Windsor Heights, Iowa (pop. 5,252) – The City of Windsor Heights is seeking applications from analytical, communicative, and collaborative leaders interested in becoming its next City Administrator. Windsor Heights is a full-service municipality located within the Des Moines Metropolitan Area which consists of over 700,000 people throughout six counties in central Iowa. Windsor Heights is situated just minutes from Downtown Des Moines, the Des Moines International Airport, and countless shopping, recreation, and entertainment venues.
The residents of Windsor Heights enjoy a full range of outstanding municipal services along with excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, and abundant recreation and leisure time opportunities. The City’s boundaries touch four (4) other communities including Des Moines, Urbandale, West Des Moines, and Clive. The City was incorporated in 1941 and takes its name from early settler Henry Clay Windsor. Today, Windsor Heights is home to 5,200 residents and over 150 businesses.
Through careful and conservative fiscal stewardship, the City enjoys an enviable financial position with strong fund reserves while maintaining competitive local tax rates. Many residents of Windsor Heights are employed by one of several major regional employers including Wells Fargo (13,500 employees); Hy-Vee (6,800); Principal Insurance (6,500); UnityPoint Healthcare (5,850); Amazon (3,500); Nationwide Insurance (3,300); and John Deere (3,280). The economy in the Des Moines metropolitan region is extremely robust, evidenced by an 18.6% overall population increase from 2010 to 2021.
The City of Windsor Heights operates under a Home Rule charter and has adopted the Mayor-Council form of government. The City is governed by a six (6) member City Council consisting of the Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem, and four Council Members, all of which are elected at-large to four year overlapping terms.
The City has a $18.83 million annual budget and employs 30 FTE’s. The City provides a full range of traditional municipal services including Police, Fire/EMS, Public Works, Parks & Recreation, Finance, Legal, City Clerk, Planning, Code Enforcement, and Economic Development. The City has no in-house public utilities as water, wastewater, and energy services are provided to the community by external organizations.
The Mayor and Council appoint a City Administrator to oversee the day-to-day affairs of the municipality. The City Administrator is responsible for providing recommendations on all policy matters to the City Council. The City Administrator is also responsible for appointing and supervising all senior staff, except for the Chief of Police who is appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council. However, the Chief of Police is supervised and directed by the City Administrator.
The Mayor and Council are hoping to attract applicants to the position with the following skills, talents, and personal attributes:
- Effective decision-maker. Able to exercise good independent judgement.
- Exceptional leadership and managerial traits.
- Outstanding analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal.
- Positive and effective ambassador and collaborator with residents, businesses, external agencies, staff, elected officials, and all other community stake holders.
At a minimum, qualified applicants for the position should possess a bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, finance, urban planning, public policy, or some other related field of study. A master’s degree in public administration or a related field is preferred but not required. Qualified applicants are also expected to have at least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in a senior management position including experience in developing and administering operating and capital budgets, economic development, and human resource management. The ideal applicants will have municipal managerial experience in a small community that lies within a larger metropolitan area.
The starting annual salary range for the position is $130,000 to $150,000 DOQ/E. In addition, the City provides an outstanding array of fringe benefits. Relocation assistance will be negotiated with the successful candidate. Residency within the corporate limits of Windsor Heights is encouraged but not required.
The position will remain open until filled, and applications will be reviewed and evaluated as they are received. It is, therefore, important that interested candidates submit their application materials as soon as possible. To apply for the position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for five (5) professional references. All application materials must be submitted on-line. If you have any questions, please contact Mark R. Peterson, Vice President, GovHR USA at (309) 825-5091.
The City of Windsor Heights is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled