Executive Director

South Central Council of Governments

Executive Director

Job title Executive Director
Reports to Board of Directors
Position Type Full Time, Exempt 

Job Purpose:

The Executive Director of South Central Council of Governments (SCCOG) works closely with the Board of Directors to establish policies, fiscal accountability, programs, and sound coordination among departments, administers policies and procedures, as developed by the Board of Directors relating to personnel, staff development, fiscal responsibility, physical facilities, and program development.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversees and reviews SCCOG budget for Board Approval. 
  • Coordinates and directs the work of all staff in conformance the adopted program and budget. 
  • Exercises complete administrative authority and responsibility for performance of the SCCOG and is directly accountable to the Board of the SCCOG. 
  • Responsible for the daily operations of SCCOG and its expenditures and revenues.
  • Develops and manages the SCCOG’s strategic plan, including needs identification, short and long term planning, policies, and procedures. 
  • Manages SCCOG budget and ensures sufficient revenue stream through grants, annual contributions and other revenues sources as approved by the Board.
  • Establishes and maintains the organization’s relationships with other governmental, business, community, civic and philanthropic partners and other regional service agencies and organizations 
  • Appoints, manages, and evaluates the performance of all staff of the SCCOG, oversees staff professional development, monitors staffing patterns and workloads and establishes employee performance standards and goals.  Also responsible for the discipline of employees as appropriate.
  • Attends SCCOG Board and Executive Committee meetings as well as SCCOG related meetings with community, state, and federal entities 
  • Acts as primary interface with elected officials, government representatives, community groups and citizens. 
  • Interprets Agency purpose and programmatic areas to involved communities.
  • Assures program compliance with local, state, and federal regulations.
  • Assumes responsibility for general administration procedures, including grant application, purchases, announcement of bids, public notices, preparation of resolutions, etc.
  • Assumes duties of South Central Enterprise Zone Administrator for Huerfano, Las Animas, and Otero Counties. 
  • Represents Huerfano and Las Animas as the Statewide Transportation Advisory Committee representative.
  • Other duties as assigned by the SCCOG Board of Directors.
  • This position requires statewide travel, with occasional out of state travel. 

The Executive Director and the Board of Directors will enter into an agreed upon contract that is an attached component of the job description.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in urban or regional planning, public administration, public policy, economics, or closely-related field required.
  • Master’s degree in urban or regional planning, public administration, public policy, economics, or closely-related field preferred, but not required.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of professional state/regional/ municipal or other related field with at least five (5) years at the management level.  
  • Is politically astute, but not political.
  • Strong organizational, administrative, personnel management and project coordination skills
  • Strong problem solving skills 
  • Solid interpersonal and negotiating skills 
  • Strong teambuilding and conflict resolutions skills 
  • Effective leadership skills, ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, with the ability to clearly explain complex issues to others. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with Board, staff, business leaders, State and Federal leadership, the general public and other stakeholders
  • Sound fiscal management skills and demonstrated ability to manage a complex public agency with multiple funding sources
  • Knowledge of various grants/loan sources and has demonstrated successful experience in the preparation of various grant/loan applications. 
  • A combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to meet the requirements of the position may be considered in the sole discretion of the SCCOG.

Working Conditions

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment including, but not limited to computers, phones, photocopiers, electronic postage meter, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. 

The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and move objects up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. 

Direct Reports

All SCCOG Directors, with all SCCOG staff reporting indirectly. 

Note:  This description is not intended and should not be construed, to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job. It is intended to reflect the principal job elements.