Town Administrator

Town of Orleans, MA

The Town of Orleans (permanent population: 6,100; seasonal more than 19,000), an active and engaged community is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Town Administrator (Charter change to Town Manager in the fall of 2023) to serve as its Chief Administrative Officer. The successful candidate will have exceptional oral and written communication skills, an understanding of or ability to become adept in municipal finances, budgets, procurement, Massachusetts general laws, personnel management, and planning, and an ability to build strong working relationships with the Select Board, community, Town committees, and staff. The successful candidate will understand connecting to and communicating with Orleans’ many constituencies is critical to success as Town Administrator. Candidates must be especially fit by education, training, or previous experience in public administration to perform the powers and duties of the office. The Town Administrator shall be appointed on the basis of educational, executive, and administrative qualifications and experience. The educational qualifications shall consist of at least a bachelor's degree, preferably in public administration, granted by an accredited degree-granting college or university. The professional experience shall include at least five years of prior full-time compensated executive service in public or business administration. Alternatively, at least two years of prior full-time compensated executive service in public or business administration, and a master's degree in an appropriate discipline shall qualify an applicant. The Town Administrator plays a crucial role in the Town’s overall planning, management, organization, stability, and growth of the community. The Town Administrator must be able to and have a proven track record in developing strong and productive working relationships with the various constituencies in the communities and/or organizations in which they have worked. The Town Administrator works under the direction of a five-member Select Board. The duties are outlined in the Orleans Town Charter which can be found on the Town’s website:
An attractive benefits package, including health and retirement plans, is part of the Town Administrator’s total compensation. Preliminary interviews are targeted for the end of February. All replies will be kept confidential until finalists are identified.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume (electronic submissions preferred) to: Richard J White, Groux-White Consulting, LLC @

Job Details

Job Function
Chief Administrator (City, County, Town Manager)

Town of Orleans


19 School Rd
Orleans, MA 02653-3699
United States

Form of Government
Town Meeting


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