Local Government Employment Listings

Douglas County – Deputy County Administrator (Job ID 24-005)

Douglas County Government in Lawrence, Kansas is seeking applicants for a Deputy County Administrator. The Douglas County community is home to the University of Kansas and exhibits all of the hallmarks of a great community: a thriving and growing business sector; nationally recognized public schools; first-class cultural and recreational amenities; and distinctive and welcoming neighborhoods. Douglas County is a growing and diverse community of more than 120,000 residents.

The Deputy County Administrator will be responsible for supervising the departments and divisions of Public Works, Zoning and Codes, and Sustainability. The Deputy will also serve as the primary liaison with Consolidated Fire District #1 and provide supervision for the Fire Chief. In addition, the Deputy will be the primary liaison with Township officials and Rural Fire District Officials to develop and maintain communication on County issues impacting the unincorporated area.

The Director will develop short-term and long-term goals County-wide, consult and advise the County Administrator on matters relating to department and County-wide operations.

The Deputy will work closely with the County Administrator during the annual budget preparation and administer the budget during the fiscal year. The Deputy will assist the County Commissioners with information related to decision-making concerning policies, programs, and plans and perform public education, speaking and outreach when new projects are being implemented as well as for ongoing activities. The Deputy will work closely with the County Counselor to ensure that Douglas County standards are adhered to. The Deputy will serve as the Acting County Administrator in their absence.

Successful candidates must possess strong leadership, interpersonal and communication skills. Master’s degree or equivalent; and six to ten years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. International City and County Manager, Credentialed Manager preferred.

Salary range is $119,100 - $175,676. Starting salary will depend on experience. Douglas County offers excellent benefits that include:

  • Health insurance beginning the first day of the month following start date;
  • Health/RX/Dental/Life Insurance: Various dependent coverage levels available;
  • Vision Insurance, discounted fitness club memberships, and many other voluntary benefits;
  • Paid time off: 14 vacation days, 15 sick days accrued per year, 1 day of personal leave and 9 paid holidays;
  • Retirement: Kansas Public Employees Retirement Systems (KPERS), Optional 457 Deferred Compensation Plans available;
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF): As a Douglas County employee, employment may count toward eligibility requirements for student loan forgiveness under Public Service Loan Forgiveness program

Position will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin March 18, 2024.

Applications and resumes accepted online only at http://dgcoks.org/jobs or using the QR Code:

 Douglas County QR Code

Qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, national origin, or any other factor prohibited by law.


Johnson County - Governmental Relations Coordinator

A career with Johnson County Government is more than just a job, it is an opportunity to serve a diverse and expanding community in meaningful ways.  Johnson County Government is seeking to fill a vacancy for a Governmental Relations Coordinator.  This position will report to County Leadership within the County Manager's Office and is responsible for strategically advocating and representing the county's interests to government officials at the local, state, and federal levels. This role involves developing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders, monitoring legislative activities, analyzing policy implications, and coordinating advocacy efforts. The manager collaborates with county departments, conducts research on relevant issues, communicates legislative updates to leadership and the public, and plays a crucial role in shaping the county's response to legislative changes. Additionally, the manager may engage in coalition building, testify at hearings, pursue grant opportunities, and ensure ethical compliance in all government relations activities.  First review of applications will begin on April 8, 2024. 

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Plans, directs, develops and implements the County's federal, state and regional legislative policies and activities by strategizing with County Manager and key leaders of outside agencies such as federal and state legislators and the Governor's Office; develops and guides the County's state and federal legislative programs by gathering operational information and needs from staff and elected officials, developing state and federal legislative agendas, soliciting and directing any needed contracted lobbyists, analyzing potential federal and state legislation and communicating its impact to the Board of County Commissioners and County staff, developing testimony, tracking progress of pending legislation, and coordinating lobbying efforts with the Kansas Association of Counties. Represents the County's interest in meetings and communications with regional, state, and federal officials.
  • Works as an advocate of the County's positions on issues before the U.S. Congress, State Legislature, and regional government boards, as well as developing the County's relationship with other municipalities and special interest groups throughout the Metro Area and Kansas; briefing elected officials, County Manager, and senior management on complex municipal and community issues; researching and developing recommendations on Countywide issues, pending legislation, and other administrative issues; prepares and delivers testimony at hearings and meetings to articulate the county's positions on legislative matters; effectively communicates complex issues to diverse audiences.
  • Serves as a constituent liaison about issues and suggestions and ensuring County responsiveness; and interpreting federal, state, and County statutes, ordinances, rules, and regulations; develops and executes communication plans to keep county officials, staff, and the public informed about legislative issues affecting the county. This may include drafting press releases, public statements, and informational materials.
  • Cultivates strong relationships with elected officials, government agencies, and key stakeholders to effectively represent the county's positions and priorities; attends meetings, conferences, and events to network and build partnerships; identifies opportunities to collaborate with other counties, municipalities, and advocacy groups to amplify the county's voice on shared issues; builds and maintains coalitions to strengthen advocacy efforts.
  • Identifies and pursues grant opportunities and funding sources at the government level; works with relevant departments to prepare and submit grant proposals to support county initiatives.
  • Ensures compliance with all ethical standards and regulations related to government relations activities; maintains transparency and integrity in interactions with government officials and stakeholders.

