City Manager

Organization: City of Novi, Michigan
Salary: Open DOQ
Close Date: The recruitment will remain open until the position is filled. The first review of applications is scheduled for May 1, 2023.

Job Description:

There is a reason why people and businesses from all over the world find their way to Novi - the 32-square-mile gem in Southeast Michigan buzzing with activity. Novi has long been known for its welcoming nature and has created an authentic environment focused on inclusivity and economic growth. Noviís prime location in Southeast Michigan keeps a global supply chain flowing to and from international destinations. Businesses of every size are fueled by Noviís flexible logistics for moving goods and people.

The City sits at the convergence of major interstates 96, 696 and 275. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is just 20 minutes away, and nearby rails contribute to Noviís prime logistics network. Regionally, more human capital and pioneering opportunities for business development lie down the road from Novi, with Ann Arbor, Michiganís intellectual hub, and Detroit just 30 minutes away.

Located in the heart of an international business community and loaded with vital assets, Novi is not only the place to be now, but is primed for future success and economic expansion.

Living and working in Novi is an unparalleled experience. The City offers beautiful greenspace, access to the shoreline of Walled Lake, friendly and welcoming neighborhoods, schools that are among the best in the nation, great restaurants, and a premiere retail shopping experience.

The diversity of Noviís residents and businesses is celebrated throughout the year and on display at a variety of community events. Residents and visitors alike come together often for outdoor opportunities provided by Novi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, enjoying the Cityís 1,400 acres of parkland, and exploring the 13 developed parks.

Noviís vibrant, inclusive culture sets it apart as one of the most desirable cities in Southeast Michigan. Business opportunities, award-winning school districts, an advanced healthcare system, cultural amenities, retail and dining options and a commitment to providing quality parks and recreation create a top-notch environment.

Novi has the heart, investment potential and know-how to attract companies and talent from around the globe. Strategically located in southwestern Oakland County within the Great Lakes region, Novi nurtures a mix of domestic and foreign businesses of all sizes. Streamlined business processes and global expertise plus citizen enrichment opportunities create the Cityís authentic appeal.

Novi operates with legislative and community support under a Council/Manager form of government. The policy making body is the seven-member City Council, including the separately elected Mayor. The Mayor is elected on a nonpartisan basis to a two-year term in November of odd numbered years. Council members are elected at large on a nonpartisan basis to an overlapping four (4) year term in odd numbered years. Current Council members are of divergent political philosophies. However, they treat each other with courtesy and respect.

The Mayor presides over Council meetings, participates and votes as a member of Council but does not have veto authority. The Mayor does exercise the authority to approve the items placed on the Council agenda. The Mayor also functions as the official head of the Council for all ceremonial purposes. The Council appoints the City Manager, the City Assessor, the City Attorney and the City Clerk. All other department heads are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the City Manager.

As prescribed in the Novi City Charter the Mayor and City Council is responsible for creating City laws and setting the policy direction of the local government. The City Manager is vested with the administrative responsibility for the City.
Once the Mayor and City Council create a policy or approve a course of action for the City, the City Manager is responsible for executing/implementing the policy and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the City Government. The City Manager is also responsible for preparing the City's budget and presenting it to elected officials for their approval, overseeing all City departments, preparing the City Council agenda, and providing information and support to elected officials.

Novi provides a full array of municipal services which include Community Development, Integrated Solutions, Financial Services, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, Public Safety (Fire and Police), Economic Development, Community Relations, Human Resources, and Public Works (including Water and Sewer). The City has 275 full-time and 100 permanent part-time employees; all but 70 of whom are in one of the six recognized bargaining units. Noviís 2022-23 General Fund and Special Revenue Funds Expenditure Budgets total $70.5 million. The City financial condition and reserves are excellent with a Triple ďAĒ bond rating.

The City Council is seeking a forthright, candid, and open City Manager with the proven ability to assist the City Council to establish community goals and to set clear policy and to provide effective direction, leadership, and resources to staff to ensure that Council policies are implemented, and goals are achieved. The new manager must be an excellent communicator with a team oriented and collaborative style which encourages creativity and values excellence. Must build and maintain effective working relationships with the Mayor and each Council member, department heads, employees, critical community leaders, neighboring jurisdictions and the state and federal governments.

For detailed information about the City of Novi and the Charter provided duties and responsibilities of the Mayor, City Council and City Manager, please visit the Cityís website at A full recruitment profile is available at

Requirements include education and experience equivalent to an MPA or MBA combined with at least 7 years of increasingly responsible local government experience in public administration or related field combined with significant experience as a local government manager in a complex and changing community comparable to Novi. Experience gained as a full assistant will be considered. The successful candidate must clearly possess and apply the superior management and leadership knowledge, skill, ability, commitment, and energy needed to achieve the Councilís goals. Recognition as an ICMA Credentialed Manager (ICMA-CM) is preferred.

Compensation for the position will be highly competitive. Beginning compensation is negotiable based on qualifications and experience. The City provides excellent employee benefits which include generous paid time off, medical, dental, vision, prescription drug, a flexible spending account, life/AD&D, long term disability, retirement benefits, an educational savings program and more.

The recruitment will remain open until the position is filled. The first review of applications is scheduled for May 1, 2023. Resumes are considered confidential unless the applicant indicates otherwise. To apply, please email a letter of interest, a detailed rťsumť, and current salary to:

Robert E. Slavin, President or David Krings, Midwest Regional Manager.
3040 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite A-1
Norcross, Georgia 30071
Phone: (770) 449-4656
Fax: (770) 416-0848
David Krings Phone: (513) 200-4222


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