NORTH KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI IS SEEKING AN EXPERIENCED
A dynamic, diverse and highly desirable community -- North Kansas City is a small, growing community of nearly 5,000 residents and a daytime population of 30,000 -- located in the heart of a big city! The Mayor and Council are seeking an experienced and strategic local government management professional to help lead the organization, manage projects, and facilitate the community’s continued rebirth and evolution.
North Kansas City, Missouri, spread over 4.6 miles, is surrounded by Kansas City, Missouri and benefits from its central location with easy access to all parts of the Greater Kansas City region. The community is served by I-35/I-29, Missouri Hwy 9 and Missouri Hwy 210 and is home to nearly 900 businesses engaged in manufacturing, warehousing, transportation, wholesale and retail trade, and business and personal services contributing toward a strong and stable economic base. North Kansas City’s Downtown is an eclectic mix of visitors, restaurants, bars, business and residents to keep the days and nights interesting. Major businesses include Cerner Corporation’s world headquarters, Harrah’s Casino & Hotel, BNSF Railway Company, Ingredion, Helzberg Diamond’s corporate headquarters and Meierotto Jewelers. North Kansas City Hospital, an important and highly respected regional health care provider operates an acute care facility with 451 licensed beds, more than 3,000 employees, and 508 physicians representing 46 medical specialties. The award winning and AAA-rated North Kansas City School District serves the community’s youth with outstanding Pre-K-12 educational opportunities. Advanced and adult education is readily available among area community colleges and four-year colleges and universities located in the metropolitan area. North Kansas City may be geographically small, but it offers a big package of services. Fire and police protection rank among the best in Missouri and in the Kansas City metro area, resulting in low property insurance rates for residents and businesses.
North Kansas City utilizes a Mayor/Council/City Administrator form of government. The City Council is comprised of eight members elected to two-year, staggered terms from each of the four wards. The Mayor is elected at large and serves a four-year term, and the current Mayor was most recently elected in April of 2021. The City Council establishes overall policy and appoints a city administrator to oversee and manage all day-to-day City operations, including oversight and responsibility for preparing and implementing the annual budget and capital improvements program. The city administrator also implements all policies and ordinances approved by the City Council. The City has a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with employees of IAFF Local #42, as well as with employees of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #50.
The city administrator serves as the chief administrative officer of an organization that employs approximately 191 FTEs and is supported by a FY 2021 combined funds budget of $64.5 million. The operations and functional areas of responsibility for the city administrator include: police and animal control, fire and emergency medical, finance, municipal court, community development, information technology, human resources, and public works, which consists of building and grounds, water and wastewater services, and transportation. Parks and recreation and library services are overseen by a separate appointed board. Positions reporting directly to the city administrator include an assistant city administrator, finance manager, information technology manager, community development director, public works director, fire chief, police chief and human resources manager.
To qualify for this position, candidates must possess a Masters’ degree in public administration, public affairs, city planning or a related field, and at least five years of progressively responsible and directly related experience. An additional two years of directly related experience may substitute for a Masters’ degree if there is demonstrated knowledge, ability and skills to perform the work. The selected candidate must possess a valid driver’s license. To be competitive, candidates should also have a strong working knowledge of local government operations in areas such as budgeting and municipal finance, and familiarity with bond rating agency reviews and the issuance of public debt. Other desired areas of experience include human resources, capital improvements, strategic planning, economic development and redevelopment. Experience working on successful commercial, neighborhood and downtown revitalization and redevelopment is strongly desired. The current city administrator is retiring after seven years of service to the City.
The Mayor and City Council are seeking candidates with exceptional communication and listening skills that are experienced in local government and passionate about serving the community. The salary range for the position of City Administrator is $125,000 - $175,000 depending on the experience and qualifications of the selected individual. The City participates in the Local Government Employees Retirement System at the L-6 level covering annual contributions for both employer and employee with a five-year vesting requirement. The City will also match employee contributions up to three percent (3%) for a 457 defined benefit plan. Residency within City limits is not required, but the selected candidate must agree to establish residence within a 25-mile radius of City Hall within 12 months of employment.
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume online at https://bakertilly.recruitmenthome.com/postings/2969. This position is open until filled; First review of candidates will take place beginning on Thursday, August 5, 2021. For more information, please contact Art Davis: Art.Davis@BakerTilly.com, or at 816.868.7042. To learn more about North Kansas City, please see their website at http://www.nkc.org/. The city of North Kansas City is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and values diversity at all levels of its workforce.
Additional Salary Information: The salary range for the position of City Administrator is $125,000 - $175,000 depending on the experience and qualifications of the selected individual. Excellent Benefits
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