City Manager

Organization: City of Valdez, Alaska
Salary: Highly competitive starting salary and excellent benefits based upon qualifications and experience.
Close Date: July 20, 2015

Job Description:

The City of Valdez, population 4,103, is located in South Central Alaska on Prince William Sound, approximately 305 road miles east of Anchorage and 365 road miles south of Fairbanks. It has a relatively mild climate, which is attributed to the marine currents in, and weather generated by, the Pacific Ocean. Its distinguishing characteristics are the incomparable rugged beauty of its natural mountain ringed setting, its deep water, ice-free access to magnificent Prince William Sound, and its extremely high average annual snowfall of almost 30 feet - the most of any other city in the world at sea level.

Valdez is the southern terminus of the trans-Alaska pipeline system ("TAPS"). The City’s assessed valuation of taxable property as of January 1, 2014 was $2.6 billion. In 2014, the City derived 90 percent of its $55.9 million of General Fund revenues from real property taxes, and 90 percent of the City's real property taxes were assessed on the portion of TAPS located in the City. The value of the City's Permanent Fund as of December 31, 2014 was $172.1 million (unaudited). Under the City Charter, each year 1.5 percent of the market value of the Permanent Fund is to be transferred into the General Fund for appropriation for operational and capital expenses of the City. The remaining funds and any other funds appropriated for deposit in the Permanent Fund may not be spent, but are to be held perpetually in trust for the benefit of City residents.

The City of Valdez is a home rule city that operates under a Council-Manager form of government. Its home rule charter gives the City "all legislative powers not prohibited by law or charter" in accordance with the conditions, needs, and desires of the community. Policymaking and legislative authority are vested in the City Council, consisting of the Mayor and six council members. Council members are elected at-large on a nonpartisan basis for two-year staggered terms with elections every year. Valdez is a full service municipality which employs approximately 110 FTE’s.

Requirements include a Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university with major course work in public administration, business administration or a related field (Master's degree preferred) combined with five to seven years of senior management experience in the field of public administration; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must have proven strong management and leadership skills, be an open and positive communicator and a team manager who is strong in finance and budget. Must be committed to and enjoy being part of a small, remote, friendly and very engaged community. Valdez offers a highly competitive starting salary and excellent benefits based upon qualifications and experience. Residency is required subsequent to appointment. Additional information can be found at the consultant's website: and the City’s website:

Apply by July 20, 2015 with cover letter, resume and current salary to:

Robert E. Slavin or Paul Wenbert
3040 Holcomb Bridge Road #A-1
Norcross, GA 30071
Phone: 770/449-4656
Fax 770/416-0848


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