Executive Director

Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts
November 17, 2022
Frankfort, KY
Job Type


State Association Seeking Executive Director

The Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts (KCADD) and the Kentucky Association of District Directors (KADD) are seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director for their office located in Frankfort, Kentucky.  The position serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of both organizations.

Applicants must possess a master’s degree in public administration, business administration, planning or related field, plus a minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in public service, including management and supervision and experience in planning and intergovernmental relations; or a bachelor’s degree plus at least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in planning or intergovernmental relations.


Experience in association management is desirable.

Further details of the job description and requirements can be found at www.kcadd.org.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and thorough resume to:

Ms. Marilyn Eaton-Thomas, Executive Assistant

Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts

501 Capitol Avenue

Frankfort, KY 40601


Applications must be received by December 5, 2022.


“This is a pivotal time for the state of Kentucky, and the ADDs are on the ground in every city and county. We are very excited about this opportunity to welcome another dynamic leader into our folds to help us in our continued work serving the Commonwealth’s citizens,” KCADD Chair Les Stapleton, Mayor of Prestonsburg said.  KADD Chair Jason Vincent, Pennyrile ADD Executive Director, added that these organizations are of upmost importance to Kentucky community and economic development and he looks forward to receiving many strong candidates vying for the role of Executive Director.

The Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts is comprised of 15 regional entities called Area Development Districts that provide a multi-disciplinary approach to regional trouble-shooting by working with elected leadership to strengthen the physical environment and enhance the quality of life in Kentucky.  The ADDs administer numerous programs including programs to assist the elderly, improve the state’s infrastructure, conduct hazard mitigation planning, file state and federal grant applications, facilitate economic development, develop a strong workforce, improve water and wastewater practices, and advance public health.

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