The Macatawa Area Coordinating Council (MACC) seeks a motivated and experienced planning professional to lead all transportation planning activities and other region-wide initiatives in the Holland/Zeeland area. The successful candidate will possess a professional background that prepares them to effectively implement multi-jurisdictional planning and programming efforts to promote regional cooperation.

The Executive Director is responsible for organizing and directing the overall operations of the organization and maximizing the organization’s efficiency. The Executive Director reports to the Policy Board through the Executive Committee.

About Living and Working in the Holland/Zeeland area: 

Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, Holland is home to the world-renowned Tulip Time festival, the largest municipal sidewalk snowmelt system in the United States and an extensive bicycle/pedestrian pathway system. Historic downtown Holland and Zeeland offer one-of-kind shopping experiences and the surrounding townships are home to an abundance of parks, trails, and open space. The MACC office is located one block from Lake Macatawa and four miles from Lake Michigan, which offer a variety of recreational amenities such as boating, kayaking, and sandy beaches.

Who We Are: 

The MACC is the federally designated MPO for the Holland/Zeeland area and is responsible for coordinating federal, state, and local transportation planning activities and investments throughout the region. The MACC serves its 13 governmental members and partner organizations by assisting with planning, project development and funding activities. The MACC’s Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA) encompasses over 200 square miles and is home to 127,000+ residents.

Essential Job Functions: 

  • Develop short and long-term strategies to address the needs of the MACC and support the organization’s mission, “To encourage cooperation among neighboring units of government on issues of areawide concern”
  • Lead all professional activities related to MACC plans, programs, and studies, including the Long-Range Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program
  • Develop and monitor the organization’s budget and account for the administration of area transportation funds in compliance with all applicable regulations
  • Provide for the consideration and implementation of local projects and strategies that address transportation efficiency, safety, accessibility, interconnectivity, and consistency with local land use and anticipated growth patterns
  • Establish and maintain collaborative local, regional, and state partnerships that aid in effective and efficient service delivery, including the Model Community Initiative, Community Enhancement Program, and Emergency Services Workgroup
  • Responsible for recruiting talent, training, supervising/coaching, and evaluating staff
  • Serve as a member of various boards and committees as assigned, including the Macatawa Area Express Transportation Authority’s Board
  • Appear on radio/television programs; respond to inquiries from media reporters, elected officials and residents to promote effective public relations
  • Serve as the primary agent for the organization in legal transactions, contracts, and agreements
  • Supervise the maintenance and improvement of MACC-occupied facilities
  • Other duties as assigned by the Policy Board

The Ideal Candidate’s Skills and Abilities: 

Strategic Thinking/Visionary: The successful candidate must be creative and innovative in order to develop new ways of looking at problems and arriving at the most appropriate solution.

Interpersonal Skills: The Executive Director must be able to effectively communicate ideas and solutions, both verbally and in writing, to a variety of individuals and groups.

Honesty and Integrity: The successful applicant must have an unblemished record of ethical and professional conduct and possess an even disposition and temperament.

Knowledge of Subject Matter: The Executive Director is expected to establish themself as the expert on a broad range of issues and to provide resolute leadership, advice, and guidance.

Additional Position Requirements: 

  • Knowledge of the transportation planning process as it relates to Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), including relevant federal and state regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Ability to facilitate government, residents, and other stakeholders in the transportation planning process through intergovernmental collaboration, rational analysis, and consensus-based decision making
  • Experience developing and managing organizational budgets and accounting processes

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in urban/regional planning, public administration, business administration or other related field AND;
  • Minimum of three (3) years of related work experience in a staff leadership and policy assistance role, while budgeting and managing finances of a governmental agency

Preferred Education & Experience:

  • Additional years of related experience
  • A Master’s Degree in a related field, and
  • Experience working with the Michigan Department of Transportation

Compensation and Benefits: 

The annual salary range for this position is $80,000 – $105,000 (DOE/Q), with a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, defined contribution 457(b) retirement plan, dental set-aside program, long-term disability, eight paid holidays, paid time off and more.

How to Apply: 

Apply at www.GovHRjobs.com with résumé, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references by Monday, November 22, 2021.  For inquiries contact, Ryan Cotton, Vice President, GovHR USA, rcotton@govhrusa.com, 224-282-8304.  EOC.