EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – CENTRE REGION COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS (pop 95,679) State College, PA. The Centre Region Council of Governments (COG) is seeking its next Executive Director. The current Executive Director will be retiring in the Spring of 2024. The COG is a voluntary association, established in 1969, of State College Borough and the Townships of College, Ferguson, Halfmoon, Harris, and Patton.  The COG's service area covers approximately 150 square miles with a population of 95,679 residents including 48,535 University studentsIt is the oldest and most successful COG in the Commonwealth.
The COG provides Fire Protection, Emergency Management, Code Enforcement, Parks and Recreation, Library, Planning, and Refuse and Recycling services for the region and has a budget of approximately $29M and 430 full- and part time, and seasonal staff. The COG is governed by a 32-member General Forum comprised of the elected officials from the member municipalities. Despite the size of the governing body, most votes are unanimous.
The Executive Director is expected to be an exemplary leader, participatory manager of COG staff, a capable and trustworthy financial steward, and must possess outstanding interpersonal skills. The successful candidate will have an extraordinary ability to connect to a variety of people, facilitate discussions, actively listen, identify challenges, opportunities, and solutions, and resolve conflict in a diplomatic manner. 
In addition, the ideal candidates should have:
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in public administration, public policy or related field; MPA preferred;
  • A minimum eight years of increasingly responsible management experience in local/state/federal government and/or non-profit organization; preferably in an organization of similar complexity;
  • Extensive experience developing and administering complex budgets; 
  • Demonstrated experience in building consensus; 
  • Ability to effectively deliver persuasive and compelling presentations; and
  • Ability to mentor, lead, and develop staff.
The starting salary range is $132,875 – $186,025 DOQ with an excellent benefit package. Centre Region residency is required within 6 months of appointment unless otherwise waived by the Executive Committee.
Candidates should apply by April 8, 2024, with resume, cover letter, and contact information for five work-related references to the attention of Charlene Stevens, President for Recruiting Services and/or Dele Lowman, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA. Tel:  847-380-3240 x 125 or x 141. The Centre Region COG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Deadline: April 8, 2024

Posted: 2024-03-28

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