The Kansas Department of Commerce regularly has openings across a variety of fields including program management, IT, workforce services and more.

When you choose a career with the Department of Commerce, you’re choosing to be part of an exciting organization with an important mission to help grow the state of Kansas and create an environment where businesses, communities and people can excel for generations to come.

We’ve collected some exciting opportunities here on this page, or you can visit the State of Kansas Job Board. If an opportunity seems exciting to you please reach out to our HR Recruiting team with your current resume using the form below.

Department of Commerce

Director of Advanced Technology

In collaboration with state leadership and Bioscience/Tech Sector partners, designs a framework through which Kansas can professionally and skillfully re-establish technology and bio/life sciences as a major business recruitment and retention priority helping make Kansas a national leader in bioscience, foster economic growth, advance scientific knowledge and improve Kansans’ quality of life.

Job Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Advises and coordinates with the Secretary of Commerce, Chief Strategy Officer and the Administration on methods and strategies to be more competitive in the advanced technology sector, especially business development including startups, recruitment and business expansion
  • Serve as a liaison with companies and entrepreneurs in the technology sector by identifying opportunities for growth and developing positive relationships with key individuals in such companies
  • Remains current in areas of expertise in technology sectors.  Provide technical business assistance to early stage Kansas companies regarding SBIR/STTR and technology commercialization, coordinates training seminars, provides mentoring and intermediary services linking businesses with federal agencies
  • Develop partnerships with Regent universities to advance research investments toward commercialization, thus creating new business ventures that seek to grow in Kansas
  • Serves as liaison with trade associations in the technology sector to market Kansas as a national leader in technology growth
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Monday – Friday, 8:00a – 5:00p
$60,000 – 82,000 annually depending on education and experience.
* Salary can vary depending upon education, experience, or qualifications.
Benefits Eligible

Director of Marketing and Communications

The Kansas Department of Commerce is recruiting a Director of Marketing and Communications. The Director of Marketing and Communications is a critical role to the successful operations of the agency.  This position is charged with directing all communications and marketing initiatives within the agency including the development of written materials, visual content, social media content, and other collateral materials.  This position also serves as the primary point of contact for all media outlets.    

Job Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Oversee production of all written materials, digital visual content, website content and social media content including news releases, talking points, feature articles, newsletters and graphics.
  • Responsible for developing strategies to proactively pitch stories and get news coverage of agency programs, initiatives and successes
  • Provide direct supervision and management of the Marketing and Communications staff
  • Develop and implement the agency strategic marketing plan.  Plan, organize and direct all marketing activities for the agency
  • Collaborate with agency divisions to promote the State of Kansas and entice new and existing businesses into the state.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Three to five years of experience with demonstrated success in the field of public relations, communications and marketing within the public, private and/or non-profit sectors.  Bachelor’s degree in marketing, public relations, communications, journalism, public administration or related field is required.  Must have the ability to travel, including international travel and occasional overnight and weekend work will be required.
  • Experience with website design and content management, social media, traditional media, branding campaign and event planning to ensure all marketing and communication efforts are well coordinated and serve to reinforce a more confident, optimistic message about Kansas.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written are needed, as well as solid strategic thinking and leadership skills.  Must be articulate, organized, detail oriented, creative, assertive, dependable and good at prioritizing projects and meeting deadlines. 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Professional is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Basic proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.) 
  • Experience writing copy for marketing collateral and websites is desirable. 
  • Experience working in an economic development setting is desirable.

Monday – Friday, 8:00a – 5:00p
$70,000 – $95,000 annually depending on education and experience.
* Salary can vary depending upon education, experience, or qualifications.
Benefits Eligible

Project Manager – East Central/ KC Metro

Delivers highly diverse, and sometimes complex business development programs administered by the State.  Prepares and presents state and federal financing options and incentives for new and existing businesses.  Serves as the Commerce business retention liaison in East Central/KC Metro Region.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Regularly meets with existing businesses in the East Central/KC Metro Region to help stimulate growth of the Kansas economy. 
  • Communicates with entrepreneurs, company executives and community leaders to help expand and retain business in Kansas.
  • Provides technical expertise to in-state business prospects regarding the advantages of business retention and expansion.
  • Prepares and presents written proposals to companies outlining the incentives available to them.
  • Negotiates with companies on monies available and interact with agency decision makers in support of worthy projects.
  • Plans, develops, and implements programs to guide the efforts of communities and local development officials for the purpose of retaining existing businesses, increasing national markets for local businesses, and revitalizing communities in Northeast Kansas.
  • Represents the agency by attending a wide variety of economic development-related meetings, such as industry stakeholder meetings, economic development conferences and workshops as well as attends banquets and events in the region.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three to five years’ experience in delivering or working with economic development programs
  •  Two years’ experience in a non-retail sales environment
  •  Master’s degree in business administration, marketing or related field 
  •  Knowledge of Salesforce or other customer relationship management systems

