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Assistant City Manager


Listing Summary

The City of Spartanburg is a dynamic rapidly evolving progressive city in Upstate SC experiencing robust urban revitalization while attacking its longstanding challenges with innovative collaborative strategies.  We are seeking to augment a stable and trusted senior management team with the addition of an experienced, talented, and creative local government professional.

The ideal candidate is a strong local government generalist who enjoys working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment on challenging projects. Reflecting a proactive attitude, the successful professional will be a team player adept at collaborating with City staff, elected officials and community partners to address critical needs. Sufficient years of progressively responsible experience managing work activities and projects, typically as a department head or deputy director, and a Bachelor’s degree, with major coursework in public administration or related field are expected.  This is a new position joining an established and flexible leadership team.  The portfolio of the new Assistant City Manager will be finalized upon selection of the most capable candidate.  The new ACM will provide leadership to a number of departments and develop new responses to challenges related to the growth and evolution of the City.

The City of Spartanburg is governed by a Council-Manager form of government. Within this framework, the City's residents elect a seven-member City Council.  The Mayor is elected Citywide.  Six Councilmembers are elected from single member districts on staggered four-year terms. The Council provides community leadership and develops policies to guide the delivery of services. The Council appoints the City Manager who serves as chief executive of the City and ensures that the Council's policies are properly executed. The Council also appoints the City Attorney and the Municipal Judge.  The City Manager appoints and removes all employees in the administrative service of the City. The City Manager’s Office directs the daily activities of the City, overseeing a budget of $50 million and a team of 420 employees.

Minimum Education

Bachelor's degree in Public Administration or related field.  Master's degree in Public Administration or related field preferred.

Minimum Experience

At least ten (10) years of progressively responsible executive management level experience in a municipal or county government. A combination of private and public sector experience would be a plus.

The ideal ACM candidate will be able to think strategically and will exercise considerable initiative and independent judgment. He or she will be a creative thinker and a visionary leader as well as a person who understands responsibility and accountability. The position requires strong organizational, technical, leadership and management skills. The successful candidate will be experienced in developing and implementing important process improvements. This is a highly visible position which demands excellent communication, presentation, and negotiation abilities. The Assistant City Manager must be a person of impeccable professional and personal integrity.

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