Under the authority and direction of the Mayor, the City Administrator assumes full management responsibility for all City operations, including the development and implementation of the City’s goals, objectives, policies, and priorities. The Administrator oversees the development and administration of the budget and implements budgetary adjustments as necessary. The City Administrator implements policy decisions made by City Council, prepares recommendations, and advises on matters requiring legislative action.
The successful candidate models behaviors expected throughout the organization and sets the tone for a welcoming and inclusive culture built on trust and collaboration. The City Administrator plans, directs, and coordinates, through department heads and other staff, the work plan for the City. The Administrator establishes appropriate service and staff levels and allocates resources accordingly, empowering staff to implement the goals of the City. Additionally, the City Administrator monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures, identifies opportunities for improvement, and implements as appropriate.
The City Administrator is a strategic thinker who easily sees the big picture and long-term vision for Camas. The successful candidate values and appreciates equity and inclusion, enjoys being a public servant, and truly believes in creating a sense of community. Considered a true community ambassador, the successful candidate leads by example, represents the City to all departments and outside agencies, and is fully invested in Camas’ growth and success. They maintain an understanding of the issues affecting Camas and leverage that knowledge to drive decisions.
The Camas Community
The City of Camas is home to approximately 26,000 residents and perfectly situated at the gateway to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Clark County, Washington. Our ideals of culture, values, and vision have been instrumental in promoting diverse economic growth; the development of livable, family-oriented neighborhoods; and the protection of our open space, parks, and recreational amenities. We take pride in balancing the nexus between jobs, housing, and recreation.
The City of Camas is a full-service city providing excellent services through nine departments, including Administration; Administrative Services, which consists of the City Clerk’s Office, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Municipal Court; Community Development; Finance; Fire and Emergency Medical Services; Library; Parks and Recreation; Police; and Public Works. We employ approximately 240 employees, including 12 part-time employees represented by five collective bargaining units with an adopted budget of $91.5 million, a general fund of $31.4 million, and a capital budget of $10.8 million.
Compensation and Benefits
The City Administrator contract is at the discretion of the Mayor and City Council with an expected hiring range of $175,000 – $205,000 and will depend on the qualifications of the successful candidate. Camas has a complete benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, employee assistance program, and pension with the Washington State Department of Retirement. Paid time off and holidays are also included.
How to Apply
Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they can perform every job description task. Our talent acquisition goals include hiring the candidate who is best able to meet the performance objectives of the role. We will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.
Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at raftelis.hire.trakstar.com. Applicants complete a brief online form and are required to provide a cover letter and resume. Please apply as soon as possible. The position is open until filled with ongoing review of applications.
The City Administrator has at least seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in municipal government, including five (5) years of administrative or leadership responsibility. A well-rounded background with prior leadership experience in a growing community and similar size organization that includes public safety is ideal. An exceptional ability to develop effective relationships with a history of working closely with a Mayor and City Council is essential. A sound financial background with a strong understanding of budgets and financial management is required.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, business administration, or related field. An advanced degree in public administration or related field is desired but not essential.
The City Administrator will establish a primary residence in the Camas community and pledge to participate in community affairs.
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