Job Listing: Executive Director

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East Central Iowa Council of Governments Published: April 24, 2019
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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The East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG) is an intergovernmental council established as an extension of government to solve regional issues for communities. Governed by a board of directors composed  of  elected  officials and private citizens, ECICOG was created  to  promote  regional cooperation and  to provide professional planning services to local governments in Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Tama, and Washington counties.

Since its creation, ECICOG has become recognized as an ideal vehicle for addressing planning issues that require a regional perspective. Cities and counties benefit from the assistance of our staff in their efforts to promote community and economic development, improve housing stock in the region, manage solid waste, and meet the transportation needs of the area.

The board of directors has initiated an executive director search, as the previous director is retiring. Prospective candidates who have a history in leadership, building partnerships with community stakeholders, lifelong learning, and astuteness working with individuals with different political backgrounds towards a common goal are welcome to apply.


The executive director is the chief executive officer of the organization and is responsible for the overall management of the fiscal, personnel, and policy functions of the agency. The executive  director  serves  as  the  primary  person for overall public relations to local governments and the region on behalf of the agency’s board of directors.

The executive director is immediately responsible to the chairperson and directly responsible to the board of directors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Provides vision, leadership, and strategic direction by anticipating and analyzing regional needs, making recommendations to the board of directors and, in consultation with the board, setting clear and obtainable goals and objectives for the agency.
  • Participates in and directs public relations activities on a  national,  state,  and  local  level, including representing the agency to the media; attending various conferences, meetings, and other professional and public events; and representing the agency on various committees and boards and within professional organizations.
  • Provides direction in leading regional projects with a wide array of stakeholders from different backgrounds.
  • Managing directors and staff of multiple programs, with an ability to learn the complexities of each program, remain updated, and be innovative in how different programs can work together to solve a regional need.
  • Designs, establishes, and maintains an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the goals and objectives of the agency.
  • Directs the agency department directors in overall planning, organization, administration, and evaluation of agency operations.
  • Initiates and develops policy recommendations for consideration by the board of directors and, upon approval by the same, oversees implementation of agency rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Prepares and submits an annual salary plan for review and action by the personnel committee and inclusion in the annual operating budget.
  • Prepares and submits an annual operating budget to the budget committee for review and recommendation to the board of directors.
  • Plans, organizes, and budgets agency resources so that efficient, effective, and responsive services are provided to constituent groups.
  • Develops financial management plans and strategies for consideration and approval of the board of directors.
  • Reviews and monitors grants and contracts for compliance with applicable regulations and appropriateness to agency policies.
  • Oversees  and  evaluates  agency  programs to ensure that services are being provided in accordance with the agency’s 28E agreement and all relevant federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Demonstrates the highest level of professional ethics, personal integrity, and trustworthiness.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Other Skills and Abilities 

  • Ability to read and interpret the most complex documents.
  • Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.
  • Outstanding documented skills in oral and written communication, facilitation, consensus building, and conflict resolution.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively in articles, speeches, and presentations to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
  • Considerable knowledge of the concepts, practices, and dynamics of organizational development, financial management, and human resource management.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide vision, strategic planning, direction, and motivation for the organization and staff.
  • Ability to exhibit interpersonal skills that foster the development and maintenance of good working relationships.
  • Ability to display integrity, honesty, trustworthiness, respect, and professionalism at all times.
  • Extensive knowledge of the organization and function of various units of federal and/or state, regional, and local government.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Thorough knowledge of various public and private grant programs.
  • Highly organized with ability to establish priorities and follow through with a course of action for handling multiple tasks, delegating responsibilities, and making timely decisions based on reliable information.

Education and Experience

Education and training equivalent to a master’s degree from an accredited college or university in planning, public administration, or a related field and at least five or more years of professional experience that includes progressively responsible administration.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

Extensive knowledge of administration practices and principles. Extensive knowledge of federal and state regulations and regional conditions. Ability to develop, analyze, and design effective plans to achieve objectives. Ability to supervise effectively. Ability to clearly express ideas orally and in writing. Must be responsive to the needs of and direction given by elected officials. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with people of varied social, cultural, and educational backgrounds. Must be bondable.

Physical Demands and Work Environment 

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met, or are encountered, by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The employee is regularly required to independently drive a motor vehicle for extended periods of time (up to four hours) within the region and state and frequently required to travel out of state for several days at a time. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

How To Apply

Eligible candidates may send a cover letter, resume, and any work samples to:

Mr. Carl Lingen
ECICOG Search Committee Member

[email protected]

Please note, a cover letter and resume are required for consideration. Applications will be accepted through May 17, 2019. A review committee will determine eligible candidates for interview. The search committee would like to interview each candidate in person. ECICOG will reimburse a candidate for travel up to a maximum amount as determined. To learn more please visit