Recent Alliance for Innovation Job Postings

Posted on July 1, 2011

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Salary Range: between $75,000 and $85,000 depending on qualifications and experience

Closing Date: Open until filled; applications strongly encouraged by July 19, 2011
Hays, the county seat of Ellis County, Kansas, is a university community of 20,000 people located halfway between Kansas City and Denver on Interstate 70.  Ellis County boasts a total population approaching 30,000 and is the regional hub of Northwest Kansas for retail, education, medical services, entertainment, and recreation.

Low crime and unemployment rates help make Ellis County a great place to live and raise a family, as do the excellent Hays Public Schools, two private schools, and two institutions of higher learning.  Founded in 1902, Fort Hays State University is one of six state-assisted institutions of higher education, and is a partner to the Ellis County Coalition for Economic Development.  In addition to Fort Hays State University, Ellis County is also served by The Hays Campus of North Central Kansas Technical College, which was established in 1975 and serves students from throughout Kansas as well as southwest and south central Nebraska.

Ellis County is home to Hays Medical Center, an outstanding medical institution and major employer in the area. Home of the DeBakey Heart Institute of Kansas, the national Rural Health Association named Hays Medical Center as the “Outstanding Rural Health and Telemedicine Program in the United States” for 1997.

Ellis County annually has one of the top retail pull factors in the state. The downtown area has been revitalized with unique shops, a microbrewery and entertainment, while the north side of town is expanding with additional retail offerings. The Hays Regional Airport offers daily flights to Denver.  Affordable housing in Hays and Ellis County is a reality.  In Hays, nearly 65% of residents are homeowners. Median sales price of existing homes is $130,900 and new construction averages $200,500.

Requirements for the position include a minimum of five years of progressive experience in economic development or a related field.  Additional requirements include a bachelor’s degree in Business or Public Administration, Urban Planning, Economics, Marketing, Finance, or a related field, or a relevant combination of education and experience. Status as a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is not required, but desirable.

Qualified candidates please submit your resume online by visiting our website This position is open until filled; however, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply not later than July 19, 2011.  For more information please contact Jim Moore at[email protected], 214-422-4170, or  toll free at 877-356-2924. 

The Ellis County Coalition for Economic Development is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce!


Salary Range: Starting salary up to $165,000 and benefits are highly competitive and negotiable

Closing Date: Open until filled; however, it is requested that candidates submit their applications by July 20, 2011

Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Chain about five miles south of downtown Birmingham, the picturesque Vestavia Hills with approximately 32,000 residents is situated on Shades Mountain. From this vantage point, Vestavia Hills overlooks beautiful Shades Valley to the north and has a spectacular vista of the remaining Appalachian foothills to the south.

Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2010, the civic leadership has focused intently on high standards of excellence for residential and commercial development, public safety, education, and the climate for business. These important efforts earned the City the honor of being twice named in the publication “Fifty Fabulous Places to Raise a Family” and as finalist in the All-America City Award.

In August, 2010, the citizens overwhelmingly approved a referendum adopting the Council-Manager form of government that will become effective in November, 2012, following the election of the next City Council. During the interim period, there will be a smooth transition of transferring the CEO role of the Mayor to the new City Manager. This will be accomplished through an employment agreement.

A bachelor’s degree in public administration, business, finance or a related field from an accredited university is required, and a graduate degree in similar fields is preferred. A minimum of five years of experience as a City Manager/City Administrator or Assistant City Manager/Assistant City Administrator   is required.

Qualified applicants please submit your resume online by going to our website at At this website you may also review the recruitment brochure with more detailed information about City and the position. This position is open until filled; however, it is requested that candidates submit their applications by July 20, 2011. For more information, please contact Chuck Anderson at [email protected] or by calling 817 965 3911.


Salary Range: $125,000 – $135,000 plus generous benefits depending on qualifications

Closing Date: Open until filled; first review starts on July 1, 2011

NOACA is seeking a highly qualified and proven executive to serve as the Assistant Executive Director for the 40+ person MPO, and ultimately be named the Executive Director after the retirement of the existing Director in mid-2012.  He/she will provide for a smooth transition following the highly successful tenure of this leader.
This position has three (3) direct reports:  Directors of Transportation Planning, Transportation Programs and Finance and Operations.  This role also oversees Information Technology and the Interim Legal Counsel.  NOACA is the federally-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina Counties in Northeast Ohio, combining to serve a population of over 2 million.  This agency provides cooperative and continuous planning for highways, public transit, and bikeways.  In addition, this organization performs continuous water quality, transportation-related air quality, and other environmental planning functions.  NOACA works with several planning partners including the Federal Highway Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency among others.

NOACA has a 44-member Governing Board, including representing all five NOACA counties.  This award-winning agency is seeking an individual with demonstrated success in achieving results through working with transportation and other infrastructure projects while building and maintaining relationships with political, community and business leaders.  He/she should be articulate, mature and a highly skilled planning professional whose knowledge extends beyond the traditional aspects of planning.  The successful candidate will possess a thorough understand of transportation planning with a record of being fiscally sound and responsible.  The Assistant Executive Director will possess superior management skills and clearly demonstrate the ability to analyze professional and administrative problems and make sound recommendations as necessary.

