Albany, GA (pop. 77,434) The City of Albany seeks an experienced and forward-thinking local government manager to lead its municipal organization. The City Commission’s desired candidates include rising Deputy or Assistant City Managers and current City Managers from comparably sized and demographically situated communities. The successful candidate will be an effective delegator with experience leading empowered subject matter experts and managing a full-service budget comparable to that of Albany. They will demonstrate strong communication skills and the ability to be both visionary and deliberative. This individual will be expected to maintain focus on strategic priorities while balancing the needs and interests of the seven-member City Commission, the city’s workforce, and the broader community.
As the county seat for Dougherty County and the largest city in Southwest Georgia, the city is home to Albany State University, a public, historically Black institution (HBCU) with an enrollment of more than 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Albany Technical College and a satellite campus of Troy University also call the city home. Albany also houses the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport (ABY), the administration of which falls under the purview of the City Manager. Albany is located about three hours south of the Georgia State capital of Atlanta and the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL), and two hours north of the Florida State capital of Tallahassee.
• Albany is a full-service city with a proposed FY2022 General Fund budget of $65.3 million and an employee count of approximately 1,100 FTEs. The total budget inclusive of enterprise and special revenue funds is nearly $300 million (proposed FY2022). Approximately half of the budget is utility operations, as Albany has the second-largest electric utility in Georgia and one of the top ten-largest natural gas utilities in the state.
• A high priority facing the next City Manager will be meeting the 2025 sanitary sewer deadline established by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. The City Commission voted to dedicate the City’s first round allocation of American Rescue Plan funds toward the project ($10 million). The total projected cost over the next ten years is $105 million.
• Albany is a city rich with history along with many of the current challenges and opportunities that face similar urban communities. With a 73% Black/African-American population and a poverty rate greater than 30%, the next City Manager should possess a commitment to equity and a track record of applying innovative approaches to improve quality of life. Some immediate and longstanding needs in this area include improving the housing stock, enhancing youth and community engagement, and increasing equity in procurement.
Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree, though a master’s degree and 10 years of progressively responsible management experience in a full-service city is preferred. The salary range is between $150,000 and $200,000+/- DOQ. Residency within Albany city limits is required. Submit resume, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references by August 10, 2021 at www.GovHRjobs.com to the aten?on of Dele Lowman Smith, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, #225, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: 847-380-3240 Ext 141. The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer.