City Manager, Winooski VT (pop. 7,997) The City of Winooski is located on the Winooski River and is part of the Burlington – South Burlington Metropolitan Area. The community is very accessible from I-89 and Burlington International Airport, an hour from the Canadian Border, and 2 hours from Montreal.
Winooski is a vibrant city with the most diverse population in the northern New England states and a growing economic base. It 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 7,997 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 becomes more diverse each year, with residents hailing from over 20 different countries of origin with the five largest groups from Nepal, India, Iraq, Canada, and Somalia. Winooski will celebrate its Centennial in March of 2022, and is known as the Opportunity City for its tradition of welcoming newcomers.
Under the Council/Manager form of government, Winooski’s municipal budget provides funding for police, fire, public works, finance, parks and recreation, health and community services, among other municipal services. The FY23 Proposed General Fund Budget is $8,213,695 and the FY23 Proposed All Funds Budget is $15,376,993. Significant grant funding is included in the FY23 proposed budget, generating additional revenue.
The City Council is comprised of five members – the Mayor, who presides over the meetings is elected to a three year term, and four at large Councilors, two of which are elected to two year terms at each annual City Meeting. The Council selects one of its members to serve as Deputy Mayor to act as Mayor in her absence or in the case of a vacancy.
The City Manager is appointed by, reports to, and is accountable to the City Council and provides direction and leadership to all city departments and operations, including 10 Leadership Team members and 100 staff members.
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 successful candidate will have a combination of education and experience that demonstrates an ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position, including the following:
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.
Demonstrated experience in racial equity and inclusion, community engagement, and environmentally and financially 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. The City encourages 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. The City of Winooski is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively seeking and encouraging a diverse candidate pool.
The City of Winooski offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package for the City Manager position. Starting annual salary for the position is $118,750 to $134,375 DOQ. The Charter requires residency in the community, which the Council may waive if needed. Please submit résumé, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references by February 4, 2022, online to Michael Jaillet, Vice President, GovHR USA, LLC – www.govhrusajobs.com. Questions regarding the recruitment may be directed to Michael Jaillet at 781-760-3658.