Now Seeking - Executive Director



The primary objective of this position is to fulfill the overall program, administrative, and management objectives of Metro COG. The Executive Director will advance surface transportation, community, and other inter-governmental planning efforts under the direction of the Policy Board to improve the social, environmental, economic, and transportation conditions of the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Area.

The Executive Director ensures federal requirements are achieved as outlined in 23 CFR 450, as amended, regarding Metropolitan Transportation Planning (MTP). The Executive Director oversees the development of required federal plans/programs to ensure eligibility of the FM Metropolitan Area for federal aid covered under Title 23 USC and Title 49 USC, as amended. The Executive Director serves to coordinate the planning, policy, and programming actions of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT), Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), and local units of governments within the FM Metropolitan Area.



An employee in this position is responsible for Metro COG's overall operation such as: budget preparation, personnel management, program administration and intergovernmental coordination.  Essential skills include: thorough knowledge of public administration practices and the intergovernmental process; familiarity with urban planning techniques and methods; ability to coach and supervise staff; strong communication and written skills; demonstrated experience in financial matters; and considerable knowledge of transportation, community development, urban and legislative affairs, and related issues. The Executive Director is the chief administrator, the affirmative action officer, the authorized recording officer, the designated Chair of the Transportation Technical Committee (TTC), and the primary technical adviser to Metro COG Policy Board.

A bachelor’s degree in public administration, community planning, transportation planning, transportation engineering, business administration, or a related major, and at least 10 years of related experience are required, of which two years must have been in a supervisory role.



The 2023 starting salary range for this position ranges from $126,340 to $141,544, with future salary steps exceeding this amount commensurate with experience.  Metro COG reserves the right to hire at an appropriate level. Employees receive an annual step raise upon a satisfactory annual performance evaluation.


Metro COG offers the following benefits:

·         Health, dental and vision insurance

·         Life/AD&D insurance/Long-Term Disability

·         Short-Term Disability Available (employee paid)

·         Employer match for retirement savings

·         Health savings account contribution

·         Employee Assistance Program

·         Training opportunities and Payment of Professional Membership Dues

·         Flexible work hours



For consideration, send a cover letter, resume, general application, and Title VI EEO survey to Cindy Gray, Executive Director, Metro COG, 1 2nd Street N, Suite 232, Fargo, ND 58102, or by email to Initial applicants will be reviewed at that time, and the position will remain open until filled.  For additional information regarding the position, contact Cindy Gray at 701-532-5103.



It is the continuing policy of FM Metro COG to afford equal opportunity to qualified individuals regardless of their sex, race, creed, disability or national origin, and to conform to applicable laws and regulations. Equal opportunity encompasses all aspects of employment practices to include, but not be limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, compensation, benefits, promotions, transfers, layoffs, recall from layoffs, discipline, and agency-sponsored educational, social, recreational programs. Additionally, it is the policy of this agency to provide its members a viable means for communicating and resolving grievances and complaints regarding unlawful discriminatory employment practices. Any employee of the FM Metro COG who fails to comply with this policy is subject to appropriate disciplinary action.



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