Westtown Township, located in West Chester, PA in Chester County, seeks an experienced Township Manager to lead a diverse and well-educated citizenry of approximately 10,874 in 8.64 square miles. The Township’s government provides a wide range of services to a growing community and is widely recognized for its efforts to provide a high quality of life and participatory government for its residents. The Township operates with an approved 2020 total budget of approximately $12,227,559 ($7.7 million is operating) with approximately 15 full time equivalent staff.
The Township Manager is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Township, appointed by a three (3) member Board of Supervisors (BOS) with staggered six (6) year terms. The Manager reports to the BOS and will be an outstanding communicator who provides reasoned and sound recommendations for the Board’s consideration. The Board is seeking an ethical and pragmatic leader, who embraces open government and transparency. This highly visible position within the Township is responsible for implementing all policies set by the BOS and the general oversight of all the Township’s day to day operations. The position will assume management responsibility, leadership, and accountability for, but not limited to: administrative staff, financial management, public works, planning and zoning, solid waste and recycling services, fire/emergency medical services, sewer, storm water and transportation infrastructure, parks and recreation, and a regional police commission.
Work involves supervising, directing, and coordinating all departments and activities of the Township to ensure operations are in conformance with policy directives, rules, regulations, and the Pennsylvania Second Class Township Code as well as providing excellent municipal services. The Manager attends day and evening meetings with the BOS, various boards and commissions, governmental authorities, department heads, and other meetings as required.
Experience of competitive candidates must demonstrate a high level of successful performance in areas of municipal management. A progressive record of strong, open professional administrative leadership in a similar community or organization is an important consideration. Demonstrated and verifiable experience developing, managing, and balancing an annual operating and capital expenditure budget of similar complexity to the Township’s is required. In addition, demonstrated/verifiable experience utilizing sound and effective leadership techniques to establish goals and achieve results within financial and other resource limits, a proven record of leading with high personal integrity and ethical behavior and a record of successful labor/management issues and contract negotiations are important considerations.
Position requires: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university in public or business administration, finance, planning or a related field is required. Master’s Degree in Public or Business Administration, Political Science, or a closely related field or an Equivalent Degree strongly preferred. A minimum of seven (7) to ten (10) years of direct experience as a municipal manager or assistant manager/senior executive, with experience in planning, organizing, and directing administrative, operational services and municipal finance administration or an equivalent combination of education and qualifying experience. Must have a valid driver’s license. A competitive salary is dependent on experience with a comprehensive benefits package and subject to background check/verifications.
Applicants should submit cover letter, resume and salary history to Roseann McGrath at Roseann@rmcgrathconsulting.com no later than October 16, 2020.