City Manager, The City of Hillsboro

  • Hillsboro, OR, USA
Full Time Government Management

Job Description

The Opportunity

The City Manager serves as the top executive officer of the City and reports to the Mayor and Council. The new City Manager actively engages with the Council and senior leadership team to review and evaluate organizational initiatives and to facilitate strategies to proactively address issues, resolve problems, and promote organizational effectiveness. The successful candidate provides comprehensive management and leadership to ensure all City services and infrastructure are delivered in a creative, collaborative, equitable, sustainable, and effective manner.


With empathy and compassion, the City Manager sets the tone for the organization and brings a sense of calm and stability, while continuing to steadily drive towards innovation. A true champion of diversity, equity, and inclusion, the City Manager is viewed as a strategic leader and thoughtful manager with the right amount of passion, patience, and heart to move the organization forward. The City Manager leads and empowers staff, promoting a culture that embraces change for the better, and genuinely encourages and supports collaboration. This person values public service and believes in advancing equitable programs and initiatives. The City Manager also recognizes the importance of developing strategic partnerships including strong partnerships and relationships with social justice and social service providers.


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About the City of Hillsboro

While greatly respecting tradition, Hillsboro is unlike a traditional City government. It is a financially conservative, yet innovative and forward-thinking, full-service City. Hillsboro takes pride in being open, entrepreneurial, and cooperative in serving residents, community members, businesses, and community partners. Success to Hillsboro means working together to provide excellent municipal services and plan for a bright future for the community.


Bold and optimistic, Hillsboro is growing rapidly and with a purpose — to be the best City government in the universe. The City strives to be the public employer of choice, and employees continually look for opportunities to create the best working environment. Hillsboro is more than a city government. It is a set of values and personality traits that reflect the spirit of the community.


The City of Hillsboro enjoys a reputation of excellence in its long-term strategic and fiscal planning. With a FY 2018-19 adopted budget of $714,081,797, the City is served by 789 full-time and 478 part-time/temporary employees who work in 12 City departments: the City Manager’s Office, Community Development, Economic Development, Finance, Fire & Rescue, Human Resources, Information Services, Library, Parks & Recreation, Police, Public Works, and Water.



The City Manager understands and appreciates public service, providing quality of life services and, above all, values a sense of community. Demonstrated, high-level managerial experience and the ability to work closely with elected officials is essential. An exceptional ability to develop effective partnerships is required. An understanding of economic development, land use, and planning is ideal. Labor relations experience with a history of supporting public safety services is essential. An appreciation for technology, data and analytics, and smart city initiatives is valuable. Prior experience working in a growing, diverse community is highly valued. Bilingual abilities are beneficial.


The successful candidate has a combination of skills and education that enable success as Hillsboro’s City Manager, such as a master’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, or a closely related field, and 10 years related experience, including 5 years progressively responsible municipal management experience. The City Manager brings a broad and diverse background into public service, ideally a leadership role in a full-service City. The successful candidate embraces Hillsboro’s culture and adheres to and delivers on the values and mission of the City.


To Be Considered

Cover letters expressing your interest in the City of Hillsboro and how you would succeed in the role should be addressed to Heather Gantz. Please submit your resume and cover letter via Waldron’s Candidate Web Portal. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, and no later than June 30, 2019.


$193,000 - $224,000