The Town of Hanover presents an excellent opportunity for someone who loves local government and wants to lead in a town where residents, businesses, students, and Dartmouth College all appreciate the Town and want it to continue to be an exceptional place to live and learn. The Town Manager serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Town and reports directly to the five-member Selectboard. The Town Manager oversees day-to-day operations, manages all departments, prepares the agenda and policy recommendations for consideration by the Selectboard, and ensures that all Town operations respond to the needs of local citizens as effectively as possible.
The Town Manager oversees 11 direct reports, including the Administrative Assistant, Administrative Services Director, Assessing Director, Fire Chief, Howe Library Director, Human Resources Director, IT Director, Parks and Recreation Director, Planning, Zoning, and Codes Director, Police Chief, and Public Works Director. The position will be open when the Town Manager retires in the spring of 2022, after over 25 years of outstanding service to the Town of Hanover. The Town has a tradition and values its civil and solid political leadership with a Selectboard focused on high-level issues, residents and businesses who want to participate in solving problems and bring resources and expertise to the table, and where innovation and creativity are possible.
Compensation and Benefits
The expected hiring range is $150,000 – $175,000, depending on qualifications, with excellent benefits. A relocation package that may include relocation and housing assistance and other amenities may also be part of total compensation in an employment agreement. The Town participates in the state retirement system. The Town Manager may participate in that or negotiate a different retirement option in lieu of this, such as ICMA-RC.
The Town’s “flex benefits” are excellent. They include health, dental, and prescription plans, short and long-term disability, life insurance, plus supplemental coverage options. Most candidates will find the benefits package comprehensive and generous by public sector standards.
How to Apply
Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at raftelis.hire.trakstar.com. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. We will commence review of applications on February 16, 2022.
Minimum requirements are a bachelor's degree and at least seven years' progressively responsible experience in a local government, including supervision and executive level management (manager/administrator, assistant manager/administrator, or department director). Strong communication skills and demonstrated expertise with community engagement, budget/financial management, and collaboration with key stakeholders are required.
Preferred qualifications include tenure in a full-service local government, with demonstrated experience in land use, sustainability, downtown and business vibrancy, and housing affordability. Experience managing a high-performing staff and collaborating with a college, medical center, and/or other large institutions is also preferred. A master’s degree in public administration and ICMA-CM are also preferred.
While not required, it is hoped that the next Town Manager will choose to live within the community.
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