City Administrator

City of Billings, MT

Job Details

  • Job Function: Chief Administrator (City/County Manager)
  • Credential: No preference
  • Salary: Highly Competitive Compensation Package DOQ/E
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 113,780
  • Where: Billings, Montana
  • Form of Government: Council-Manager

Post Date: Aug 3 2018

Deadline: Sep 6 2018

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume on-line at This position is open until filled; however, prospective candidates are encouraged to submit their application by the first review date of Thursday, September 6, 2018. On-site interviews will be offered to those candidates named as finalists by the City, with reference and background checks conducted after receiving candidates’ permission. For more information, please contact Art Davis; phone (816) 868-7042; email: Billings, Montana is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce!


(City will provide a highly competitive total compensation package DOQ/E)

The City of Billings is seeking a strategic, experienced and ethical leader to serve as its next City Administrator. A dynamic and beautiful community of over 112,000 residents, nestled between the Yellowstone River and a nine-mile long cliff face known as the Rimrocks, Billings is the largest city in Montana and the Northern Rocky Mountain Region. The City has a longstanding reputation for being well-managed, and the community has consistently supported a professionally-operated and innovative local government. Because of its status as a regional center for commerce, transportation, energy, healthcare and education, the community’s infrastructure is considerably larger and its commercial /cultural resources are significantly greater than many communities with a similar population. The Billings metropolitan area has a population of more than 170,000 people with a regional trade area approaching 500,000 residents from four states.

Billings is a full-service city providing most of the services typically provided by a municipality, including an airport. The City is governed by a Mayor elected at-large for a four-year term and ten City Council members elected from five wards for four-year staggered terms. The Charter limits the terms of the Mayor and Council members to two consecutive four-year terms. The City Administrator is appointed by and serves at the will of the Mayor and City Council and is responsible for overseeing all City operations and carrying out the policies established by the City Council. By Charter, the City Administrator has operational oversight responsibility for the entire City organization, may appoint, suspend, and remove all employees of the local government and is responsible for supervising all city staff and consultants directly or through department heads.

Billings currently has approximately 926 full time employees, and the City’s operations are supported by a Combined Funds Budget of $338 million, with reserves in the General Fund and other funds. The City Administrator currently has 14 direct reports and is responsible for managing all City affairs, including establishing operating practices and policies for all departments, agencies and offices, and preparing the City’s budget, subject to Council approval. The City’s leadership team is highly experienced, talented and passionate about the future of Billings. The City Administrator serves as the primary spokesperson on behalf of the City in communications with the media and the public, supported by department directors and the Mayor as necessary. There are three employee labor unions: Firefighters, Police and Teamsters.

The City Council is seeking a strong leader that possesses strong personal and professional ethics, outstanding communication skills, and is collaborative in approach. The ideal candidate will be committed to cost effective governance and has demonstrated the capacity to delegate effectively while holding departments and employees accountable. Candidates with strong experience in budgeting and municipal finance, growth management, and economic development will have an advantage. Candidates must be passionate about community building and community involvement and be committed to transparency in managing a city organization.

Candidates should possess a combination of education and experience necessary to perform at a high level. A master’s degree in Public Administration plus a minimum of 12 years of progressively responsible management experience in local government is preferred. Prior experience as a city administrator or as an assistant in a growing local government of similar or greater size and complexity is desired. Residency within city limits is required. A highly competitive base salary will be offered based upon the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience, plus a generous benefit package including a vehicle allowance and contribution toward both a 457 plan and the Montana Public Employee’s Retirement System will be provided. A reasonable relocation expense reimbursement will be considered along with housing assistance on a case-by-case basis.