City Manager

$185,000 - $225,000 yearly
  • City of Gresham
  • Gresham, Oregon, USA
  • Feb 15, 2021
Full time Executive Government Management

Job Description

As Oregon’s fourth-largest city with more than 111,000 residents, Gresham is a welcoming community of hard-working people where tradition and heritage meet innovation and opportunity. Today, Gresham is a dynamic, innovative, and rapidly growing city where families and businesses have a mutual desire and drive to thrive. 

The City Manager serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the City and is responsible for the effective and efficient administration of City operations. The City Manager plans, organizes, manages, and provides administrative direction and oversight of all City functions and activities, including the enforcement of all applicable codes and regulations, financial activities, and the economic performance of the City. 

The City Manager directly assists the City Council in translating their vision and goals into actionable plans and participates and contributes to the development and administration of the annual Council Work Plan. The City Manager implements priorities and directives of the Mayor and City Council and ensures they are kept informed of functions, activities, and programs, as well as legal, social, and economic issues affecting City activities. In addition, the City Manager recommends administrative controls and improvements for enhancing operations and services to the Mayor and City Council. 

Through strong leadership, the City Manager collaborates with department directors to prioritize projects and initiatives and advises on more complex and sensitive issues in order to drive successful outcomes. Furthermore, the City Manager provides leadership, guidance, and direction to the City’s diverse workforce. The City Manager engages the community and effectively represents the City to the public and outside agencies. The City Manager develops positive external relationships and advises the City on cooperative efforts with other government units, public-private sector partnerships, potential consolidation of services, and related issues.

A strategic thinker, the City Manager easily sees the big picture and long-term vision for the City of Gresham. The successful candidate maintains an understanding of the issues affecting the community and leverages that knowledge to drive decisions. The ideal candidate is diplomatic and navigates political relationships with ease and brings forward strong executive leadership skills necessary for managing a complex, changing environment. 

The City Manager has a strong background in strategic planning and execution and understands the importance of building off a solid foundation and works to ensure infrastructure and core service fundamentals are sound. The ideal candidate has an exceptional financial background with a strong commitment to financial sustainability and management and a solid understanding of budgets. The City Manager represents Gresham with integrity and effectively advocates for the City at all times.


Ideally, ten years of progressively responsible experience in municipal government, including at least seven years of administrative or leadership responsibility. Prior experience in a full-service city with direct experience working in a growing, diverse community is highly desired. Organizational development knowledge, coupled with experience driving change and transformation, is beneficial. Strong managerial expertise, along with the ability to work closely with the City Council, is essential. A sound financial background with a strong understanding of budgets and financial management is required.

Knowledge of project management principles and methodologies is strongly desired. Broad knowledge of all city services is valuable, with public safety knowledge preferred. Prior labor relations experience with the willingness to actively engage in the negotiation, management, and enforcement of contracts is essential. 

A bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, or a similar field or an equivalent combination of education and experience enabling success as the City Manager with the ability to perform the essential functions of the position is required. A master’s degree in Public Administration or a related field is desirable.