The search for a new director of Jackson County COMBAT has begun with a job posting and the announcement of a new partnership with a University of Missouri-Kansas City nonprofit leadership center, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

The job posting was distributed to a number of advertising and job search sites. Applications will be accepted until Oct. 13, 2018. Click on this link to read the job posting.

The Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC’s Henry W. Bloch School of Management has agreed to facilitate the process for selection of the new director, the prosecutor’s office announced today. Later, a committee of community leaders will be announced to interview and select finalists.

Jackson County COMBAT strives to build a strong, safe community and reduce the dangers of illegal drugs and violent crime. First approved in 1989, the 1/4-cent COMBAT sales tax generates more than $20 million in annual revenues that are spent on a variety of county services and programs aimed at illegal drugs and reducing violent crime.

Job posting:

Department: COMBAT
Grade: g99
Salary: $75,000 – $110,520/year
Job Duties:
  • Responsible for the planning, operation, organizing and implementation of Jackson County’s anti-crime sales tax, commonly called COMBAT.
  • Works directly with the COMBAT Commission, a nine-member body appointed by the County Executive  to develop overall goals and approve funding recommendations for COMBAT programs to the Jackson County Legislature.
  • The incumbent will also work with the Jackson County Legislature and Prosecutor.
  • Offers leadership and direction to the COMBAT funded agencies and assure that each of these funded programs are operating at a high-level of performance; will facilitate the linkage of COMBAT programs to other similar agencies and programs for both programmatic and financial optimality; will be responsible for identifying innovative programs.
  • Works with various community and citizens groups that through information and programming create safer Jackson County neighborhoods.
  • Must be a proven leader in healthcare, substance abuse, legal, criminal justice or public administration.
  • Must have the ultimate aim to reduce the harms associated with and brought about by violent crime and the use and abuse of illegal substances.
  • Responsible for the preparation and implementation of a $10 million dollar budget; will be expected to expand the resources to include grants for the criminal justice, treatment and prevention aspects of the program.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Must have a Master’s degree required with a minimum of eight (8) years’ experience in the areas of Public Health, substance abuse, prosecution, and/or other similar disciplines relevant to COMBAT, or the educational equivalent to experience, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Law Enforcement, Criminology or Public Health or related field, and a minimum of five (5) years of experience in supervision and administration. 

  • Must submit to/pass pre-employment drug screen test/background check.