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APA MN Executive Director

The Minnesota Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-MN) seeks an experienced, self-motivated and action-oriented Executive Director (ED) to provide strategic planning, administrative management, and leadership.

About APA-MN

The Minnesota Chapter of the American Planning Association is a non-profit statewide organization of over 900 planning professionals, educators, local officials and planning commissioners who are involved in planning-related activities on behalf of state and regional agencies, counties, cities, towns, educational institutions and the private sector. APA Minnesota is a chapter of the American Planning Association (APA), a non-profit public interest and research organization whose origins date back to 1917.

The Board of APA-MN is passionate about providing the resources and leadership for planning professionals to succeed while promoting vibrant, sustainable communities. The Board looks to partner with their Executive Director so as to ignite professional success, grow the field, and be a expert resource and trusted leader to planning professionals.

The Role

APA-MN seeks a Part-Time Executive Director for its day to day management, operations, sponsorship solicitation, membership marketing, member services, and planning of the organization’s annual conference. They will oversee the association’s annual budget in conjunction with the Executive Committee, as well as the strategic plan. In doing so, the Executive Director will also allow the Board to focus on its passion for the planning sector.

The ED will work with appropriate Board Committee(s) on strategic planning for the organization’s future; external and internal outreach efforts; review and approve communication products; and develop new ways to promote the APA-MN, improve member retention, and gain new members.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have at least four years of volunteer, board, or event management experience. Some experience in or knowledge of planning is preferred but not required. The candidate should also have a successful track record of delivering service to a broad membership, developing volunteer leaders, building relationships with stakeholders, and planning events of differing scope and scale. Sound financial experience and a healthy understanding of overall budgeting is essential for this position.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Four or more years of management experience;
  • Excellent interpersonal, customer service, communication, and organizational skills;
  • Ability to work independently and make autonomous decisions;
  • Experience in planning and producing large events, conferences or educational programs;
  • Experience working with a volunteer board of directors; and
  • Commitment to the mission and values of APA-MN

Preferred Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree;
  • Proven track record of successful sponsorship solicitation;
  • Experience in or knowledge of the planning sector;
  • Association management experience.


This is a part time, exempt role with health insurance benefits targeted to twenty (20) hours per week. The salary range is $35,000 to $50,000 depending on qualifications.

APA-MN has engaged Orion Search Group to help with its search for its next Executive Director. If you are interested in learning more or applying for the role, please email Joel Bergstrom at Orion Search Group,