Since 1910, The League of Kansas Municipalities has been a resource for cities across Kansas and has acted as a body to share ideas, facilitate communication between members, and provide information on best practices in city operations. The League is a membership association that advocates on behalf of cities, offers training and guidance to city-appointed and elected officials, and has a clear purpose of strengthening Kansas communities. The League serves 550 member cities in Kansas. Members range in population size from 20 to over 390,000. The League of Kansas Municipalities is an instrumentality of cities, which has been established by Kansas law. The League serves as the chief advocate for its members in the Kansas Legislature and for over 100 years, the League has been recognized as the expert in local government law.
The League of Kansas Municipalities seeks a personable, innovative, and strong leader to serve as its next Executive Director. The ideal candidate should be experienced in lobbying and using a non-partisan approach to bring people together on issues. They should have a steady, composed, and calm demeanor. They will have an attitude of service and empowerment toward member cities and be visible, likable, personable, outgoing, and comfortable in a lot of social settings. The next Executive Director will be an excellent communicator who regularly engages with League leadership, articulates the value of membership, and is comfortable with public speaking. They will be effective at building, mentoring, and empowering staff; practicing an open-door policy; and valuing a work-life balance. They will be willing to bring on talent where needed, and capable of having difficult, yet empathetic conversations with team members.
A bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, political science, or a related field, and at least five years’ experience in public policy administration and/or a combination of business and public administration, is required. A demonstrated ability to lead an organization in similar size and nature and firsthand senior management experience in local government, or a very strong understanding of municipal government, is required. Knowledge of the legislative process is a must, and a legal background or knowledge of governmental law would be helpful. A master’s degree is preferred. A connection to Kansas would be a plus. Must be willing to travel around the state to engage with all members. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. Residency within Kansas is required.
The salary range for this position is $160,000 - $190,000 dependent on qualifications and experience.
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