SEMO RPC Employment Opportunities

Position: Executive Director

Status: Open - Accepting Applications

Instructions to Apply

Qualified applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, salary history and requirements and 3 written professional references to SEMO RPC either by mail at: SEMO RPC, 1 W. Saint Joseph Street, Perryville, MO 63775, or by e-mail at The position is open until filled, but consideration of applicants will begin on or before June 1, 2019.

The Southeast Missouri Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission is an equal opportunity employer.


Job Description

Executive Director Job Description

Nature of Work
The Executive Director is responsible for directing the administrative and technical activities of the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission (SEMO RPC).  This job specification should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position.  The Director will follow any other instructions and perform any other related duties as may be required by the Board of Directors.

General Responsibilities

  • Coordinating and overseeing all programs administered by the SEMO RPC, with special emphasis on community and economic development.
  • Acting as liaison with national, state and local government officials and agencies, other planning commissions, related organizations and the private sector.
  • Develop and implement effective methods of communication with local elected officials in the region.
  • Making personnel hiring and termination decisions.
  • Reviewing personnel grievances.
  • Supervising all planning commission communication activities, editing newsletter, news releases, and bulletins, meeting agendas and office memos and releasing information for the public to local media.
  • Promoting commission activities through public speaking functions, contact with news media, professional organizations and other public interest groups.
  • Preparing and maintaining printed promotional materials.
  • Formulating and recommending program and budget policies to the Board.
  • Working with fiscal officer and budget committee in preparation of annual budget, fiscal monitoring and recommending amendments to the budget.
  • Overseeing and directing activities involved in procuring all funds necessary for effective and ongoing operation of the planning commission.
  • Administering and reporting functions for certain commission grants including the Economic Development Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Natural Resources, the Mo. Department of Economic Development, USDA, Housing and Urban Development, the Delta Regional Authority, the Mo. Department of Transportation and others as required.
  • Research and write federal, state and/or foundation grants for the SEMO RPC or its member governments.
  • Become familiar with a wide variety of federal, state and private finance programs and processes.
  • Remain knowledgeable of staff member projects and policies of the SEMO RPC as a whole.
  • Attend SEMO RPC committee meetings and Board meetings.
  • Manage the organization and all separate non-profit organizations currently managed.
  • Travel as required. Some travel may require overnight stays.
  • Performance of any other task assigned by the Board of Directors.

Graduation from an accredited college or university with major emphasis in public administration, planning, business, economics or  other closely related fields of study and five or more years of increasingly responsible experience in regional planning, community development, public administration or related field.  Must have initiative, tenacity and commitment to understand and persevere in the pursuit of activities that will enhance the ability of local governments to provide services in the most cost effective, efficient manner possible.  Must have personality traits conducive to working with superiors, peers, subordinates and members of the public from all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.  Must also possess the following personality traits:  maturity, honesty, integrity, adaptability, sensitivity, common sense, self-esteem, patience, wisdom, reliability, dedication to public service and problem-solving skills.  Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Physical Requirements
Must be able to communicate effectively in writing, by phone, and in person; must be able to drive and/or ride long distances; must be able to travel to events and meetings in the region, throughout the state and across the nation if necessary; night time driving is necessary; constant use of hands and arms to type and write in order to complete necessary paperwork; must be able to sit long periods of time; must be able to lift boxes of files to move them from one location to another; must be able to navigate rough, unimproved terrain to monitor projects.

Compensation & Benefits
SEMO RPC offers a competitive compensation and benefit package.  The pay for the position is depending on experience/education.  Benefits include:  LAGERS retirement, progressive paid time off and supplemental pay in lieu of health insurance.