SAVOY, IL (8,607). This growing community in Central Illinois is seeking a pragmatic and collaborative leader who is experienced, approachable, and resourceful to become its next Village Administrator.
Located in Champaign County, Illinois, the Village of Savoy combines small town, high quality-of-life living and the advantages of nearby metropolitan areas. Superior urban amenities provide for a great environment and culture in which to work, live, play and learn.
The University of Illinois, Savoy’s eastern boundary, includes world-renowned academics, sports, and entertainment. This allows for extensive opportunities for continued education at a Big Ten University. Willard Airport, the regional airport for East Central Illinois, is contiguous to the Village.
Savoy is one of the fastest growing communities in Illinois and is focused on both diverse, high-quality residential development and expanding the community’s commercial and industrial assets. Savoy anticipates a 2020 Census population of approximately 9,000. Savoy boasts acres of prime undeveloped land, low crime, quiet uncongested neighborhoods, and a responsive government. The Village has a strong and balanced economy that renders the community resistant to recessionary cycles. The Village maintains a strong financial position and is aggressively implementing the objectives from the latest Comprehensive Plan adopted by the Village Board in 2019.
The Village Administrator is appointed by and reports to an elected board consisting of the Village President (Mayor) and six (6) Trustees, who are elected at-large. The Administrator is responsible for the oversight and management of all day to day operations of the local government and for the implementation of policy decisions by the Village Board. Savoy’s previous Administrator served in that capacity for 17 years before retiring earlier this year.
The Village operates a highly skilled, paid on-call fire department and contracts with the Champaign County Sheriff’s Department for law enforcement services. The Village has full service Public Works and Engineering, Building and Zoning, Finance, and Administration Departments and it operates the Savoy Recreation Center. The Village has a $7.7 million annual budget consisting of an operating budget of $3.7 million plus $4.0 million in capital project expenditures. The Village has 26 full-time employees and 122 part-time employees.
The Village Board is seeking applicants for this position who have a minimum of (5) years of local government managerial experience preferably as an administrator or assistant administrator. The Board also expects qualified candidates to have, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, public policy, or some other related field. The Board will prefer candidates with a master’s degree in one of the listed fields of study.
The ideal candidates will possess the following skills and attributes deemed particularly important by the Village Board:
• A pragmatic and collaborative leadership style with expertise and desire to pursue modern management concepts, principles, strategies, practices, and techniques.
• An experienced negotiator who will consider creative solutions to fiscal constraints, development challenges, TIF management and a track record of providing a high level of customer service.
• An attentive leader who will foster enthusiasm and creativity; an individual who is comfortable educating and informing elected and appointed officials, employees, and members of the community while reinforcing the community’s values and mission.
• An experienced communicator who is well versed in social media and transparency efforts and who commands well-developed interpersonal and oral/written communication skills.
The starting salary range for the position is $100,000 to $125,000 DOQ/E. The Village also provides a generous fringe benefit package. Residency within the Village is required within six (6) months of the Administrator’s start date.
To apply for this position, please submit a résumé, cover letter, and contact information for five (5) professional references by July 31, 2020 to www.GovHRJobs.com and to the attention of Mark R. Peterson, Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. For questions or additional information about the position and/or the selection process, please contact Mr. Peterson at (309) 825-5091. EOE/AA.