The City of Winooski offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package for the City Manager position.
The City Manager has the ability to make decisions based on collective community values and needs that support Winooski’s Strategic Vision and Master Plan. The successful candidate for the Winooski City Manager will be a champion of equity and inclusion who is able to bring all voices, especially those who are traditionally excluded or underrepresented, into the decision-making process. 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 workforce with a focus on inclusive practices.
The City Manager routinely applies equitable program practices to diverse and complex city services and operates with integrity, abiding by the highest standards of ethical behavior as identified in the ICMA Code of Ethics. The City Manager is appointed by and reports to the City Council (composed of a mayor and four at-large city councilors) and provides administrative direction and leadership to all city departments and operations, including 10 Leadership Team members and 100 staff members. The City Manager demonstrates strong skills in strategic planning as well as policy facilitation and implementation and is responsible for the proposal and administration of the city budget (FY22 Proposed General Fund Budget: $8,213,695; FY22 All Funds Budget: $15,376,993). The City Manager helps elected officials develop a policy agenda that can be implemented effectively and serves the best interests of the community. The City Manager should expect to lead and manage using ICMA’s Practices for Effective Local Government Leadership as a guideline. Ultimately, the City Manager must fulfill the requirements as outlined in the City of Winooski Charter or 24 App. V.S.A. ch. 19. The successful candidate is a highly effective communicator and maintains strong communication links with staff and the community, and supports transparency by involving community and employees across the organization in strategic planning, budget development, and ongoing budget management. The City Manager acts as a role model for innovation that improves the way the City provides services to the community.
A minimum of seven (7) years of public sector management experience, experience in municipal government or an organization of comparable complexity, and five (5) years of leadership experience.
Demonstrated experience working effectively with an elected governing body.
A bachelor’s degree with major course work in public or business administration, political science, public policy, finance, or a related field, or designation as an ICMA-Credentialed Manager is required.
Demonstrated experience in racial equity and inclusion, community engagement, and sustainable development.
Experience with capital project management, economic development/redevelopment, housing affordability, and intergovernmental and nonprofit partnerships.
Experience working in a similar full-service city with community relations, financial management, public works functions, human resources management, community planning, economic development, police, housing/landlord/tenant, library, transportation planning, recreation management, senior and youth issues, and emergency management departments.
The City will consider any combination of education and experience that allows for successful performance in this role. The City’s goals include hiring the candidate who is best able to meet the objectives of the position. We, therefore, encourage persons with non-traditional skill sets and experiences to apply, even if candidates believe they do not meet 100% of the qualifications and hiring criteria described.
About City of Winooski
About the City of Winooski, Vermont’s Opportunity City
The City of Winooski is a vibrant city with the most diverse population in the northern New England states and a growing economic base. Winooski boasts the highest population density in Vermont, making the compact 1.5 square mile city a model of urban convenience and walkability, with a neighborhood feel. With just over 7,000 residents, Winooski is a community of people who know their neighbors, feel a strong sense of community pride and ownership, and actively engage in continuously building the high quality of life found in the City. Winooski is becoming a more diverse city each year, with residents hailing from over 20 different countries of origin with the four largest groups from Nepal, India, Iraq, and Somalia. A community-driven Strategic Vision and Master Plan set goals for smart growth as the city seeks to be sustainable and to retain access and affordability for residents across the income spectrum and from diverse backgrounds. Our historic mill architecture, access to nearby nature, lively downtown restaurants and businesses, and housing affordability all contribute to making the community a highly attractive and livable city.