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Job Announcement

Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the George Washington Regional Commission (GWRC) located in Fredericksburg, Virginia seeks an Executive Director.

The GWRC, one of 21 planning district commissions across the Commonwealth of Virginia serves Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford counties; and, the City of Fredericksburg. The region with a population of 353,036 lies between the metropolitan Washington, DC and Richmond, Virginia regions. The mission of the George Washington Regional Commission is to coordinate planning to ensure economic competitiveness, reduce redundancy in government, improve efficiency, enhance services and improve implementation time of regional projects.

The GWRC has had an ongoing Regional Planning Program since the mid-1960s. Because the Code of Virginia assigns zoning and subdivision authority exclusively to local governments, the purpose of GWRC’s Regional Planning Program is both to support those efforts by providing technical support and data resources to our member localities, and to work with our members to establish a vision for the Region as a whole. The Commission also monitors local land-use decisions and development to better understand how local planning policies (both inside and outside of the region) impact neighboring localities and the Region. The GWRC has expertise in demographic analysis, geographic information systems, modeling, comprehensive planning, visioning, cultural and historical resource assessment and many other skills. Please refer to this website for more detailed information about us.

The successful candidate will be expected to partner, advise, and lead the GWRC Board of Directors and other regional leaders to enhance the commission’s strategic direction, focus, and offerings.

Interested candidates that have minimum qualifications of a Bachelor’s degree in public or business administration, urban & regional planning; and, experience in local/regional government or development administration/leadership; should submit a letter of interest, resume, and list of four references to Jim Youngquist, SouthEast Regional Directors Institute at jim.youngquist@icloud.com no later than 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, March 9, 2018. Additionally, the interested candidate will provide a one page, 12 font, thought piece on how, as executive director, they would work with the Board of Directors, local governments and other regional interest for the GWRC to address one of the following topics that are critical to the region at this time: Waste Management, Broadband, Homelessness, or Workforce Development.

Compensation for the position will be competitive based on qualifications and experience.

The George Washington Regional Commission is an equal opportunity employer.

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