Requirements: 

A Bachelor's Degree in Public Management, Business Administration, Political Science or relevant field; seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in a variety of governmental relations, lobbying, public affairs, or related positions; three (3) years' experience working with local, state, and federal governmental officials and agencies; an in-depth understanding of local, state, and federal governmental structures, processes and regulation; and a valid driver's license with acceptable driving record required.

A Master's Degree in Public Management, Business Administration, Political Science or relevant field; experience with a focus on local government issues and familiarity with the county's specific issues, challenges and priorities preferred. 

Johnson County Government requires reference/background screening for all positions.   

Education/Experience Substitutions:

Education may be substituted for experience.

Experience may be substituted for education. 

Physical, Environmental and Special Working Conditions:

All County employees may be called upon to assist other departments in a declared emergency situation. 

Johnson County is an equal opportunity/equal access employer and offers a competitive salary and benefits package. See www.jocogov.org/benefits for more information. The expected salary range for this position is $105,266 - $157,899 annually and will be based on experience. 

For consideration, apply online at https://careers-jocogov.icims.com/jobs/2232/governmental-relations-coordinator/job.


Miami County – Assistant County Attorney

Miami County cities include Paola, Louisburg, Spring Hill and Osawatomie. The position is located in the Courthouse in Paola, KS. Miami County is a growing county located just south of Johnson County and Kansas City.

Responsibilities include assisting the County Attorney and Deputy County Attorney as delineated in K.S.A. 19-706b. Representing the State of Kansas as a trial attorney, represent the petitioner, and represent State/law enforcement. Must be licensed in Kansas.

The competitive benefit package includes KPERS retirement, KPERS 457, zero premium employee covered health insurance, generous county Health Savings Account contribution, plus much more.

For application, information about the duties, responsibilities, and rewards/benefit package – https://miamicountyks.org/jobs

Contact Information – Human Resources phone: 913-294-9530


Riley County – Deputy County Counselor

The Deputy County Counselor assists the County Counselor to provide legal counsel to the Board of Commissioners and Department Heads. Acts as a resource for matters involving contractual agreements, Benefit Districts, annual filing of a tax foreclosure cases, assists with human resources matters, and may be asked to provide advice and direction to the Board of Commissioners on all areas of county government.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

Education: Must be a juris doctorate graduate from a properly accredited law school. Must have and maintain a license to practice law in Kansas District Courts and in Kansas Federal District Courts.

Experience: A minimum of five years legal experience, in Kansas local government law required, preferably at the County level.

Appropriate combination of education and experience will be considered in lieu of requirements.

Hiring Salary between: $107,030.21 - $129,238.00 annually

For a full position description or to apply, please go to https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/Details/1518847

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Russell County – County Administrator

Russell County, Kansas (population 6,639; $17,049,380.00 budget (2024); 93 FTE’s) is located in
Central Kansas at the intersection of Interstate 70 and US HWY 281. The County encompasses
approximately 900 square miles and has 8 incorporated cities along with one of the state’s largest
fishing /recreational lakes within the county. The City of Russell, Kansas, serves as the County seat.

The Russell County Board of Commissioners is a three-person elected body and will be transitioning
to a five-person board representing five districts with the November 2024 election with overall
responsibility for county government, setting policy and performing executive and legislative
functions. Commissioners serve four-year terms, with two of the five commissioners being elected in
the same year, and the other three commissioners elected two years later. The County Administrator
is appointed by the Commission and is responsible for managing the resources and non-elected
personnel of Russell County. Operations generally involve managing and overseeing annual
operating and capital budgets, coordinating and supervising all departments under direct authority
of the Board of County Commissioners, coordinating administration of all County departments,
agencies, offices, and boards, and other duties as assigned by the Board of Commissioners.

Desired Education and Experience would be a bachelor’s degree in public administration, business
administration, or related field. Relative experience will be considered in lieu of education.
Candidate must have a minimum of 2-3 years progressively responsible experience and a record
of achievement as a County Administrator, City Manager or Assistant, or a comparable department
head in a full-service, quality-oriented organization.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated effective supervisory experience of appointed officials, ability to work effectively with appointed and elected department heads; experience in seeking and managing grant opportunities, proven record of successful intergovernmental relationships, financial management, budgeting skills and effective communication through local news outlets and social media. This candidate will be a driven, forward thinking consensus builder with a collaborative spirit.

Russell County offers a competitive benefit package. Salary $80,000 to $100,000 DOQ.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and three work-related references to John
Fletcher at russellcoadmin@ruraltel.net or by mail to P.O. Box 113, Russell, Kansas 67665.
Position will remain open until filled. Russell County is an EOE.