Executive Director for National Association of Regional Council
National Association of Regional Councils
Location: Washington, D.C.
Type: Full Time
Salary: $160,000 - $185,000
4 Year Degree
Internal Number: NARC
The National Association of Regional Councils is searching for the next Executive Director to lead our headquarters in Washington D.C.
As a national public interest organization, the National Association of Regional Councils works with its members to shape federal policy, foster intergovernmental cooperation, and create thoughtful dialogue about opportunities to make communities better across the country, from transportation and workforce development to disaster recovery, climate change, and public safety.
We place a high value on networking and collaboration. The regions we serve include major metropolitan urban areas to suburban and rural settings. We host three major conferences a year and staff several working committees and interact with various federal agencies and legislative committees on the hill.
The Executive Director leads and manages the organization, overseeing operations, finances, programs, staff and volunteer leadership. The Executive Director is responsible for strategic planning and stakeholder engagement to achieve our mission and goals. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors composed of local elected officials. This advisory board of member organizations engages with public and affiliated organizations. It is the Executive Director’s responsibility to maintain and enhance the organization’s reputation as an informed, objective and skilled representative of regional organizations.
Provide leadership, management and oversight of all aspects of the organization’s operations and responsibilities and report to the Board of Directors
Oversee policy development and program design, report preparation and public presentations
Responsible for preparation of the annual budget, fiscal management, policy initiation and strategic planning and approval by the Board of Directors
Work with outside accounting services and volunteer Finance Committee members, prepare and present accurate financial information to organization leadership on a regular basis
Direct management of staff to oversee all aspects of implementing the work program including grant requirements, financial obligations, membership and communications materials
Direct the preparation and execution of three conferences each year
Serve as the public face of the organization in communications with partner organizations, federal agencies, Congress and other stakeholders.
Work cooperatively with governing bodies, partner organizations, federal agencies, and various stakeholders
Lead as a consensus builder through dialogue and compromise when faced with differing opinions and competing priorities
Enhance the organization’s continued fiscal viability and financial health base through development of grant opportunities and sponsorships
Maintain and enhance the organization’s membership base through outreach and communications
Assist outside accountants in the preparation of the annual audit and present to Board of Directors
Work with communications staff to develop written and online materials that support members
Provide a positive work environment that challenges, inspires and motivates agency staff, so that employee retention remains high, and the agency can recruit highly qualified staff in the future
Maintain cost controls relative to all agency contracts and consistent with the agency budget
Pursue, prepare or oversees the preparation of grant applications for projects and programs, to meet the agency’s goals, priorities and financial needs
Ensure the agency compliance with all relevant local, state and federal laws and regulations and supervises staff to ensure that compliance
Update the Board and Executive Directors Council on pending legislation, government policy matters, and funding opportunities and present the findings of studies undertaken by staff
Advocate for policies, regulations and legislative initiatives that respond to the needs of the region and its communities
Ten or more years of directly relevant work experience with demonstrated supervisory and personnel management experience
Bachelor's degree in planning, public administration, or a related field is required
Master's degree is preferred
Work experience in the public sector, preferably with a regional agency or planning-related organization is highly desirable
Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices applied in regional planning is preferred
Core knowledge in key areas of transportation, housing, environmental protection, sustainability, economic development, energy, and climate issues preferred
Demonstrated success in writing, securing and managing complex grants is highly desirable
Strong understanding of finance, accounting principles and budget development is required to ensure performance and accountability
Familiarity with laws, regulations and policies relevant to our member programs desirable
The ability to prioritize multiple tasks, responsibilities and projects, sometimes under considerable time pressure, is necessary
Outstanding organizational, leadership, communication and presentation skills are required
The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) is the regional organization through which local governments consider issues and cooperate in solving area wide problems. Through H-GAC, local governments also initiate efforts in anticipating and preventing problems, saving public funds.
The 13-county H-GAC service region is growing, becoming more diverse, and constantly changing. In order to address the needs of citizens and businesses, local governments are providing leadership to guide regional development wisely and manage change constructively.
H-GAC is committed to serving all its voluntary member governments fairly and equitably. With that, in October 2023, the H-GAC Board of Directors and Transportation Policy Council initiated committees to review the voting structures and representation by all participating members and recommend any bylaw changes. The work of the committees will focus on the city of Houston Proposition B and may consider changes beyond the scope of that specific proposition.