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Thrive Allen County

Thrive Allen County, started in 2007, is the state’s most prominent rural health coalition, and works to improve Allen County, Kansas’s health and prosperity. Our vision is that Allen County will be the healthiest rural county in Kansas, and we work to achieve that goal in five broad areas:

  1. Healthcare and healthcare access
  2. Economic Development
  3. Healthy Lifestyles
  4. Education
  5. Recreation

Thrive grew out of resident-led organizing for health in 2007, and in the last nine years has led the county to retain its hospital, build miles of bike/walking trails, and to improve its health. As an example, Allen County has dropped from 21% uninsured in 2013 to 10% in 2016, thanks in large part to Navigator services hosted by Thrive. We’ve learned how to make positive change happen in rural communities, how to bring partners together in highly functional coalitions, and this position is a key part of taking lessons learned to the rest of Kansas.

Trailblazer Program Manager
Thrive Allen County’s work toward healthier communities puts us at the forefront of community-based efforts to build a culture of health in rural communities. That is, we are blazing the trail to better health.
This position is grant-funded, and is primarily responsible for initiatives relating to: 1. Tobacco cessation in public housing complexes, as a result of HUD rule changes, 2. Promoting healthy meal choices in congregations, 3. Working closely with other staff to promote quality employment as a key goal for all economic development work and 4. Working closely with other staff to develop housing-related initiatives, including tenant education and organizing.
Responsibilities include:
-Managing and building relationships with key partners
-Recruiting community leaders for tobacco cessation, tenant work, etc.
-Building trust with community members and creating networks
-Maintaining a high level of training and expertise in relevant areas, which will include professional development and training

Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred, or equivalent experience
-High level of interpersonal skills an absolute must
-Ability to work both independently and within teams required
-Some background knowledge of network organizing, community work preferred
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
-Ability to build and maintain working relationships with diverse communities and with policymakers required.

This is an FLSA non-exempt position that reports to the Deputy Director of Thrive and is based in Iola. Allen County residency must be established within 90 days of hire. Compensation DOQ/E, fringe benefits available. To apply, send resume, cover letter and references to info@thriveallencounty.org.  This posting will close on January 9.

Community and Economic Development Program Manager  

Thrive Allen County has maintained an active economic development program since asked to do so in 2013, and has had great successes in helping Allen County build and recruit businesses, promote growth and ensure that a key determinant of health, broadly shared prosperity, is a key goal.

This position will support the economic development efforts already underway, including state and federal grantseeking, develop marketing and outreach activities related to economic development, and work closely with other staff to create effective community development programs (co-operative development, business incubation, housing services, etc.).

Responsibilities include:

-Managing and building relationships with area employers

-Initiating contact and seeking leads for business relocation, expansion, and other

-Following up on industrial inquiries, correspondence, etc.

-Create external communications for consumer-facing economic development, i.e. social media, newsletter, etc.

-Financial analysis of pending deals, incentives, grant applications, etc.

-Work with other staff to create programs and apply for funds for community development

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in related field strongly preferred, or equivalent experience

-Financial analysis skills and/or willingness to learn more required.

-Ability to work both independently and within teams required

-Excellent written and verbal communication skills required

-Ability to build and maintain working relationships with diverse communities and with policymakers required.

 

This is an FLSA non-exempt position that reports to the Deputy Director of Thrive and is based in Iola. Allen County residency must be established within 90 days of hire. Compensation DOQ/E, fringe benefits available. To apply, send resume, cover letter and references to info@thriveallencounty.org. This posting will close on January 9.