The Deputy City Manager has a key role in a variety of public infrastructure and improvement projects that have enhanced economic development and made Grand Rapids a destination city. The Deputy City Manager coordinates policy and direction for nine City departments including: Engineering, Planning and Design, Economic Development, Mobile GR and Traffic Safety, Community Development/Code Compliance, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Grand Rapids Water System and Environmental Services. Support to the City Manager’s Office and acting as the City Manager in their absence. As chief operating officer, the position oversees a $280 million operating budget spread across those departments, along with assuming leadership roles in many of the City’s strategic initiatives. The Deputy City Manager serves as the City’s executive lead on major economic development and infrastructure initiatives and will immediately be involved in several transformative initiatives. This includes Community Master Plan, implementing the City’s Equitable Economic Development and Mobility Plan, helping to lead the City’s River for All project, guiding redevelopment of a major downtown riverfront parcel housing fund. They will also have a lead role in developing programs and initiatives leveraging federal ARPA funds.
The top candidates will have a stellar career history, will be visionary leaders, and will possess the following:
Master’s degree in public administration, business administration, accounting, or a related field
Eight (8) to ten (10) years of progressive responsibility managing the operations of a major governmental organization, along with the ability to manage intergovernmental relations with surrounding communities and a demonstrated ability to understand the man facets of complex issues
Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge, and abilities
Grand Rapids is the second-largest city in Michigan, and the largest city in West Michigan. It is on the Grand River about 30 miles east of Lake Michigan and three hours from Chicago. The City's population is 198,829 and covers an area of 45 square miles. The combined statistical area of Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland is 1.3 million.
The City recently received numerous recognitions ranging from the Best U.S. City to Invest in Housing and the Fastest Growing Economy in the U.S. (Forbes); the #1 City to Raise a Family; the #1 Hottest Real Estate Market to Watch (Trulia.com), and #28 Most Hipster City in the world. The Art Prize Festival was ranked one of the Top Five Festivals Worldwide (Time). Fifteen craft breweries are located within Grand Rapids making it locally known as Michigan's "Beer City."
Grand Rapids provides a full range of services to a multicultural group of residents, students and visitors. The Grand Rapids metropolitan area hosts fifteen institutions of higher learning. Grand Rapids has 67 parks with sports and recreation activities year-round. Salmon weighing up to 35 pounds are caught during the annual upstream migration of the Grand River.
In 20...19 the City completed a comprehensive Strategic Plan with a new Mission Statement: To elevate quality of life through excellent City services.