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Community Development Planner

Company: Flint Hills Regional Council
Location: Manhattan
Posted on: December 4, 2019

Job Description:

Americorps VISTA-Flint Hills of Kansas, Community Development Planner Help our active and engaged, rural communities succeed in the beautiful, ecologically unique Flint Hills of Kansas, located in Manhattan, home of Kansas State University and Fort Riley. The Flint Hills Regional Council (FHRC) strives to enhance the economic viability and improve the quality of life through regional collaboration. The VISTA member will assist in planning and coalition building efforts that encourage business development, expand cultural amenities, and guide public investment. This project will focus on the Flint Hills Region of Kansas (Riley, Geary, Wabaunsee, Lyon, Morris, Chase & Pottawatomie counties) located near Kansas State University, Fort Riley and Topeka. The region s communities a active, engaged and located in the beautiful, ecologically unique Flint Hills. This project is sponsored by the Denver Regional Office of the Economic Development Administration (EDA), and will be directly supervised by the Flint Hills Economic Development District FHEDD in Kansas. The overall EDA Mission is "to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy." VISTA member will work directly with community leaders, volunteer committees and the public in gathering in-depth information about local economic development needs to help create jobs and improve quality of life in our region. Over the course of the service, the VISTA will partner with the community to problem-solve, recommend economic development activities, and identify potential resources and collaborations for those communities. The economic development capacity built by the VISTA will provide the communities the tools to build job opportunities for community members and improve quality of life. Member Duties: The primary duties will include the implementation of a regional economic development study, housing studies and an EPA grant for rural communities in the Flint Hills. Data collection and GIS mapping a plus as well as grant writing, website creation and social media. Applicant will work on annual regional event planning and enhancing communications with local governments and the public. Program Benefits: VISTA Training, Living Allowance, Travel Relocation Allowance (to and from), Personal/Medical Leave, Childcare assistance if eligible, Health Coverage* , Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, VISTA Leadership opportunity. NCE Status for federal government employment. For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http:// ****************************** Terms: Car recommended. Permits working at another job during off hours, permits attendance at school during off hours. Service Areas: Rural communities, Housing, Community and Economic Development , Neighborhood Revitalization , Entrepreneur/Business, Health, Community Outreach. Skills: Masters orBachelors degree in planning or related field. Experience in Economic Development, Community Development, Social Services, Public Health, Business/Entrepreneur, Team Work, Community Organization. General Skills: Writing/Editing, computers/technology, mapping- GIS, leadership, public speaking, communications, graphics and social media. Contact information: E-mail: ************************** Website: ******************** For more information go to:************************************* ***************************************

Keywords: Flint Hills Regional Council, Manhattan , Community Development Planner, Other , Manhattan, Kansas

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