Performs complex executive and administrative work assisting the City Manager in a variety of assignments relating to the planning, direction, control, and evaluation of the operations and programs of the City government; managing, developing and retaining the City's economic development efforts, and related work as apparent or assigned. Work involves setting policies and goals. Supervision is exercised over all personnel within the organization in the absence of the City Manager.
Examples of Duties:
Plans, directs, and oversees the management of the Economic Development, Information Technology, Recreation and Parks, Social Services, and Public Works.
Provides advice and assistance to the City Manager; researches issues and makes recommendations on a variety of issues and special projects covering all departments.
Assists with recruitment and selection of personnel; assigns, directs, trains, and inspects work of staff; coaches and counsels staff; develops staff schedules; recommends reward, transfer, promotion, suspension, termination, discipline, and demotion; assists with evaluating staff performance.
Manages multi-departmental projects to ensure effective coordination among departments and prepares, or assists in preparing, related reports, studies, and grant proposals.
Reviews departmental procedures for effectiveness, aids in the development of operating policies and procedures to ensure that the government operates in an effective and efficient manner.
Performs liaison activities to local and governmental agencies and organizations; attends meetings of the Mayor and City Council.
Assists with the preparation and implementation of operating and capital budgets; reviews departmental budget requests, reports or studies and recommends appropriate action to management.
Represents the City on committees/task forces and attends meetings of the Mayor and Council to gain insight into current or emerging issues.
Develops written reports and studies to address concerns identified by the general public, elected officials or management.
Represents and assumes the duties of City Manager in their absence.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in public administration or related field and extensive experience in small to medium sized municipal government administration with supervisory and managerial experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Licenses and/or Certifications:
Valid driver’s license in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Knowledge of the City’s principles, practices, and procedures, as well as of the functions of the City Manager’s Office and the Personnel division.
Knowledge of all professional practices, laws, ordinances, policies, standards, and regulations pertaining to the Assistant City Manager’s responsibilities.
Short and long-range strategic-planning, team building, oral and written communication, presentation skills.
Strong analytical, quantitative, problem-solving, computer, organization, and time-management skills.
Ability to effectively build and maintain relations and consensus.
Ability to deal with multiple projects/issues at the same time.
Ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply regulations, procedures, and related information in order to effectively represent the City administration in communications with the public and employees.
About City of Hopewell
Hopewell is an independent, historic, riverfront city adjacent to Prince George and Chesterfield Counties, as well as the Fort Lee Military Installation. Hopewell is centrally located and is only 21 miles south of Richmond, Virginia and approximately 130 miles south of Washington, DC. According to the US Census Bureau, the population of Hopewell as of 2016 is 22,735.
Hopewell is known for industry. In 1912, E.I. DuPont purchased 1,600 acres of land in Hopewell to start a guncotton plant supporting WWI. In 1915, a fire so devastating it was reported nationwide, destroys downtown. In 1916, Hopewell incorporates and rebuilds. Hopewell is deemed the “Wonder City” for its ability to bounce back. Currently, Hopewell is home to four Fortune 1000 companies and is on the rise again.
Hopewell is a diverse community, with its origins a century ago as an industrial town, Hopewell is now in a rebirth as an industrious city.
Hopewell is known for the rivers. It is situated at the confluence of the Appomattox and James Rivers providing spectacular views. A 2015 William & Mary College study recorded 236 mating pairs of bald eagles on the James River. Multiple regional and na...tional fishing tournaments are held out of the City Marina. The Hopewell Riverwalk will connect the City’s historic downtown to the City Marina.
Hopewell is known for the small town atmosphere. The Beacon Theatre anchors downtown Hopewell with over 175 shows and events annually. As part of the Virginia Main Street Program, Downtown Hopewell has experienced recent revitalization. Downtown businesses consist of a coffee grinder, pie shop, boat manufacturer, coffee shop and bakery, antique shops, fitness centers, award winning BBQ restaurant, and a diner first opened in 1927. Plans for over 500 apartment units within the downtown area over the next 3-5 years will transform not just downtown, but the entire City. Hopewell also hosts a variety of events including a 5k Run/Walk, the James River Ball, Hoppin’ Happenings Egg Hunt, Butts on Broadway, Wonder City Craft Beer Festival, Hopewell Haunts, Summer Concert Series, the Holiday Boat Parade, Light up the Night and so much more!