City Manager

Organization: Mount Dora, FL
Salary: Competitive salary and an excellent benefit package
Close Date: Open Until Filled

Job Description:

Mount Dora is located in central Florida approximately 25 miles northwest of Orlando. This City of 13,000 population and 11 square miles exhibits the flavor of a classic small town with a hilly terrain for Florida, several lakes, a canopy of oak trees, historic buildings, a vibrant downtown and quaint neighborhoods. Mount Dora is on the edge of new growth spreading from the Orlando Orange County area, including the beltway expansion of the transportation system known as the Wekiva Parkway. The City has an approved Joint Planning Agreement (JPA) with Lake County to manage future growth, especially in our planned Innovation District area. With commercial development increasing along our highway corridor and housing development rising out from the prior recession; Mount Dora is poised for a renaissance of change and growth. Striking a satisfactory balance among strongly divided preservationist and pro-development community factions will be critical to the future success of the City. Mount Dora is considered "Someplace Special" by its residents and visitors as evidenced by the accolades and recognition given this community such as being in the top 100 towns in "Great Towns of America," the "Best Antique Shopping in the South" by Southern Living magazine, the "Friendliest Small Town in Florida" by Florida Monthly magazine, and a "Top 20 Visit for 2014" by the Smithsonian.

Mount Dora's City Charter provides for a Council/Manager form of government. Policy-making and legislative authority is vested in a City Council consisting of the Mayor, two Council Members elected at-large and four Council Members elected on a district basis. Elections take place annually with staggered two-year terms. The City Council appoints the City Manager, who is responsible for supervising the City's daily operations while appointing and supervising the City's department heads. The City provides a full range of services. City staff is comprised of nine departments: Public Works and Utilities, Police, Fire, Parks and Recreation, Library Services, Planning and Development, Finance, Human Resources/Risk Management and Administration/Legal, each run by a professional from the appropriate field. Certain utility services are provided through legally separated enterprise funds including electric, water and wastewater, sanitation, storm water and cemetery. The City's projected 2015/2016 Budget for total expenditures and other uses is $45.5M.

The City Council is seeking a Manager with a solid understanding of all municipal operations and a demonstrated track record of achievement. Council members identified the following areas of experience as particularly pertinent to Mount Dora: economic development, finance and budget, tourism based economy, large annual festivals/events, community development, labor relations, and strategic planning. Some Florida experience is preferred.

The ideal candidate will be a competent professional who will partner with the Council in meeting their high expectations. He/she must be a team builder with the ability to balance competing points of view and bring people to consensus. He or she will be a skillful leader who is honest and ethical, who inspires confidence and leads by example, encouraging staff to find ways to get to “yes”. Particular leadership traits desired by Mount Dora's City Council Members include: a team oriented leader who holds staff accountable, an effective listener, gracious, sensitive, diplomatic, self-confident, a self-starter, proactive, a strong commitment to customer service as a core principle and organizational culture, analytical, politically savvy, visible and accessible, eager to embrace Mount Dora's heritage and culture, and an advocate for personal growth and staff professional development. Prefer the equivalent to a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public or business administration or a closely related field.

The City will provide the City Manager with a competitive salary and an excellent benefit package. Beginning salary will be negotiable DOQ. The City Manager will be required to reside within the Mount Dora City limits. Visit the City's web site at The position is considered open until filled. Please submit your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to:

Robert E. Slavin, President
3040 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite A-1
Norcross, Georgia 30071
Phone: (770) 449-4656
Fax: (770) 416-0848
Web site:

Note: Under Florida Law, resumes are public documents and will be provided to the media upon request. Please call prior to submitting your resume if confidentiality is important to you.

The City of Mount Dora is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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