City Manager

City of Williamsburg, VA

Job Details

  • Job Function: Chief Administrator (City/County Manager)
  • Credential: Preferred
  • Salary: $140,000. Starting at 140K- Depends on Qualifications
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 14,068
  • Where: Williamsburg, VA
  • Form of Government: Council-Manager

Post Date: Sep 14 2018

Deadline: Sep 24 2018


Historic Williamsburg, VA seeking next City Manager

Position Opening: Imagine leading a community where 9 in 10 citizens value quality of life, overall appearance and safety at a level of good or excellent. Imagine leading a City where 85% of Citizens are satisfied with customer service delivered by the City staff and truly value the natural environment. Imagine yourself as the City of Williamsburg’s next City Manager, a historic community where year-round tourism creates opportunities and Town and Gown relationships are essential. If you have the passion and skills to take a City that is well thought of by its Citizens to the next level of effective governance and service delivery, this could be your next career move.

About the Organization and Position: Williamsburg is a full-service city with 201.5 FTE employees working in 19 departments. The City shares some Constitutional Officers with James City County such as Treasurer, Sheriff, Clerk of the Circuit Court, and Commonwealth’s Attorney. The City Manager is appointed by and reports to a five-member City Council. With a Standard & Poor bond rating of “AAA” and Moody bond rating of “Aa1,” the City is well-managed fiscally. The City Manager will oversee the FY 2019 general operating fund budget of $36.4 million and capital improvement budget of $7.4M. To measure success against its vision statement, the city uses a robust, strategic planning process that establishes biennial goal areas that guide budget development and decision making. (see for more details).

The new City Manager must maintain and enhance the quality of life admired and desired by Citizens while driving economic diversity, enhancing excellent local and regional partnerships, proactively planning and managing infrastructure investment, maintaining safety, and encouraging citizen engagement. A track record of innovation in delivering on strategic initiatives as well as increasing collaborations, effective governance and service delivery is essential. To learn more about the City, please visit

Qualifications: a master’s degree in business, public administration or related field is preferred with a bachelor’s degree; seven to ten years of experience as a senior executive in a full-service local government, at least five of which must have been as a Town/City Manager or Deputy, in an environment comparable to the City of Williamsburg, with a wide range of duties across various departments; ICMA Credentialed Manager or eligibility to become credentialed within a negotiated timeframe. Professional association leadership desired; experience in working in a diverse and historic urban environment with a strong tourism and university influence; and, past experience and a high level of interest and successful achievement in areas that include working effectively with a team, economic and community development, and working on special projects.

Salary and Application Process: The City of Williamsburg is offering a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience with a minimum STARTING salary of $140K. The City also has an outstanding benefits package, with low employee contributions for health, dental, participation in the Virginia Retirement System, group life insurance, short and long-term disability insurance plans, 457 Plan, and paid time off, among others. Residency within the City is required. To apply, please go to and then the City Manager – Williamsburg, VA link. All applications must be submitted online. All inquiries should be emailed to We encourage applicants to apply by September 21, 2018. On-site interviews and skill evaluations will be held October 25-26, 2018 in Williamsburg, VA for selected finalists. The City of Williamsburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The recruitment and selection process is being managed by Developmental Associates, LLC.

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