City Manager - Evanston, IL

City of Evanston, IL

The City of Evanston, located in Cook County, Illinois, is home to approximately 75,000 residents and located just north of Chicago. Set on the stunning shores of Lake Michigan and home to Northwestern University and Rotary International, Evanston's beauty and character delights visitors and residents of all ages. With a vision to create the most livable city in America, Evanston celebrates the diversity of its opportunities and residents.

Reporting to the Mayor & City Council, the City Manager will provide administrative direction and oversight for all City functions and activities. These responsibilities include advising the City Council on present and future financial, personnel and program needs, implementing immediate and long-range City priorities, and establishing procedures that will assist the City in capably serving its citizens.

The City Manager will prepare the annual budget and supervise City department heads, and will be responsible for fostering cooperative working relationships with various agencies and groups. They will skillfully pursue multiple avenues of economic and community development to ensure Evanston’s continued growth and prosperity.


•The City Council is seeking an ethical, dedicated, public servant who embraces transparency, equity and open government
•10+ years relevant leadership experience
• Bachelors Degree in a related field; Masters Degree preferred
• Experience managing large budgets
• Knowledge of municipal government operations, administration, and HR management
• Effective at attracting, developing and leading a large team
• Knowledge of municipal government operations, administration, and human resource management
• Embrace innovative strategies to provide an array of municipal services while dealing with the realities of municipal budget constraints.
• Be visible in the community and be an open, honest, engaged communicator willing to be available to the Council, community, and active stakeholders.
• Understand “town-gown” relationships.
• Ability to partner with the city council in transforming and implementing visionary policies and practices
• Be adept at building consensus and working cooperatively with the City Council, residents, businesses, community groups, and other governmental agencies.
• Demonstrate experience with a strong commitment to sustainability.
• Understand how to transform commitments around racial equity into concrete transformational action.
• Possess experience with organized labor.
• Hit the ground running and not be afraid to attempt new, innovative ideas.
• Be a good listener who knows when to listen, when to add perspective and when to say ‘no’.

An attractive base salary, benefits and housing allowance will be offered.

How to Apply

Application Deadline
Email resume to: Margaret Bonanno-Paa, SHRM-CP Director of Talent Acquisition, Stanton Chase::

Job Details

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

City of Evanston


2100 Ridge Ave
Evanston, IL 60201-2716
United States

Form of Government


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