City Manager

City of Wyoming, OH | Full-time

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The Position

The City Manager serves as the Chief Executive Officer and head of the administrative branch of government. The City Manager provides professional leadership and management in the administration and implementation of policies and objectives of Council; develops and recommends alternative solutions to community problems and issues for Council consideration; and plans and develops programs to meet future physical, social, and cultural needs of the City. The City Manager is responsible for the supervision of all departments of the City: Administration, Community Development, Customer Service & Finance, Fire & EMS, Police, Public Works, Recreation, and Water Works.

Additionally, the City Manager prepares and submits to Council an annual report on the City’s financial condition; serves as professional staff to all council committees, the Economic Development Commission, Civil Service Commission, and Community Improvement Corporation; serves as voting member of others (Wyoming Youth Services Bureau Board of Trustees, and Joint City/School Commission); and serves as ex-officio member to all citizen boards and commissions. The City Manager also serves as a member and key leader of the Wyoming Community Foundation. The City Manager also negotiates union contracts and manages the City’s risk management, safety program, and Workers’ Compensation program. Ultimately, the City Manager works toward creating a high-performance organization by developing efficient processes and procedures, an environment of trust, responsibility, accountability, participation, and personal development.

The Organization

The City of Wyoming is a home rule municipal corporation operating under its own charter, initially adopted on June 7, 1949, and last amended on November 8, 2016. The City has operated under a non‐partisan Council/Manager form of government since 1949. Under this system, seven Council members, the policymakers, are elected at large on a non-partisan ballot in odd‐numbered years for two‐year terms. Of the seven Council members, a Mayor and Vice Mayor are chosen by a majority vote of the City Council. The Mayor and Council serve as the legislative and policy-making body of the municipal government, having responsibility for enacting City Ordinances, appropriating funds to conduct City business, and providing policy direction to the City Administration. Under the provisions of the City Charter, the City Council appoints a City Manager who is responsible for carrying out its established policies and efficiently administering operations. The professional City Manager supervises the implementation of Council policies and has the authority to make all appointments of employees of the City in departments under their control.

The City provides a full range of municipal services. These services include public safety (police, fire, and emergency medical services), parks, recreation, water, planning and zoning, construction and maintenance of highways, streets and infrastructure, income tax collection, Mayor’s Court, and general administrative services. Wyoming City government is organized into various departments to deliver services to the citizens.

The City of Wyoming’s Ten-Year Master Plan has four goals:

  1. Ensure Wyoming’s position as a competitive and desirable community in the Greater Cincinnati Region.
  2. Continually enhance the quality of life for Wyoming’s residents.
  3. Maintain Wyoming’s long-term fiscal sustainability.
  4. Celebrate Wyoming’s history, culture, and identity as a friendly, neighborhood-oriented community.

The City has identified seven themes that provide a framework the City will pursue in order to attain the Plan’s four main goals:

  1. Governance and fiscal health
  2. Community character and identity
  3. Neighborhood improvements and historic preservation
  4. Economic development and zones of potential change
  5. Adjacent jurisdictional cooperation
  6. Ecological stewardship and sustainability
  7. Community mobility

The City of Wyoming is known for its amazing service provision, responsive elected officials, highly competent and customer service-oriented staff, and strong fiscal management.

The Fiscal Year 2021 general fund budget is $10,273,302 with 51 full-time and 96 part-time employees.

Experience and Education

Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree and five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in local government, including at least three (3) years in senior leadership, including a manager/administrator, assistant/deputy, or department director role. Must be able to maintain effective working relationships with the Council, staff, and the general public.

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree, an ICMA-Credentialed Manager designation, strong skills in financial management, grants and capital funding, project oversight, employee development, and demonstrated effectiveness in community engagement and partnerships.

Residency is not required.

The Ideal Candidate

Wyoming’s next City Manager will be a proven local government leader, modeling high ethical standards, competence, civility, and consensus-building. The ideal candidate will be an effective listener and communicator, at ease engaging with residents, employees at all levels, and other stakeholders. The next City Manager will be visible, approachable, and adept at bridging gaps between diverse groups. The next City Manager will have demonstrated making improvements in diversity, equity, and inclusion in the community and the workplace. This person will truly care about Wyoming and demonstrate this commitment through action.

The ideal candidate will be a strong leader who can balance conflicting interests and priorities, be responsive to elected officials, yet also be decisive and provide clear professional recommendations. This person will be proactive and visionary, partnering with Council to prioritize strategic goals while managing day-to-day operations to ensure the future success of the community. As a skilled local government practitioner, this person can effectively translate the City Council’s vision into action and help the Council, community, and staff anticipate future needs. The City Manager will partner with the Mayor and City Council, and the department directors to accomplish both short and long-term goals, promote economic resiliency, and find creative solutions to complex issues that impact the City and the region. Ultimately, the next City Manager will continue the success that exists today, building upon the momentum of the staff and public services and programs delivered through local government.