Monday – Friday, 8:00a – 5:00p
$58,240 to $62,400 annually depending on education and experience.* Salary can vary depending upon education, experience, or qualifications.
Benefits Eligible

Regional Project Manager (Economic Development Rep)

Delivers highly diverse, and sometimes complex business development programs administered by the State.  Prepares and presents state and federal financing options and incentives for new and existing businesses.  Serves as the Commerce business retention liaison in Northeast Kansas.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Regularly meets with existing businesses in the Northeast Region to help stimulate growth of the Kansas economy. 
  • Communicates with entrepreneurs, company executives and community leaders to help expand and retain business in Kansas.
  • Provides technical expertise to in-state business prospects regarding the advantages of business retention and expansion.
  • Prepares and presents written proposals to companies outlining the incentives available to them.
  • Negotiates with companies on monies available and interact with agency decision makers in support of worthy projects.
  • Plans, develops, and implements programs to guide the efforts of communities and local development officials for the purpose of retaining existing businesses, increasing national markets for local businesses, and revitalizing communities in Northeast Kansas.
  • Represents the agency by attending a wide variety of economic development-related meetings, such as industry stakeholder meetings, economic development conferences and workshops as well as attends banquets and events in the region.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three to five years’ experience in delivering or working with economic development programs
  •  Two years’ experience in a non-retail sales environment
  •  Master’s degree in business administration, marketing or related field 
  •  Knowledge of Salesforce or other customer relationship management systems

Monday – Friday, 8:00a – 5:00p
$58,240 to $62,400 annually depending on education and experience.* Salary can vary depending upon education, experience, or qualifications.
Benefits Eligible

Program Manager/Recruitment Specialist – Workforce Training and Education

The Program Manager/Recruitment Specialist for Workforce Training & Education works closely with the agency to implement statewide activities related to the Workforce AID initiative and related projects. The Program Manager/Recruitment Specialist will coordinate, manage and communicate with employers, educational institutions, agency representatives, local workforce development boards, staffing agencies, local economic development partners and other stakeholders across the state to implement and scale the multiple strategies supporting Workforce AID and other workforce initiatives. Workforce (AID) [Aligned with Industry Demand] is focused on connecting the demand side (employers) with the supply side (educational institutions) to provide industry designed training programs responsive to employer demands for workforce and deliver the skilled, credentialed workforce employers need. Additionally, the Program Manager/Recruiting Specialist will provide leadership and interface with human resource departments at partner companies and others to assist with project implementation. The Program Manager/Recruitment Specialist may also assist with and support related statewide and strategic workforce initiatives as further defined by the Director of Workforce Services and the Secretary of Commerce.

  • Coordinates, manages, markets, organizes and implements the Workforce AID program
  • Coordinates, recruits for, markets to and communicates with employers, educational institutions and other stakeholders across the state in all aspects of Workforce AID, in conjunction with the Director of Workforce Services and the agency
  • Works closely with workforce unit personnel, Commerce and Kansas Board of Regents staff and other departments
  • Maintains materials for marketing the initiative, tracking and evaluating performance, and will work with other staff to ensure timely delivery of trainees to employers
  • Works closely with partner companies, staffing companies, other agencies, educational institutions, and other organizations to research trends and develop training programs to recruit the talent needed to support demand driven workforce initiatives. This includes industry specific research and analysis of future workforce needs
  • Assists the agency with a variety of other workforce initiatives related to alignment of workforce, education and economic development

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or experience of at least one to two years’ in workforce development, economic development, education systems and training or similar work may be considered in lieu of a bachelor’s degree on an individual basis
  • Experience working with employers and various business models for workforce development
  • Experience working with postsecondary institutions
  • Experience working with economic and labor market models
  • Must be able to travel within and outside the state of Kansas

Monday – Friday, 8:00a – 5:00p
$70,000.00-$75,000.00 annually depending on education and experience.
* Salary can vary depending upon education, experience, or qualifications.
Benefits Eligible

Economic Analyst

Manages and coordinates contracts with grant sub-recipients. Manages deliverables by contract recipients.

Designs and develops programs in response to program or grant requirements; coordinates and facilitates procurement measures for contract recipients of US Economic Development Administration programs.

Provides training, technical assistance and consultative services to grant partners as requested and/or required.

Assures all assigned programs are compliant, operational and meet objectives. Assures reporting for selected activities serving as a liaison between the department and the US Economic Development Administration.

Coordinates assigned projects, contracts and MOUs; oversees and monitors programs that are developed; provides support regarding program needs and operational issues; advises fund recipients of methods to improve programs and keeps them abreast of applicable state and federal laws and regulations. Satisfactorily completes all training required by federal, state and local partners.

Job Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:  

  • Contract management with selected providers
  • Periodic internal reporting of fund management and executed services
  • Review of contract compliance and services
  • Budget management of award
  • Coordination and preparation of federal compliance reports

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 2 years of experience planning, implementing and monitoring activities relevant to state or federal grant programs

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a Public Administration, Business Management, Economics, or Finance or related field from an accredited college or university
  • Previous experience in grant administration and contract management
  • Training and consultation experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; MS Word and Excel proficient

Monday – Friday, 8:00a – 5:00p
$50,000.00 annually depending on education and experience.
* Salary can vary depending upon education, experience, or qualifications.
Benefits Eligible

Administrative Intern

The Kansas Department of Commerce is seeking an intern for a marketing outreach opportunity in the agency headquarters in Topeka. This intern will work closely with the outreach coordinator of the Workforce Services division.

  • Reviews electronic file folders to ensure that the files are organized in the manner needed for program efficiency. Organizes the electronic file folders in the appropriate order as needed
  • Maintains and updates the Minority and Women Business computer database utilizing Salesforce to track, record and retrieve information regarding certified minority, women and disadvantaged businesses
  • Assists in processing documents during the Annual Update and Triennial Review period. This includes reviewing documents for accuracy and continued compliance with program eligibility and updating the computer database
  • Scans paper applications to create electronic file folders in the Minority and Women Business filing folder.  Add New Applications to the Excel tracking log and send receipt of Application via email
  • Performs other duties as assigned related to minority and women owned businesses

Qualifications:

  • College courses or demonstrated work experience in marketing, journalism or business management

Part-time up to 20 hours per week
$14.00/hr

Workforce Services

Administrative Specialist

Serve as team member of the administrative support team within the Workforce Services (WFS) Division and for WFS Field staff.  Incumbent provides support to the units within Workforce Services including and not limited to: Apprenticeship, TAA, KANSASWORKS State Board, WIOA, Dislocated Workers, Foreign Labor Certification, WOTC, WIF, DEI, Rapid Response, Veterans, KHPOP and assistance among various divisions within Commerce. 

Qualifications:

  • Three years’ experience providing administrative support at a high level
  • Proficient computer skills and in-depth knowledge of relevant software such MS Office Suit
  • Knowledge of standard office administrative practices and procedures

Monday – Friday, 8:00a – 5:00p
$14.30 to $21.13/hour
Benefits Eligible
*Salary can vary depending upon education, experience, or qualifications.

Migrant Seasonal Farm Worker (Program Specialist II)

Serve as team member of the administrative support team within the Workforce Services (WFS) Division and for WFS Field staff.  Incumbent provides support to the units within Workforce Services including and not limited to: Apprenticeship, TAA, KANSASWORKS State Board, WIOA, Dislocated Workers, Foreign Labor Certification, WOTC, WIF, DEI, Rapid Response, Veterans, KHPOP and assistance among various divisions within Commerce. 

Qualifications:

  • Three years’ experience providing administrative support at a high level
  • Proficient computer skills and in-depth knowledge of relevant software such MS Office Suit
  • Knowledge of standard office administrative practices and procedures

Minimum Qualifications:  

  • One year of experience interacting with clients, customers, or the public in a social service, customer service or problem resolution setting
  • Twelve (12) credit hours of course work at the post-secondary level in social services, human services or a related field may be substituted for the one year of experience
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid Driver License and ability to travel to communities throughout the local area or other assigned locales
  • Special Qualifications:

MSFW Outreach Worker hiring priority is based on the categories below, as annotated in 653.107   Outreach and Agricultural Outreach Plan.(3) For purposes of hiring and assigning staff to conduct outreach duties, and to maintain compliance with SWAs’ Affirmative Action programs, SWAs must seek, through merit system procedures, qualified candidates who:

(i)         Are from MSFW backgrounds;

(ii)        Speak a language common among MSFWs in the State; or

(iii)       Are racially or ethnically representative of the MSFWs in the service area.

