City Manager Recruitment
Due to COVID-19 related concerns and considerations, the active review of applications by the Governing Body (Mayor and City Council) has been paused until fall 2020. Applications received prior to July 15, 2020, along with any applications submitted after this date, will be considered when the Governing Body resumes their review and subsequent scheduling of applicant interviews.
The City Manager Position
The City has a Council – Manager form of government. The Governing Body consists of a Mayor (full-time position) and six Council members, elected for staggered four-year terms. The City Manager is responsible for administering the day‐to‐day functions of the City with a staff of over 750 full‐time, part‐time, and seasonal employees. Responsibilities include oversight of all municipal services including; fire and rescue; police; public works; water and wastewater; parks and recreation; development services; libraries; economic development; and internal services. The City has a General Fund budget of $63 million with revenue primarily from gross receipts taxes (sales tax).
A Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Business, or a related field is required, and five to seven years of progressively responsible experience as a professional city manager, assistant city manager, or executive equivalent. The ideal candidate must have strong analytical skills, exceptional interpersonal skills, strong leadership and consensus building skills, effectiveness in working with management staff and elected officials with diverse backgrounds, and the ability to make difficult decisions. The successful candidate will also have specific experience in economic development, environmental needs, facilitation of sensitive personnel issues, and fiscal /budget management.
Compensation and Benefits
The salary range for the City Manager position is $165,000 to $195,000, depending on qualifications and experience. The following benefits are offered: medical and dental coverage (City pays 80% of premium), a basic life insurance policy worth 2x annual salary and long-term disability coverage (city pays 100% of premium), and other elective benefits such as vision coverage, flexible spending account, short-term disability, and supplemental life insurance coverage for self and family. Participation in the City’s pension plan through the Public Employee’s Retirement Association of New Mexico (PERA) is mandatory with the City paying 75% of the employee’s contribution, and enrollment in the City’s supplemental 457 retirement plan ICMA-RC is voluntary; PTO: 20 vacation days/year, 12 sick days/year, and 11 paid holidays. Relocation expenses subject to negotiation.
Qualified professionals should complete an application and provide a cover letter, detailed resume with salary history, and four work‐related references. The position is open until filled. First review of applications begins July 15, 2020. Pursuant to New Mexico law, applications for the City Manager position are available for public inspection upon request.