Gainesville is the center of Alachua County and composes approximately half its population. It is the hub of North Central Florida-90 minutes southwest of Jacksonville, two hours north of Tampa, and two hours northwest of Orlando and its theme parks. Miami and Fort Lauderdale are five hours southeast and Atlanta is five hours north. Gainesville is a wonderful city and internationally recognized as a place where people go to be healed and educated. It and its surrounding environs are a dream destination for outdoor enthusiasts-an area graced with rolling hills, lakes, upland forests, hammock and prairie, creating a natural playground. The climate is outstanding and make water activities like world-class fishing, canoeing, diving and kayaking accessible year-round. Or, take to the land for birding, hiking, biking, and the unique adventure of climbing trees with a local company that provides fun, safe, year-round tree-climbing events.
The city of Gainesville wants a dynamic and experienced leader who will continue to guide the organization to the citizen centered vision the community and its elected leaders have embraced! The next City Manager will be an action-oriented and progressive leader, who will partner with the City Commission and staff to drive Gainesville to reach its goals. The individual will be someone who will recognize opportunities and seize them, even taking risks, in order to promote and move the city forward.
The next City Manager will have at least a bachelor’s degree in business or public administration, or an area related to local government management. The ideal candidate will have ten years’ experience in city management and expertise in local government management and finance. Skill in intergovernmental relations is a must. Knowledge and experience with Smart Cities, as well as addressing racial and gender equity, are highly desirable. The ideal candidate will know how to pursue external funding; be it grants, legislative set-asides or some other source of funds from out of town. The individual will be expected to make a commitment to Gainesville, viewing this opportunity as the pinnacle and not a steppingstone. For more information, go to www.cb-asso.com and click on “Executive Search / Active Recruitments.