Monday – Friday, 8:00a – 5:00p
$16.16/hour
Pay starts at $16.16/hr., then staff enter the Kansas Registered Apprentice Program the beginning of the year after hire where pay increases to $17.39/hr. at the end of the first year, and to $19.16/hr. at the end of the second year. 

The Kansas Registered Apprentice Program is a structured training program where staff gain specific skills and competencies enabling them to fill multiple roles within the workforce system. 


Benefits Eligible
*Salary can vary depending upon education, experience, or qualifications.

TAA Case Manager (Program Specialist)

This is technical work interviewing clients to determine potential eligibility for the WIOA/TAA program and customizing services thereafter. The position is located at the Wichita Workforce Center in Wichita, KS.  There is occasional local travel involved; only rarely will overnight travel be required.

  • Gathers supporting documentation to determine eligibility in accordance with WIOA/TAA regulations
  • Evaluates the employment and training needs of applicants.  Creates individual employment and training plans with the applicant and the timeline to complete the objective
  • Completes contracts for training programs with training providers
  • Monitors participant’s progress while participating in a training program which continues through employment
  • Completes all necessary paperwork and documentation of activity in ServiceLink according to state and local procedures
  • Staff job fairs and refer job candidates to employment opportunities and support services as appropriate
  • Work with businesses requiring employment assistance in Wichita and its surrounding areas

Mon-Thurs 7:00am to 5:00pm, Friday 8:00am to 12:00pm

$15.75/hr.

Benefits Eligible

Workforce Services Specialist (Program Specialist II)

This is technical work interviewing clients to obtain information needed to determine potential eligibility for training programs, job referrals and other program services.  The position is located at the Great Bend Workforce Center in Great Bend, KS. There is occasional local travel involved and may be overnight. 

Job Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist job seekers in their search for employment by providing an orientation of the Workforce Center services, resume assistance, KANSASWORKS registration and job search assistance
  • Determine potential eligibility for and refer to partner programs
  • Refer job candidates to employment opportunities and support services as appropriate
  • Work with businesses requiring employment assistance in Great Bend and its surrounding areas
  • Provides early intervention services for Unemployment Insurance claimants identified as likely to exhaust benefits 
  • Provide case management for a variety of re-employment programs

Monday – Friday; 8:00a – 5:00p

$16.16/hr.

Pay starts at $16.16/hr., then staff enter the Kansas Registered Apprentice Program at the beginning of the year after hire, where pay increase to $17.39/hr. at the end of the first year, and goes to $19.16/hr. at the end of the second year. 
Benefits Eligible

Veteran Employment Representative (DVOP)

This is technical work interviewing clients to obtain information needed to determine potential eligibility for training programs, job referrals and other program services.  The This position is responsible for fulfilling the JVSG duties under the Wagner-Peyser Act.  This position specializes in customer’s professional growth by implementing and monitoring a targeted employment plan. In addition, this position assists customers with available resources and/or programs specific to their needs. Daily environment includes continuous contact with the public and requires a valid driver’s license or ability to travel as needed to conduct outreach and case management with veterans. Overnight travel will be required.

Job Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Deliver comprehensive case management to veterans with multiple, significant barriers to employment.
  • Maintain comprehensive documentation including detailed customer notes, service history and Individual Employment Plans in the KANSASWORKS.com customer management system.
  • Conduct outreach to locate veterans who could benefit from intensive services and market these services to potential customers at locations including homeless shelters and other service providers.
  • Connect veterans to community resources for services such as job placement, debt counseling, legal aid, housing, medical treatment, or financial assistance.
  • Collaborate with workforce and veteran service partners in an integrated service-delivery model to assist veterans with career guidance including résumés, interviewing skills, labor market information and job retention skills.
  • Maintain close contact with customers during job readiness preparation and upon job placement to resolve problems and evaluate placement adequacy.
  • Staff job fairs and other community events.
  • Dependent on the Workforce Center location, position may assist non-veteran populations and local employers

Monday – Friday; 8:00a – 5:00p

$17.39 /hour
Benefits Eligible

Apprenticeship Grant Coordinator-Manufacturing Sector

The main purpose of the Apprenticeship Grant Coordinator is to develop new Registered Apprenticeship opportunities and expand existing Registered Apprenticeship programs in the State of Kansas with emphasis on but not limited to the manufacturing industry.

