Executive Director Search

Executive Director
Merrimack Valley Planning Commission

The MVPC is seeking applications for the position of Executive Director. The MVPC is the regional planning agency for a diverse region of approximately 270 square miles in the northeastern corner of Massachusetts. The Commission provides myriad planning services including land use, transportation, environmental, energy, hazard mitigation, and economic development as well as administering a variety of regional programs. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall leadership, direction, administration, coordination, and implementation of all commission programs. This person shall be responsible for the development of future projects and/or programs that are necessary to the future of the organization, the region, and its membership. The Executive Director serves a 16 member governing board that represents the fifteen member communities, and manages 16 members of a highly talented and committed staff, and a budget of $2 plus million. The MVPC seeks self-motivated and visionary candidates for the Executive Director position, to be a leader for the organization and the region. The ideal candidate should possess high interpersonal and communication skills, and a strong belief in collaboration and a team-oriented organization. The ideal candidate should have at least ten years of leadership or executive level experience, at increasing levels of responsibility.  Experience working in, or with, municipal government is preferred.

The ideal candidate should possess demonstrated abilities and knowledge in community planning, economic development, municipal management, finance, personnel administration, and intergovernmental relations. An advanced degree in planning, public administration or other appropriate field is preferred. Salary and benefits commensurate with qualifications. The current Executive Director’s salary is  $128,000 with benefits. The MVPC is an EEO/AA employer. Additional information related to the position, the MVPC organization, and the application process is available in a Position Profile at: Further inquiries should be directed to Bernard Lynch, Principal, Community Paradigm Associates at Resumes, in confidence, by Sept. 21, to: Executive Director Search, 160 Main St., Haverhill, MA 01830. Electronic submission preferred: (posted 8/16 exp. 9/21).


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