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Director of Community Development

Edgerton, Kansas

The Position

The community development director position is newly established to facilitate Edgerton’s current development through the largest economic development project in the State of Kansas—a 440-acre Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Intermodal Facility and the approximate 1000-acre Logistics Park-KC—and foster continued growth. The director reports directly to the city administrator, managing all aspects of community development including planning and zoning, code enforcement, animal control, and building inspection. The director has one direct report—the code enforcement/animal control officer.

Edgerton’s community development director is responsible for all land use and development applications, completing the City’s review and coordinating any necessary outside review. An important part of that process is meeting with applicants to find possible solutions to development issues. The director supports the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals, preparing and distributing agendas, staff comments and recommendations to those boards. The director will make presentations to the Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals and to the City Council as necessary.

The community development director will also support Edgerton’s economic development initiatives. The director will evaluate how proposed developments affect Edgerton’s land use, zoning, road network, and utility infrastructure or other development.
In addition, the community development director represents the City on various boards and organizations on the local, regional and state levels; develops public outreach to raise awareness of the City’s planning and development initiative; and assists the city administrator with the development of the annual budget and related documents. Further, in the absence of the city administrator, the community development director will be the acting city administrator.


Requirements for the position are a bachelor’s degree in urban planning and five to seven years of progressively responsible planning, economic development, or community development experience. Preferred qualifications include an MUP or MPA, AICP certification, supervisory experience, and five years in a city or county planning department.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for Edgerton’s first community development director will be a self-starter; someone who knows what needs to be accomplished and is willing to do it himself/herself.  The ideal candidate will be comfortable representing the City in a meeting with a developer of a multi-million dollar development and with a resident who has a complaint about code enforcement. He or she must daily be able to juggle a multitude of priorities, varying in size and scale. He or she will also be able to communicate well with a variety of audiences, whether by making a presentation or providing a comprehensive, concise staff report. Edgerton’s community development director must be a team player, adept at building relationships, finding solutions and building consensus. The ideal candidate must engender trust and hold themselves to the highest ideals of honesty and integrity. As important as the technical requirements are for this position, it is equally important that the candidate recognizes and honors Edgerton’s strong sense of identity and becomes part of this community.

The Community

Edgerton, Kansas is a community of 1,617 located 30 miles southwest of Kansas City in Johnson County, Kansas.  A historic railroad community, it was incorporated in 1883 and named for a chief railroad engineer. The Oregon and Santa Fe Trails parted just a few miles east of town, and the Santa Fe Railroad brought to life an area that was originally bounty lands for soldiers who fought in the Indian Wars and the War of 1812.

Today, the residents of Edgerton enjoy a small-town, rural setting in one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. It is accessible from Highway 56 to the north and Interstate 35 two miles to the south. It’s a nearly full service community, complete with wastewater treatment, water distribution, and contracted trash service. The City has charming older neighborhoods as well as some of the newest housing in Johnson County.

The average age in Edgerton is 31.8, and the average household income of $73,087, making it younger and more affluent than the Kansas City metropolitan average.

Gardner Edgerton Unified School District 231 serves Edgerton. The district has six elementary schools (K-4), two middle schools (5-8) and one high school (9-12). In 2009, all district schools attained the State Standard of Excellence in Reading and Math. Six schools have attained the Governor’s Achievement Award, ranking them among the top 5% of schools in the state of Kansas.
Edgerton residents enjoy a host of activities,  including Frontier Days, which began as a Boy Scout fundraiser in 1971 and has grown to an annual celebration, and a July 3 Independence Day celebration, complete with a community picnic and fireworks. It is just a short drive away from Kansas City area amenities like Kauffman Stadium and Arrowhead, the Country Club Plaza, the Kansas Speedway, historic 18th and Vine jazz district, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and much more.

While Edgerton is a small, close-knit community, it is looking forward to the potential of tomorrow. The community will soon be home to a 1,500-acre development comprising a 440-acre BNSF Intermodal Facility and the nearly 1,000 acre Logistics Park-KC. The BNSF Intermodal Facility will provide businesses a direct connection to the global supply chain via the BNSF’s transcontinental railroad that begins in Long Beach, California and terminates in Chicago, Illinois.  Logistics Park Kansas City is expected to have at least fifteen million square feet of distribution and warehouse facilities. The Logistics Park will be adjacent to Interstate 35, State Highway 56 and the BNSF Intermodal Facility.


The salary range for the community development director is $79,896 – $90,192 DOQ/DOE and is supplemented by an outstanding benefits package. Open until filled with first review of applications September 15, 2014.

How to Apply

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Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Apply online by at and include cover letter, resume with salary history, and 3-5 professional references. Open until filled with first review of applications September 15, 2014. Just click the button to get started.


Questions should be directed to Patty Gentrup at 816-217-9397.

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