Archive for January, 2012

Kansas City Area Job Leads (January 2012)

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

As a service to all Kansas City area job seekers, I will post any job leads I receive from local Human Resources, recruiters, and other reputable sources. Please send contributions to info@kansascitycareerservices.com. Let’s get everyone back to work!

Meg Montford, Executive Career Coach

City of Olathe – 1-30-2012

Police Officers (Job ID:  201200013) – Police – The City of Olathe, Kansas is seeking qualified individuals for employment to enforce local, state and federal laws, to aid citizens, investigate crimes, and enforce traffic regulations.  Qualified candidates must have above average written and verbal communication skills; a High Diploma/GED; be at least 21 years of age; correctable vision to 20/20; and have no commissions/convictions of any felony.  Must pass a written test, physical agility test, oral board interview, polygraph, in depth background investigation, Chief of Police interview, a psychological evaluation, and a pre-employment physical and drug screen. Applicants must reside within a 45 mile radius of the Olathe Police Department within one year of employment date.  Starting Salary:  No previous experience: $38,417; Lateral Officer Starting range: $39,956 – $45,822 based on years of patrol experience.  Top out salary:  $65,228.   Please visit our website at for additional information regarding the hiring process.  Apply online at www.olatheks.org or in Human Resources, City of Olathe, 100 East Santa Fe, Olathe, KS  66061. Application Deadline: 2-24-2012

Aquatic Facility Maintenance Technician (Job ID:  201200012) – Parks & Recreations – Perform scheduled maintenance, installation and repair of complex aquatic electrical, pump/motor and plumbing systems.  Maintain, repair Parks & Recreation infrastructure, support city’s snow removal plan.  Requires four years experience in the maintenance of equipment associated with aquatic systems or similar field.  High school diploma or GED.  Aquatic Facility Operator Certification, or the ability to obtain one within six months of employment. Basic knowledge test will be administered.  Must have a valid driver’s license with a favorable driving record.  Successfully pass a background investigation, pre-employment physical and drug screen.  Salary:  $35,412/yr – $45,400/yr DOQ.  Apply online at www.olatheks.org or in Human Resources, City of Olathe, 100 East Santa Fe, Olathe, Kansas, 66061.  Application Deadline:  2-3-2012

Maintenance Worker II (Job ID:  201200008) – Parks & Recreation – Perform construction, operation, repair and preventative maintenance on park infrastructure.  Ability to operate a variety of equipment and tools such as:  trucks, snowplows, salt spreader, hand tools, power tools, lawn equipment, electronic test meters, pumps, and various other vehicles and equipment.  Requires one year maintenance worker experience, high school diploma or GED.  Basic knowledge test will be administered.  Must have a valid commercial driver’s (CDL) license, class B within six months of employment and able to pass a background investigation, pre-employment physical and drug screen.  Salary:  $30,264/yr – $38,800/yr DOQ.  Apply online at www.olatheks.org or in Human Resources, City of Olathe, 100 East Santa Fe, Olathe, Kansas, 66061.  Application Deadline:  2-3-2012

Division Manager (Job ID:  201100137)  – Fire (Building Codes) – To plan, direct, manage, supervise and oversee the activities and operations of the Building Codes Division of the Fire Department and act as the Chief Building Official for the City of Olathe.  Manage the Codes Administration functions of the City of Olathe, including development of policies and procedures and budget management.  Monitor and evaluate efficiency and effectiveness of the Codes Division’s work plan including assigned projects and programmatic areas.  Requires 8 – 10 yrs of progressive experience in the design, construction and inspection of public, commercial, industrial, and residential buildings, 3 – 5 yrs administrative and supervisory responsibility.  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.  Major course work in engineering, architecture, construction management, business administration, public administration, or related field.  Possession of Internal Code Council certification as a Certified Building Official.  Master Code Professional, or the ability to obtain this designation once hired.  Salary Range:  $62,556/yr – $80,200/yr DOQ.  Must have a valid driver’s license and able to successfully pass a background investigation, pre-employment physical and drug screen.  Apply online at www.olatheks.org or in Human Resources, City of Olathe, 100 East Santa Fe, Olathe, Kansas, 66061.  Application Deadline:  2-3-2012

Process Engineer (Wastewater) (Job ID:  201100131) – Public Works – Responsible for understanding the cause and effect of wastewater treatment processes and providing engineering expertise and technical guidance to staff. Utilize knowledge of treatment operations and maintenance, process optimization and control, regulatory compliance, and systems to evaluate and develop standard operating procedures and process controls for both water and wastewater treatment facilities. Oversee wastewater treatment processes to ensure federal, state, and local regulatory compliance. Communicate effectively with all levels of staff.  Six or more years of progressive experience in process analyses, operational troubleshooting, and design of water and wastewater treatment processes.  Strong understanding of treatment operations and maintenance, process optimization and control, and regulatory compliance. Hands-on experience with BNR Wastewater Treatment Plant Facilities preferred.  Bachelor of Science degree with major course work in Civil, Mechanical, Chemical, or Environmental Engineering; Master of Science degree preferred.  Possession of a Kansas Professional Engineer Registration.  Salary:  DOQ.  Must have a valid driver’s license and able to pass a background investigation, pre-employment physical, and drug screen.  Apply online at www.olatheks.org or in Human Resources, City of Olathe, 100 East Santa Fe, Olathe, Kansas, 66061.  Application Deadline: Open until filled

