The Central Mississippi River Regional Planning Partnership (CMRP) has posted a job listing for a contract project manager as CMRP moves to the next phase of its Framework 2030 project.
CMRP is a nine-jurisdiction body consisting of Wright and Sherburne counties, the Cities of Monticello, Becker and Big Lake and the Townships of Monticello, Silver Creek, Becker and Big Lake and all Partners are represented by elected officials that have chosen to be part of CMRP. The purpose of CMRP is to develop and implement a regional vision and framework that guides local decision-making for jurisdictions on both sides of the river for collaborative planning, growth and development for the benefit of residents in all member communities.
This spring, CMRP made final decisions on Framework 2030, a 20-month regional planning and economic development project that continued despite the challenges posed by COVID-19. The overall plan includes a regional vision, key strategies and action items.
While consultants have assisted CMRP in the planning stages, after work-planning the action items it was clear that there was a need to hire a contract project manager to help advance the important priorities.
The position is a part-time contracted position that will last 12-18 months. The selected candidate will serve as an independent contractor responsible for their own workspace and equipment. Prospective applicants are expected to learn more about CMRP from its website (https://regionalplanningpartnership.org/), which includes composition, structure, organizational history, Framework 2030, major regional planning and economic development projects, governance documents and meeting presentations/notes/decisions. The position reports to the CMRP Executive Committee. The selected candidate will manage and coordinate the various CMRP workplan efforts and projects as they evolve over time, including grant funding, communications, database development/management and collaborations among the CMRP Partners.
Preferred professional qualifications include successful experience with multijurisdictional or multi-entity groups or organizations, knowledge of and connections to this region, skills in analysis, synthesis, preparing reports and recommendations, public presentations, consensus-building and facilitation, has demonstrated success in the public sector and the ability to routinely meet in person and in this region.
CMRP anticipates these responsibilities will require an average of 20 hours a week, with actual hours based on specific projects and work with Partners and others in the region. The contractor will occasionally have responsibilities before or after typical work hours and on weekends with the contractor controlling the work schedule. Annual compensation is $52,000.
The application packet must include:
- A cover letter stating applicant understanding of the needs and expectations of this position, why the background and experience of the applicant aligns with the preferred qualifications that position well to meet the needs of the position.
- Three professional references who can speak to work the applicant has done that is relevant to this position, including the name, position, organization, phone number, email and any necessary explanatory information.
- A professional resume that highlights work experience relevant to this position.
- Up to three samples of work products that help demonstrate applicant experience and qualifications for this position and a brief description why it is relevant.
- (Optional) – If an applicant is proposing a creative arrangement to fulfill the position requirements, clearly explain that in the cover letter and other application materials.
The position will remain open until filled with preference given to application packets received by noon Monday, July 12. Applications will be screened and one or more applicants will be invited to an in-person interview that same week if possible. The interview team will prepare a hiring recommendation, notify the recommended contractor and present the recommendation to the CMRP Board for approval at its July 22 meeting. The intent is for the contractor to begin work as quickly as mutually agreed.
Prospective candidates with questions about content or process may email RegionalPlanningPartnership@gmail.com or call Assistant Sherburne County Administrator Dan Weber at (763) 765-3007. Applicants are asked to submit cover letters, references, resumes and work samples as a single PDF and the packets should be emailed to RegionalPlanningPartnership@gmail.com with priority given to those received prior to noon Monday, July 12.