PJ Greufe & Associates is pleased to announce the recruitment and selection process for City Manager for the City of Dixon, Illinois. Additional information about this position, application questions and the application form can be found on the City’s web site: https://www.discoverdixon.org/departments/city-administration/job-postings/city-manager.html
Candidates interested in applying for the position should submit their resume, cover letter, application, questionnaire along with contact information for five work-related references by 4:30PM September 8, 2017 to email@example.com. Questions regarding this opportunity should be directed to the Executive Recruiter working with the City of Dixon.
Paul Greufe, Executive Recruiter PJ Greufe & Associates, LLC Davenport, IA Phone: (563) 271-7561 Formal applications should be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Candidates must have a bachelor's degree in public administration, business administration, public policy or a related field. A Master's degree (MPA or MBA) or other advanced degree is strongly desired.
Candidates should have five to seven responsible years of executive experience in a manager or Assistant Manager position in a community of comparable size and complexity to Dixon.
Candidates should have strong economic development skills and knowledge of planning, land use, zoning and community development. Candidates should have experience with Tax Increment Financing (TIF) projects and the ability to think creatively, secure "outside" monies and negotiate effectively on the City's behalf.
Candidates should have a strong understanding of municipal government and municipal service delivery models. A particular emphasis on public works operations would be desired.
Candidates must have a strong public sector financial background, understanding municipal revenue sources and their impact on municipal budgets and taxpayers.
Candidates must have experience in long-range and strategic planning, working collaboratively with elected officials, community and business leaders, and residents to develop thoughtful plans that reflect the City’s history, culture and heritage.
Candidates must have successful personnel management and labor relations (Police, Fire and Public Works unions) experience including contract negotiation, grievance processes and promotion and discipline in a unionized environment, with a record for fairness in dealing with all employees.
Candidates must have knowledge in long-range capital improvement programming and financing, with particular focus on the maintenance and improvement of an aging infrastructure. Knowledge of state and federal programs to assist in infrastructure improvements is important.
Candidates must be experienced in dealing with public and media relations, capable of openly and honestly articulating the City’s municipal policy position to residents and the media, community groups and organizations; appreciating the need for regular and prompt communication of information to these groups, following a policy of full disclosure in public presentations.
Located along the scenic Rock River in northwestern Illinois, Dixon is a thriving community of 16,000, and serves as the county seat of Lee County. At the hub of four major highways and one interstate, Dixon is the economic center of the county and an important focus for agriculture, industry, service, retail, recreation and residential growth.
Dixon has a thriving downtown with a growing smal...l business community. The downtown hosts many events throughout the year that draw tourists from other communities.
Dixon, Illinois is a regional employment hub. The vibrant city is part of two fast-growing distribution and ware-housing and food processing districts. One is I-88 WEST and the other is the I-39 Logistics Corridor. The biggest industries are healthcare and government. Healthcare employs over 1,700, while government jobs approach 1,500. Dixon has many industries employing thousands of the region’s residents.
Dixon has shaped the character of two American presidents, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. It was a major trade route before and after the Civil War. One of the parks was designed by the Olmsted brothers, who helped design Chicago’s Columbian Exposition and New York’s Central Park, and six miles down the road the first modern day plow was invented by a gentleman named John Deere. In Dixon, history is as close as a walk down the street.
Dixon is a community that thrives on the outdoor experience. The city boasts of 25 beautiful parks that are covered with abundant hiking and biking opportunities and another five state parks and forest preserves are within a 15 minute drive. Sitting majestically on the Rock River, Lowell Park offers 200 acres of refuge from the clamor of modern day life. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Lowell Park is where Ronald Reagan served as lifeguard for seven summers, saving several lives during his employment.
The Park District owns more than 1,100 acres of beautiful land including two historic parks that were platted in 1842. The parks range from Lowell Park's 200 acres, to rural Meadows Park which encompasses 567 acres of recreational opportunities with natural areas and farm land, to the neighborhood parks located throughout the city. Lee County, of which Dixon is the County Seat, is full of recreational areas and campgrounds. Within 17 miles of the city there are over 7,000 campsites. Chicago-land residents come in droves in summer weekends, adding 20,000 people to the population.