City Manager

City of Beaverton, OR | Full-time

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The Beaverton Community

Located in the heart of the Tualatin Valley, midway between Mt. Hood and the Oregon coast, Beaverton combines the best of a big city and the peaceful surroundings of a small town. Just seven miles west of downtown Portland, Beaverton is Oregon’s sixth-largest city and the second-largest incorporated city in Washington County.

Beaverton is home to more than 100,000 people of all ages and backgrounds and is one of the most diverse cities in Oregon. One in three residents identifies as a person of color, roughly 20 percent were born outside of the U.S., and more than 100 languages are spoken in the Beaverton School District. This richness of cultural diversity is what makes Beaverton such a vibrant city.

Filled with eclectic charm, downtown Beaverton is a collection of mid-century shop fronts, turn-of-the-century landmarks, and the latest in mixed-use development. A new center for the arts with a large performing space is currently being constructed, and opportunities for shopping, entertainment, and exploration abound beyond the City’s core.

Through a partnership with Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District, Beaverton residents enjoy many outdoor activities. With more than 100 parks encompassing 1,000 acres, every home in Beaverton is within a half-mile of a park. The City has 30 miles of hiking trails and a 25-mile network of bike paths. Within an hour’s drive, there are many more natural areas and opportunities for recreation, including ski slopes to the east and ocean beaches to the west.

Beaverton’s neighborhoods offer more opportunities for neighbors to have fun and make a greater impact on the community. Along tree-lined streets, neighbors are often out jogging, biking, dog-walking, and enjoying everything the City has to offer. From outdoor concerts to art, multicultural festivals, and celebrations, Beaverton’s annual events help bring the community together.

Beaverton has a long history of thoughtful planning, addressing housing, transportation, economic development, diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, among many others. The Beaverton Community Vision project won awards for community outreach, substance, and ongoing long-term value. Today, Beaverton residents and businesses take advantage of many well-designed means to interact with the City.

Welcoming residents and visitors from everywhere, Beaverton is eager to share all that makes it the best of Oregon.

Inside City Hall

On January 1, 2021, the City of Beaverton transitioned from a mayor-council form of government to the council-manager form of government. Beaverton voters approved the new City Charter in May of 2020. Under this new form of government, City Council consists of the Mayor and six Councilors, all of whom are elected at-large on a nonpartisan basis to four-year terms. The Mayor is the full-time political and ceremonial head of the City and presides over Council meetings. Council selects a Council President each calendar year to act as Mayor in the Mayor’s absence. The City Manager is appointed by Council and charged with overseeing all City operations except for the City Attorney’s Office, the Municipal Court Judges, and the City Auditor.

Beaverton employs approximately 625 full-time employees and has a 2020-2021 budget of $406.6 Million that reflects the priorities of the Mayor, City Council, and the Beaverton Community Vision. Currently, eight departments are responsible for the wide variety of public services within the City of Beaverton: City Attorney’s Office, Community Development, Finance, Human Resources, Library, Community Services and Engagement, Police, and Public Works.

The Position

The City Manager is appointed by, reports to, and serves at the pleasure of the City Council and provides administrative direction and leadership to all city departments. This person is responsible for the proposal and administration of the city budget and ensures the efficient and effective performance of city operations.

In addition to assisting the City Council in translating its vision and goals into action plans, the City Manager works to implement the Council’s priorities and directives. The City Manager attends all Council meetings, makes reports and recommendations to the Council, and keeps the Council well-informed of matters affecting the City.

Consistent with City Council direction and in cooperation with the Mayor, the City Manager encourages regional and intergovernmental cooperation. This person also guides and supports City management regarding cooperative efforts with other government agencies. The City Manager advances community engagement and ensures the City has an effective mechanism for media and public relations.

The City Manager effectively advises department and division heads on a full range of organizational, management, administrative, budget, and financial policies and related issues. The City Manager directs, supervises, mentors, and evaluates the work performance of department heads and ensures the planning and retention of a diverse and multicultural workforce. Importantly, the City Manager promotes an equitable environment and routinely applies equitable program practices to diverse and complex city services.

The City Manager will continue to introduce the organization to the council-manager form of government. The City Manager educates and empowers others to learn new practices and procedures to further support a smooth transition and establish clear expectations. In addition, the City Manager provides clarity around roles and ensures transparent communication throughout the organization.

Key City Initiatives

Beaverton is a dynamic and ambitious city that is constantly looking to innovate in many dimensions. Our new City Manager will support some of our key initiatives, including:

  • Racial equity: We are committed to ensuring policies, programs, and practices are free from institutional and systemic racism and use our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan as a guiding source.
  • Housing: We believe every individual should have access to housing and want to collaborate with the community, city staff, and elected officials to identify creative housing solutions and continue making progress on our Housing Action Plan.
  • COVID-19 Recovery: We want to ensure COVID-19 recovery for our City provides essential and sustainable services for our communities to adapt and thrive.
  • Accessible Transportation: We know the importance of transportation infrastructure and want to ensure broad access to transportation, including safe, comfortable, and connected systems in alignment with our Active Transportation Plan.
  • Economic Development: We believe innovation and entrepreneurship help our City thrive. Our Economic Development Strategy ensures alignment with our values to be a livable, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable community.
  • Climate Change: We continue to work towards our clean energy and climate goals and want to leverage our Climate Action Plan as a roadmap to this work.
  • Downtown Redevelopment: We want to continue our partnership with the Beaverton Urban Redevelopment Agency (BURA) and support our Five-Year Action Plan to make our downtown vibrant, pedestrian-friendly, and fabulous.

The Successful Candidate

The City of Beaverton seeks a City Manager who is energized by the opportunity to lead the City through the early stages of our change to a council-manager form of government. This individual will work to form excellent working relationships throughout the City, both internally and externally.

The City Manager brings a fresh yet experienced and measured voice and perspective to the City. The successful candidate is current on social, political, and economic trends affecting local government and leverages that knowledge to benefit the City. The City Manager must portray scrupulous regard for the highest standards of conduct and integrity and maintains objectivity in working with elected officials.

The City Manager leads and empowers staff, promoting a culture that embraces change for the better and encourages and supports innovation and collaboration. The successful candidate routinely promotes team and organization building, goal development, and project follow-through. The City Manager is a vocal advocate for all City staff, establishes trust, ensures efficiencies, and encourages inter-department collaboration.

A champion of diversity, equity, and inclusion, the City Manager is a strategic leader and thoughtful manager who values and models diversity of thought and action. A natural convener and collaborator, the City Manager is a highly visible member of the City and recognizes the importance of relationships and partnerships at all levels. The successful candidate is a highly effective communicator and sustains strong communication links with staff and the community.

Desired Qualities and Experiences:

  • Change management, including prior experience driving change and transformation
  • A deep commitment to racial equity, along with demonstrated experience supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion work
  • Strong emotional intelligence and a commitment to ethics across the organization
  • History of developing and fostering effective relationships, and partners with Mayor and City Council providing sound advice and guidance as needed
  • Strong ability to develop effective partnerships among various departments and external stakeholders
  • A compassionate leader who is willing to listen to and learn from colleagues at all levels of the organization
  • Direct experience working in a growing, diverse community
  • Communications experience, specifically to ensure an effective flow of communication between Council, staff, partners, and the community
  • Drive to support authentic community engagement with the ability to create meaningful collaborations with social service partners
  • A background in pursuing social justice for all community members
  • Strong financial background with a commitment to long-term financial sustainability
  • Knowledge of best practices for housing, development, planning, and economic development
  • Prioritizes sustainability and environmental stewardship
  • Knowledge of organizational development
  • Leverages best practices with an eye towards efficiency
  • Embraces technology and utilizes data and analytics to drive decisions

Qualifications

A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in government or an organization of comparable complexity and five (5) years of executive leadership experience are required. A proven track record of working effectively with an elected governing body is essential. A bachelor’s degree with major course work in public or business administration, public policy, finance, or a related field, or designation as an ICMA-Credentialed Manager is required. A master’s degree is highly desirable. The City will consider any combination of education and experience that allows for successful performance in this role.

Beaverton is a diverse city, boasting a large population of qualified persons, including women, veterans, Black, Indigenous and people of color, persons with disabilities, generational groups, persons who speak many languages, and are of diverse national origins.

It is widely stated—and supported by studies—that candidates, especially women, are less likely to apply for a job unless they believe they meet 100% of the hiring criteria. The City’s talent acquisition goals include hiring the candidate who is best able to meet the performance objectives of the role. We, therefore, encourage persons with non-traditional skill sets and experiences to apply, even if you believe you do not meet 100% of the qualifications and hiring criteria described. 

Compensation

The hiring range is $180,000 - $241,000, depending on qualifications. The City of Beaverton provides a generous benefits package. Learn more about our options and employee-based benefits here.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group, now a part of Raftelis. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Applications will be accepted through April 11, 2021.

The City of Beaverton is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, marital status, race, color, creed, mental or physical disability, religion, national origin, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or source of income in the admission or access to, or employment in, its programs or activities. The City of Beaverton recognizes the significant contributions of veterans in protecting the liberties our residents enjoy. The City complies with Oregon’s Veterans’ Preference Law.

For more information or questions regarding the City of Beaverton or the City Manager position, please contact Heather Gantz at hgantz@thenovakconsultinggroup.com.

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