City Manager

Organization: City of Aiken, South Carolina
Salary: A competitive starting salary and excellent benefits. DOQ
Close Date: December 29, 2014

Job Description:

The City of Aiken is situated in western South Carolina approximately an hourís drive from Columbia, the state capital. Aiken is the county seat for Aiken County. It is a gorgeous community steeped in equine tradition, green spaces and rich history. The City features unique shops, locally owned restaurants, quaint bed and breakfasts, historical museums, and golf courses. Aiken boasts of a pristine natural environment, a quality residential character and a diverse economic base.

Aiken functions under a Council-Manager form of government. The City Council is composed of a directly elected Mayor and six Council Members elected by single member districts. The Council performs legislative and policy functions, sets the overall policy in matters concerning the operation of the City's affairs and appoints the City Manager to oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization. The City Manager coordinates the City's municipal services and business affairs; carries out the policies established by the City Council; and sees that all City department duties are performed efficiently and economically. Departments include City Manager's Office, Building Inspection, Legal Services, Municipal Court, Information Technology and Neighborhood Development, Finance, Planning, Human Resources, Public Services, Public Safety, Engineering and Utilities, and Parks, Recreation and Tourism. The Cityís current operating budget is approximately $49 M plus a capital improvement program. There are approximately 350 full-time employees

The City is seeking a talented City Manager with unquestionable integrity and professionalism with the ability to build consensus and forge strategic partnerships both internally and externally. The ideal candidate will be firm but fair, open and honest, and willing to challenge the status quo yet will make the hard decision when necessary. The new City Manager should be apolitical, fiscally conservative and capable of communicating with the City Council frankly, openly and honestly. Known for being an active and innovative City, the City Manager is expected to take an active role in community affairs.

Requires a Bachelor's degree in business or public administration or closely related field from an accredited college or university (a master's degree is preferred); and at least 5 years of experience as a City/County Manager or Assistant City/County Manager. Must be a strong, proactive and fully experienced leader with a proven record of success; have a comprehensive understanding and full appreciation for the council/manager form of government; have keen analytical skills and a thorough knowledge and understanding of modern finance and budgeting. Must display excellent interpersonal skills.

A competitive starting salary and excellent benefits are negotiable depending upon qualifications and experience. City residency is required subsequent to appointment. Additional information regarding the position can be found at the consultant's website: and on the Cityís website at .

Apply by Monday, December 29, 2014 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 City of Aiken is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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