Executive Director

Posted on September 6, 2019

The CPDC is seeking a dynamic, highly energetic and entrepreneurial spirited individual to serve as Executive Director and lead the agency toward increased regional cooperation and policy development.

The ideal candidate will possess significant experience in interacting with a variety of local governments and agencies facing a multitude of development related issues. Candidate should have proven experience in interpreting and communicating complex issues to groups with varying interests.

Candidate must possess the ability to negotiate different viewpoints and take appropriate actions to manage outcomes to satisfy various stakeholder interests. Effective personnel management that leads to creative and practical solutions is essential.

Personal Traits

  • Self-starter
  • Visionary
  • Collaborative
  • Results-oriented
  • Strong communication skills
  • Solid leadership skills
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships
  • Integrity and honesty
  • Positive and enthusiastic
  • Flexible approach to problem-solving

Major Responsibilities

  • Supports the CPDC Board in implementing its mission, goals and objectives.
  • Oversees the operations, administration, financial activities, and staff of the Crater Planning District Commission.
  • Coordinates, directs, and implements regional programs relating to socioeconomic, land use, environmental and transportation planning.
  • Provides strategic oversight and identifies priorities for the CPDC focused on the Crater region.
  • Represents the Commission on regional organizations, such as the Tri-Cities Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and makes presentations to internal and external constituents.
  • Leads the agency in expanded discussion and increased regional cooperation and policy development.
  • Supports technical staff on a wide variety of programs and understands the value of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as an analytical tool and social media as a form of communication.
  • Interprets and communicates the impact of local, state, and federal plans and programs on regional activities


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Planning or Public Administration, or are related field from an accredited college or university  is required. A Master’s degree is highly preferred.
  • A minimum of ten years of experience in a responsible position in a comparably sized and progressive regional
    planning district commission or council, local government, or in a state or federal government agency is required.
  • Private sector or non-profit experience a plus.

Compensation and Benefits

The CPDC offers a highly competitive compensation package for this position. Salary for this position is negotiable, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Annual Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Paid Holidays
  • Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • Group Life Insurance

The application deadline date is September 30.

Interested applicants should submit a confidential resume with cover letter and must include salary requirements to: Jennifer Sears, Director of Human Resources City of Hopewell Human Resources 300 N. Main Street Hopewell, VA 23860 (804) 541-2211 Electronic Responses are preferred and should be directed to ExecutiveSearch@hopewellva.gov

Pre-employment drug test and extensive background check required.

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