Job Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Perform the operation of statewide Registered Apprenticeship Program in accordance with state and federal laws, regulations, policies, guidelines and standards.
  • Promote public awareness of program through presentations and meetings with employers, legislative committees, associations, Local Workforce Investment Boards, state agency staff and other interested groups.
  • Carryout registered apprenticeship program business plan that sets forth strategies and benchmarks to provide superior customer service that supports the vision and mission of the Workforce Development organizational unit.
  • Work directly with partners and staff to negotiate for the development of high wage opportunities for Kansans, by helping prioritize critical industries and occupations.
  • Coordinate externally with businesses, community colleges and technical schools for implementation of strategic direction and responds to public request for information and assistance.
  • Process & Maintain Sponsor/Apprentice information into the RAPIDS system.
  • Provide RAPIDS support to registered sponsors as needed.
  • Process Information obtained from various sources into the statewide automated data systems (KANSASWORKS.com) in accordance with standard procedures, rules and regulations for the purpose of coordinating partner services and documenting Wagner-Peyser program performances.
  • Document and provide detailed monthly reports to the RA Grant Coordinator on Registered Apprenticeship Activities including employer and educational outreach.
  • Participate in weekly R A calls
  • Perform other duties as assigned/allowable within Apprenticeship program.

Monday – Friday; 8:00a – 5:00p

$19.00/hour
Benefits Eligible

Apprenticeship Grant Coordinator-IT Sector

The main purpose of the Apprenticeship Grant Coordinator is to develop new Registered Apprenticeship opportunities and expand existing Registered Apprenticeship programs in the State of Kansas with emphasis on but not limited to the IT sector.

Job Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Perform the operation of statewide Registered Apprenticeship Program in accordance with state and federal laws, regulations, policies, guidelines and standards.
  • Promote public awareness of program through presentations and meetings with employers, legislative committees, associations, Local Workforce Investment Boards, state agency staff and other interested groups.
  • Carryout registered apprenticeship program business plan that sets forth strategies and benchmarks to provide superior customer service that supports the vision and mission of the Workforce Development organizational unit.
  • Work directly with partners and staff to negotiate for the development of high wage opportunities for Kansans, by helping prioritize critical industries and occupations.
  • Coordinate externally with businesses, community colleges and technical schools for implementation of strategic direction and responds to public request for information and assistance.
  • Process & Maintain Sponsor/Apprentice information into the RAPIDS system.
  • Provide RAPIDS support to registered sponsors as needed.
  • Process Information obtained from various sources into the statewide automated data systems (KANSASWORKS.com) in accordance with standard procedures, rules and regulations for the purpose of coordinating partner services and documenting Wagner-Peyser program performances.
  • Document and provide detailed monthly reports to the RA Grant Coordinator on Registered Apprenticeship Activities including employer and educational outreach.
  • Participate in weekly R A calls
  • Perform other duties as assigned/allowable within Apprenticeship program.

Monday – Friday; 8:00a – 5:00p

$19.00/hour
Benefits Eligible

DVOP/WP (Program Consultant I) – Leavenworth

This position is responsible for fulfilling the JVSG duties under the Wagner-Peyser Act.  This position specializes in customer’s professional growth by implementing and monitoring a targeted employment plan. In addition, this position assists customers with available resources and/or programs specific to their needs. Daily environment includes continuous contact with the public and requires a valid driver’s license or ability to travel as needed to conduct outreach and case management with veterans. Overnight travel will be required.

The position is located on Fort Leavenworth and at the Leavenworth Workforce Center.

Job Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Deliver comprehensive case management to veterans with multiple, significant barriers to employment.
  • Maintain comprehensive documentation including detailed customer notes, service history and Individual Employment Plans in the KANSASWORKS customer management system.
  • Conduct outreach to locate veterans who could benefit from individualized career services and market these services to potential customers at locations including homeless shelters and other service providers.
  • Connect veterans to community resources for services such as job placement, debt counseling, legal aid, housing, medical treatment, or financial assistance.
  • Collaborate with workforce and veteran services partners in an integrated service-delivery model to assist veterans with career guidance including résumés, interviewing skills, labor market information and job retention skills
  • Maintain close contact with clients during job readiness preparation and upon job placement to resolve problems and evaluate placement adequacy.
  • Staff job fairs and other community events.

