The City of Soldotna, Alaska, on the banks of the world-famous Kenai River, is hiring for a key member of the leadership team.
Under the direction of the City Manager, this position provides administrative support in all functions and operations of the City Manager’s office, including: drafting and issuing internal and external communications; researching, issuing reports, and advising the City Manager on policy decisions and implementation; administering contract documents and agreements; providing project management for special projects; and coordinating the preparation of annual reports, publications, and miscellaneous studies.
• Performs wide range of administrative duties in support of the City Manager, including: resolving citizen complaints, preparing ordinances and resolutions for City Council consideration, and drafting/issuing memoranda and official communications.
• Conducts research, performs analysis, prepares reports, and advises the City Manager on policy decisions and recommended implementation steps.
• Prepares and administers contracts and facility management agreements.
• Facilitates interdepartmental coordination and assumes project management role for special projects as assigned by the City Manager.
• Researches local, State, and Federal codes and regulations, and follows State of Alaska legislative items of local concern.
• Coordinates internal and external communications for the City, including employee updates, notices to the public (including via Social Media), and issuing statements and press releases to local media outlets.
• Prepares reports and gives public presentations, including to City advisory boards and commissions and the Soldotna City Council.
• Coordinates and prepares annual reports and City publications, including the Popular Annual Financial Report, and 5-year Capital improvement Program.
• Assists with coordination of marketing and promotional material for the City.
• Researches and identifies grant opportunities, prepares and submits applications to meet requirements and deadlines specified by funding agencies, and administers grant-funded projects as needed.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.
DESIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
• Works with a high degree of independence, and consistently exhibits good judgement and professional integrity.
• Capable of managing multiple, high-priority assignments or projects simultaneously.
• Ability to research and plan, mobilize resources, and monitor a project through implementation.
• Ability to offer creative problem-solving, and formulate innovative solutions for City operations and service delivery.
• Exhibits strong interpersonal skills and ability to maintain good working relationships with community organizations, other government agencies, City boards, commissions/committees, and elected officials, as well as other City employees and the general public.
• Requires well-developed writing and public speaking skills, and tact when interacting in public settings including with local media.
• Knowledge of Federal and State funding sources, as well as grant and proposal writing techniques.
• Familiarity with or ability to learn document construction techniques, desktop publishing, and graphic design programs.
• Responsible for accuracy and clarity of reports and plans.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree is required. At least five years work experience in government administration, public affairs, economics, community development, or a related field is preferred.
Candidates whose educational qualifications exceed a Bachelor’s Degree may substitute additional years of schooling for work experience, provided they have the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the essential job functions.