Bethel, AK (pop 6,300) has been a fiscally conservative driven community placing value on keeping the financial stability of the community at the forefront of their capital planning and growth. The total budget for 2022-2023 including all funds is about $31 million with a general fund budget of around $15.3 million. The city currently has 100 FTE employees. The position vacancy is due to the city manager retirement.

The City of Bethel is seeking an experienced open-minded leader who instills trust and confidence through dynamic leadership. The successful candidate will demonstrate creative problem-solving through teamwork, partnerships, sound judgement, and decision-making. The City Manager oversees multiple projects and deadlines. The individual must be a strong communicator, detail oriented, technologically savvy and outcome driven.

The candidate must appreciate Bethel's history and work on moving the organization forward while preserving the community's culture and identity. The candidate will present experience in community outreach and civic engagement and understand the importance of providing the public with accurate and timely information.

Education and Experience 

A bachelor’s degree in public administration, public policy, business or related field and a master’s in public/business administration from an accredited college or university is preferred along with extensive progressively responsible experience (5 to 7 years) in local government management, including significant experience at a senior level interacting with elected officials and stakeholder groups. Experienced assistants and/or deputy managers/administrators are also encouraged to apply. Alaska experience is preferred.

The starting salary range for the position is $135,295-$168,965, DOQ. The city offers an outstanding fringe benefit package including low-cost health, dental and vision, and generous leave. Residence within the City is required. The city will provide relocation assistance, temporary housing assistance, and temporary take-home vehicle use.  
The position will remain open until filled and candidates should apply at once, but no later than November 10, 2023.  Candidates should apply online with resume, cover letter and contact information for five work-related references to the attention of Sarah McKee, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA, Tel: 847-380-3240 ext. 120.  
The City of Bethel is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Diversity and inclusion are critical to their success. They seek to recruit the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool and strongly encourage all qualified candidates to apply.  

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Posted: 2023-10-12

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