Main Street Elkader Director/Economic Development Director

Elkader, IA
Posted 2 weeks ago

The City of Elkader is seeking a talented, highly-motivated individual to serve as the Main Street Elkader Director/Economic Development Director.

The successful candidate will be passionate about sustaining a vibrant rural community. Experience in economic development or community planning is a plus but more important is the ability to build and maintain relationships in the business community, the ability to work with multiple boards, experience motivating/recruiting volunteers, ability to write grants and complete reports for the State, and the ability to work on projects independently but at the direction of one of the boards. Project work can include initial development of project or program, implementation, budgeting, communicating and working with key partners. A bachelor’s degree is preferred but an equivalent combination of experience and education will be considered.

Elkader has had a successful, award-winning Main Street Elkader program for over 30 years. This position will work at the direction of the Main Street Elkader Board of Directors and sub-committees to develop creative ways to continue this tradition of success and will work within the program outlined by Main Street Iowa.

As the Economic Development Director for the City, this position will strengthen the Elkader area economy and promote business expansion, retention, and attraction. The successful candidate will be a creative thinker and be able to identify with the entrepreneurial spirit of local business owners.

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To become a member of the team dedicated to supporting the economic viability of Elkader, please submit a cover letter and resume to: City of Elkader, MS/EDC Search Committee, PO Box 427, Elkader IA 52043 or via email at no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 2022. The salary for this 30-40 hour/week position is $17.00-$18.00/hour plus benefits applicable to a full-time City employee (health insurance, life insurance, IPERS).

The City of Elkader is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For more information, or a complete job description, contact the City Administrator/Clerk at 563-245-2098.

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