Minimum Qualifications:  

  • Six (6) months experience in planning, implementing and monitoring activities relevant to the Workforce Center (e.g. career counseling, job placement, recruitment, assessment and deployment of staff) or similar related experience
  • Twenty-four (24) credit hours of course work at the post-secondary level may be substituted for experience
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • You must submit your complete application and all supporting documents by the closing date of the announcement 
  • Hiring priority is based on the categories below, as annotated in 38 U.S.C. 4103a(a).  DD FM 214 and related documentation must be submitted with your application to verify the following information
  1. Special disabled veterans
  2. Other disabled veterans
  3. Other eligible veterans

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelors’ degree, with one (1) year related work experience
  • One year of marketing or sales experience, private sector hiring practices, presentation development and delivery to diverse population and group sizes ranging from large to one on one
  • Certification by National Veterans’ Training Institute a plus; however, new employees are mandated to complete this training within 18 months of hire
  • Knowledge of veterans’ employment issues and related employment strategies
  • Bilingual a plus but not required

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Word & Excel
  • Typing
  • Internet Explorer
  • Business Etiquette

Monday – Friday; 8:00a – 5:00p
Location: Leavenworth KS-  Fort Leavenworth and Leavenworth Workforce Center

$17.39/hour
Benefits Eligible

Veteran Employment Representative (DVOP) – Wyandotte County Workforce Center

This position is responsible for fulfilling the JVSG duties under the Wagner-Peyser Act.  This position specializes in customer’s professional growth by implementing and monitoring a targeted employment plan. In addition, this position assists customers with available resources and/or programs specific to their needs. Daily environment includes continuous contact with the public and requires a valid driver’s license or ability to travel as needed to conduct outreach and case management with veterans. Overnight travel will be required.

The position is located at the Wyandotte County Workforce Center.

Job Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Deliver comprehensive case management to veterans with multiple, significant barriers to employment.
  • Maintain comprehensive documentation including detailed customer notes, service history and Individual Employment Plans in the KANSASWORKS customer management system.
  • Conduct outreach to locate veterans who could benefit from individualized career services and market these services to potential customers at locations including homeless shelters and other service providers.
  • Connect veterans to community resources for services such as job placement, debt counseling, legal aid, housing, medical treatment, or financial assistance.
  • Collaborate with workforce and veteran services partners in an integrated service-delivery model to assist veterans with career guidance including résumés, interviewing skills, labor market information and job retention skills
  • Maintain close contact with clients during job readiness preparation and upon job placement to resolve problems and evaluate placement adequacy.
  • Staff job fairs and other community events.

Minimum Qualifications:  

  • Six (6) months experience in planning, implementing and monitoring activities relevant to the Workforce Center (e.g. career counseling, job placement, recruitment, assessment and deployment of staff) or similar related experience
  • Twenty-four (24) credit hours of course work at the post-secondary level may be substituted for experience
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • You must submit your complete application and all supporting documents by the closing date of the announcement 
  • Hiring priority is based on the categories below, as annotated in 38 U.S.C. 4103a(a).  DD FM 214 and related documentation must be submitted with your application to verify the following information
  1. Special disabled veterans
  2. Other disabled veterans
  3. Other eligible veterans

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelors’ degree, with one (1) year related work experience
  • One year of marketing or sales experience, private sector hiring practices, presentation development and delivery to diverse population and group sizes ranging from large to one on one
  • Certification by National Veterans’ Training Institute a plus; however, new employees are mandated to complete this training within 18 months of hire
  • Knowledge of veterans’ employment issues and related employment strategies
  • Bilingual a plus but not required

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Word & Excel
  • Typing
  • Internet Explorer
  • Business Etiquette

Monday – Friday; 8:00a – 5:00p
Location: Leavenworth KS-  Fort Leavenworth and Leavenworth Workforce Center

$17.39/hour
Benefits Eligible

Outreach Coordinator Intern

The Kansas Department of Commerce is seeking an intern for a marketing outreach opportunity in the agency headquarters in Topeka. This intern will work closely with the outreach coordinator of the Workforce Services division.

  • CompAssist in the coordination of the social media activities for KANSASWORKS, including but not limited to writing, developing, teaching, managing, analyzing the department’s social media presence on all relevant platforms
  • Research and present new ideas to the leadership team focused on the organizations target audiences. Monitor and share relevant trends and successes
  • Assist in designing, writing, producing and distributing communication materials
  • Recognize and implement new communication methods, optimize existing tools, and create greater engagement among businesses, job seeker and partners
  • Assist in ensuring that all locally developed marketing materials undergo brand review and adhere to brand guidelines
  • Work with and communicate with marketing/promotional product vendors

Qualifications:

  • Current enrollment in an Associate Degree, Bachelor Degree or Certification program related to Marketing, Journalism, Social Media, Design or Communications
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office a plus

