Town Manager

Town of Telluride, CO

Tucked in a beautiful, box canyon surrounded by breathtaking rugged peaks and waterfalls, the Town of Telluride is an all-season resort town. Originally founded as a mining camp in the 1870s, Telluride reinvented itself in the 1970s as a skiing destination. Today, Telluride (pop. 2553, elev. 8,750 ft, 2.2 sq mi) is known for its superb skiing, authentic mountain character, and unpretentious attitude, as well as for its cultural events, fine dining, and unmatched, signature festival schedule. The adopted FY 2024 Budget is $81.81 million (GF $18 million, Operating $68.18 million), supporting 107 FTE, and between 25-35 seasonal employees.

As chief administrative officer, the town manager exercises supervision and control over nine executive and administrative departments, and manages the day-to-day needs of the town. Town council is looking for an experienced, visionary leader, who appreciates Telluride not only as a state treasure, a historic and unique place, and a world-class destination, but also as their home for some time to come. The town has enjoyed a steady progression of excellent, professional town managers, whose average tenure since 2003 is 4.13 years. The ideal candidate has the ability and experience needed to catch multiple major regional infrastructure projects, and development projects, midair without dropping them, and to advance them all. The current level and volume of civic engagement is intense.

A four-year degree in public administration, political science, business administration, or a related field, and up to ten years of progressively responsible experience in local government, including three to five as a municipal manager, assistant, or major department head, are all preferred. Any equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered at the sole discretion of the town. Residency in the town is desirable, but is not required by charter. A graduate degree is also desirable, as is the ability to speak Spanish.

The hiring range for this position is $170,000 to $220,000, plus a substantial housing allowance or housing opportunity, and relocation assistance. Appointment will be made depending upon the qualifications of the selected candidate. In addition, the following benefits are provided: medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, and long-term disability insurances; Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts; and various EAP programs. Telluride pays medical, dental, and vision premiums in full for the employee. Premiums for dependents are greatly reduced. Retirement benefits customary to the position are offered through MissionSquare, 401(a) mandatory, 457(b) optional. This position enjoys paid time off, sick leave, and paid holidays. The town also provides a merchant ski pass, or physical fitness benefit in lieu.

How to Apply

Application Deadline
Filing Deadline: June 30, 2024 Drew Gorgey: 970-987-1238 Cover letter/resume only to:

Job Details

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

Town of Telluride


113 W Columbia Ave
Telluride, CO 81435-0397
United States

Form of Government


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