The City of Auburn, Alabama is seeking an experienced public administrator interested in leading the Public Services Business Unit.
Auburn is a growing, dynamic and progressive university community located along Interstate 85 in east central Alabama. Auburn has a strong reputation for being a small town (76,143 pop.) with “big city amenities” and has consistently been named among the best places to live in the United States. Home to Auburn University, Auburn is one of Alabama’s fastest growing communities and one of the nation’s fastest growing Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Auburn’s success as a thriving city is driven not only by its excellent local school system, but by a diversified economy and industrial base.
Known as “The Loveliest Village on the Plains,” Auburn is home to a growing number of local parks, not to mention the hiking, biking and waterfalls to be found in the 700-acre Chewacla State Park. In addition to numerous athletic facilities and events, Auburn also boasts diverse restaurants and a bustling cultural scene with world-class museum and performance venues. Auburn sits along Interstate 85 near Alabama’s border with Georgia, providing easy access to the international and regional airports and opportunities in Atlanta, Birmingham, Montgomery and Columbus.
The City of Auburn strives to support this thriving community by providing excellent city services that benefit Auburn now and, in the decades to come. More than 600 professionals serve the public with the highest standards of excellence and accountability, supported by a management team that embraces recognized principles of high performing organizations. As a result, the city’s biennial citizen surveys show that 75% of residents are satisfied with the value received for their city tax dollars, 38 points above the national average
About the Public Services Business Unit:
The Public Services Business Unit is comprised of the following departments: Water Resource Management, Library, Parks and Recreation, Public Works and Environmental Services.
The Public Services Executive Director is a member of the City’s executive team and management team. The City prides itself on being a high performing organization and management team members are committed to being innovative, adaptable and to work collaboratively to solve problems. The successful candidate will exhibit highly developed communication, technical, analytical and leadership skills that demonstrates their ability to execute job functions in a fast-paced changing environment within a growing community.
This position is primarily responsible for managing business unit work, preparation of City Council agendas, coordination of special projects and representing the City Manager at meetings. Some of the major duties of this position include:
• Manages business unit work, project and personnel activities of the Public Services Business Unit to continue to provide high levels of service to the public, promote sustainable growth patterns and infrastructure, to assure proper timing of infrastructure maintenance and investments, and to promote quality of life through parks, recreation and library facilities and programs
• Assists and coordinates with assigned department directors to develop and monitor biennial budgets, work programs and 6-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP);
• Coordinates special projects and prepares reports involving a wide range of issues within the City government structure, including researching requested data, analysis of issues, preparation of reports, support to City departments and program implementation;
• Responds to requests for information and complaints from the public and City Council members in a courteous and timely manner, including dissemination of information, researching information on complaints and resolving conflicts between citizens and City services as necessary.
A bachelor’s degree in public administration or a closely related field and related local government experience. Master’s Degree is preferred.
Salary, Benefits and Recruitment Process:
The annual salary range is $150,000 - $170,000 depending upon qualifications. The City of Auburn has an excellent benefits package.
This position is open until filled.
The City of Auburn is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.