City Administrator for the City of Ashland, Oregon
Springsted | Waters Executive Recruitment
March 23, 2018
132552.00 - 161118.00
Full Time - Experienced
4 Year Degree
THE CITY OF ASHLAND, OREGON IS SEEKING A
(Salary Range is $132,552 - $161,118 DOQ/E; + Outstanding Benefits!)
A vibrant and historic community of 21,000 residents, Ashland is located near the south end of the Rogue Valley along Interstate 5 and is part of the cultural and economic heart of Southern Oregon. Just 16 miles north of the Oregon-California border and a little more than a two-hour drive west to the Pacific Ocean, Ashland is nestled in the foothills of the Siskiyou Mountains and is one of the most scenic and picturesque communities in the Pacific Northwest. The community’s rich cultural milieu includes the nationally-recognized Oregon Shakespeare Festival and a variety of other theater companies, art galleries, and music venues. Nearby recreational and outdoor amenities include lakes, mountain trails for hiking and biking, downhill skiing runs, and beautiful, historical Lithia Park, named by the American Planning Association as one of the top ten Great American Spaces. These outdoor and cultural riches attract well over 400,000 visitors annually. Ashland is also home to Southern Oregon University and a public school district consistently rated among the top 100 school districts in the nation. Ashland has managed to maintain a strong sense of community, in part because of the quality services it offers to its citizens.
The Mayor is elected for a four-year term and all six City Council members are elected at-large, for four-year overlapping terms. Other elected officials include the City Recorder, Municipal Court Judge, and the five-member Parks & Recreation Commission. The City of Ashland has historically been viewed in Oregon as a leader among communities, paving the way on issues, and taking an entrepreneurial approach in providing services to its residents. The City of Ashland employs 263 full-time personnel, with another 37 employees working for Parks & Recreation. The City’s 2017-19 biennial budget is approximately $286 million. The Mayor, with confirmation of the City Council, appoints a City Administrator and City Attorney. The City Administrator has responsibility for overseeing all City functions with the exception of the Parks Department, which reports to the Parks & Recreation Commission. The City Administrator recommends the appointment or removal of the City’s department directors, including Administrative Services and Finance, Community Development, Electric, Fire, Police, and Public Works. Because of the City’s longstanding commitment to an engaged citizenry, the staff also provides support to 21 advisory boards and commissions that consist of over 120 citizens.
The City of Ashland is seeking a leader that will be accessible, visible, and active in the community. The ability to establish an effective leadership team at the City and maintain a cooperative working relationship between the City and representatives of the community and business groups is essential. The ideal candidate will possess outstanding communication and strategic planning skills and have strong experience in municipal finance and budget. Candidates should be knowledgeable about the complexities associated with redevelopment, and possess a record of collaboration, transparency and integrity while working with elected officials, employees, and labor groups.
A bachelor’s degree in business, public administration or finance is required, and a master’s degree is highly desirable. A minimum of 10 years of public sector administrative and management experience is required; experience managing a municipal government similar or larger than Ashland in terms of budget complexity, scope of services, and staff resources is also desired. The City is hopeful the selected candidate will live within the City of Ashland.
The City of Ashland is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce! For more information, please visit at www.ashland.or.us.s
Applicants selected as finalists for this position will be subject to a criminal history/credit/driver’s license check prior to the interview. Under Public Information statutes, information from your resume’ may be subject to public disclosure.
Additional Salary Information: Depending on Qualitifications/Experience + Outstanding Benefits
About Springsted | Waters Executive Recruitment
We offer one of the most comprehensive approaches to candidate recruitment, selection, and evaluation available because of our extensive experience in the human resources field. We have experience in recruiting both managers and professional employees. In addition, we use comprehensive assessment and profiling tools to ensure quality placement, including the option of creating a competency model unique to your organization for selection and development. We have the knowledge and experience to generate a pool of highly qualified candidates for a variety of key managerial and professional positions. We have also successfully assisted many clients in the evaluation of applicants.
We believe that effective candidate evaluation involves a combination of pre-employment assessments (25%), background and reference investigation (50%), and structured interviews (25%). Our experienced, capable professionals are able to provide assistance in each of these areas.
-job definition and analysis to develop selection criteria
-candidate identification, solicitation, and screening
-candidate background and reference investigation
-comprehensive candidate psycholog...ical and personality evaluation
-development of competency model to identify core competencies for purposes of
-candidate selection and ensuring success and development of new hires
-client assistance in the interview process, including development of suggested interview questions and salary negotiations
Contact us for more information or to schedule an engagement at 972-481-1950.