/or promote the revitalization principles of equity, inclusion and targeting of public resources
  • Connect and capitalize on UNI initiatives including the Purpose Built Community model, Kansas
  • City Neighborhood Academy charter school, the Vacant 2 Vibrant work groups, and the health and safety work group, and other local community and economic development strategies
  • Manage the KC-CUR Implementation project budget and prepare reports to funders/partners

Required Experience


  • Knowledge and experience in community development strategies, including working knowledge of real estate related resources and capital development strategies
  • Leadership of public-private revitalization strategies at a scale larger than a single neighborhood
  • Strong understanding of community development financial models, including but not limited to low income housing tax credit investments and federal, state and city subsidy programs 
  • Experience building and maintaining relationships in culturally diverse environments
  • Experience leading policy discussions and advocating at city and/or state levels
  • Understanding of economic development models for building local community wealth and improving the financial stability of residents
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills including proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Creative, entrepreneurial, and solution-oriented approaches.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required; Master’s degree preferred.

The position is based in Kansas City, Missouri. LISC offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

For consideration, please forward a cover letter and resume to:

Stephen Samuels, LISC

600 Broadway, Suite 280

Kansas City, MO 64105-1536



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Executive Director, Mo-Kan Regional Council

Mo-Kan Regional Council, St. Joseph, Missouri – the six-county bi-state regional planning commission in Northwest Missouri and Eastern Kansas - is seeking an Executive Director.  The Executive Director is the chief administrative officer of the organization and reports to a Board of Directors comprising local elected officials and appointed representatives.  Mo-Kan is an EDA-designated Economic Development District; a primary planning partner in Missouri’s Statewide Transportation Planning Framework; and, the key community & economic development planning agency for the region. Other council programs include: SBA small business loan programs, GIS mapping services, workforce development, and grant administration of other state/federal/not-for-profit programs and projects.

Candidates should have familiarity in the program areas listed above and should have knowledge of the organization of local governments and federal nonprofit regulations.  Must demonstrate strong administrative, communication and marketing skills and show past successes in working with state and/or federal agencies.  This position requires frequent attendance at evening meetings, monthly travel to Jefferson City, and occasional travel out-of-state.

A Bachelor’s Degree in planning, public administration or related field is required.  Salary range is $60-70,000 DOE/DOQ.  To be considered for the position, please submit a resume with three professional-related references, salary history/requirement, to:



Mo-Kan Executive Director Search

c/o: Dan Nowalk

Community Action Partnership of Greater St. Joseph

817 Monterey Street

Saint Joseph, MO  64503