Executive Director

METROPLAN   Little Rock, AR   Full-time     Business Development
Posted on March 4, 2023
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 Metroplan Board of Directors is seeking an

Executive Director

For more information and how to apply, please visit: www.metroplan.org

Click on “Metroplan Executive Director
Employment Opportunity”
under Employment Opportunities
Applicants may apply until April 4, 2023

Located in Little Rock Arkansas, Metroplan is the voice of regionalism and works closely with citizens, civic
and business organizations and local governments to develop consensus-backed solutions that contribute
to our region’s long-term vitality.

Formed as the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission of Pulaski County, Arkansas in 1955, Metroplan has
served as the area’s federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) since 1972. It’s
function as an MPO is to work with local governments, the state DOT, and local transit providers to
determine transportation needs and funding priorities for federal transportation investments. Metroplan
provides general planning, mapping, and technical assistance to local governments.

• Organizational Management
o Strategic vision and direction – Develop and build support for a strategic vision for the
future direction of the organization working with various stakeholder groups and the
Metroplan Board of Directors.
 Ensures that the Board of Directors is kept fully informed on the condition of the
agency and any trends, events, or emerging issues of significance to the agency’s
 Represents the organization on regional/local boards.
 Evaluates legislative activities and regulation changes with the impact upon the
o Staffing – Oversees the recruitment, employment, and evaluation of Metroplan personnel.
 Supervises all organization staff, either directly or indirectly through senior staff.
 Develops organization-wide goals, objects, policies, and procedures in accordance
with the directional strategy of the Board of Directors and the organization as a
 Reviews all reports and presentations.
o Finance – Oversees the budgeting, accounting, grants management and purchasing
functions of the organization. Familiarity with federal funds account requirements and
grant reporting requirements is helpful.

Applicant should possess a working knowledge of some or all of the following fields (not listed in
priority order):
• Transportation planning
• Urban/regional/community planning
• Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
• Demographics
• Sustainable and resilient development
• Environmental issues (water quality, air quality, solid waste, climate change)
• Water Resources (long-term potable water, watershed protection)
• Public policy development

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE (minimal preference)
• Master’s degree or equivalent experience in public administration, business administration,
engineering, urban, regional, or community planning, or similar.
• Executive management, program management, or supervisory experience.
• Experience working in or with a metropolitan planning organization, regional council, economic
development district, planning and development district, or comparable regional organizations.
• AICP Certification (recommended)

A successful candidate for the position should exhibit the following personal traits:
• Excellent communication skills – writing, editing and public speaking.
• Professionalism in attitude and appearance for representing the organization.
• Ability to understand and manage high-profile, sensitive, or controversial political situations.
• Ability to work collaboratively in decision-making/problem solving and a desire to seek a
win/win solution.
• Orientation to the future, regional perspective, and a global vision.
• Generalist, with a working knowledge of many topics effecting urban growth.
• Commitment to seeking and advocating for the common good.
• Strong problem-solving and negotiation skills.
• Self-starter and self-motivator.
• Possess the highest ethical and professional standards.
• Be flexible and readily able to adapt in rapidly changing circumstances.

The salary and the benefits package are competitive and dependent upon experience and

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