Tuesday, October 6, 2020
$135,000 - $155,000
Full-time, Mon-Fri, 0800-1700 (Overtime exempt)
Friday, October 30, 2020 at 11:55 PM
The City Manager is the Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Bethel, population 6,200, and is appointed by and reports to the City Council. The City Manager performs all duties and assumes all responsibilities required by Alaska Statues and the Bethel Municipal Code. The position is responsible for various operational areas including police, fire, public works, a water and sewer utility, port, human resources and planning and zoning. The City of Bethel is located on the Kuskokwim River, 480 miles from Alaska’s road system.
Residency within the city is required.
This position is being recruited via talent management at the following link:
Duties and Responsibilities:
Direct the development and implementation of the City’s goals, objectives, and priorities.
Oversee the development and administration of the City budget; approve the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary; advise Council of financial conditions, program progress, and current and future needs of the City.
Serve as Public Information Officer for the City, represent the City to outside agencies; coordinate City activities with those of other communities, outside agencies and organizations.
Perform all duties as may be prescribed by City Council action; responsible for the preparation of plans and specifications for work that the City Council direct.
Assess ongoing operational needs and determine best organizational structure to meet the City’s goals and objectives.
Plan, direct, and coordinate the work plan for the City; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures.
Direct and supervise the administration of all departments, offices and agencies of the City.
Serve as City Council’s chief advisor, providing complete and objective information, and carrying out Council policies.
Serve as the Personnel Director with oversight over city personnel programs, working with department heads to respond to personnel concerns and issues as appropriate.
Ensure that all Federal, State laws and Bethel Municipal Code are understood, enforced and faithfully executed.
Provide staff support services for City Council as required.
A strong commitment to creative problem-solving through teamwork and professionalism, outstanding supervisory and administrative skills, highly developed interpersonal and oral/written communication skills and ability to develop policies and procedures that evolve with the organization.
A demonstrated record of leadership with a comprehensive knowledge of city/county management, government finances and budgeting, planning and growth, and consensus building.
The desired candidates would possess a bachelor’s degree in public administration, public policy, business or related field.
An equivalent combination of education and experience that would demonstrate the skills and ability to perform the work along with extensive progressively responsible experience (5 to 7 years) in local government management, including significant experience at a senior level interacting with elected officials and other stakeholder groups. Experienced assistant and/or deputy managers/administrators are also encouraged to apply. Experience in Alaska is preferred.
Desirable Training and Experience:
Resourcefulness, flexibility and adaptability, in a small community setting in rural Alaska.
Ability to work with local and regional native tribes, agencies and corporations.
Understanding of ANCSA land laws and its relationship to City operations.
Ability to make executive decisions and exercise sound business judgment in the best interest of the City.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the City Council, officials, other governmental and regulatory officials, staff, private and community organizations, developers, contractors, business leaders, employees, and the general public.
Ability to analyze complex administrative problems, facts, programs, trends, costs and makes sound recommendations and comprehensive reports in oral and written forms.
Extensive knowledge of federal, state, laws and the ability to enforce those as well as city rules and regulations.
Ability to evaluate management practices and adopt responsive course of action.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and to present written and verbal information with clarity and logic.
Considerable knowledge of governmental budgetary processes and methods of financial administration.
Considerable knowledge of practices and techniques of municipal management or ability to apply known management practice to a municipal setting.
Ability to maintain the confidentiality of all activities and management.
Health insurance (medical, prescription drug, dental, and vision benefits) for you and qualifying family members. Eligibility begins the first of the month following thirty (30) consecutive days of employment.
Life insurance, Long Term Disability, Short Term Disability and Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance. Eligibility begins the first of the month following thirty (30) consecutive days of employment.
Alaska Public Employees Retirement System Plan (PERS). Eligibility begins the first day of hire.
Voluntary participation in a City-sponsored deferred compensation plan. Eligibility begins the first day of hire.
Generous paid time away from work including paid holidays, a floating vacation day, and accrual of annual leave.
You may qualify for a reduced rate for water, sewer, and garbage services.
At time of application, applicant must attach the following items. (If unable to attach, please fax or e-mail the items to the contact listed below prior to the closing date of this recruitment).
Omission of any required documentation listed below will result in an incomplete application and you will not receive further consideration.
Most current performance evaluation, if available or a letter from previous supervisor attesting to your abilities
List of three (3) professional references with current daytime phone numbers
Copies of official transcript reflecting degree conferred
Attaching a resume is not an alternative to filling out the application in its entirety. Noting "see resume" or any similar response on any portion of your application may lead to a determination your application is incomplete and removal from consideration for this job posting.
If applying through talent management:
Submit cover letter of interest, completed and signed original City application form and all required documents to: James Harris, Director Human Resources, 300 State Highway, P.O. Box 1388, Bethel, AK 99559, email email@example.com, phone 907-543-1371. All emailed applications must be followed up with a mailing of the signed original application.