The selected candidate will be both a strong mediator and facilitator, capable of synthesizing a wide variety of viewpoints into meaningful, practical, and cost-effective proposals.  This position is a highly visible one, and requires a person with the utmost in personal and professional integrity, as well as demonstrated business and political acumen and behavior.  This individual will have a strong commitment to the promotion of diversity and equality of opportunity in the workplace and business settings.

A Bachelor’s degree in Urban or Regional Planning, Public Administration, Transportation or Civil Engineering or related fields with seven to ten years senior level leadership experience is needed.  Experience and background should include long-range and current planning, and successful experience with complex governing entities.  Prior experience working in a MPO is highly desirable as is relevant certifications and recognitions.

Qualified candidates please submit your resumé online by visiting our website This position is open until filled; however, the first review of applicants will take place on July 1, 2011.  For more information please contact Andrea Battle Sims by calling our toll free number 877.356.2924, her direct line at 216.695.4776 or by visiting our website


Salary Range: $153,151 – $175,962 annually

Closing Date: July 1, 2011

The City of Mesa is located in the southeast part of the Phoenix metro area with a current population of approximately 440,000. Mesa ranks as Arizona’s third largest city and the 38th largest in the United States. With over 330 days of sunshine a year, Mesa encourages a healthy outdoor lifestyle, outstanding secondary and collegiate educational opportunities, affordable housing, and a highly attractive lifestyle. The City is a customer oriented municipal organization with approximately 3,600 full-time equivalent employees and an operating budget of $1.1 billion.

Ideal candidates for the Deputy City Manager position will have a high level of energy and commitment to new professional challenges, with the ability to use a creative, flexible approach to management issues and be comfortable working in a collaborative environment. The incumbent will serve as an integral part of the City Manager’s management team ensuring that leadership and strategic efforts are aligned and integrated throughout the organization in support of the City Council’s Strategic Initiatives. Additionally, will possess particularly strong interpersonal skills with the ability to develop trusting and cooperative relationships between and among peers, staff, City Council, and the community at large. Qualified candidates will have served in increasingly responsible prominent leadership/managerial roles for at least ten years, will have gained significant executive-level experience and attained a record of accomplishment in a highly effective, multi-responsibility organizational environment.

Minimum Qualification(s) Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, or a related field is expected; a Master’s Degree is preferred
  • Ten plus years of progressively responsible managerial and administrative experience including considerable (3 – 5 years) supervisory experience, plus authority for program operation and budget administration

City of Mesa offers a competitive benefits package. A CITY OF MESA ONLINE APPLICATION IS REQUIRED.  Applications will be available as of the opening date of 05/27/11. Apply by 07/01/11 For complete job description, requirements and online application form; please visit our Web site at:

Specific questions about this opportunity should be directed to Chuck Rohre at:
Waters Consulting Group
(214) 466-2436
Email: [email protected]
Recruitment brochure:

The City of Mesa respects, values and welcomes diversity in our workforce. To this end, we encourage all interested people to apply. EOE/AAE


Salary Range: Depends on qualifications 

Closing Date: Open until filled

The University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) has an outstanding opportunity for a local government or consulting professional to serve as the Assistant Director of the agency.  This position serves as the chief operating officer with the Executive Director and both consults with municipalities and supervises consulting and administrative staff working from 5 agency offices across the state.  Extensive travel is required, and this position is based out of the Knoxville office.

This position requires a combination of education and experience.  A Master’s Degree is required with at least eight years of experience in government or government consulting, including at least five years as an executive in local or state government.

The perfect candidate will be open to and help develop big concepts and ideas for the agency, and flexible to change and innovation.  Each employee that drives a vehicle for work related business must have and maintain a valid driver license and insurance.

Salary is based on a combination of professional experience and qualifications.  Cover letter, resume and references should be submitted by e-mail to Ms. Tess Davis, Municipal Technical Advisory Service,[email protected].  Position is open until filled.

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services.  All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.


Closing Date: Open until filled, first review in the last week of May

The City of Upper Arlington (pop. 33,000) is one of the premier communities in Central Ohio and a first-ring residential suburb of Columbus. This career opportunity is due to the pending retirement of a highly regarded City Manager – only the fifth administrator since changing to the city manager/council form of government in 1956. Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills plus a proven track record of fiscally prudent leadership which includes successfully managing expenses, preserving investment in essential services, and expanding revenue options. Residents in this upscale residential area, adjacent to The Ohio State University campus, value the strong sense of tradition and community, excellent school system and beautiful neighborhoods with mature street trees. This is a full-service organization including police and fire with a full complement of staff (279 FTEs), all funds budget of $55.4M (including $14.8M in CIP) plus an enviable AAA bond rating. A Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree, advanced degrees or certification(s) may be a plus. All highly qualified individuals are encouraged to explore this opportunity as the elected officials desire a broad range of candidates to consider. The City Council will negotiate an employment agreement with the successful candidate. First review of interested individuals will be conducted duringthe last week of May 2011. For optimum consideration, formally submit or express interest immediately. Detailed brochure available at or contact Heather Renschler, Ralph Andersen & Associates (916/630-4900) to schedule a confidential discussion. This recruitment will comply with the State of Ohio public records laws.

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