Community Development Specialist

East Central Iowa Council of Governments

Are you passionate about advancing rural communities? Do you enjoy working with citizen volunteers? If yes. this may be the position for you! The East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG) is seeking a Community Development Specialist to join our team. Half of this full-time position will be dedicated to serving as a community coach for five rural towns – working directly with citizen committees to identify and advance projects to improve their community. The remaining time will be devoted to coordinating work associated with Envision East Central Iowa (our regional economic development strategy), grant writing and administration, and assisting with planning projects throughout the region.   

Our ideal candidate would have:

  • A bachelor’s degree in planning, public administration or related field,
  • At least two years of experience supporting volunteer groups,
  • Strong communication skills,
  • Strong attention to detail,
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, and
  • Overt passion for helping communities thrive


…but we recognize that the person with the passion we seek may not fit this list perfectly. Successful candidates will model ECICOG’s core values of service, flexibility, teamwork, “can-do” spirit, and love for our communities and region.

ECICOG is a small intergovernmental agency serving Benton, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Iowa and Washington counties. Our mission is to help build vibrant, forward communities in a resilient region by:

  • Promoting regional collaboration,
  • Planning for the future,
  • Sharing technical skills, and
  • Leveraging state and federal resources.

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to While this position will remain open until filled, we encourage you to apply by August 8 to ensure consideration.

Hiring range is 40-60k per year (depending on experience) with excellent benefits, including health and dental insurance, IPERS and a generous PTO program. ECICOG employees have the option to work from home two days a week.

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Community Development Specialist

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