Assistant City Manager

City of Brookings, SD

Job Details

  • Job Function: Deputy Chief Administrative Officer; Chief Administrator (City/County Manager)
  • Credential: No preference
  • Salary: $63,300 - $85,459.
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 23,773
  • Where: 520 3rd Street, Brookings, SD 57006
  • Form of Government: Commission

Post Date: Jul 23 2018

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General Information
Under the general direction of the City Manager, the Assistant City Manager is responsible for assisting the City Manager with the implementation and execution of a wide variety of municipal services and programs involving all departments.

Brief Description of Duties
Serves as a project manager for various special projects, programs, and services. Conducts specialized research projects on a wide variety of issues and developing public policy initiatives for advancement to the City Council. Works with various department heads and other city staff with overall project management and managing special initiatives and programs. Assists the City Manager with specific performance improvement measures and practices and sustainability issues. Facilitates various work activities and programs of some advisory boards and commissions. Manage and coordinates efforts of information services personnel and maintenance. Assists the City Manager and Finance Director with overall annual operating budget preparation and planning, and Capital Improvement Plan. Specifically manages budgetary divisions for the City manager, Information Technology, Maintenance, City Attorney, City/County Government Center Building, General Government Buildings and various special project construction budgets. Monitors the activities of the State Legislator and recommends proper action to the City Manager. Assists all departments with writing/preparing grant applications, implementation, and follow-up compliance reporting of grant awards. Coordinates, researches issues, drafts responses, and provides follow-up to citizen inquires and concerns, and processes requests for information. Serves as the City Manager's designee on various intergovernmental and advisory boards and commissions including but not limited to the Sustainability Council, City-County Joint Powers Board, and Bicycle Advisory Committee. Serves as the City Manager's alternate on the intergovernmental East Central Communications Board. Assists the City Manager and department heads with external communication needs with an emphasis on electronic and social media via newsletters, website, email notifications and other public information means. Periodically prepares city council agenda packet items. Participates in internal meetings and discussions as a member of the City Manager's Leadership Team. Serves on an as-needed basis on various employee committees working on specialized cross departmental projects, programs, and initiatives. Serves as Acting City Manager in the absence of the City Manager. Attends City Council meetings on a regular and frequent basis.

Minimum/Preferred Qualifications
1.Bachelors degree in Political Science, Business Administration, or related field. A Masters degree is strongly preferred. At least three (3) to five (5) years of progressively responsible public sector experience in an administrative supervisory capacity required. Strongly prefer prior local government service in other jurisdictions.
2.Knowledge and experience relating to the principles, practices, and techniques of public administration and knowledge of public finance, budgeting, accounting, forecasting and planning.
3.Ability to plan and direct the work of Staff and evaluate, coach and establish goals with Staff.
4.Ability to effectively communicate professionally with clients, customers, department heads, staff, Council, etc., and work cooperatively with others.
5.Extensive knowledge and demonstrable experience in operation of computers with ability to operate most recent versions of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word.
6.Ability to maintain confidentiality and integrity of the office and equipment.
7.Ability to multi-task and have good organizational skills.
8.Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Driver's License with acceptable driving record.

Management Style/Personal Traits
1.Be an articulate and effective communicator, both orally and in writing.
2.Possess good listening skills, encouraging input on issues from employees and citizens.
3.Possess compassion and sensitivity and be thoroughly committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity in municipal employment.
4.Be a "people person," sincerely personable and approachable, patient and acting with understanding and empathy who can relate comfortably and effectively with employees and citizens.
5.Be a visionary manager, being creative and innovative, and able to stimulate and encourage elected Officials and Staff to develop effective ways of looking at community problems and opportunities.
6.Possess complete integrity, and exemplify personal characteristics of behavior and leading standards to strive for by staff and employees.
7.Possess sensitivity and skills toward development and maintenance of a strong, comprehensive and continuing public relations program which will sustain and enhance a positive image of the City government with other community and regional institutions, the religious community, business organizations, governmental agencies and citizens.
8.Be an "idea person" who is creative and innovative with the ability to motivate others to try new methods and programs.