Village Manager

Village of Elk Rapids, MI

The Village of Elk Rapids is seeking a strategic and innovative village manager to lead the idyllic waterfront community. Elk Rapids is located on Lake Michigan’s eastern coast just north of Traverse City on East Grand Traverse Bay. With both Lake Michigan, Elk Lake, Elk River, and Bass Lake water frontage, the village enjoys the best of Midwest living.

Natural beauty and a small-town atmosphere allow a laid-back lifestyle, with access to a full array of year-round recreational, sports and cultural opportunities. Boating, golf, sport fishing, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and nature preserves are just minutes away.

The Village of Elk Rapids is proud of its rich, small town heritage, and an engaged community. Its 1,529 residents value its small-town character while embracing citizen engagement and activities and has a strong history of environmental consciousness, protecting its rich and abundant natural resources, and entrepreneurial spirit.

The Village of Elk Rapids is a full-service, progressive community with a vibrant art community and downtown. Within the downtown area, the walkways, decorative streetscape elements and historic buildings provide the Village with a truly unique image that many communities strive for today. Elk Rapids has an active Downtown Development Authority that works closely with village leadership and the business community to keep the downtown economically sound and alive. The village also has a strong business group with the Downtown Elk Rapids Association (DERA).

Elk Rapids has a history of managing growth, making the best use of the residential, commercial and industrial areas, while making wise investments in infrastructure and land resources. The village is supportive of quality economic development. The village strives to ensure new development will enable the village to maintain a high quality of life and support existing infrastructure, business, and housing.

The village has an engaged citizenry that expects a transparent village government and open communication between the village manager, village president, village trustees and citizens.

The village council and its citizens expect strong environmental stewardship of its many rich natural resources.


How to Apply

Application Deadline
Submit resume, cover letter, consent form, & 5 professional references to: Email: Subject Line: Elk Rapids Search

Job Details

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

Village of Elk Rapids


PO BOX 398
Elk Rapids, MI 49629-0398
United States

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