Assistant City Manager for Operations

Organization: City of Coral Gables, Florida
Salary: The beginning salary is negotiable depending upon qualifications and is expected to be highly market competitive.
Close Date: The City is anxious to fill it as soon as possible.

Job Description:

Coral Gables has a residential population of approximately 51,133 and encompasses 12.92 square miles southwest of Miami in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Since its incorporation in 1925, it has been considered one of South Florida's premier residential communities. The City has approximately 11 million square feet of office space and has developed into an international center of commerce serving as divisional headquarters for more than 150 multinational companies and 19 consulates and trade offices. The downtown area of Coral Gables is a vibrant business environment due to its central location, proximity to international travel hubs, quality dining, and exceptional hotels. The University of Miami, the largest private employer in Coral Gables, instructs approximately 17,000 students and employs approximately 15,100 full-time faculty and staff.

The City of Coral Gables supports both the residential and business sectors with excellent City services, having attained the highest possible standards in every field. The City employs 880 FTE’s who collectively provide a full array of municipal services. Many Coral Gables employees are represented by labor unions. The community highly regards and generously supports their City government. The City has made a strong commitment to municipal excellence, which is evidenced by numerous nationally recognized awards and achievements. A few examples include AAA bond ratings by all three national rating agencies and fully accredited Police and Fire Departments. In fact, in 2014, the City's Police Department earned its seventh re accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), the international gold standard in public safety. The City's Fire Department is one of only a handful of fire departments nationally to hold the distinction of Class 1 status for providing exemplary fire protection to the community. In addition, in 1993, Coral Gables became the first municipality ever to receive the National Emergency Management Award. The City’s Recreation Department is one of only 155 departments accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

The City of Coral Gables is governed by a Commission-Manager form of government. Within this framework, the City's residents elect a five-member City Commission charged with providing community leadership and developing policies to guide the City Administration's delivery of services. The Commission appoints the City Manager who serves as chief administrator of the City and ensures that the Commission's policies are properly executed. The Commission also appoints the City Attorney and the City Clerk. Coral Gables' City Commissioners are elected to four-year, staggered terms. The Mayor serves for two years.
Pursuant to the City Charter, the Manager appoints and removes all employees in the administrative service of the City. The City Manager’s Office directs the daily activities of the City functions, oversees a budget of $195 million and serves a community of approximately 51,133 residents within a 12.92 square mile area.

The Coral Gables City government takes its motto, “The City Beautiful” seriously. This is evident in all its endeavors.
Under the broad policy guidance of the City Manager, the Assistant City Manager for Operations (ACM) serves as a key member of the City's leadership team with direct responsibility for the effective implementation of City-wide strategic and operating initiatives and policies. The ACM directs and oversees operations of the City’s line functions including the Public Works, Development Services which includes Planning and Zoning, Building, and Code Enforcement, Economic Development, Information Technology, Parking, Community Recreation, Historic Resources and Cultural Arts Departments. The ACM will also have oversight coordination and implementation responsibility over the City’s a multi-year, multi-million-dollar capital improvement plan with responsibility for ensuring that projects are delivered in a timely, high quality and cost-efficient manner. The ACM oversees approximately 330 full-time and 150 part-time employees.

Minimum Education
Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Planning, Architecture, Construction Management, Civil Engineering, or related field.
Master's degree in Public Administration, Planning, Architecture, Construction Management, Civil Engineering, or related field is preferred. A PE would be an advantage.
Minimum Experiences

At least ten (10) years of progressively responsible executive management level experience in a municipal or county government. A combination of private and public sector experience would be a plus.

The ideal ACM candidate will be able to think strategically and will exercise considerable initiative and independent judgment. He or she will be a creative thinker and a visionary leader as well as a person who understands responsibility and accountability. The position requires strong organizational, technical, leadership and management skills. The incumbent must be experienced in developing and implementing important process improvements. This is a highly visible position which demands excellent communication, presentation, and negotiation abilities. The Assistant City Manager must be a person of impeccable professional and personal integrity.

Compensation and Benefits: The beginning salary is negotiable depending upon qualifications and is expected to be highly market competitive. Benefits for Executive Employees include City-paid medical insurance for employee and available dependent coverage City paid at approximately 50%, a choice of retirement options including defined benefit and defined contribution plans, an attractive paid time-off program including cash-out and conversion provisions, an auto allowance, tuition reimbursement, relocation assistance and more.

To Apply: This position will remain open until filled. The City is anxious to fill it as soon as possible. If interested, you are encouraged to submit your resume and cover letter with current salary without delay to

For additional information please contact either:
Robert E. Slavin or David Krings
SLAVIN MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS 3040 Holcomb Bridge Road; Norcross, GA 30071;Phone: (770) 449-4656

Note: Under Florida law, all applications are a public record once submitted. However, as a practical matter the media generally does not show interest in most management level positions.

The City of Coral Gables is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages minorities and women to apply.

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