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BOSTON – The Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA)  is seeking a member focused, collaborative, and results-oriented leader who prioritizes the importance of a strong workplace culture through active employee engagement. 

The current Executive Director/CEO has announced his retirement effective September 2023 and will be leaving after a very successful career with MMA.  

The salary range is $200,000 to $250,000.

The Massachusetts Municipal Association is the statewide private, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of cities and towns that brings municipal officials together to articulate a clear and united municipal message, develop and advocate for unified public policies, share information, and work together to increase the effectiveness of local government. 

The next Executive Director/CEO will be instrumental in building for the future,  focused on strategic priorities of the organization and members to ensure the continued success of MMA.  The MMA is an innovative municipal organization that is highly respected by its members and peers!  This is an exceptional opportunity to lead an outstanding organization with a progressive 36-member board and 70 staff members.

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The Executive Director/CEO works with the Board of Directors to provide overall leadership to the organization, advancing strategic initiatives and programs to achieve the MMA’s mission to improve the effectiveness of local government in Massachusetts. The Executive Director/CEO is responsible for management and oversight of the MMA’s operations, finances, programs, services, and advocacy agenda, ensuring that the organization maintains the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.  The ideal candidate for the MMA Executive Director/CEO position will be an ethical, personable, openminded, progressive leader that embraces change while implementing best practices that have proven to be effective in organizations similar to MMA.  S/he will demonstrate the ability to work with the Board to articulate and implement a membership supported vision that promotes the values of the organization while promoting quality services provided to MMA’s Membership.  The successful candidate must project confidence, demonstrate an appropriate energy level for the job, and engage members in a manner that builds trust and credibility for the organization.  The professional Executive Director/CEO that MMA seeks will have the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to lead the organization and internal staff and will have experience developing a workforce that values diversity and is reflective of the members they serve.  S/he will create an employee friendly culture focused on professional development opportunities, succession planning, quality customer service, and accountability for job performance.  The ideal candidate will be an active listener with strong communication skills that engages the membership, building trust and creditability.  A major attribute of the successful candidate will be regular, concise, and informative communication with the MMA Board focusing on creating trust, transparency and a positive working relationship.

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Find details about the position expectations by reviewing the recruitment brochure at

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university is required; an advanced degree in public administration, business administration, management, public policy, finance, law or other relevant area is highly preferred.
  • A minimum of 8-10 years of progressive responsibility at a senior executive level, including supervisory and/or management experience, in municipal management, with a private or nonprofit organization, association or government setting or any equivalent combination of education, training & experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for the job is required.
  • Substantial knowledge of municipal operations.
  • Substantial knowledge of legislative processes.
  • Substantial experience working with an elected or appointed governmental board or non-profit Board of Directors.
  • Experience as a supervisor or leader in a similarly complex organization.

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Compensation & Benefits

The Executive Director/CEO can expect a salary of up to $250,000, depending on qualifications and experience.   In addition to an excellent salary, the MMA offers a robust benefits package, including a defined contribution retirement plan through Mission Square with MMA contributing 6% of salary, excellent individual and family health and dental insurance coverage, life insurance, long-term disability benefits, an employer-supported health savings account, generous vacation and sick leave policies, and access to the fitness center at 1 Center Plaza at no cost. In addition, the Executive Director/CEO receives a car allowance and parking.


The cutoff date for receipt of applications is close of business, May 19, 2023.

Interviews  of semi-finalist candidates by the MMA Search Committee are expected to be conducted in Boston July 12, 2023.

Interviews of finalist candidate(s) are anticipated to be conducted by the MMA Executive Committee in Boston the week of July 17, 2023.

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How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit by email a cover letter, resume, and at least five job related references (with email and phone numbers) no later than close of business on May 19, 2023 to Lisa Ward, Senior Associate Please contact Mercer Group Associates:  Jim Miller at 612-581-9972, Ellis Hankins at 919-349-8988 or Lisa Ward at 706-983-9326 with any questions.

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By editor

Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.