City Manager

Organization: City of Durango, Colorado
Salary: A competitive salary and excellent benefits will be provided.
Close Date: A first review of resumes is scheduled for March 6, 2020.

Job Description:

Steeped in Western charm, Durango is a virtual adventure wonderland boasting outdoor recreation from skiing to dogsledding, hiking/biking to horseback riding, historic steam train to hot springs and everything in between. Durango is the La Plata County seat and the business, education, governmental and cultural hub of southwest Colorado. Durango draws a workforce from throughout the region.

The City boasts many great restaurants, good shopping and a robust downtown business district. It is the home of the Mercy Regional Medical Center, the main hospital of the area, a 4-year college, Fort Lewis College, the La Plata County seat operations, and a small manufacturing sector. Durango City covers 4.37 square miles and has a growing population of nearly 19,000. The air is clean and, though the region enjoys plentiful snowfall which blankets the ski slopes of Purgatory, the sun does shine nearly 300 days a year.

The City of Durango was incorporated in 1881 and since 1912 has been a home rule city with a council-manager form of government. The government operates under the authority of the City Charter. Under this form of government, Durango citizens elect five residents as City Council members as the City’s legislative and policy-making authority. The City Council is required by City Charter to appoint a City Manager to be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the City and to act as the Chief Administrative Officer. The City Manager ensures that the organization carries out the policies and goals of the City Council.

The City Manager plans, directs, manages, oversees and assumes full management responsibility for all City operations including: General Government, Streets, Engineering, Parks and Recreation, Finance, City Clerk, Human Resources, Community Development, Public Safety, Library, and General Services as well as Water, Sewer, Sustainable Services, Airport, and Transportation Services Enterprise Funds. The City of Durango has 353 allocated full-time positions and employs approximately 800 seasonal and part-time employees. The City's Operating Fund Expenditures total $87.57 million for FY2020. Durango’s City Manager has been a stable position. In fact, the City has had only two managers in nearly forty years.

Requirements are: A Bachelor’s Degree in Public or Business Administration or closely related field complimented by at least five years’ experience as a City Manager, Assistant or Deputy City Manager or municipal department head. A Master’s Degree in Public Administration and attainment of the ICMA Credentialed Manager designation combined with experience in a progressive tourism and recreation-based community where economic development, growth management, customer service, high ethical standards and open communication exist and are valued is desired. An equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job will be considered.

Compensation and Benefits: Beginning pay for the new City Manager will be highly competitive and will include an excellent benefit package. The City Council is prepared to pay reasonable and customary moving expenses.

To Apply: The position will remain open until filled. A first review of resumes is scheduled for March 6, 2020. Please e-mail a detailed resume with a cover letter and current salary to:

Robert E. Slavin or David Krings
3040 Holcomb Bridge Road, A1
Norcross. Georgia 30071
Phone: (770) 449-4656
Fax: (770) 416-0848

Durango, Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, or disability in employment or in the provision of services.

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