McCook Economic Development Corporation of McCook Nebraska, is seeking candidates for Executive Director. Experience in economic development preferred; graduation from accredited college or university with degree in business, planning, economics, public administration or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Salary negotiable based on experience. A more detailed job description can be obtained by contacting  Open until filled. Interested parties may send a resume, cover letter and professional references to:  Dennis Berry, MEDC President, 402 Norris Avenue, Suite 301, McCook, NE  69001 or submitted electronically to MEDC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services. MEDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. (4-18-18)


The Nebraska Department of Economic Development has an opening for an Economic Development Business Consultant serving the Northeast region of Nebraska. This is a diverse position working with businesses and communities to grow the State. The field service team works in conjunction with Business Development, Housing and Community Development teams. The desired candidate is a dynamic, self-motivated professional who enjoys working in a diverse region serving small to large businesses in both urban and rural communities. The position involves business development, industry promotion and community development. Incumbents act as a liaison to attract industry into the state by planning and implementing programs to attract prospects and provides technical assistance to existing companies regarding expansions.

Office location in a Nebraska State Office Building or a home-based office in the Northeast Nebraska region. Applicants must apply through the State Jobs website: 

More information is available on the above website.

If you have any questions, please contact Sheryl Hiatt, Director of Housing and Field Operations, 402-340-6180 or Come join our team!  (4-10-18)


Spark is a community development intermediary. CDI's serve as a facilitator between and among entities that have a stake and interest in the future and well-being of communities and families that face pervasive poverty and disinvestment. They typically fulfill three functions within the broader community economic development landscape: 1) mobilization of capital, including operating support and predevelopment financing; 2) technical assistance in financial packaging, project development, and local institution building; and 3) support of local community development organizations, enhancing perceived technical competence and reducing risk to both public and private sector funders.

Spark's mission is to profoundly transform neighborhoods that are suffering from poverty, disinvestment and blight into thriving and prosperous communities. Our vision is an Omaha-Council Bluffs region where all neighborhoods have the foundational assets necessary to thrive and prosper.

Spark CDI is looking for an executive director to lead the implementation of its strategic plan and the realization of its vision. Our ideal candidate is a driven individual who is passionate about the empowerment of neighborhoods. The executive director is a believer in the holistic development principals that are central to Spark’s development approach. This person will need to be savvy across multiple domains of development and nonprofit management including but not limited to real estate development, finance, community engagement, operations, fundraising, people management, strategic planning, and board engagement. While the ideal candidate may not possess all these skills today, we will look for candidates who possess the best mix of these skills with the ability to develop others.


  • Execute Spark’s mission, vision and strategic plan in partnership with the board of directors.
  • Formalize community development criteria and process for target geography and project selection, scoping, execution, and evaluation.
  • Develop neighborhood revitalization plans in partnership with community advisory groups and other stakeholders.
  • Cultivate relationships with a diverse group of private, nonprofit, public, and other community leaders.
  • Secure funding from private and public sources to operate the organization, capitalize a revolving loan fund, and finance neighborhood-based real estate and community development projects.
  • Develop and carry out Spark’s marketing and communications strategy.
  • Bring together a highly skilled team and lead them in executing Spark’s mission.
  • Manage volunteers for project committees, investment committees, technical advisory roles and other special projects.
  • Oversee all internal processes – financial and asset management, accounting, legal, data analysis and human resources.
  • Represent Spark with the highest level of integrity, ethics, and transparency.


  • Broad subject-matter expertise associated with comprehensive community development.
  • Demonstrated commitment to marginalized communities.
  • Knowledge of real estate development finance.
  • Experience in nonprofit financial management, human resources, project management and urban planning
  • Ability to build, manage and lead an effective team, as well as work collaboratively with Governing Board of Directors on key strategic and long-term planning
  • Strong written and oral presentation skills.
  • Highly effective communications, presentation and listening abilities are essential for navigating development opportunities through a multitude of public-private partnerships
  • Must have interpersonal skills, social intelligence and political acumen
  • Ability to set personal an project priorities and be highly organized in day to day and an long term planning and execution, track and manage complex opportunities effectively
  • Ability to conduct, analyze and interpret an array of information; must be able to draw conclusions, prepare and defend recommendation to the Governing Board of Directors with minimal oversight
  • Must possess good instincts and strong situational awareness


  • Five to seven years of experience in community or economic development, public or nonprofit administration, smart growth, urban planning, nonprofit or for-profit real estate development, or closely related fields.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field preferred; individuals possessing a level of education that, together with experience and training, gives them the required knowledge and experience to perform the outlined job duties are also encouraged to apply.
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Ability to travel for conferences, training, networking or other opportunities for Spark.
  • Be a resident of the Omaha-Council Bluffs area upon appointment or soon thereafter.



Sylvester Orsi, Chair   Baird Holm + Truthos

Alec Gorynski, Vice Chair   First National Bank

Kali Baker, Secretary   Omaha Community Foundation

Rishi Bhakar Tenaska

Paula Hazelwood  Advance Southwest Iowa

Andrea Kathol   Field Day Development

Jeff Kutash   Peter Kiewit Foundation

Kenny McMorris  Charles Drew Health Center, Inc.

Sergio Sosa   Heartland Workers Center

Carmen Tapio  Northend Teleservices


Electronic submissions are preferred. A resume and cover letter may be submitted to:

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the incumbent(s) of this position. They are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and activities required of the position. The position description is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the position change. (3-24-18)


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