Village Manager

Organization: Oak Park, Illinois
Salary: Competitive starting salary and excellent benefits negotiable depending upon qualifications and experience.
Close Date: August 17, 2012

Job Description:

Oak Park is a thriving, transit-rich community of about 52,000 located immediately west of Chicago on a major interstate/expressway, only 20 minutes from the downtown “Loop” and “Magnificent Mile.” Oak Park is a first-ring suburb that has two light-rail lines and one heavy-rail line to Chicago. The Village offers miles of tree-lined streets, a growing bikeway system and a thriving business community clustered into twelve business areas. This historically significant community provides a distinctive urban/suburban lifestyle that is a mix of architecturally significant homes and buildings, very high quality municipal services, expansive parks managed by an independent board, two excellent school districts, and a well-educated and very involved citizenry that expects to be heard and respected. Oak Park values the following four principals that must be embraced and encouraged by any public official: (1) Oak Park respects, embraces and celebrates diversity of all types; (2) Oak Park has an involved citizenry; (3) Oak Park has a diverse housing stock and (4) Oak Park is strongly committed to the environment and sustainability.

The Village of Oak Park has home rule powers under the Illinois Constitution and is governed by a seven-member, nonpartisan Board of Trustees elected to four-year staggered terms. All members are elected at-large. The Village President is directly elected. The Village Manager is appointed by the Board to an indefinite term. There have been nine managers since the creation of the Council-Manager form of government in 1952. Oak Park provides a wide range of municipal services relying on a full-time workforce of 365 employees and an annual operating and capital budget of approximately $106 million in all funds. Village employees are represented by nine collective bargaining units. Seventy-five percent of the Village workforce is unionized.

Minimum qualifications are a bachelor's degree (Masters’ degree preferred) in public administration or a related field and successful experience as either the CAO or full assistant CAO gained in a demographically diverse local government. Ideal candidates will be professionally mature, proactive and fully experienced leaders with proven success in process improvement and performance measurement. Oak Park’s next Village Manager will have a comprehensive understanding and full appreciation for the council/manager form of government and honor its intrinsic role distinctions. He or she will have comprehensive knowledge, skills and abilities in municipal finance and budgeting. Demonstrated expertise in economic development is a plus. Must have excellent interpersonal skills.

Competitive starting salary and excellent benefits negotiable depending upon qualifications and experience. Village residency is required subsequent to appointment. Additional information regarding the position can be found at the consultant's website:

Apply by Friday, August 17, 2012 with cover letter, resume and present salary to:

Robert E. Slavin
3040 Holcomb Bridge Road #A-1
Norcross, GA 30071
TEL 770/449-4656
FAX 770/416-0848

The Village of Oak Park is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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