Village ManagerVillage of Tequesta
Jupiter, FL Full-time
Posted on September 1, 2018
This position was last advertised in June 2018. If you previously applied, there is no need to re-apply. It will remain open until a suitable candidate is hired. The Village of Tequesta is conducting a national executive search for its next Village Manager. After 18 years of service, our Village Manager, Michael Couzzo will be retiring by the end of 2018. Our Community Our idyllic village is located in northern Palm Beach County, Florida, encompassing nearly 2.3 square miles with a year-round population just under 6,000 residents. It is essentially two peninsulas and a small section of a barrier island. Our natural boundaries include the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Loxahatchee River to the west, the Town of Jupiter to the south and Martin County to the north. Several Tequesta condominiums, and the town of Jupiter Inlet Colony, are located at the southern tip of the Barrier Island, with Jonathan Dickinson State Park located to the north. Governance and Organization We are a "manager strong" form of government with the Village Manager's position responsible for maintaining the health of the Village finances and infrastructure, while providing first-rate community service. Policy making and legislative authority are vested in the governing five-member Village Council members who are elected at large and select a Mayor at their first organizational meeting each year. The Village Council appoints the Village Manager who is responsible for hiring all Village employees. Services Provided The Village provides a full range of services, including police and fire protection, building inspections, licenses and permits, streets and infrastructure construction and maintenance, recreation and cultural activities, water services, storm water operations, and contracts for residential refuse and recycling services. The Council is required to adopt a budget prior to the beginning of each fiscal year (October 1), which serves as the foundation for the Village's financial planning and control. Current Major Initiatives Exploration of alternative revenue sources at State and Federal levels (Village almost completely developed or built-out) Reduction in the cost of healthcare and retirement Implementation of a 6-year capital improvement/replacement plan Continued implementation of maintenance and improvements plans outlined in the utility revenue sufficiency and rate adequacy study Development of plans and specifications for the construction of a new Community Center Implementation of automatic read meters and related technology for Water Utility. Job Description: Preferred candidate must have at a minimum: Bachelor's degree in Business or Public Administration or related field. Master's degree preferred. Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in City/County administration, or comparable private sector experience. Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES To ensure that all terms and conditions imposed in favor of the Village, or its inhabitants in any public utility franchise, are faithfully kept and performed; and upon knowledge of any violation thereof to call the same to the attention of the Village Council. To supervise the management and control of all public utilities owned by the Village and be charged with the management and operations of all public works and departments in accordance with the ordinances or resolutions of the Village Council. To be responsible for the supervision of all departments of the Village and to see that the laws and ordinances of the Village are enforced. To attend all meetings of the Village Council and of its committees, if requested, with the right to take part in the discussion but without having a vote, and to file at the regular meetings of the Village Council in each month, a report of the Village Manager's actions during the preceding month in a form as directed by vote of the Village Council. To recommend to the Council for adoption such measures as the Village Manager may deem necessary or expedient in the interests of the Village, to keep the Village Council fully advised as to the financial condition and needs of the Village, and to submit for its consideration an annual budget. To appoint, and when deemed necessary for the good of the Village, suspend or remove any Village employee and/or department head provided for, by, or under the Charter, or by ordinance, except as otherwise provided by Florida law, the Charter or personnel rules adopted by ordinance or resolution. The Village Manager may authorize any department head to exercise these powers with respect to subordinates in that department. To direct and manage the activities of all Village staff in protecting the lives and property of Village residents during periods of natural or man-made disaster or civil strife, whenever such emergency might occur. To act as purchasing agent for the Village; authorized to make all purchase of supplies and to approve all purchase orders for the payment of same. In the capacity of purchasing agent, the Village Manager shall conduct all sales of personal property that the Council may authorize to be sold as having become unnecessary or unfit for Village use. All purchases and sales shall conform to such regulations as the Village Council may from time to time prescribe. To make contracts on behalf of the Village for the furnishing of materials and performance of labor; provided, however, that no such contract shall obligate the Village for a sum greater than allowed by ordinance, and provided, further, that such contracts shall be presented to the Village Council at the next regular meeting after the execution or awarding thereof for action thereon by the Village Council. To prepare and submit to the Village Council, within ninety (90) days after the close of each fiscal year, a complete report of the operation and business of the Village for the preceding fiscal year. Necessary Knowledge Skills and Abilities Theory, principles, practices and techniques of organization design and development, long-range planning, public administration, public financing, municipal budgeting, financial administration, program and policy formulation. Excellent knowledge of applicable state and federal laws and regulations governing the administration and operations of a municipal agency. Demonstrated experience in thinking strategically and designing multiple ways to accomplish goals; a solutions provider with analytical troubleshooting and decision-making skills. Proven skills in working successfully with a diverse individuals and groups with strong facilitation and collaboration competence. Well-honed conflict resolution skills. Demonstrated strength in creating relationships built on trust and integrity. Sound principles and practices of personnel management and labor management relations. Sound techniques of effective public relations and principles and practices of sound business communications. Demonstrated experience in program and project management. Technical competence with Microsoft software suite of products Excellent oral and written communication skills and leadership practices Deadline: Open until filled.