WPPD Seeking Executive Director

January 4, 2011


Executive Director

West Piedmont Planning District Commission (WPPDC), Martinsville, VA


The West Piedmont Planning District Commission, serving the West Piedmont Region of Virginia (pop. 250,195) is seeking an Executive Director.  The successful candidate must be a skilled individual with demonstrated capacity to lead a multifaceted planning/service delivery program and direct a professional and support staff.  Must be able to work effectively with diverse constituencies including commissioners from member localities; advisory groups; local, state, and federal elected and appointed officials; and citizen groups to advance regional efforts in the areas of physical, social/and or economic planning.  The Executive Director will report to the WPPDC Board, comprised of area elected officials and citizen representatives.


Candidates must be able to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the operational, administrative, legal and other areas related to governmental management.  Excellent written and verbal communication skills, professional leadership skills, decisive decision-making, and excellent interpersonal skills are necessary.


WPPD conducts area-wide planning programs in economic development, transportation, hazard mitigation, environmental management and other local and regional needs.  The agency provides planning assistance to localities in land use planning, grant application development, economic development, statistical research and GIS services.  (See the Code of Virginia, Section 15.2-4205 and 4207 for a complete listing of responsibilities of Virginia's Planning District Commissions.)  The Executive Director also oversees the following regional programs:


•·         Economic Development District Program in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration

•·         Local Development District Program in conjunction with the Appalachian Regional Commission

•·         Danville Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Transportation

•·         Regional Rural Transportation Planning Program in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Transportation


Education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in urban and regional planning, public administration or a related field is required, an advanced degree is desirable.  A minimum of five years of planning or public-management experience in a regional, local government, or private sector position is required.  This position requires significant experience managing budgets and professional/technical staff; effective public communication and public relations skills; the ability to work with elected officials at various levels; and an understanding of federal requirements as they relate to the Federal Highway Administration, Economic Development Administration, and Appalachian Regional Commission plans, programs, and procedures. 


 The salary for the position is negotiable, based on education, qualifications and experience.  A benefits package is offered including participation in the International City Management Association Retirement Program; medical and dental insurance; and vacation, holiday, and sick leave.  The Commission maintains a vehicle for official duty travel.


Submit Resume and cover letter with employment and salary history and work references to WPPDC Executive Director Search Committee, P.O. Box 5268, Martinsville, VA  24115.  Deadline for submission is 5 p.m., February 15, 2011.  The WPPDC is an EOE.