Job Details

Town Manager
Town of Coventry, RI
Job Description

Coventry, RI (pop. 35,000), seeks a visionary and collaborative manager to serve as its next Town Manager. The Town is a vibrant and active community, known for its areas of rural and historic charm, located in Kent Country, Rhode Island, 16 miles southwest of the state capital of Providence, and within a short drive from the scenic coastal communities of Newport and Narragansett, R.I. Coventry is a full service community with an overall annual spending plan of approximately $108.1 million.

Coventry has a Council-Manager form of government, which includes a five-member Town Council. The Town Manager is responsible for executing the policy directives of the Town Council and for leading and managing the operations and activities of the Town. The Town Manager is specifically responsible for fiscal planning and development of the Town’s operating budget, capital planning, implementing Town policies, economic development, oversight of personnel functions including collective bargaining, coordinating intra- and intergovernmental affairs, grant procurement and administration, long- and short-term planning, and procurement of goods and services. The Town Manager appoints the Town Solicitor, all department directors, and Town employees.

The successful candidate must have experience with municipal finance, economic development and community planning, personnel administration, labor relations, and intergovernmental relations. The Town seeks a Town Manager to be a community leader with high interpersonal and communication skills, and possessing a strong belief in a team-oriented municipal organization.

The manager is required to hold a master’s degree in public administration, business administration or related master’s degree from an accredited college or university and at least five (5) years actual experience as a city, town, or county government manager or assistant manager. The manager must maintain residency within the Town of Coventry with six (6) months of appointment, however the residency requirement can be waived by the Town Council.

Compensation includes a salary of $150,000+/- and an attractive benefits package, commensurate with qualifications. Coventry is an EEO employer.

A detailed Position Profile can be located at The position is “Open Until Filled” with a first review of applications beginning December 20, 2019. For questions related to the position and the application process, contact Bernard Lynch, Principal, Community Paradigm Associates, LLC, at

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Job Details
Job Function:
Chief Administrator (City, County, Town Manager)
Position Type:
Full Time
No preference
Town of Coventry
1670 Flat River Rd
Coventry, RI 02816-8909
United States
Form of Government: Council-Manager