Gainesville, FL (pop. 133,997). The City of Gainesville seeks a passionate, energetic, and experienced generalist to oversee its operational departments. The City desires candidates who prioritize collaboration, equity and inclusion, and innovation as they lead a group of department heads with strong subject matter expertise. The Assistant City Manager (ACM) will be responsible for Transportation & Mobility (which includes a transit agency), Public Works, Technology & Innovation, Sustainable Development, and Capital Asset Planning & Economic Resilience, which comprise 80% of the City’s operations. This position works closely with two other ACMs who oversee the remaining City departments. The successful candidate will possess experience managing senior leaders, budget management experience, strong communication skills, and the ability to be thorough and deliberative.
The county seat for Alachua County and the principal city of the Gainesville, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), Gainesville is home to the University of Florida, Santa Fe College, and their approximate 50,000-student population. Located in North Central Florida, Gainesville is two hours from the state capital of Tallahassee, 90 minutes from Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), and two hours from Orlando International Airport (MCO).
Gainesville is a full-service city with a 2021 General Fund budget of $366.2 million and an employee count of approximately 2500 FTEs. The next Assistant City Manager will be expected to operationalize the City Council’s commitment to equity and inclusion throughout the departments under their leadership, support the onboarding of a new Director of Sustainable Development, and permanently fill the department director vacancy in Technology & Innovation.While prior experience in Florida is not required, experience in a university community, facility in engaging with external stakeholders and the business community, and achievement of the ICMA-CM designation are desired. Additionally, the successful candidate should be able to balance being visionary and innovative with an understanding of the importance of attention to detail and follow-through.This position has been vacant since September 2020, when the last ACM accepted a City Manager role elsewhere. The City Manager and the senior leadership team are eager to welcome a candidate with significant local government experience who can quickly build relationships and begin to add value to the organization.Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, urban planning, or related field along with at least 7 years of progressively responsible management and supervisory experience in a municipal or closely comparable operation, similar to the City of Gainesville. A master’s degree in a relevant field is preferred. The City typically hires at the midpoint of the salary range, which is $195,750. Residency within the Gainesville city limits is required within 6 months of appointment, and a Florida driver’s license is required within 30 days.
Apply onlineat www.govHRJobs.com with a resume, cover letter and contact information for five (5) professional references by March 22, 2021,to the attention of Dele Lowman Smith, Senior Vice President and Carmen Davis, Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: 847-902-4110. The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Diversity and inclusion is particularly important to the City of Gainesville. The City strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and veterans to apply. The City of Gainesville follows all applicable Florida Sunshine Laws.