City of Talent Oregon / Employment Opportunities

Posting Number: 
Job Title: City Manager
Closing date: 06/25/2018
Closing time: 05:00 PM
Job Class: Full Time
Job Hours: Salaried
Salary: $90,000-100,000/year
Description: City Manager - City of Talent, OR
$90,000 - $110,000 DOQ

Please submit cover letter, resume, answers to supplemental questions, and completed City Employment Application to:
Attn: Talent City Manager Recruitment​

The City
The City of Talent is looking for talent! We are a dynamic small town with big goals and aspirations that is entering into an energetic new growth phase, particularly in the areas of land use, environmental sustainability and economic development. We are recruiting for a City Manager who is perfectly suited to collaboratively guide us into the future as Talent secures its place as a regional hub of innovation in our idyllic Rogue Valley. Talent enjoys an engaged and well-connected community with a strong network of volunteers who are dedicated to supporting the City and its citizens. In recent decades, many retirees as well as younger workers and their families have been attracted to the Valley, with its wonderful quality of life, magnificent setting, and small town feel. Talent, located in Jackson County, has approximately 6,500 residents and represents economic diversity at its best.

Talent was first settled in the 1880’s as part of the predominantly agricultural economy in the Rogue Valley; today it is a thriving community. Downtown Talent is a compact and walkable community. It boasts a coffee shop, an indoor-outdoor brewpub, several other eateries, live theater, a grocery store, and a Friday evening Farmer’s Market during summer months. There are frequent cultural/community events, such as the Harvest Festival and Dia de los Muertos Race. The area is highly accessible by a variety of transportation modes including regional bus service. It is less than a mile from I-5, providing quick access throughout the entire Rogue Valley. Talent is six miles north of Ashland, home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Medford is about eight miles to the north.

Talent is part of the Phoenix Talent School District. Talent Elementary has been recognized by the State as a “Model School,” putting it in the top 10% of schools in Oregon. In addition, the District’s High School (Phoenix High School) has received a “Silver” award from US News & World Reports in its recognition of the best High Schools in the country. Talent’s family-oriented community also enjoys an Outdoor Discovery Program for grades K through five and a Boys & Girls Club. Rogue Community College has campuses in Medford, White City, and Grants Pass. Southern Oregon University, the region’s only four-year institution of higher education, is located a few minutes away in Ashland.

The Government
The City of Talent has a Council-Manager form of government where the City Manager is appointed by the City Council.
“Exciting times are upon us in Talent. Economic development is booming with new downtown businesses and restaurants. We have developed strong bonds with local groups, such as Talent Maker City, which brings innovation and development to Talent. We’ve taken land use issues and turned them into solutions with collaboration between staff, Council, and the Planning Commission. We have a strong volunteer base that has grown from our authentic efforts of community engagement and outreach. Communication between staff and the City Council is at an all-time high from direct efforts of collaboration. These are exciting times in Talent, and I have never been more proud than this moment of being the Mayor of this city.” ~ Mayor Ayers-Flood

General Roles and Responsibilities
The position of Talent City Manager is established in the City Charter to execute all administrative tasks of the City Council. The City Manager also plans, organizes, and directs City operations through subordinate department heads, including the financial and personnel activities of the City; provides assistance to the Mayor and Council in developing, enacting, and administering City policies, laws, and programs; prepares and administers the City budget; demonstrates history of successful and collaborative working relationships with stakeholders as well as solution-oriented problem-solving skills; and performs other work and special assignments, including serving as the Executive Director of the Talent Urban Renewal Agency. The City Manager is a single position classification. The incumbent serves as the chief administrative officer for the City and the principal staff person to the Mayor and the City Council.

Position Benefits
Fully-paid, including dependent coverage*
90% coverage / 10% co-pay
Family deductible | $450
Out-of-pocket maximum | $1,150
HRA VEBA account | $55/mo (employer)
*In future, may require employee contribution of 5% of premium costs

Administration | 8 hours/mo
Sick Leave Accrual | 8 hours/mo
Vacation Accrual:
0-24 mos | 80 hours/yr
25-60 mos | 96 hours/yr
61-120 mos | 120 hours/yr
Paid Holidays |10/year + one floating holiday

Life insurance | $20,000
City-issued cell phone

Background Requirements
Education: A Bachelor’s degree with major coursework in public administration, business administration, finance, or a closely related field. A Master’s degree is highly desirable.
 A minimum of ten (10) years of public sector administrative/management experience, including at least one (1) year of experience as a chief administrative officer for a government agency.
 Any satisfactory equivalent combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the job proficiently may substitute for the above requirements.
Skills and Performance Standards
The ideal candidate will possess experience managing in a municipal government that is similar to or larger than the City of Talent. Also desirable are real estate transaction experience, experience implementing and ensuring compliance in environmental policies and practices, and a genuine interest in the understanding of environmental issues, relevant legislation, and renewable energy sources.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of:
• Advanced, modern, and highly complex principles and practices of
municipal government.
• City administration and functions, including organizational and economic development functions and services.
• Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.
• Principles of effective public relations and the interrelationships with community groups, public agencies, private businesses, firms, and other levels of government.
• Current social, political, and economic trends, as well as operating problems of municipal government.
• Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
• Principles and practices of employee selection, supervision, training, and professional development.
• All aspects of City government operations including: finance, labor relations, personnel, police, fire, land use, and real estate negotiations.

Skill and Ability to:
• Provide strong and respectful leadership while coordinating the activities of a city organization.
• Serve effectively as the administrative agent of a city council.
• Select, supervise, and evaluate assigned staff, including senior managers.
• Interpret and apply a wide variety of complex laws, rules, and regulations.
• Analyze, interpret, summarize, and present administrative and technical information and data in an effective manner.
• Communicate well, both orally and in writing.
• Establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
• Manage environmental performances and reporting information for internal staff, clients, and regulatory bodies.

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