Job Details

City Manager
City of Ellensburg, WA
Job Description

Located 100 miles east of Seattle at the intersection of Interstate 90 and Interstate 82, Ellensburg, Washington, is the county seat of Kittitas County and is home to Central Washington University. The city is home to over 20,300 residents, including 11,800 students who attend the university. Ellensburg is well known for its family atmosphere, friendly residents, and rural lifestyle. Residents and visitors enjoy the city’s summer music festivals, seasonal farmers markets and the annual county fair and rodeo. The Yakima River hugs the southwestern border of Ellensburg and provides riverfront views from parks, and there is golfing at the Ellensburg Golf & Country Club, as well as world-class fly fishing. With over 200 days of sunshine each year, Ellensburg allows for an abundance of activities regardless of the temperature.

The City of Ellensburg operates under a Council-Manager form of government. The seven-member City Council is elected at large, and members serve four-year terms. The city employs approximately 147 regular full-time employees along with more than 100 part-time staff. With an annual budget of $105.2 million, Ellensburg serves its citizens from nine departments: City Attorney, Administration, Community Development, Finance, Human Resources, Library, Parks & Recreation, Police, and Public Works & Utilities.

The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and serves under contract. The City Manager is the chief executive officer for the city, supervising all department directors, and is responsible for their day-to-day direction, and assists the Mayor and Council in managing the regional and intergovernmental affairs of the city.

Graduation from an accredited four-year college/university with a degree in public administration, planning, public affairs, or other areas related to administration in a government setting or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities, and a minimum of 7 years in a management role as a City Manager, Deputy or Assistant City Manager or public sector department director is required. A master’s degree in a related field is strongly preferred.

For a complete position profile/full job description 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. For questions, call 206-368-0050. The City of Ellensburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: February 14, 2021 (open until filled).

Job Details
Up to $163,296
Job Function:
Chief Administrator (City, County, Town Manager)
Position Type:
Full Time
No preference
City of Ellensburg
501 North Anderson St
Ellensburg, WA 98926
United States
Population: 18,468
Form of Government: Council-Manager

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