Organization: City of Fort Smith, Arkansas
Salary: Salary Range: $66,580-$104,811 with excellent benefits
Fort Smith is located in western Arkansas on the border of Oklahoma and is the second largest city in the State. The City was incorporated in 1842 and is the County seat for Sebastian County. Fort Smith is 159 miles west of Little Rock and 145 miles southeast of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The City serves as the central focus for a six-county economic and trade region in the west central area of Arkansas and the east central area of Oklahoma. The City encompasses 68 square miles and has a population of approximately 89,000. Fort Smith is empowered by State statutes to levy real and personal property taxes within its limits and extend the corporate limit by annexation, which occurs periodically when deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors. State statutes also allow the City to levy local sales and use taxes.
The City provides a wide array of exceptional quality of life amenities including: world class museums, libraries, performing arts venues, historic landmarks and annual events (many of which attract visitors from around the United States). The Cityís recreational features include 23 community parks with pools, athletic fields, an amphitheater and walking trails. The City operates a convention center which hosts community events as well as attracting a variety of conferences. Fort Smith public schools are among the best in the State. The City is home to a variety of outstanding secondary and post-secondary campuses including a major campus of the University of Arkansas.
Fort Smith adopted the City Administrator form of government in 1967. The Cityís governing body is a Board of Directors consisting of seven (7) directors and a Mayor, all elected to four (4) year terms. Four of the Directors are elected by ward and the other three Directors and the Mayor are elected at-large. The Mayor leads the Board of Directors meetings but does not have a vote except to veto any legislation which can only be overridden by a super majority. The City Administrator is appointed by the Board of Directors and has full authority to hire and terminate all employees. The City Administrator in Arkansas has similar authority of any City Manager.
Fort Smith is a full-service City which provides the following services: City Clerk, Legal, Human Resources, Finance, Transit, Police, Fire, Streets & Traffic Control, Water & Waste Water, Parks and Recreation, Sanitation, Information & Technology, Engineering, Planning & Zoning, CDBG, Building & Safety and Neighborhood Services.
The Director has full management responsibility over all aspects of the Streets and Traffic Control Department. The Department is organized into four main divisions, Street Construction, Street Drainage, Street Maintenance and Traffic Control. Each is headed by a qualified supervisor who reports to the Director. The Department has approximately 65 employees (depending upon the season). All employees are non-union. The Director reports to the Deputy City Administrator. The current Departmental budget is $7,970,716.
Requirements include a Bachelorís degree in civil engineering, public or business administration or related degree with a minimum of 10 years of work experience in civil engineering, public works or related functions. A Registered Professional Engineer is strongly preferred but not required. Requires superior communication, interpersonal, and human relations skills; must be able to analyze and recommend solutions to complex problems; must delegate effectively, allowing staff to carry out their responsibilities independently while remaining knowledgeable and accountable; must work closely with other Fort Smith City departments, other governmental agencies and department employees in an effective, harmonious manner; and must be visible, accessible and approachable to his or her employees
To Apply: The position will be open until filled. The first review of resumes is scheduled for January 4, 2018. Please email your cover letter and resume with current salary without delay to:
Robert E. Slavin, President
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