Executive Director, League of Oregon Cities

The Mercer Group, Inc. Published: July 12, 2017



This is an outstanding opportunity to become Executive Director of a visionary, highly respected, organization that represents and provides services to all 241 Oregon cities. The current Executive Director has announced his retirement effective August 18, 2017, and will be leaving an eleven year legacy of very successful service in the position. The Executive Director will lead and manage a talented and very capable staff in advocating for the membership’s policy goals and delivering a broad range of highly-valued services to member cities.

The League of Oregon Cities is governed by a 15 member Board of Directors, composed of 13 elected and 2 appointed officials (plus one non-voting appointed official) from across the state. Past Presidents who still hold elected office are non-voting ex-officio members of the Board. The League is highly regarded for its legislative and legal advocacy, research, educational programs and resources, and professional staff. The League continuously innovates and adds or improves member resources and services.

Appointed by the Board, the Executive Director plans, organizes, directs and controls all activities, operations, fiscal activities and staffing of the League. He or she is responsible for the formulation, direction and coordination of programs, policies and activities affecting cities. The Executive Director exercises leadership, sound management principles and creativity in advancing the League’s policies and objectives. The Executive Director must maintain effective internal and external relationships. The Executive Director also serves as a voting member of the boards of directors of City County Insurance Services and the Local Government Personnel Institute, organizations formed by the League with the Association of Oregon Counties.

The position serves at the pleasure of the LOC Board of Directors and functions within policies set forth by the Board. The League has 20 full-time employees and an annual operating budget of $3.3 million.

The ideal candidate should have a Master’s degree or equivalent in public or business administration, management, public policy analysis, or a related field. A juris doctorate degree meets this requirement. He or she should also have at least 10 years of highly responsible experience as a city manager/administrator, elected official or city attorney (or equivalent) in a moderately complex city environment, or in a senior leadership position within a private entity, nonprofit association, or governmental organization, or some combination of these.

The starting salary for the new Executive Director will be market competitive depending upon the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate. In addition, a competitive benefits package will be provided.

The position is open until filled. Review of resumes will begin on August 22, 2017.

For additional information on this outstanding opportunity or to apply, please contact:

Jim Miller, Senior Vice President

The Mercer Group, Inc.

2119 Lake Augusta Drive

Mendota Heights, MN 55120


Recruitment profile available at: www.mercergroupinc.com


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