The Town of Coventry, Rhode Island
is searching for a Town Manager
The Town of Coventry is governed largely under the 1973 Coventry Home Rule Charter. Its government contains a Council-Manager form of government that includes a five-member Town Council, each elected by one of the Town’s five districts to a term of four years. Two additional at-large Council Members will be added in the upcoming year. The Town Council exercises overall control of the local government.
The Town Manager, appointed by and responsible to the Council, is responsible for the administration of policies and for the performance of virtually all administrative functions. He or she directs and supervises the administration of all departments, offices, and agencies of the town, except as otherwise provided by the Home Rule Charter. The Town Manager will keep the Town Council fully advised as to the financial condition and future needs of the town and is responsible for the care and preservation of all town property and equipment, except property under the jurisdiction of the School Committee.
The Coventry Town Council seeks a Town Manager with strong leadership abilities and municipal management experience. Candidates should be competent in all areas of municipal management and operations, but should have particularly strong financial management and interpersonal skills. The candidate should also have strong skills in economic and community development, project management, and personnel administration. The candidate should be knowledgeable of best practices in municipal management and experienced in using technology and innovative methods to achieve cost-savings while providing effective and efficient municipal services.
The Town Manager must be a visionary, decisive, and diplomatic leader who can work collaboratively with the various interests of the Town. The Town Manager is expected to work cooperatively with citizens, volunteers, and the business community. The Town Manager should have a visible public presence and be highly approachable. He or she should become deeply involved in the community. Candidates should have the ability to highlight the many positive aspects of Coventry and be willing to share that information with staff and the public via traditional and modern communications tools.
The Town Manager must be able to delegate effectively, mentor department heads, and provide support and motivation to ensure high performance and professional growth for Coventry employees. He or she must be a strategic and dynamic leader who can build a strong team and employ a teamwork approach. He or she should strive to encourage collaboration between all departments, including schools, and to build morale. The Town Manager must be innovative, organized, have a strong work ethic, and inspire trust and confidence. He or she must have active listening skills and be a powerful communicator with the ability to accurately and effectively explain complex issues to individuals, committees, and citizens.
The successful candidate shall have strong finance skills and be a long-term strategic thinker, particularly regarding finances, and economic and community development. He or she must also demonstrate successful experience in project management and personnel management, including experience in meaningful economic development. He or she must be able to develop and sustain credible relations with employees and multiple union representatives. The Town Manager must be skilled in developing and maintaining relationships within Town government and throughout the community. He or she should display a positive attitude, have a strong character, and be willing and able to take ownership of issues. The next Town Manager must be politically astute and have a passion for municipal management.
The Town Manager must have critical thinking skills and be a creative problem-solver who is accessible, transparent, trustworthy, collaborative, and a consensus-builder. He or she must lead by example, and be motivated, innovative, ethical, and respectful of others.
The successful candidate should possess demonstrated skills, abilities and knowledge in municipal finance, economic development, project management, government law, personnel administration, and intergovernmental relations. Candidates should show evidence of continued professional development and an ICMA Credentialed Manager is preferred.
The Town Manager shall hold a Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university as a minimum degree for the appointment, together with at least five (5) years actual management experience in city, town, or county government.
The Town of Coventry will offer an employment agreement and compensation package that includes an annual salary of $150,000, which is competitive with comparable area communities and commensurate upon qualifications.
An attractive benefits package includes Blue Cross/Blue Shield health insurance, Delta Dental insurance, town paid life insurance of $20,000 with additional insurance available to the employee, and a defined contribution plan with Town matching up to 10% for retirement. Included in paid time off are 14 ½ paid holidays, twelve (12) vacation days, twelve (12) days per year for sick leave, and additional three (3) days per year for family illness. The Town Manager is permitted use of a town-owned, maintained, and insured vehicle.
HOW TO APPLY
Cover letter and resume to: HR@coventryri.org
or: Human Resources, Town of Coventry, 1670 Flat River Road, Coventry, RI 02816
Town Council will interview the most qualified candidates. Finalists will be contacted for references and approval of background reviews.
Position is Open Until Filled. Résumés reviewed as received. First review February 1, 2023.
The Town of Coventry, R.I., is an equal opportunity employer