City Administrator for the City of Ashland, Oregon

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Position Information

Position Title City Administrator for the City of Ashland, Oregon
Posting Number 201200369
Organization City of Ashland, Oregon
Position Category City Government

Position Summary Information

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Job Description

(Salary Range is $132,552 – $161,118 DOQ/E; + Outstanding Benefits!)

A vibrant and historic community of 21,000 residents, Ashland is located near the south end of the Rogue Valley along Interstate 5 and is part of the cultural and economic heart of Southern Oregon. Just 16 miles north of the Oregon-California border and a little more than a two-hour drive west to the Pacific Ocean, Ashland is nestled in the foothills of the Siskiyou Mountains and is one of the most scenic and picturesque communities in the Pacific Northwest. The community’s rich cultural milieu includes the nationally-recognized Oregon Shakespeare Festival and a variety of other theater companies, art galleries, and music venues. Nearby recreational and outdoor amenities include lakes, mountain trails for hiking and biking, downhill skiing runs, and beautiful, historical Lithia Park, named by the American Planning Association as one of the top ten Great American Spaces. These outdoor and cultural riches attract well over 400,000 visitors annually. Ashland is also home to Southern Oregon University and a public school district consistently rated among the top 100 school districts in the nation. Ashland has managed to maintain a strong sense of community, in part because of the quality services it offers to its citizens.

The Mayor is elected for a four-year term and all six City Council members are elected at-large, for four-year overlapping terms. Other elected officials include the City Recorder, Municipal Court Judge, and the five-member Parks & Recreation Commission. The City of Ashland has historically been viewed in Oregon as a leader among communities, paving the way on issues, and taking an entrepreneurial approach in providing services to its residents. The City of Ashland employs 263 full-time personnel, with another 37 employees working for Parks & Recreation. The City’s 2017-19 biennial budget is approximately $286 million. The Mayor, with confirmation of the City Council, appoints a City Administrator and City Attorney. The City Administrator has responsibility for overseeing all City functions with the exception of the Parks Department, which reports to the Parks & Recreation Commission. The City Administrator recommends the appointment or removal of the City’s department directors, including Administrative Services and Finance, Community Development, Electric, Fire, Police, and Public Works. Because of the City’s longstanding commitment to an engaged citizenry, the staff also provides support to 21 advisory boards and commissions that consist of over 120 citizens.

Minimum Qualifications

The City of Ashland is seeking a leader that will be accessible, visible, and active in the community. The ability to establish an effective leadership team at the City and maintain a cooperative working relationship between the City and representatives of the community and business groups is essential. The ideal candidate will possess outstanding communication and strategic planning skills and have strong experience in municipal finance and budget. Candidates should be knowledgeable about the complexities associated with redevelopment, and possess a record of collaboration, transparency and integrity while working with elected officials, employees, and labor groups.

A bachelor’s degree in business, public administration or finance is required, and a master’s degree is highly desirable. A minimum of 10 years of public sector administrative and management experience is required; experience managing a municipal government similar or larger than Ashland in terms of budget complexity, scope of services, and staff resources is also desired. The City is hopeful the selected candidate will live within the City of Ashland.

Preferred Qualifications
Physical Requirements

Posting Detail Information

Open Date 03/23/2018
Close Date 04/25/2018
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Qualified candidates should click “Apply Now” at the link above, complete the application and upload their cover letter and resume.This position is open until filled; however, prospective candidates are encouraged to submit their application by the 1st review deadline of Wed., April 25. For more information, please contact Art Davis at or 816.868.7042.

The City of Ashland is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce! For more information, please visit at

Applicants selected as finalists for this position will be subject to a criminal history/credit/driver’s license check prior to the interview. Under Public Information statutes, information from your resume’ may be subject to public disclosure.

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  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
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