Town Administrator

Town of Friday Harbor, WA

Located in the northwest corner of Washington State, midway along the eastern shore of San Juan Island, the quaint and friendly Town of Friday Harbor, (pop. 2,550), is a scenic ferry ride away from the Washington State mainland to the west of Skagit and Whatcom counties and east of lower Vancouver Island, Canada. Friday Harbor enjoys roughly 300 days of sunshine throughout the year and the area is one of the best places in the world to see orca whales, and is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream for hiking, cycling, kayaking, and fishing. Tourism is a major economic driver for the community. Getting to Friday Harbor requires transportation by ferry, airplane/seaplane or private boat, though there are multiple ferry departures per day and several daily commercial flights are available to reach the San Juan Islands.

Friday Harbor is the seat of San Juan County and is the only incorporated town in the county. The Town of Friday Harbor operates under a Mayor/Council form of government with four departments: Administration, Community Development, Finance, and Public Works, which includes Water, Sewer, Streets, Stormwater, and Refuse utilities. Friday Harbor has a 2021 total budget of $18,354,000, which includes capital expenditures, and employs 38 full-time employees.

Under the general direction and authority of the Mayor, the Town Administrator acts as the chief administrative officer of the Town for day-to-day operations. This position directs, administers, and coordinates the activities and functions of the various Town offices, departments, personnel, and boards in implementing the requirements of Town ordinances and the policies of the Town Council.

A bachelor’s degree in Public Administration or a related field and at least five (5) years of successful, progressively responsible management experience in municipal government or other local government agencies; or equivalent combinations of education and applicable professional work experience is required. Understanding that this position is very hands-on as there is not a robust employee base is a key to long-term success.

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 Town of Friday Harbor is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: December 12, 2021 (open until filled).

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Job Details

Job Function
Chief Administrator (City, County, Town Manager)
Position Type
Full Time

Town of Friday Harbor


PO BOX 219
Friday Harbor, WA 98250-0219
United States

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