City Manager, Oberlin, OH

City Manager, Oberlin, OH

Salary: $120,000 +/- depending on qualifications and experience.

Closing: June 17, 2016



The City

oberlin oh logoOberlin, OH (pop. 8,286) Founded concurrently with Oberlin College in 1833, Oberlin is known for its rich and diverse history of progressive thought, innovation and social activism. Located 35 miles southwest of Cleveland in Lorain County, Oberlin seeks visionary, collaborative candidates skilled in communications and relationship building for its City Manager position.

Oberlin values its racial, ethnic, economic and religious diversity as well as its leadership in the current environmental movement having developed a Climate Action Plan that calls for greenhouse gas reduction targets of 75% by 2030 and 100% by 2050.

Named by Smithsonian magazine as one of the “Top 20 Best Small Towns to Visit”, the Oberlin community is family oriented with excellent schools, a year round Farmer’s Market and numerous community celebrations and observances. Oberlin College adds significantly to the community’s cultural opportunities including more than 400 musical concerts to choose from each year, numerous speakers and the internationally recognized Allen Memorial Art Museum, home to more than 11,000 works of art.

The City is a full service community including finance, planning and development, police, fire, public works, cemetery, recreation, water utility, wastewater utility and an electric utility that is 87% carbon free. In addition to a vibrant downtown business community, Oberlin has an industrial park and several other pockets of economic development activity. The City has a total budget of $38 million and 110 full time and 30 part time employees. The City Manager is appointed by the City Council. Council members are elected every two years on a non partisan basis and may serve for five consecutive terms. Council members elect a Council President and Vice President from among the Council.


oberlin signIdeal Candidate

Candidates will be expected to have a strong background in consensus building, citizen engagement and a record for positive and productive relationships with the business community. In addition, candidates should have demonstrable experience in the delivery of efficient and effective services that focus on customer relations. The ideal candidate will be a skilled negotiator with experience in municipal management in a community with a college, university or other large institution or corporation.

Additional skills include well developed management and leadership abilities, financial management, economic development and collective bargaining. The position requires a master’s degree along with 10 years of progressive executive level city management profession experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the skills and abilities necessary to perform the job. Candidates must possess an approachable, welcoming style with the community and staff, and a genuine desire to be visible and engaged with all members of the community. A collaborative, team-oriented management style is essential. Residency in Oberlin is strongly desired.



Candidates should apply by June 17, 2016 with résumé, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references to Heidi Voorhees at Tel: 847-380- 3243. Equal Opportunity Employer.