Regional Community Development Specialist

Job Title: Regional Community Development Specialist

Job Type: Full Time

Location: Appleton, MN

Are you interested in work that makes a difference in rural Minnesota? Anxious to apply what you know in new ways? Interested in doing something you are passionate about and seeing that work through to completion? If so, we want YOU to join our small, creative, professional team!

The Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (UMVRDC) is looking for an energetic community development planner who would develop and manage diverse programs and projects with cities, counties and other organizations in the five-county UMVRDC region of Big Stone, Swift, Lac qui Parle, Chippewa and Yellow Medicine Counties.

Candidates that are passionate about their work, who are curious to find options and solutions for locally identified issues, and who relish in the idea of working on a diverse portfolio of work are ideal for this position. Employees who demonstrate strong initiative and character will have opportunities for growth!

Join an office culture that has great flexibility to achieve your ideal work/life balance. Join the office wellness committee to plan monthly office health challenges. Want to work from home? Use our office technology to stay connected. Desire to share what you learn or are working on? Help plan the next lunch and learn for employees. Join the fun committee to propose the next employee team building event.  Be a part of a team who is pioneering rural practices and tactics inside our office and in the communities we work with.

Want to learn more about our agency or the region? Check out our agency hiring video; the UMVRDC or Western Minnesota Prairie Waters websites; or search for UMVRDC, Prairie Waters, or Get Rural MN on Facebook; or review our most recent annual report.

Preferred education includes a degree in planning, urban studies, recreation planning, public administration, project management, geography, environmental studies, economics, political science or a related field.

Occasional night meetings and regular travel is required.

Valid Class D Driver’s License required.

Fluency in English language sufficient to communicate effectively with internal/external stakeholders and public both verbally and in writing

All finalists considered will be subject to a criminal background check.

2-5 years of relevant work preferred.

Salary $ 44-62,000 depending on experience.  $1,000 signing incentive! PLUS cash retention incentives.

GREAT BENEFIT PACKAGE! Benefits include employer paid health insurance and family coverage cost sharing, dental, significant health savings account employer contributions, pre-tax flexible spending account, tax deferred retirement savings programs, life insurance, PERA, 10 paid holidays, generous paid vacation, sick, parental leave and more.

- Agency Profile

- Detailed job description

- Job application

The UMVRDC utilizes a three-part candidate screening process:

  1.  Candidates submit application and cover letter showcasing how their education and experience fits the available position. This information should be sent to:

UMVRDC Executive Director

323 West Schlieman Ave.,   Appleton MN 56208

320-289-1981        [email protected] 

  2.  Select candidates will be asked to provide responses to a list of areas of expertise related to this position.

  3.  Select candidates are interviewed.

This position will remain open until filled.   The UMVRDC is an equal opportunity employer.

Position Description