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Career Opportunities

Position:  Executive Director

Annual salary: $60,000 +/- based on qualifications and experience.

Benefits:  Employee Medical, Dental, Vision, Life insurance, Long- and short-term disability, IRS 457 deferred compensation plan, 12 paid holidays, sick and vacation hours.

 

Application deadline: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization (D/KC MPO) is a not for profit agency designated to coordinate transportation planning and programming in Kent County, Delaware.  The D/KC MPO is seeking a highly motivated professional with executive level managerial experience to fill the position of Executive Director for the MPO.  Working at the pleasure of the six (6) member MPO Council, the Executive Director manages/supervises the daily operations of the MPO while ensuring compliance with Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) directives and oversight requirements.  Specific tasks include, but are not limited to, preparation and management of the annual budget, supervision of three full-time and two part-time employees, and the human resources activities associated therewith, facilities management, contract negotiation and administration, grant management and ensuring that the annual Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is implemented. 

The D/KC MPO Council is seeking an exceptional leader with an unflappable presence and the ability to respond to the region’s challenges both strategically and tactically. The ideal candidate possesses strong analytical skills, sound decision-making abilities and respected business practices. Given the issues and priorities facing the D/KC MPO, the next Executive Director must possess a strong understanding of transportation funding; contract requirements;  and regional transportation and land use planning principles associated with demographics, air quality,  economic development, environmental and natural resource protection, and environmental justice issues facing urban, suburban, and rural areas.

Job qualifications, education, experience, training, and knowledge include a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree is preferred) in transportation planning, urban or regional planning, engineering, or public administration.  A minimum of ten years’ experience directing an organization with previous transportation planning experience.  American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification or registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) is preferred.  Preference will be given to full time staff experience in transportation planning with an MPO, COG, local government or state or federal agency involved in metropolitan planning.  Required knowledge, skills and abilities to include a demonstrated ability to manage an office; supervise  and motivate staff; excellent communication and presentation skills; proven budgeting and financial management skills; proficiency in Microsoft Office and related applications and knowledge of the principles and practices of transportation planning, management and administration, budget processes and analysis, and implementation of public policy.

Submit your resume (reflecting years and months of employment, as well as size of staff and budgets you have managed), cover letter, and a list of four work-related references (two supervisors and two colleagues) to:  Search Committee, Dover/Kent County MPO, POB 383, Dover, DE  19903-0383 or e-mailed to Catherine.samardza@doverkentmpo.org.  Call (302) 387-6025 with questions.

 

Transportation Planner II

This position will be responsible for carrying out technical transportation planning activities working with land use planning, zoning, and corridor studies related to the transportation planning process. This position would serve as the professional and technical resource person for activities and operations to comply with the transportation planning processes and documentation required of an MPO, and may include development management, comprehensive planning, economic development, data base systems, human services outreach, capital improvements programming and the implication of zoning on future land use.  In addition to supporting the Principle Planner, general duties also include:

  • Assists in the research and preparation of annual work programs and budgets.
  • Consults, coordinates and advises the Public Outreach professional.
  • Coordinates and makes presentations at public meetings.
  • Performs related work as required.

A successful applicant for this position will demonstrate strong management/teamwork skills, knowledge of comprehensive, transportation and land use planning, and the implications of redevelopment. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, are required.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills for Transportation Planner II:

  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Thorough knowledge of general planning principles and practices.
  • Thorough knowledge of sources of information, current literature, and recent developments regarding transportation and urban planning.
  • Thorough knowledge of research techniques.
  • Ability to initiate and develop programs and policies.
  • Ability to represent information graphically
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse backgrounds regardless of race, religion, age, sex, disability, political affiliation or sexual orientation.
  • Ability to analyze policy and technical issues and to exercise sound judgment in decision making when requested.
  • Working knowledge of ArcGIS, enough to present data, produce and label well designed maps.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

The position as a Transportation Planner II with the Dover/Kent County MPO requires a degree from a regionally accredited college or university in Planning, Geography, Public Policy, Civil Engineering, Environmental Studies or related discipline and 3 years experience in a similar position. A Master’s Degree in a discipline identified above may be substituted for two years of experience. As an alternative, to recognize the potential to gain the skills required while on-the-job, a minimum of 8 years experience as a Planning Tech may be substituted for the education and experience required for this position.  Possession of an AICP, or the interest in obtaining one is a plus.

Salary range $46,000 – $50,000. If interested, please mail your resume and hourly rate requirements to the Dover / Kent County MPO, P.O. Box 383, Dover, Delaware 19903, by 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 4, 2018 or send via electronic mail message to Ms. Cathy Samardza, Executive Secretary, by e-mail at catherine.samardza@doverkentmpo.org.