Process Engineer (Water Production) (Job ID:  201100133) – Public Works – Responsible for understanding the cause and effect of water treatment processes and providing engineering expertise and technical guidance to staff.  Utilize knowledge of treatment operations and maintenance, process optimization and control, regulatory compliance, and systems to evaluate and develop standard operating procedures and process controls for both water and wastewater treatment facilities. Oversee water treatment processes to ensure federal, state, and local regulatory compliance.  Communicate effectively with all levels of staff.  Six or more years of progressive experience in process analyses, operational troubleshooting, and design of water and wastewater treatment processes.  Strong understanding of treatment operations and maintenance, process optimization and control, and regulatory compliance. Hands-on experience with Membrane Filtration Water Plant Facilities and conventional filtration facilities preferred.  Bachelor of Science degree with major course work in Civil, Mechanical, Chemical, or Environmental Engineering; Master of Science degree preferred. Possession of a Kansas Professional Engineer Registration.  Salary:  DOQ.  Must have a valid driver’s license and able to pass a background investigation, pre-employment physical, and drug screen.  Apply online at www.olatheks.org or in Human Resources, City of Olathe, 100 East Santa Fe, Olathe, Kansas, 66061.  Application Deadline: Open until filled

Change Is Bittersweet – Farewell to Kansas City! Career accolades to all!

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Dear Former Clients, Prospects and Friends,

A person’s career path can take one in many directions. It may zig-zag; it may be windy. And it may not be that naturally ascending move-up, as some may desire.

Susan Ashley

With our troubling economy and this recession that has gripped us longer than we wanted, many of us found ourselves in a transition that we did not feel equipped to handle. Some of us remained employed and yet were able to move into another position in another company whether it was a step-up or a lateral move. Some of us landed in a new industry. Some took a few part-time jobs; some took a position lower on the totem pole, until they could find one that was more suited. Some of us were unemployed for months. Some of us moved to another state.

So many stories. All of them extremely important. Thank you to everyone who shared them with me in the last three years. Coaching is a very helpful component in the job search. Looking for the right job can be one of the hardest jobs there is.  Having the support, coaching and mentoring from one or many persons can be instrumental to success. There are no failures; if you experienced some setbacks, then it is a benchmark to your next success.

My husband has been working in Iowa for almost two years, and now it is time for me to join him. I will miss Kansas City; this is my home. Yet I will be back many times -  just a five hour drive from Iowa City to Kansas City.

Career services are services that I personally think are very helpful at every level of one’s career journey. So it is with that belief that I am transferring my business to a well established Executive Career Coach, Meg Montford. Meg offers coaching services and so much more! She will weave Kansas City Career Services into her own brand. Don’t be shy; continue with your inquiries. Please read her intro below.

Most of all: be proactive, keep taking that next positive step after the last, push yourselves, and live the life you want! Thank You, Good Luck and a Happy & Prosperous 2012 to all of you!

Sincerely, Susan Ashley

Meet Meg Montford

Hello Everyone!

With great enthusiasm I introduce myself to you. As a professional career coach and resume writer, I have offered career services to Kansas City area professionals since 1999 when I launched my business, Abilities Enhanced® – an online career services boutique. Over the years I’ve earned several career coaching and resume writing credentials to help me better help you. My “story” is on my main website waiting for you to read.Meg Montford

My hope is to get to know you better over the next few weeks through email messages, telephone conversations, and a get-acquainted complimentary teleconference. But don’t wait for me to contact you! If you currently have career needs, please reach out to me now. My office phone is 816.767.1196 and my direct email address is mailto:meg@abilitiesenhanced.com. Let’s chat!

Change is never easy, whether it’s changing jobs, relocating, or doing a complete career reinvention. Job seekers know that, as I’m sure Susan does, too, as she starts her new life with a new job in a new city. I wish her all the best, as I know you do, too.

Some housekeeping notes: the phone number has been changed to 816.767.1196 at kansascitycareerservices.com and there are a few other changes coming to the website in the near future, so please bear with us as information is updated.

As you and I move forward with this transition, please take a moment to “approve” my email address in your email system. It’s no fun if you miss important emails due to over-zealous junk filters.

I look forward to connecting with you very soon.

Wishing you career success in 2012!

Meg Montford, Executive Career Coach