Assistant City Administrator / Community Economic Development Director

  • Lake Ozark, MO
  • Lake Ozark, Missouri
  • Mar 17, 2020
Full Time Administration and Management Community and Economic Development Executive, Management, Mid to Senior Level
  • Salary: Salary range $48,956 to $71,894 DOQ/E - plus excellent benefits USD Annually
  • Salary Top: $71,894
  • Negotiable/DOQ: Yes
  • Apply By: May 18, 2020




(Salary range $48,956 to $71,894 DOQ/E - plus excellent benefits)

The city of Lake Ozark is seeking a collaborative, dynamic and experienced Assistant City Administrator that will also serve as Community Economic Development Director - to lead

and manage the City’s planning and economic development process, and work closely

with the leadership team and elected officials to establish a vision for the future.


A scenic and growing community of nearly 2,000 residents, Lake Ozark was named after the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks, one of the largest man-made lakes in the world when it was created in 1931.  Bagnell Dam, an engineering marvel when constructed, is a hydro-electric generating facility built by Union Electric, the predecessor of current owner Ameren MO a multi-state energy provider. The lake has a surface area of 55,000 acres, nearly 1,200 miles of shoreline, and a main channel that stretches 92 miles from end to end and attracts nearly 3 million visitors annually as a premier tourist, recreation, boating and fishing destination. From March to October, the City of Lake Ozark can grow in population up to 30,000.  During the past decade, the City has developed a reputation for being more than just a “tourist destination” and is recognized for its “good governance” and for providing quality, friendly and reliable municipal services to residents, visitors, and businesses alike. The community has attracted exceptional dining, retail and entertainment businesses that are open year-round, along with beautiful and accessible lakefront or lakeview residential properties. Recently, the City has focused on diversifying its tax base to ensure sustainable, stable and affordable city services by planning for quality residential neighborhoods, commercial centers, and business parks with access to infrastructure and utilities. The city of Lake Ozark is proud of its family friendly reputation, including the fully accredited and award-winning School of the Ozarks Public Schools, with a K-12 enrollment of 1,900 students. Lake Ozark is ideally located with multiple points of access to US Highway 54, and just a short distance from MO State Highways 5 and 52. Part of the attraction to live, work, play and enjoy life as a resident, visitor or investor in this premier community is because of its central location. Lake Ozark is just a 50-minute drive to the Missouri State Capitol located in Jefferson City, 70 miles to the University of Missouri-Columbia, and is equidistance - a little more than two-hours’ drive - to both the Kansas City metropolitan area to the west, and the St. Louis metropolitan area to the east. Beautiful and secluded residential neighborhoods that surround a premier recreational lake, located in a dynamic and growing region with easy access to highways, quality schools, and a very low crime rate - all contribute toward the community’s exceptional quality of life.

Job Description

This newly created position will report to the City Administrator, but also work closely on a multitude of special projects with the community’s elected officials, staff and public. The Assistant City Administrator/Community Economic Development Director will oversee planning and building inspection and will be assigned special projects relating to economic development. This position will serve as a liaison with other area and statewide economic development agencies and organizations, and assist when assigned, to facilitate projects and initiatives that are part of the City’s overall growth strategies.  Initial priorities will include focusing and updating the City’s Comprehensive Plan and be the project lead in developing a new strategic plan for the organization.


Lake Ozark is seeking a “high performance” individual that possesses excellent communication skills and an ability to collaborate and build relationships with the City’s elected officials, boards and commissions, city staff, civic and business leaders, and the development community. The seven-member Board of Aldermen (including a directly elected Mayor) appoint a City Administrator that is tasked with overseeing and managing all municipal operations.  The City is comprised of 40 full-time and 6 part-time employees, supported by a Combined Funds Budget of approximately $6.62 million. The functional areas within the city include finance, law enforcement, streets and stormwater, water and sewer utilities, finance, planning, inspections, economic development, human resources and administration.

Job Requirements

The ideal candidate should possess a record of integrity, and experience in a variety of areas including planning, economic development, municipal finance and budget.  Familiarity with strategic planning, municipal utility operations, grant writing, and the ability to utilize social media and other forms of technology to assist in improving services to the public will be an advantage.  The selected candidate must be an effective communicator and problem solver capable of addressing issues and challenges by working collaboratively as a member of the team. Finalists for this position will be expected to exhibit effective listening, interpersonal, public speaking and leadership skills.          


A bachelor's degree is required; a master’s degree in public administration or a related field is preferred.

A minimum of 2 to 5 years’ local government experience, or experience in a comparable leadership role that has provided extensive knowledge of local government operations is required.  Although not a requirement, candidates that possess or are pursuing certification in economic development (CEcD), planning (AICP), or city management (ICMA-CM) are desired. The salary range, depending upon the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience, will range from $48,956 to $71,894.  The City provides sick leave, vacation, 11 paid holidays, life insurance at no cost to the employee and partially paid medical insurance.  Dental, vision, and dependent life insurance coverages are also offered.  The City contributes a percentage of each employee’s salary toward LAGERS, a State retirement program for local government employees with a 5-year vesting requirement. The City also offers a 457 (b) Deferred Compensation Plan that is an employee only contribution plan.

Special Instructions

For additional information please review specific qualifications, benefits, priorities and a brochure on our website at This position is open until filled with a first review of candidates on March 18, 2020. Following the first review date, resumes will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined in the recruitment brochure. For more information, please contact Art Davis at or by phone at 816-868-7042. Applicants selected as finalists for this position will be subject to comprehensive reference and background checks prior to an on-site interview.  Visit the City of Lake Ozark’s website at


The City of Lake Ozark is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

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