Executive Director – Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, PA


Serving almost 6 million residents, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) employs a progressive and collaborative approach to delivering services to its members and partner agencies. The organization is seeking a forward-thinking, inclusive, and effective leader to become its next Executive Director.

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Greater Philadelphia region, established by an Interstate Compact between the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey. Members include Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, plus the City of Chester, in Pennsylvania, and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer counties, plus the cities of Camden and Trenton, in New Jersey.

Serving the Greater Philadelphia region for more than 50 years, DVRPC convenes the widest array of partners across a nine-county, two-state region to increase mobility choices, protect and preserve natural resources, and create healthy communities that foster greater opportunities for all. City, Commission, and state representatives work together to address key issues, including transportation, land use, environmental protection, economic development, and equity.

DVRPC provides services to member governments and others through planning analysis, project management, data collection and mapping services, and direct funding assistance. Aerial photographs, maps and a variety of publications are available to the public and private sector.

DVRPC serves strictly as an advisory agency. Any planning or design concepts as prepared by DVRPC are conceptual and may require engineering design and feasibility analysis. Actual authority for carrying out any planning proposals rest solely with the governing bodies of the states, local governments or authorities that have the primary responsibility to own, manage or maintain any transportation facility.

For more information about DVRPC, visit their website at www.dvrpc.org.

DVRPC employs up to 120 staff members and 15 interns and has a budget of $30M. The Executive Director is selected by the Executive Committee and appointed by the DVRPC Board, and will focus on the following administrative functions:

  • Agency Administration
  • Staff Management
  • Board Engagement and Relations
  • Programs & Project Management
  • Partner and Media Relations
  • Outreach and New Initiatives

The successful candidate will have a combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the work, including the following:

  • A baccalaureate degree is required; an advanced degree(s) in planning, public policy, public administration, or related fields is preferred. AICP or PP certification is a plus.
  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience, preferably in a public or non-profit organization which has successfully dealt with regional issues and programs.
  • A minimum of four years of direct supervisory and management experience of senior personnel, preferably in an organization similar in size and scope as the DVRPC.
  • Knowledge of metropolitan area local government structures, processes, and operations, and the ability to identify and propose solutions for regional issues affecting the growth and development of a complex and diverse metropolitan area, representing large and small urban, suburban, and rural communities.
  • Knowledge of transportation, modeling, demographic projections, land use, environmental planning, and economic development, including innovations relating to regionalism which have been successfully implemented in other regions of the country.
  • Ability to provide staff direction for the preparation and dissemination of comprehensive, concise reports and recommendations; skillful in explaining and presenting information clearly to all audiences.
  • Experience in working with a Board and/or Committees to share information, provide recommendations, and work collaboratively toward consensus-based decision-making.
  • Experience in working with local elected officials, as well as state and federal officials.
  • Adept in communicating respectfully and sharing resources generously in an open, collaborative, and participatory climate, working effectively with diverse groups represented by elected officials, staff, businesses, community organizations, citizens, institutions, and intergovernmental agencies.
  • Proven record of positive public relations and media interaction, and comfort being a primary spokesperson for DVRPC, to act as a steward and promoter of the Greater Philadelphia region.
  • Practical experience with financial management, including responsibility for preparing and administering financial plans and budgets and providing appropriate and timely analyses of financial matters to the Governing Board.
  • Familiarity with information technology, GIS, use of graphics and innovative planning tools as they may be utilized in support of DVRPC’s mission and services.
  • Aptitude to evaluate DVRPC’s organizational structure, staffing, activities, and operations, ensuring that the organization is properly staffed to carry out policies and plans for the current and foreseeable future.
  • Experience developing strategic plans for the organization that anticipate future opportunities, issues, and concerns, and the ability to provide directional vision to a complex, multi-interest organization.
  • Demonstrated negotiation, facilitation and conflict resolution experience and skills.
  • Established contacts and demonstrated success in obtaining grants and funds from the state and federal government, corporate, philanthropic, or private sources; also, experience in the selection of technical consultants, and in the negotiation and administration of consulting contracts.

Compensation and Application

The expected starting compensation range for the position is $190k – $220k +/- DOQ. DVRPC offers a competitive benefits package that can be located here: www.dvrpc.org/humanresources/benefits

Submit résumé, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references by September 26, 2022, online to Joellen J. Cademartori, CEO, GovHR USA, LLC – www.GovHRjobs.com.

Questions regarding the recruitment may be directed to Joellen J. Cademartori, CEO, GovHR USA at 847-380-3238.

DVRPC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Cristina Cram

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