• Wayland, MA
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Town Manager, Wayland, MA (pop. 13,964) The Town of Wayland seeks a collaborative, experienced, and passionate professional to serve as its inaugural Town Manager. Located in Middlesex County just north of the Massachusetts Turnpike (17 miles from Boston and 28 miles from Worcester), Wayland’s total area is 15.9 square miles and contains 6,239 housing units (91% owner occupied and 9% rented)Widely regarded as one of the best places to raise a family in Massachusetts, Wayland offers residents a very safe environment, a sparce suburban feel, and an excellent school system. It is a full-service community where volunteers participate as elected and appointed members of various boards, committees, and commissions. 

Wayland reformed its government structure in 2022 from a Town Administrator to Town Manager. The newly created Town Manager serves as the Chief Administrative, Operating, and Financial Officer for the Town. Responsibilities include management of financial, administrative, and operational affairs, as well as providing organizational direction and leadership to all Town departments. The Town Manager directs, supervises, mentors, and evaluates the work performance of department heads and ensures the planning and retention of a diverse workforce with a focus on inclusive practices. The Town Manager is appointed by and reports to the Select Board

The successful candidate will have a combination of education and experience that demonstrates an ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position, including the following:

  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and the ability to establish strong working relationships with staff at all levels of the organization.  A leader who is accessible, approachable, and empathetic, and able to motivate staff and who truly understands and takes active interest in the work that is being performed.
  • Public sector management experience, preferably as a manager or administrator; municipal experience in an organization of comparable size and complexity; and at least five years of leadership experience.
  • Experience with long-range capital improvement planning and financing, and state and federal programs to assist in infrastructure improvements, including the Massachusetts School Building Assistance Program.  
  • Experience with project management, housing affordability, intergovernmental and nonprofit partnerships, and environmentally and financially sustainable development.
  • A strong public sector financial background, understanding municipal revenue sources and their impact on municipal budgets and taxpayers. The job requires strong data presentation and business strategy skills, knowledge of internal controls, multiyear budgeting, and understanding trends in technology. 
  • Commitment and proven ability to attract and retain high-performing, diverse staff at all levels.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills necessary to communicate with the entire community using a variety of social media and local media tools.
  • A proven record of working collaboratively and effectively with an elected governing body, community leaders, staff, and residents to move projects forward and achieve goals established by the Town’s budget and other planning documents.
  • Experience working in a similar full-service town with community relations, financial management, public safety, public works, human resources management (including collective bargaining), community planning, library, recreation management, senior and youth issues, and other support services.
  • A bachelor’s degree with major course work in public or business administration, finance, economics, political science, public policy, or a related field. A MPA and designation as an ICMA-Credentialed Manager, or completion of the MMA – Suffolk Certificate in Local Government Leadership & Management or the MMA Suffolk Municipal Finance Management Programs is preferred. 
The Town of Wayland offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package for the Town Manager position.  Starting annual salary for the position is $175,000 to $225,000 +/- DOQ. The Town will consider a combination of education and experience that allows for successful performance in this role. Please submit résumé, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references by October 28, 2022Questions may be directed to Michael Jaillet at 781-760-3658. 

The Town of Wayland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Deadline: October 28, 2022

Posted: 2022-10-11

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