City / County Manager, Deputy / Assistant City / County Mgr, General Administration
4 Year Degree
Provides leadership, makes executive decisions, implements directives and provides support to the staff, Executive Director, and League Board of Directors. Represents the Executive Director as needed. Oversees the Training & Conferences Department and ensures League members receive high quality educational programs that respond to the changing needs of cities and city officials. Manages the Building Services functions, including direct supervision of the Facilities Coordinator position. Is an active and contributing member of the League’s management team and help address issues having organization-wide impact.
Essential Functions of the Position
Serves as Acting Executive Director in the absence of the Executive Director.
Assists the Executive Director with agendas for LMC Board and Committees, budget preparation, representation at meetings, preparing and delivering presentations, preparing analyses and reports for members and other stakeholders. This includes helping develop ideas for League wide programs and services, conducting research and evaluation on current and possible new organizational policies, providing support and assisting with program evaluation and policy analysis.
In partnership with other staff, coordinates and leads the preparation and development of the annual Capital Improvement Program.
Conducts a wide variety of special projects and services which may include but are not limited to the Board retreat, project management of facilities, and preparation of special reports.
Support the state association collaborative group consisting of LMC, Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC), Minnesota School Board’s Association (MSBA) and the Minnesota Association of Townships (MAT).
Serves as lead staff to the Building Company. Prepares agendas and supporting material for Building Company Board meetings. Responsible for management and development of League property.
Manages and oversees the Administration Intern Program, Business Leadership Development Program, and Ambassador program.
Serves as a supporting contact with the National League of Cities' and partners with League staff on NLC work.
Serves as a liaison between LMC and various governmental units, non-profits and community-based organizations.
Actively involves League members in identifying new and modifying existing product and service needs; developing and marketing new products and services; and evaluating the effectiveness and value of League services.
Serves as a liaison between the Executive Director, League Board, and other LMC departments. Supports the work of other departments as assigned.
Serves as leader or member of internal project committees and special task forces.
Develops, recommends and implements budgets for the responsible functions and work that accurately projects expenses and revenues and supports departmental goals and League-wide strategic initiatives.
Training & Conferences Department
Directs the training and conferences function, including on-site events and e-learning, to provide strategic direction and oversight of all products and services.
In partnership with staff, develops innovative conference and training products and services and joint ventures with other service providers.
Directs departmental staffing activities ensuring effective internal communication, establishing clear performance expectations and evaluations, coaching staff, and providing professional development opportunities.
Examples of Performance Criteria
Responsive to the requests and directives of the League Board.
Demonstrates ability to effectively manage and direct a wide variety of programs, services, and special projects, including good judgment in decision making.
Demonstrates leadership in providing strategic direction and focus for the League on special projects and in the formulation and implementation of organizational goals, objectives, policies and procedures.
Promotes a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.
Demonstrates ability to communicate professionally and effectively.
Demonstrates ability to develop and maintain positive and effective working relationships with other members of the Management Team, LMC/ Insurance Trust staff, Board members, member cities and the public.
Develops an understanding of all NLC activities and leverages NLC’s collective strengths to support LMC goals.
Provides effective organizational leadership in promoting discussion of issues and implementing management decisions.
Responds to changing conditions and new laws by connecting members with the information, training, resources and services they need to effectively manage their cities.
Demonstrates a consistent “team approach” and willingness to work outside own job duties when the situation calls for it.
Supports and advances the workplace culture of the League.
Bachelor’s degree in public administration, or a related area or equivalent experience.
Five years of responsible administrative or professional level work in local government, association management or a related area.
Experience working with elected officials and policy boards at a strategic, policy-making level (example: analysis and policy development; research, write and present complex public policy to elected or appointed Board.
Desirable Training and Experience
Master’s degree in public administration or a related area.
Formal supervisory experience.
Prior experience managing at least one city function or department.
Work experience in a local government or government setting beyond the five years listed in the minimum requirements.
A functional working knowledge of budgets and financial data.
The League of Minnesota Cities is a membership organization dedicated to promoting excellence in local government. The League serves its more than 800 member cities through advocacy, education and training, policy development, risk management, and other services.
The League of Minnesota Cities was founded in 1913 by a special law passed by the Minnesota Legislature. It was initially a part of ...the Extension Division of the University of Minnesota. In 1974, the League became an independent organization. Today, the League's membership includes cities and their elected and appointed officials, as well as a number of special municipal districts and townships.