Greater Kansas City

President/CEO, Civic Council of Greater Kansas City

The Organization

The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City was founded in 1964 by 15 CEOs of major Kansas City companies. The goal was to bring together their civic leadership, resources and influence to accomplish what none of them, or their business enterprises, could do alone.

Today, this 501(c)(4) membership organization, comprised of the Chief Executive Officers, managing partners, and regional leaders of the larger firms in the two-state (Missouri and Kansas) metropolitan area, remains focused on ensuring a dynamic, globally-competitive region that benefits all of its citizens.  The organization takes a long term, data-driven approach and aims to accelerate growth in the region’s inclusive prosperity and quality of life by strategically deploying the personal and corporate resources, influence and expertise of the region’s business and civic leaders.

Position Overview

The President will manage the day-to-day operations of the organization, which includes an approximate $3 million budget, 8-10 full-time employees and oversight of its initiatives including Kansas City Tomorrow, KC Rising and the Heartland Collaborative. The President will be expected to prioritize an intentional external communication effort highlighting accomplishments and strategic objectives of the Civic Council and to begin executing on a multi-year strategy that will further bridge the organization with the next generation of leadership. Equally important to the position as the internal-facing functions are the external responsibilities. The President assists the Members, Board, Executive Committee, and various other committees, task forces and work groups in identifying emerging opportunities and challenges in the region and developing strategies for addressing issues identified as priorities by the Board.

The President builds collaborations and works with other regional organizations to ensure alignment in addressing issues of mutual concern. S/he represents the Civic Council before and with other groups; advocates for Civic Council positions before elected officials; assists with fund raising and management of major issue campaigns and executes other responsibilities and assignments as required.

Education & Experience

  • Experience in building, managing and working in highly collaborative initiatives with diverse partners.
  • Background in an external leadership role and experience interacting with CEO-level community leaders would be viewed favorably.
  • Solid people and budget management background is important.  The successful candidate will have proven ability to motivate, influence and manage a diverse array of dedicated professionals and support a culture of diversity & inclusion.
  • Government relations/advocacy and/or a familiarity with local and state public policy is helpful.

How To Apply

The Civic Council has retained EFL Associates to support the search process.  For more information, make a referral or apply for this role, please contact Jessica Galbraith at or 816.945.5196.

While we are presenting candidates to the Search Committee in early April, we ask that you notify EFL Associates of your interest as soon as possible.

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