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Job: City Manager

City of Florence

City Manager

City of Florence

Job Description

Full Time

Pay: $80,000 — $100,000/yr DOE

City Manager serves as the chief executive officer of the City of Florence with oversight of all City departments, except those where the department head is directly responsible to the City Council; coordinates City activities with other outside agencies and organizations; provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Mayor and City Council; receives policy direction from the Mayor and City Council. Serves at the pleasure of Mayor and City Council. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Serves as the representative of the City of Florence, demonstrating a positive attitude and progressive actions through the display of professionalism, courtesy, and appropriate tact and discretion in all interactions with other employees and with the public
  • Manage overall operations of the City through subordinates; plan, direct, manage, and review all City operations; recommend and administer broad policies and procedures
  • Serves as a liaison to various civic or governmental organizations and committees, taskforces, boards, and commissions; confers regularly with officials from the municipalities, school board, chamber of commerce, authorities, and commissions; provides information about City operations; participates in discussions and decisions; and keeps the City Council apprised of activities
  • Serves as a liaison between the Mayor and Council and department heads, keeping the Mayor and Council apprised on departmental activities; assists departments with resolution of problems requiring the attention of City management; monitors and evaluates progress of departments towards the goals and objectives of the administration
  • Select management, professional and support staff, and ensures effective morale, productivity, and discipline; plan, organize, administer, review, and evaluate the activities and performance of staff directly and through subordinate managers; work with staff to establish work priorities and schedules; encourage and provide for staff training and professional development; interpret City policies and procedures for staff; prepare and conduct formal performance evaluations; work with employees to develop short and long term goals; monitor accomplishments, establish performance requirements, and personal development; target and provide coaching for performance improvement and development
  • Attends all meetings of the City Council; briefs Council Members on pending agenda items and other City issues; recommends City Council action on ordinances, resolutions, contracts and other matters as appropriate
  • Directs and participates in the preparation of a wide variety of studies, reports, contracts, agreements, agenda letters, correspondence, resolutions and ordinances
  • Provide leadership in developing a culture that values people and their differences and is free from inequities and barriers to allow people to reach their full potential; participates in employee meetings to assess organizational climate and employee attitudes
  • Respond to citizen inquiries and resolves difficult and sensitive complaints; assign departments to handle and resolve citizen complaints and concerns in a timely manner
  • In conjunction with Mayor and Council and assigned staff negotiate contracts and solutions involving a variety of administrative, fiscal, and special projects
  • If authorized by the provisions of the City or an ordinance or resolution, sign all contracts, franchises, leases, permits or other documents that do not require approval of the City Council; execute on behalf of the City all contracts, franchises, leases, permits, or other documents required to be executed by an officer of the City
  • Follow all applicable safety rules and regulations
  • Protect confidential information by preventing unauthorized release, both verbal and/or in writing 
  • Oversee the development of the annual City budget in accordance with Mayor and City Council directives; monitor monthly expenditures and report significant variances to the Mayor/City Council; develop alternate revenue sources for Mayor/City Council projects; oversee the implementation of Mayor/City Council goals and objectives
  • Perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the City Council


  • Knowledge of: 
    • Leadership and management theory and practices
    • Municipal government organization, administration, and operations, including principles, practices, and methods used in local government administration
    • Organizational and management practices related to the analysis and evaluation of City programs, policies, and operational needs
    • Public sector personnel administration and labor relations practices
    • Municipal budgeting and capital improvement programs
    • Current community and social, political, and economic trends and problems affecting local government
    • Applicable federal, State and local laws, codes and ordinances, and rules and regulations regarding local government affairs
    • Government, Council, and local and State legislative processes
    • Principles of effective community and public relations in working with City Council, civic and business groups, media, and the general public
    • Marketing and economic development; program development, public policy, and project management
    • Employee development, management, motivation, supervision, training, performance appraisal, and discipline
  • Ability to: 
    • Provide effective leadership and coordinate the activities of a municipal organization
    • Provide effective organizational leadership
    • Provide leadership and plan and administer a balanced budget
    • Select, motivate, supervise, and evaluate executive team and staff and plan, organize, direct, and coordinate, and delegate work
    • Articulate and respond to sensitive community, organizational, and City Council issues, concerns, and needs
    • Prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive administrative, financial, and technical reports
    • Evaluate public policy, management and operational issues and recommend appropriate actions
    • Think logically, appraise situations logically, interpret federal, State and local policies, laws and regulations, and policy issues, in determining appropriate actions
    • Exercise tact and diplomacy in resolving conflict in a fair and amicable manner
    • Establish, cultivate, and maintain effective working relationships with City Council, department directors, officials, citizen groups and business representatives, vendors, contractors, consultants, and the general public and 


  • Education: 
    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in Public Administration, Public Policy, Finance, or a related field is required
  • Experience: 
    • Four years (4) of experience in municipal administration including two (2) years' experience as manager/administrator or similar position in a municipal government of the same or larger size
  • Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience which provides the individual with the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job.

To Apply: Send professional resume, with cover letter, as well as a list of professional and personal references including telephone numbers to the City of Florence, 600 West 3rd Street, Florence, CO 81226 or e-mail to [email protected] Position open until filled.

**Disclaimer: The duties and responsibilities described above are not a comprehensive list and additional tasks may be assigned to the employee from time to time; the scope of the job may change as necessitated by business demands. Click “Visit” below to view more details and apply.

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