Job Listing: RFP for Part Time Executive Director

Michigan Association of Regions Published: April 19, 2021
Muskegon, Michigan
Job Type



Part Time Executive Director

Michigan Association of Regions

A nonprofit statewide association of planning regions




RFP Published      April 15, 2021

Responses Due    May 15, 2021, 5:00pm EDT

Interviews             May 22-29, 2021

Finalists                May 30, 2021

Selection              on or before June 8, 2021

Start                    August 1, 2021


Michigan Association of Regions (MAR) is seeking a contractor to serve as its Executive Director in a part-time role. MAR is a nonprofit statewide association of the 14 public regional planning and development organizations established under state legislation. Specifically, MAR is organized as a 501(c)(3) public charity with 509(a)(2) status and therefore is not subject to FOIA or OMA. More information about MAR can be found on its website: (http://www NULL.miregions


MAR Mission Statement: The Michigan Association of Regions (MAR) is committed to the advancement and advocacy of Michigan’s planning regions as a means to support sustainable, collaborative communities and a prosperous state.


MAR Vision Statement: The Michigan Association of Regions and its members work together to promote regional strategies, partnerships, and solutions to strengthen the economic competitiveness and quality of life across Michigan’s communities.


MAR Value Statements:

  • MAR supports and believes in the power of
  • MAR is committed to empowering and growing the capacity of its members to serve local governments and improve communities’ assets.
  • MAR believes in working across boundaries in order to enhance efficiency and coordination, and gain broader perspectives that will lead to local, regional, and statewide
  • MAR members are committed to working together to develop best practices for programs that will move the state forward.


Job Summary

MAR requires a part-time contracted Executive Director to facilitate its mission of supporting its membership of planning regions. Meetings currently take place monthly, virtually through Zoom meetings, with meetings on odd numbered months with partners, and even number months with MAR members only. The Executive Director is the primary point of contact for MAR and will provide leadership and administrative support. The Executive Director reports to the MAR Board of Directors.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Advocate the interests of regional councils with office of the governor; inform governor’s staff regarding the programs, services, and activities of the regional
  • Advocate the interests of regional councils with the Michigan Legislature and appropriate committees of the House and Senate; inform them regarding the programs, services, and activities of regional
  • Work with Michigan state departments (MDOT, EGLE, MDNR, MSP, MEDC, OMB and others) to strengthen the relationship with regional councils; advocate the use of regional councils in the delivery of state services with the objective of cost savings to the
  • Work with individual regional councils regarding issues that transcend regional boundaries and require a statewide approach through
  • Prepare and distribute meeting notices, agenda, and minutes for MAR
  • Assist with the implementation of actions items in the MAR annual Work
  • Prepare and distribute to the MAR Board of Directors a monthly progress report on the implementation of the MAR annual work plan together with a summary of all activities performed and contacts made on behalf of
  • Inform MAR Board of Directors of any potential conflict of interest between MAR and the Executive
  • Seek out and coordinate the application of state and/or federal grants and administer those



The following desired items are in no particular order:

  • Relationships with State of Michigan departments
  • Relationships with legislative and executive branch
  • Understanding of Michigan regional planning organizations
  • Understanding of grant opportunities and program funding streams that would benefit MAR or its’ Members
  • Grant writing and administration
  • Pursuit of sustainable funding
  • Good understanding of technology, uses, implementation
  • Good communicator; oral, written
  • Understanding of vision and mission of planning regions in Michigan
  • Understanding of issues and trends of regional planning
  • Meeting facilitator or moderator
  • Organizational skills
  • Experience with a nonprofit


MAR Schedule for 2020-2021

Primarily during 2020-2021 the Association meetings will be conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, through Zoom meetings. Executive Director would be required to prepare for and attend every meeting.

  • January 12, 2021 – MAR with partners
  • February 9, 2021 – MAR members
  • March 9, 2021 – MAR with partners
  • April 13, 2021 – MAR members
  • May 11, 2021 – MAR with partners
  • June 8, 2021 – MAR Annual meeting (virtual)
  • July 13, 2021 – MAR with partners
  • August 10, 2021 – MAR members
  • September 14, 2021 – MAR with partners
  • October 12, 2021 – MAR members
  • November 9, 2021 – MAR with partners
  • December 14, 2021 – MAR members


Response Procedure

Responses are due by May 15, 2021 at 5 p.m. EDT. Responses are expected in pdf format emailed to MAR President, Erin Kuhn at [email protected] (ekuhn null@null wmsrdc Please include the following in your response:
Response Procedure

  • Resume of the principal candidate to fulfill the role of Executive Director
  • Three references of the principal candidate, with contact information
  • If an organization, a description of the company
  • Describe any conflicts of interest of the company or the individual with MAR, its Board, or constituent planning regions (note this is not disqualifying)
  • A narrative describing suitability of the principal candidate for this position; describe the extent to which the candidate possesses the desired
  • Examples of previous work
  • An acknowledgement of budget, duties, responsibilities, and meeting attendance
  • An acknowledgement of contractor status for this role

Responses received before the deadline listed above will be acknowledged promptly via email as received. Responses received after the deadline will be deemed unresponsive. MAR reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals, to resolicit proposals, to waive any irregularities, to negotiate pricing and to select the proposal deemed to be in the best interests of MAR. Issuance of this RFP does not obligate MAR to award a contract nor is MAR liable for any costs incurred by the respondent in the preparation and submittal of the proposal.


Compensation will be negotiable depending upon respondent’s experience and qualifications.



MAR will evaluate proposals and interview qualified candidates in determining its final selection. A selection committee will develop internal criteria for making the final selection that will not be shared. Finalist (perhaps two finalists) selection and notification will occur on or before May 30, 2021, with final selection on or before June 8, 2021. The selected contractor will be expected to promptly execute a short agreement. Start date is undefined at this point; however, the expectation is August 2021. Initial term of the contact will be to the annual meeting, with annual renewals contemplated.


Please direct any questions to MAR President, Erin Kuhn via email only at [email protected] (ekuhn null@null wmsrdc (vince null@null carahaly