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Executive Director Position

The Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) seeks an Executive Director with a strong background in regional planning, management, communications, public policy development and advocacy who can facilitate consensus and proactive decision-making between and among the region’s public, private, nonprofit and civic sectors.

About OCPC

The Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) was established under state statute in 1967 as a comprehensive regional agency to "prepare plans for the physical, social and economic development of the District". The Council was formed in response to a growing need for communities to address regional problems such as air and water pollution, transportation deficiencies, and economic distress. Such problems require cooperative action by affected communities and OCPC is the governmental mechanism available at the local level to effect municipal cooperation and coordination.

OCPC is one of thirteen regional planning agencies in Massachusetts. OCPC member communities include Abington, Avon, Bridgewater, Brockton, Duxbury, Easton, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Kingston, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Stoughton, West Bridgewater, and Whitman. (For more info click here)

The Organization

The governing board of the OCPC is comprised of designated Delegates and Alternates representatives from the Old Colony region’s 17 member Communities. The Council meets monthly usually on the last Wednesday of the month at the OCPC’s Offices in Brockton, Massachusetts. (See Organization Chart)

The Position

The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of the Planning Council and is responsible for the overall management of the organization including its staff, work programs, activities, contracts and finances. This position includes planning and regulatory functions, staff direction and oversight, budgeting and financial management, as well as, external relations and communications with public entities, the media, public and private sector leaders, as well as, the public at large.

The Executive Director performs a key leadership role by striving to coordinate all Council activities and initiatives and providing professional advice to the Council members and OCPC member communities in the development, implementation and administration of policies, goals, action strategies, regulations and other applicable statutory requirements that affect the Council, its member communities and/or the residents of the old Colony region. (See detailed job description)

Education and Experience

For this position, the OCPC is seeking any equivalent combination of experience and education that would provide the required knowledge, experience and abilities that can be deemed qualifying. Preferred candidates will have 15 years of increasingly responsible supervisory and management experience in the public or private sector. Substantial public sector experience at the local and/or regional level is highly desirable. Position requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in planning, public administration or other related field, although a Master’s degree is strongly preferred.


The OCPC will offer a compensation package that is competitive and comparable with similar public sector organizations. It is anticipated the new Executive Director’s normal starting salary will be between $120,000 to $ $145,000 per year based on qualifications and experience. Annual increases will be based on performance. Benefits including health, dental and vision insurance, 11 paid holidays, 15 sick days and upwards of 4 weeks of paid vacation per year are examples of the total compensation package to be offered.

To Apply

Submit in confidence, preferably by electronic submission, on or before the Friday, August 30, 2019 target date, a cover letter, resume and 1- to 6- page writing sample to: pciaramella@ocpcrpa.org.

Alternatively, mail the application materials marked confidential to:

Executive Director Search Committee Old Colony Planning Council 70 School Street Brockton, Massachusetts 02301

Following the closing date, resumes will be reviewed according to the outlined position qualifications. The Council has authorized its Personnel/Search Committee to coordinate and oversee the search process, which will review applications and interview the most qualified candidates in confidence. The first round of interviews may be conducted via Skype, FaceTime, phone, or preferably, in person. Based on this first round of interviews, a selection of finalists will be made followed by a second round of interviews to be conducted in person.

Following the second round of interviews, and completion of background checks, the Personnel/Search Committee will advance at least two finalists to the full Council accompanied by its recommendation. The Council, following its vote on the recommendation of the Personnel/Search Committee, will name the candidate to fill the Executive Director position. The starting date is anticipated by late fall of 2019.

The Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) is an EEO/AA Employer.