Part-time up to 20 hours per week
$14.30/hr

Technical Research Analyst
  • Collects, researches, analyzes, interprets and reports using data within KANSASWORKS.com to communicate needs for improvement, best practices and impact analysis for Workforce Service administered programs. Other resources like Kansas Labor Information Center (KLIC), EMSI, and Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), etc. to analyze current processes, policies and procedures to promote continuous improvement for workforce programs
  • Formulate, test and create scripts using software applications like DBEAVER, Python, SQL, PostgreSQL to provide real-time report and analysis using KANSASWORKS.com static database. Translates data and formulate into comprehendible reports and presentations
  • Develops methodologies, tools and standards for data research, collection, analysis and reporting to ensure conformance with federal requirements, agency policies and procedures, and professional standards. Produce program evaluation reports in relation to the interpretation of these policies and procedures
  • Collaborates with the RETAINWORKs program and technical staff to manage Data Understanding Agreements (DUA’s), Memorandum of Understandings (MOU’s) and Internal Review Board (IRB) in relation to the RETAIN grant. Partners/collaborations may include internal and external customers such as: RETAIN Program Manager, Commerce Legal, Commerce Fiscal, Mathematica, Social Security Administration, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). This may include in-person/virtual meetings, written correspondence, and/or routine reporting requirements dictated by USDOL

Qualifications:

  • Three years of experience in collecting, evaluating, studying or reporting on statistical, economic, fiscal/budget, legislative or administrative data. Education may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the agency

Starting Salary: $21.63-$24.48/hr.

*Salary can vary depending upon education, experience, or qualifications.

Technical Research Analyst

Office of Rural Prosperity

Project Manager

The Office of Rural Prosperity’s Program Manager is a critical role within the Office of Rural Prosperity. The Program Manager is responsible for the smooth running of day-to-day operations and strengthening the Office of Rural Prosperity’s (“ORP”) goals. As the first point of contact for ORP, they should conduct themselves in a way that strengthens and protects the reputation of the State of Kansas and the administration.

The Program Manager is based in the Office of Rural Prosperity Office located in Independence, Kansas, and reports to ORP’s Executive Director (“Director”).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public administration, political science, business, communications, or another related field is preferred but not required.
  • Experience in public administration, rural development, strategic planning, operations, communication, or a related field is preferred but not required.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills along with the ability to work well under pressure and balance multiple tasks of high priority.
  • Must be discreet, possess independent judgment and maintain a keen attention to detail.

Monday – Friday, 8:00a – 5:00p
$55,000.00-$65,000.00/yr.
Benefits Eligible
*Salary can vary depending upon education, experience, or qualifications.

Tourism

Tourism Intern

The Kansas Department of Commerce is seeking an intern for the Kansas Tourism Division. It’s going to be a busy summer travel season in Kansas!! This position will assist with projects in the marketing team, database, Agritourism Programs and the Kansas Byways Program.

Intern Qualifications:

  • College courses or demonstrated work experience in marketing, journalism or business management
  • Using Adobe Creative Suite and excellent writing skills a plus

Part-time up to 20 hours per week

$14/hr

Community Development

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Manager

The Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is an essential funding source for Kansas communities that is housed in the Community Development Division of Commerce. The CDBG Program Manager manages and implements the federally funded program activities with the CDBG staff, assisting cities, counties, and community organizations with understanding the program, policies, and eligible activities. This position works with the HUD regional and national offices, State and federal legislators, elected officials of cities and counties, city and county clerks, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, US Department of Labor, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Kansas Water Office, Kansas Housing Resources Corporation, Kansas Department of Administration, all other divisions of Commerce, Chambers of Commerce, private for-profit companies and non-profit organizations, USDA Rural Development, US Economic Development Administration, and Kansas banks with Small Business Administration loans, and COSCDA.

Job Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:  

  • Plans, revises, and designs the state administered Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program in accordance with the needs of Kansas communities while complying with applicable federal and state laws and regulations. The program design will maximize the use of the available funds from the annual congressional appropriation, supplemental emergency appropriations, and the Section 108 provisions of the HUD Act. 
  • Supervises professional, technical, and administrative staff responsible for attaining the federal and state CDBG program goals and objectives. Plans, assigns, reviews and evaluates the performance of program personnel; schedules training as needed; initiates hiring, dismissal, and other personnel actions for CDBG staff.
  • Conducts regular meetings with staff to evaluate and monitor progress toward established priority outcomes. Arranges technical assistance to local governments, private companies, and individuals assuring grantee knowledge, success, and compliance. Monitors and evaluates program effectiveness against established performance measures.
  • Gathers data, reviews information with staff, takes corrective action to ensure performance measures are achieved, or makes recommendations to the Division Director regarding adjustments to performance measures. Coordinates responses for Division Director to requests for information from outside agencies and the Legislature.
  • Reviews and analyzes federal and state laws and regulations relating to the CDBG program. Represents the Division in areas relating to the program at workshops, seminars, conferences, and other meetings with private and public officials. Directs comprehensive financial auditing throughout the life of projects to verify project achievements and compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations covering grant funding activities. This same responsibility is applicable to projects funded by cities/counties with funds generated by repayment of grant awards (i.e. program income) loaned to businesses for expansion or start-up projects.
  • Assists the Division Director in developing the annual administrative budget for the CDBG program and monitoring expenditures to assure adherence to budgetary constraints, and performs other duties as assigned by the Division Director.

 Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree
  • Have five or more years of experience in the Community Development Block Grant program or another federally-regulated grant program; managing and supervising a team; and administering financial, physical, and informational resources.
  • Ability to plan, assign, and supervise the work of others.
  • Ability to communicate regulatory language effectively to constituents in various situations both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to proactively establish and maintain satisfactory working relationships with constituents, city and county officials, regional planning commissions, administrative officials, community organizations, and the public.
  • Ability to identify and analyze problems and to select, implement, and evaluate solutions, balancing regulation with policy and solutions with internal and external constituents.
  • Experience with federal and state reporting systems, Excel, Access, Microsoft Office, Outlook, DocuSign, and other computer applications.
  • Hold and maintain a valid Kansas Driver’s License with Real ID.
  • Travel as necessary for meetings, trainings, and project reviews.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and experience in business management or operations; marketing; public relations; public administration; professional writing and communication; compliance;
  • Research and policy analysis; grant writing and grant management; budget preparation; and program evaluation.
  • Experience developing and delivering training programs to the general public.
  • Be able to work quickly and efficiently, focus in an office environment, and be highly responsive to quick deadlines.
  • Experience with Salesforce.

Monday – Friday, 8:00a – 5:00p
$60,000.00 to $70,000.00 annually depending on education and experience.
Benefits Eligible
*Salary can vary depending upon education, experience, or qualifications.

Community Development Specialist (Economic Development Rep)

The Kansas Department of Commerce is recruiting a Community Development Specialist (Economic Development Rep). This person will directly assist communities with childcare, youth development, and community development needs, providing specialized skills in community engagement, project planning, grant writing assistance, project management, and evaluation to communities, working with the resources of the Community Development Division and Commerce.  They will be responsible for the management of the Community Service Tax Credit (CSP) Program and serve as a liaison for Rural Opportunity Zones (ROZ) eligible counties. This person will work closely with the Community Development Division programs and Regional Planning Commissions, economic and community development organizations, and local communities.

Job Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:  

  • Proactively engage with communities across the state to address community asset opportunities for childcare, youth development and community development. Continually develop and disseminate resource guides for the development and financing of community assets. Connect communities with funding resources, training, technical assistance and development for childcare, working directly with the Kansas Children’s Cabinet. Assist with grant writing and proposal planning.
  • Manage the Community Service Tax Credit (CSP) Program, including updating program guidelines, development of the application and scoring rubric, overseeing the administration of the tax credit issuance, and providing regular reporting and evaluation of the program. 
  • Serve as a liaison for Rural Opportunity Zones (ROZ) eligible counties and the program manager.
  • Manages the Community Service Tax Credit (CSP) Program and serve as the liaison for Rural Opportunity Zones (ROZ) eligible counties.  Develops community assets and will be proactive and highly responsive to community needs statewide, connecting financial and technical resources. This position will work closely with the Community Development Division programs and Regional Planning Commissions, economic and community development organizations, and local communities.

**Candidates for this position will be considered from across the state and will be located in one of Commerce’s regional offices in Central Kansas. Standard work hours are M-F, 8 AM to 5 PM with evenings and weekends required as needed to assist communities and participate in community meetings.**

 Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree
  • Have 5 or more years of experience in planning, community development, grant writing, evaluation, or project management
  • Hold and maintain a valid Kansas Driver’s License
  • Be able to travel from assigned workstation 80% of the time and stay overnight as needed
  • Work both independently and collaboratively

NOTE: Candidates for this position will be considered from across the state and will be located in one of Commerce’s regional office locations in Central Kansas. Standard work hours are M-F, 8 AM to 5 PM with evenings and weekends required as needed to assist communities and participate in community meetings.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in related discipline
  • 5+ years of experience in planning, community development, grant writing, evaluation, or project management

Monday – Friday, 8:00a – 5:00p
$50,000.00 to $60,000.00 annually depending on education and experience.
Benefits Eligible
*Salary can vary depending upon education, experience, or qualifications.

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