City Administrator


Job Details

  • Job Function: Chief Administrator (City, County, Town Manager)
  • Credential: Preferred
  • Salary: $146,923 - $205,692. DOQ
  • Position Type: Full Time
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  • Form of Government: Council-Manager


The world’s sunniest city is seeking a new City Administrator! The City of Yuma is nestled in the southwestern corner of Arizona, with a population of approximately 100,000 that nearly doubles during the winter. The former City Administrator retired in April after nine years of service.

Appointed by the Mayor and City Council, the City Administrator serves as the chief administrative officer and implements council policies, provides organizational leadership for department directors and employees, and oversees the day-to-day business of government operations. The Administrator also prepares the annual budget and capital improvement program and recommends operational and policy improvements.

The City Administrator leads a team of 1,137 full- and part-time employees and has 13 direct reports including the Deputy City Administrator, City Attorney, City Clerk, Police Chief, Fire Chief, Public Works Director, Utilities Director, City Engineer, Parks and Recreation Director, Community Development Director, Finance Director, Information Technology Services Director, and Human Resources Director.

The City of Yuma is looking for an experienced local government professional who is a transformational leader with a collaborative management style. He or she demonstrates a high level of integrity, is an effective communicator and consensus builder, and is experienced working with governing bodies.

The ideal candidate has strong organizational leadership skills. He or she can create an environment of trust and is skilled in implementing organizational and cultural change. The City Administrator leads a team of accomplished professionals and is fully invested in their continued success. The ideal candidate provides staff support and direction while challenging them to think creatively.

The City Administrator works effectively with the Mayor and Council, is responsive to their requests, and provides them with accurate and timely information, candid advice on difficult issues, and professional recommendations. The ideal candidate focuses on solving problems creatively and demonstrates sound judgment and exceptional decision-making skills.

The next Administrator is a relationship builder who is inclusive and unbiased. He or she successfully works with diverse groups of individuals and organizations and builds trust throughout the community, region, and organization.

The ideal candidate is a strong communicator who can engage successfully with different audiences and is resilient and calm in the face of controversy. This person has a background in community outreach and civic engagement and understands the importance of not only providing the public accurate and timely information but in being accessible, responsive, and transparent.

Yuma’s next City Administrator has a background in municipal budgeting, is fiscally conservative, and can clearly articulate and explain the budget to diverse audiences. This person is experienced and knowledgeable in the areas of strategic planning, human resources, and economic development. The Administrator has excellent community and intergovernmental relations skills and brings best practices in local government service delivery and governance to Yuma.

The ideal candidate fully appreciates Yuma’s rich history and has a vision for moving the organization forward. He or she understands the importance of preserving the community’s identity and history while planning and preparing for its future. The City Administrator is fully invested and committed to Yuma’s continued success.

The minimum requirements for this position include a bachelor’s degree in public administration, political science, business management, finance, or a closely related field and seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in a local government or an organization of comparable complexity.

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree in public administration or related field and at least three (3) years’ experience in a senior management (department head or higher) position. ICMA-CM designation or pursuit of ICMA-CM designation is preferred.

A demonstrated success in the areas of strategic planning, community and civic engagement, consensus building, negotiation, and financial management/budgeting; experience working in an agricultural and/or military community; and an understanding of the unique issues facing a border community are also preferred.

The City Administrator must reside within city limits.

The expected salary range is $146,923 to $205,692, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package.

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume with salary history. Open until filled with the first review of applications on August 30, 2019.

Please direct questions to Jennifer Reichelt at or 513-221-0500.

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