Mansfield is seeking a Town Manager to preserve the Town's sophisticated small town character, provide economic vitality for the community, and ensure that principles of sustainability guide zoning and development in the upcoming years. This vibrant and diverse community is known for its excellent public schools, community-wide events, parks and preserves, protected open spaces, agriculture, responsive and professional government, and being home to the main campus of the University of Connecticut. Mansfield has an inclusive and progressive government with stable leadership and an engaged community.
The Town Manager is appointed by and is responsible to the Council for the supervision, direction, and administration of all departments, agencies, and offices. The Town Manager is responsible for making recommendations to the Town Council concerning the affairs of the Town and facilitating the work of the Town Council in developing policy, preparing and submitting the annual budget to Council, and assisting the Council in the development of long-term goals for the Town and strategies to implement such goals. The Town Manager is also responsible for encouraging and providing staff support for regional and intergovernmental cooperation and promoting partnerships among Council, staff, and citizens in developing public policy and building a sense of community. In addition, the Town Manager serves as the Director of Public Safety, the Personnel Officer, and the legal Traffic Authority.
The Town Manager directly supervises the following eleven department heads: Assistant Town Manager, Director of Public Works, Town Clerk, Director of Building Maintenance, Library Director, Director of Building and Housing Inspection, Director of Planning and Development, Human Services Director, Fire Chief, Director of Finance, and the Director of Parks and Recreation. The Town Manager also works regularly with the Director of the Mansfield Downtown Partnership, Animal Control Officer, Director of Information Technology, Resident Trooper Sergeant, and Director of Health.
The position is open after the previous Town Manager accepted another career opportunity in the local government management field. He was employed by the Town for over 17 years; in the last 10 years, he served as Town Manager.
The position requires a bachelor's degree and seven years' progressively responsible experience in a local government, including supervision and executive level management (manager/administrator, assistant manager/administrator, or key department director). Preferred qualifications include a master's degree in public administration or a closely related field, an ICMA-Credentialed Manager designation and experience in a college or university community. Strong fiscal management, labor relations, economic development, and regional and intergovernmental expertise are also preferred. Residency is required within a reasonable timeframe after appointment to the position.
The expected hiring range is $140,000 - 155,000 depending on experience and qualifications, with an excellent benefit package.
Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at thenovakconsultinggroup.com/jobs and will be kept confidential. Applicants first complete a brief online form and then are prompted to provide one document (Word or PDF) that has a cover letter, resume with salary history, and a list of 3-5 professional references. Open until filled with first review of applications September 26, 2017.
The Novak Consulting Group is managing this recruitment. The Novak Consulting Group provides executive search, facilitation and strategic planning, and organizational assessment and optimization to local governments and nonprofit organizations nationwide.