This is a unique opportunity as this type of position, in this type of location, does not become available very often!
Harbor Springs is a resort community on the Little Traverse Bay, nestled along the deepest natural harbor in the Great Lakes 40 miles south of the Mackinac Bridge. It is a charming 100-year-old waterfront community that welcomes year-round visitors and has a population of 1,200. The city has an airport, municipal marina, museums, library, numerous parks, and electric, water and sewer municipal utilities. An active Downtown Development Authority supports local businesses and is working to increase year-round tourism.
The position oversees the administrative tasks necessary for city operations of this waterfront community. Hired by the City Council, she/he supervises city departments, maintains the city budget, and represents the city publicly. She/he will research issues important to the city and advise the City Council on the best course of action in a proactive manner. A challenge for this position is managing a seasonal community; balancing the needs of the year-round residents with the demands of the seasonal population. As the full-time city executive, the Council will rely on the City Manager to maintain and improve city infrastructure and to continually look for ways to improve the city’s image and performance.
The City Council is recruiting a dynamic leader that brings proven collaborative leadership skills and professionalism to the position. The ideal candidate will work with the council on strategic initiatives, foster a culture of inclusiveness and teamwork, and stay ahead of governmental trends. Project management skills, the ability to delegate, excellent communication skills, and grant writing experience are also required. Financial acumen is required to prepare and manage the budget for this $11 million entity. Great public presence is essential as the City Manager is the public image of the city.
A Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field and a minimum of five years of experience in a city or governmental management are required. Master’s degree and/or ICMA Credentialed Manager or similar certification preferred. Candidates must understand the City Manager role and responsibility. The job description is available at https://www.cityofharborsprings.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Harbor-Springs-City-Manager-Job-Description-.pdf.
Candidates should send a cover letter, salary expectations, resume and list of six professional references by
February 18 to:
The City of Harbor Springs
C/O Cheryl Ronk
420 Northlawn Ave.
East Lansing, MI 48823
This position is with a public body and is subject to the OMA and FOIA. While we will make every effort to keep information confidential, the public body can make no promises in accordance with Michigan law.
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