City Manager

City of University City, MO Published: July 3, 2017
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City Manager, University City, MO (pop. 35,172). A beautiful and historic inner-ring suburb of St. Louis adjacent to the renowned Washington University in St. Louis, University City is a unique urban community with a strong mix of cultural, ethnic, social and economic diversity.

Incorporated in 1906 by Edward Gardner Lewis, University City was established with a vision of being a city of culture and fine homes. In anticipation of the 1904 World’s Fair in neighboring Forest Park, Lewis in 1902 purchased the first 85 acres of what would become University City.

Proud of its historic sites as well as its solid and varied residential neighborhoods, today “U City” is a family-friendly, engaged community where residents enjoy the community’s suburban and pedestrian-friendly atmosphere. In University City, citizens boast availability to urban-style services and easy accessibility to the Greater St. Louis’s recreational and cultural activities.

The City is looking for a progressive, collaborative and transparent professional with strong communication skills. Work experience with a racially and economically diverse population and active citizenry is important. Town-Gown experience and a record of visibility in the community are highly valued. Proven financial expertise and HR skills are required.

The City has approximately 262 full-time and 220 part-time and seasonal employees, and an operating budget of more than $30 million (all funds). The City holds a AA+ bond rating (S&P), and a fund balance of nearly 34% of operating funds.

The position requires the following:

  • A minimum of a BA in public or business administration, public policy, urban affairs or related field; master’s degree in public administration, business administration or other advanced executive level training preferred.
  • 7-10 years of increasingly responsible municipal experience as a City Manager/City Administrator; Assistant Manager experience in a larger community considered. Membership in ICMA is essential.
  • Managerial, interpersonal and leadership skills to direct a City team serving an active and diverse community.

The Council/Manager form of government enjoys a long history and support in the community. Residency in the City is required. Starting salary range:  $150,000 – $160,000 +/- DOQ.  An excellent benefits package is also offered.

Candidates should apply by August 7, 2017 with cover letter, resume, and contact information for five professional references. To apply via mail send the required information to the attention of Lee Szymborski, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel:  847-380-3240. The City of University City is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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