Job Details

City Administrator
City of Sun Valley, ID
Job Description

Located in the scenic Wood River Valley in south central Idaho, Sun Valley sits at the edge of the Sawtooth and Challis National Forests. Crowned as “America’s First Destination Ski Resort,” Sun Valley is the home to a world-class, year-round mountain resort. Winter activities include skiing and snowboarding on over 2,000 acres of downhill terrain, along with numerous miles of Nordic ski trails. Sun Valley also offers an abundance of other recreational opportunities, including street and mountain biking, climbing, boating, endless hiking trails, horseback riding, camping, and river and lake fishing. With a population of over 1,400 full-time residents, of the roughly 2,400 housing units, approximately 50% have been identified as second homes and seasonal or recreational rentals.

Incorporated in 1947, the City of Sun Valley has a Mayor/Council form of government. The Mayor serves as Chief Administrative Officer with a four-member City Council serving as the policy making legislative body of the City. The City is made up of five departments, including Administration, Community Development, Police, Fire, and Streets. The City's 2019 budget is $17,598,220, though that includes part of a major street and path construction program. Typically, the City’s budget is approximately $7 million each year. A total of 32 full-time employees and 21 part-time employees, primarily paid on-call firefighters, work for the City, and there are no unionized employees. The Administration Department is comprised of four full-time employees, and the primary responsibilities of the department include the associated functions of the City Clerk, Finance/Treasurer, and the City Administrator.

Under the administrative direction of the Mayor, the City Administrator oversees the City’s day-to-day operations and ensures that all work is carried out efficiently and effectively. The City Administrator plans and directs city work activity in accordance with adopted city codes and policies. The City Administrator assists the City Council by maintaining effective and open relationships, providing professional recommendations, developing options to assist in effective decision making and by providing regular written communication and updates on city activity. The City Administrator also serves as the department director for the Administration Department, functions in the role of budget officer, and serves as the city’s Human Resources Director.

A bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university in public administration or a closely related field is required. Candidates must have 8 years of progressive local government administrative experience, including at least 3 years of municipal management or administration of police, fire, streets and land use planning, and at least two years of human resource management. A master’s degree in a related field, and experience in a mountain resort town is strongly desired.

For a complete position profile and to apply online, visit Prothman at, click on "Open Recruitments" and then click the position title. To apply, click on "Apply Online" and follow the directions provided. If you are a veteran and wish to request Idaho veterans' preference credit, please indicate that in your cover letter, and complete and submit the veterans' preference form posted on the website as instructed on the form. The City of Sun Valley is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: September 22, 2019 (open until filled). For questions, call 206-368-0050.

Job Details
$122,670 - $148,790
Job Function:
Chief Administrator (City, County, Town Manager)
Position Type:
Full Time
No preference
City of Sun Valley
PO Box 416
Sun Valley, ID 83353-0416
United States
Population: 1,400
Form of Government: Council-Manager