KANSAS CITY, MO SEEKS A COLLABORATIVE AND EXPERIENCED LEADER TO SERVE AS ITS NEXT….
(Starting salary range will be $250,000 - $325,000 DOQ/E; + Excellent Benefits)
Kansas City, MO is a growing, world class community of nearly 500,000 residents that serves as the central hub for a thriving bi-state, 18-county metropolitan area of 2.5 million. A diverse and culturally rich community located at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers, Kansas City is known for its long traditions as the home of spectacular BBQ, jazz, beautiful boulevards, fountains and parks. The City is also widely recognized as a center for outstanding cultural, performing and visual arts, an exciting array of professional sports teams and major league venues, and for its superb restaurants and entertainment. The City’s history of planning and developing quality neighborhoods gives the community a gracious and welcoming atmosphere that transcends its large city status. A new $1.5 billion single terminal and parking structure is currently under construction at Kansas City International (KCI) Airport and scheduled for completion in March 2023. KC has also benefitted from a downtown renaissance and rebirth over the last 20 years at a level of success that has been experienced by very few other major metropolitan areas. Kansas City is the largest city in the state of Missouri and continues to expand an already strong business base as a significant economic engine in the Midwest and nationally. KC and the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area are both widely recognized for a low cost of living, an entrepreneurial and tech savvy spirit, a strong and expanding business environment, a vibrant and active network of nonprofit services, and an extraordinary quality of life.
Kansas City, Missouri is governed by a 13-member City Council that includes the Mayor and is the City’s legislative and policy-making body. All members are elected at the same time to four-year terms and they may serve two consecutive terms. The City is divided into six council districts; the Mayor and six City Council members are elected at large, and the other six members are elected from within the districts they serve. As the City’s chief elected official, the Mayor presides over the Council and is responsible for appointing the City Manager, which must be confirmed by the majority of the City Council.
As the City’s chief administrative officer, the City Manager is responsible for overseeing an organization with nearly 4,700 FTEs supported by a total operating budget of approximately $836 million, including $198.9 million for capital improvements and $48.2 million in GO Bond authority for FY 2020-21. There are three collective bargaining units that are part of the City Manager’s oversight responsibility: IAFF 42 (Fire); IAFF 3808 (Fire Management); and, the AFSCME 500 (Labor). The City is comprised of 16 departments – with 14 of them reporting directly through the City Manager. The 14 departments include Aviation, City Planning and Development, Convention and Entertainment Facilities, Finance, Fire, General Services, Health, Human Relations, Human Resources, Law, Municipal Court, Neighborhoods and Housing Services, Public Works, and Water Services. The City Manager reports directly to the Mayor and City Council and oversees all aspects of the City’s operations, excluding the Departments of Parks and Recreation and Police that are governed by separate appointed Boards. Candidates must have a Bachelors’ degree plus 7–10 years of increasingly responsible executive level experience in either a public or private sector organization. A Masters’ degree in public administration, business administration plus additional advanced executive-level training is preferred. Experience leading and developing an executive level leadership team, including supervisory experience of professional staff, is required. Working for similar sized municipal organizations, or an organization of similar complexity is desired and will be an advantage. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. The starting salary will be commensurate with the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience and will range from $250,000 to $325,000. Other benefits such as vehicle allowance, relocation assistance, etc., will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
The City Council is seeking a highly experienced and collaborative strategic leader with outstanding communication skills to serve as its next City Manager. Candidates should possess a record of effectively working with employees and labor groups, be focused on customer service and responsiveness, and demonstrate the ability to create a leadership team that is adept at problem solving and pursuing continuous improvement and innovation throughout the organization. The ability to remain neutral even in politically charged situations is essential.
Interested applicants should complete a confidential online application and submit a cover letter and professional resume at https://bakertilly.recruitmenthome.com/postings/2510. This position is open until filled; First review deadline is Monday, April 27, 2020. Applications will be screened in relation to criteria provided in the recruitment brochure. The City will consider offering interviews to those candidates named as Finalists, with reference checks, background checks, and academic verifications conducted after receiving candidates’ permission. Finalists names may be released to the public prior to on-site interviews being held. For more information, please contact Art Davis at Art.Davis@BakerTilly.com, 816.868.7042, or Edward Williams at Edward.Williams@BakerTilly.com, or 214.608.6363. For more information about Kansas City, please visit www.kcmo.gov.
Additional Salary Information: Starting salary range will be $250,000 - $325,000 DOQ/E; + Excellent Benefits
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