Assistant City Manager

$116,004 - $148,488 yearly
  • City of Newberg
  • Newberg, OR, USA
  • Jul 10, 2020
Full time Executive Government Human Resources Management

Job Description

Assistant City Manager Position

The Assistant City Manager serves a vital leadership role in the organization and actively supports the City Manager’s efforts to implement the City Council’s goals and policies. This newly created position will initially focus on Human Resources with an evolving portfolio to be determined in collaboration with the City Manager.

The Assistant City Manager participates as a member of the Executive Leadership Team to ensure cross-departmental collaboration and open, effective communication designed to identify opportunities for growth and improvement. The Assistant City Manager partners with the City Manager to drive cultural development, exercising creative thinking and finding innovative solutions to issues affecting the workforce. The Assistant City Manager provides sound human resources leadership and offers technical guidance to the City Manager, department heads, supervisors, and employees on all human resources issues. Reporting directly to the City Manager, the Assistant City Manager will serve as Acting City Manager in the absence of the City Manager.

The Newberg Community

In support of its 24,045 residents, the City of Newberg cultivates a healthy, safe environment where community members can work, play, and grow. A friendly, dynamic, and diverse community that values partnerships and opportunity, Newberg is growing because of the high standard of living; clean, green environment; and strong economy.

Newberg is located approximately 25 miles southwest of Portland on the northeast side of Yamhill County. The Chehalem Mountains surrounding the community and the Willamette River create a natural bowl, providing a special sense of place that is cherished by the residents of Newberg. The community’s strategic location provides easy access to varied and plentiful recreational opportunities. A short drive also provides access to the many urban assets of Portland. Countless rivers and forests are within easy driving distance, offering a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. From Newberg, the Cascade Mountains are a one-hour drive east offering skiing, camping, fishing, and hiking. A one-hour drive west offers breathtaking views of the Pacific coastline with its many beautiful beaches.


  • Along with the City Manager, champion and lead efforts to implement and strengthen a values-driven culture with a strong emphasis on customer service. Support an equitable and inclusive culture, contribute to an environment of trust, nurture collaboration, and encourage learning through growth and transformation.
  • Steward development of the City’s core values. Promote actionable goals that align with the high performing organizational approach and support the evolving culture.
  • Make the necessary time and effort to form and maintain excellent working relationships throughout the City. Be a vocal advocate for all City staff, establish trust, and encourage cross-departmental collaboration to prioritize and execute on achievable goals.
  • Conduct a thorough Human Resources assessment with the intent of rebuilding the department. Identify opportunities, implement changes, and ultimately create a structure that supports a unified vision and aligns with the City’s newly defined values.
  • As a part of the Human Resources rebuild, drive stability and consistency in systems, policies, and procedures. Work to streamline processes, identify opportunities for efficiency, and deliver consistency in all human resources functions.
  • Foster a culture of learning, empowerment, accountability, and growth for all employees. Formalize programs and create opportunities for employee training and development with a focus on delivering diverse experiences while continuing to provide outstanding services to the community.

The Successful Candidate

The Assistant City Manager embraces Newberg’s history but brings enthusiasm and the boldness to move forward with the changing and evolving culture. With a willingness to dig into the details, the successful candidate recognizes trends hindering progress, identifies opportunities for improvement, and develops and implements better practices to drive necessary change. With strong emotional intelligence and well-defined leadership skills, the Assistant City Manager values diversity of thought, builds a strong understanding of equity, and serves as a catalyst for broad, citywide change.

A strategic thinker, the Assistant City Manager clearly sees the big picture and long-term vision for the City. The preferred candidate understands the importance of balancing overall vision with day-to-day activities. The Assistant City Manager has robust interpersonal skills and builds strong and effective working relationships, quickly establishing trust and rapport in order to partner with different levels of the organization to achieve desired results.

With an employee-focused mentality and a true dedication to organizational development, the Assistant City Manager will be an expert in all things Human Resources. An approachable leader, the successful candidate models behaviors expected throughout the organization, including mutual respect, accountability, commitment to high-quality work, and sound customer service. The ideal candidate has a strong background in managing and empowering employees, encouraging staff to maximize their skills and capabilities to best serve the needs of the City and the Newberg community. Through empathy and compassion, the Assistant City Manager brings a sense of calm and stability while successfully navigating the challenges associated with continuous improvement.

Friendly and approachable, the Assistant City Manager encourages a culture of open and transparent communication. As an active listener, the successful candidate creates a supportive environment, soliciting input and offering innovative approaches to complex challenges. The Assistant City Manager uses an equitable and inclusive lens along with data to make informed decisions. This person also embraces technology and innovation and utilizes both to drive efficiency. The Assistant City Manager models work-life balance and has a good sense of humor.


The successful candidate has a combination of skills and education that enable success as Newberg’s Assistant City Manager, such as a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or Public Administration and five years of related experience. Progressively responsible human resources leadership and administration experience are essential. Change management experience with direct knowledge of driving and supporting cultural change is required. Prior experience or interest in supporting technology is ideal.

Compensation and Benefits

The hiring range for the Assistant City Manager is $116,004 to $148,488. Starting salary will depend on the qualifications of the successful candidate. Newberg has a robust benefit package that includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, employee assistance program, and participation in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System. Vacation, administrative leave, sick leave, and holidays are also included for this position. Additional information can be found in the Employee Handbook.

How to Apply

The City of Newberg is an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination. The City is committed to creating and supporting an inclusive and welcoming environment for all employees to thrive.

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with the first review of applications on August 10, 2020.

For more information or questions regarding the City of Newberg or the Assistant City Manager position, please contact Heather Gantz at