This person will have proven success in building relationships and collaborating with government, private, nonprofit, and educational partners to achieve community goals, earning trust and respect. The City Manager is personable and demonstrates a willingness to participate in and be engaged in the community fabric of Wyoming.

The ideal candidate will be able to refine and implement a long-term vision, align resources, and grow organizational capacity to meet future needs. This person will think holistically and demonstrate the agility needed to operate effectively in a dynamic environment to provide essential, high-quality services to residents and businesses and be focused on long-term priorities. The next City Manager will be fiscally prudent, recognize the importance of long-term planning, and be able to articulate the options for varying levels of service and their cost implications.

Wyoming’s next City Manager will be a collaborative and flexible team leader, providing leadership and empowering high-performing and competent staff. The ideal candidate will be a decisive leader who will set high standards, communicate those standards clearly, and hold staff accountable for results. The next City Manager will create commitment through shared values and fostering a healthy organizational, customer-focused culture in which people have the tools and latitude to do their best work. The ideal City Manager will be a positive leader who is visible in the organization, provides guidance and mentoring to key staff, and fosters teamwork and problem-solving with the department directors and at all levels of the organization. This individual has exemplary communication skills and fosters an organization-wide commitment to service excellence.

The Community

The City of Wyoming is an established, neighborhood-oriented, walkable community with tree-lined streets and a place where small-town character, relationships, and traditions endure. Centrally located within the Cincinnati metropolitan area, Wyoming’s residents appreciate the rich history of the community yet are forward-thinking, inclusive, and involved, as evidenced by a history of excellent public services, a fiscally responsible government, excellent schools, and dedicated citizen volunteers. With this rich historical and cultural tapestry as a foundation, Wyoming has crafted its vision for the future.

The City of Wyoming is a tightly-knit community where people care about one another and share the value of family. Family means more than just creating a rich environment and learning experience for children – it means connecting with and nurturing one another and creating a greater, community-wide family. This quality is evident throughout the City and in the actions of its residents. Wyoming has thrived because of this ingrained neighborly attitude and community-building environment, and it continues to attract families and their descendants to the City because of this shared passion. The spirit of neighborliness extends to communities beyond the City’s borders with projects and close working relationships between staff members of nearby cities.

Wyoming is known as one of the most desirable and distinctive places to live in the Cincinnati metropolitan area. This is reflected in the Community Survey, in public meetings, and in conversations about what motivates people to move to Wyoming. There are many reasons cited for this, including the outstanding school system, quality housing stock, historic architecture, tree-filled neighborhoods, great City services and amenities, and the Wyoming spirit of support, family, volunteerism, and pursuit of knowledge. The City is a bedroom community, and its main sources of revenue are property and income taxes.

Awards and Accolades:

  • Wyoming was rated No. 76 among all suburbs in the U.S. by Niche.com for its overall livability based on the cost of living, safety, diversity, economic growth, and school quality.
  • Niche.com gave Wyoming City Schools an A+ and ranked it third in the state and No. 64 in the country. Each school building earned an A or A+, based on test scores, survey responses, and more.
  • Wyoming High School was ranked No. 3 in the Cincinnati metro area, No. 6 in the state, and No. 228 nationally by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings were based on performance on state-required tests, graduation rates, and how well students were prepared for college.
  • Area Vibes, which rates cities for overall quality of life, scored Wyoming 91 out of 100 for livability, an A+. The score is based on amenities, housing quality, cost of living, safety, economic strength, schools, and resident feedback.
  • Wyoming City Schools spent 76.9 percent of funds on classroom instruction, ranking the district No. 1 when compared to other districts of similar size, according to the 2020 Ohio Department of Education report card. Academic grades or ratings were not reported in 2020 because of limited data due to the pandemic.
  • The City was honored as a Tree City USA for the 26th consecutive year based on four standards of urban forestry selected by the Arbor Day Foundation.
  • Wyoming earned the 2020 Best City Waste Diversion Rate in Hamilton County. The City diverted more waste than any other small city in the County, keeping more than 2,700 tons of waste out of the landfill in 2019, the most recent year used to calculate the award, a diversion rate of 50.5 percent.
  • The Wyoming community and its schools were recognized as one of the 2020 Best Communities for Music Education. The award, from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation, recognizes the commitment of school administrators, community leaders, teachers, and parents who work to ensure music is part of a well-rounded education for all children. There are concerts at the high school’s performing arts center and open-air concerts around the City.
  • Wyoming City Schools opened an 18,000-square-foot, climate-controlled athletic training center, the Dr. Dan Jones Family Champions Center. Funded entirely by private donations, the $2.7 Million facility is one of the only school facilities of its kind in the area.

Quick Facts

  • Population: 8,562
  • Median Household Income: $124,963
  • Median Home Value: $329,900
  • Median Age: 42.1

All demographic information was sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Compensation

The salary range for the position is $114,091 – $158,987, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with the first review of applications on June 10.

Application information is subject to compliance with Ohio public information laws. Notification of requests for public information will be made to applicants.

Questions

Please direct questions to Catherine Tuck Parrish at apply@thenovakconsultinggroup.com or 513-221-0500.

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