Located between the beautiful Cascade Mountain Range and Puget Sound, Blaine, Washington, is the “Gateway to the Pacific Northwest” and is blessed with the scenic beauty of nearby Mt. Baker and the San Juan Islands. Blaine enjoys the mild climate of northwest Washington and is situated along the Canadian border just 20 miles north of Bellingham, with the metropolitan attractions of Vancouver, British Columbia, 30 minutes away, and Seattle just 100 miles to the south.
Working under the direction of the City Council and with the help of five direct reports, the Blaine City Manager is responsible for the day-to-day administrative affairs of the City. This position ensures all laws and ordinances are faithfully executed, recommends and provides information to City Council on a wide range of issues, develops and implements the annual budget, proposes ordinances and policies, attends and supports various meetings of elected and appointed officials, and manages the City’s team of dedicated professionals, including its four collective bargaining units.
This position requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in public administration, business administration, or a related field with a master’s degree in business management or public administration preferred. Candidates should also have at least five years of management experience in local government, budgeting, fiscal management, and supervision.
Experience working with elected officials, advisory boards, and community groups, with economic development, and with a City that owns and operates its own utilities, will serve this position well, as will experience supervising in a union environment, including collective bargaining, contract administration, and grievance handling. Experience in a comparable-sized City, with a staff of 50 or more and oversight of five or more department heads, is preferred.
Any combination of experience and education that provides candidates with the required qualifications may be considered. This includes candidates with successful private sector business management experience with a minimum of 25 employees managed, at least five years of experience at the senior management or chief operating officer level, and 10 years of overall work experience.
This position also requires a valid driver’s license, appropriate insurance, and a driving record free of significant moving violations.
The City of Blaine is offering a starting annual salary range for this position of $150,000-$170,000 depending on experience and qualifications, with an additional 5% of gross salary contributed to deferred compensation.
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