Under general direction of the Mayor and City Council, plans, directs, controls, and coordinates all activities, programs, and services to carry out the efficient and economic operation of the City of St. George. City Manager responsibilities are for a manager form of city government. Responsible for the implementation and enforcement of all ordinances and regulations of the City, as well as all obligations granted by or to the City. Oversees and directs the professional management of the City’s departments and administrative affairs, including operations, personnel, future plans, and budgets. Directs interdepartmental and problem resolution initiatives.
Under general direction of the Mayor and City Council, formulates, establishes, administers, and directs the City’s financial and administrative strategy. Responsible for initiating, implementing, advancing, and measuring the effectiveness of city-wide strategic plans. This is a professional managerial position requiring expertise in all municipal functions.
This is an appointed, at-will position.
Essential Functions (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics. The list of tasks is illustrative only and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.)
• Accountable to the Mayor and City Council for the financial operations and administrative support for the City corporation, a multi-million dollar corporation providing municipal services for Southern Utah’s largest city. Acts as the City’s Chief Executive Officer.
• Develops operating strategies for the City. Leads and evaluates administrative and financial professionals involved with strategic planning, budget, policy formation, revenue generation, accounting and controls, investment and cash management, procurement, and property transactions. Presents various policy options and strategic plans to the Mayor and City Council for consideration. Develops policies, procedures, and processes as needed to implement the decisions of City Council.
• Oversees the development of short- and long-term plans to establish a climate for economic development within the City, ensuring a continuous flow of current revenues and creation of additional revenues and revenue sources. Monitors activities of Community Development staff and the Planning Commission. Oversees the development and maintenance of the City’s Master Plan. Monitors City growth making recommendations to the Mayor and City Council for new or expanded programs and directs the implementation of the approved programs.
• Manages the day-to-day operations and internal affairs of the City. Performs and directs research on issues, policies, and political developments; advises and apprises the Mayor and City Council as needed; approves recommendations for executive and administrative actions; makes recommendations for legislative actions; oversees internal investigations; and examines books, records, and official papers of all offices, departments, agencies, boards, or commissions of the City as needed to ensure the integrity of operations and to prevent impropriety.
• Directs City operations through subordinate department heads. Oversees, evaluates results, and rates performance of the City’s executive staff. Coordinates city-wide management activities and facilitates implementation strategies. Monitors program success to determine continuance or discontinuance. Coordinates department heads to implement changes in City policy and processes. Apprises the Mayor and City Council of emergencies. Monitors and ensures compliance of staff functions with laws, ordinances, and ethical practice. Meets individually and in groups with department directors and outside agencies to oversee activities, resolve problems, and approve programs. Obtains Mayor and City Council approval of staff plans and programs where necessary, and keeps them informed of staff progress.
• Assumes responsibility, as Chief Executive Officer, for full and effective utilization of City personnel by establishing overall department objectives, priorities, and standards. Leads, assists, and advises department directors in the establishment of short- and long-term goals and projects. Serves as the final hiring authority for all non-exempt and most exempt City positions. Recruits for, and makes recommendations for department heads to the Mayor and City Council.
• Monitors Human Resources management activities related to advancement, discipline, and discharge. Leads, directs, and oversees hiring and recruiting, training and development, compensation, benefits, employee programs, employee and community relations, and the health and safety of over 800 employees. Communicates major programs to Mayor and the City Council and makes recommendations for, and obtains approval for, employee compensation and benefits.
• Ensures all City facilities and properties meet the criteria for safe use by the public. Responsible for the successful handling of citizen complaints and claims and all risk management functions.
• Oversees the functions of the Public Works Department and ensures the efficient implementation of engineering projects, the overall maintenance and new construction of City streets, and active transportation systems..
• Oversees the operations, maintenance, and development of the City-owned regional airport facility to assure safe and efficient operation.
• Oversees the functions of the Water and Power Departments. Ensures safe and continuing ample
power to the public through operation of the City’s municipal electrical utility system and facilities. Oversees and directs the construction of major projects and maintenance of current sources of the City’s water distribution and water treatment systems in order to provide ample safe water to the public, and compliance of the Wastewater Division to EPA and DEQ regulations.
• Oversees all Leisure Services activities, including the profitable operation of the City’s golf courses, recreation programs, and facilities, and the construction and maintenance of the City’s parks and trails programs to ensure the continuing functionality and beauty of the City.
• Responsible for public safety. Directly oversees the Fire Department and assists the Mayor in overseeing the Police Department.
• Responsible to achieve a multi-million dollar balanced budget. Directs the preparation of the annual City budget and capital improvement program and submits recommendations to the Mayor and City Council. Financial responsibilities include identifying impending fiscal difficulties and strategically planning for them; and ensuring operating policy and financial practices are optimal for meeting the City’s goals and objectives and are in keeping with laws, ordinances, ethics, and generally accepted standards. Also responsible to preserve the City’s financial integrity and ensure the City’s good standing with creditors, financial rating organizations, and government subsidy programs. Monitors overall fiscal activity of the City to ensure compliance with established budgets and apprises the Mayor and City Council regarding ongoing financial status of the City.
• Attends and/or conducts various City meetings and advises City boards and commissions. Prepares for and attends all meetings of the City Council, recommends measures deemed expedient, proposes alternatives and options, solicits legal responses and positions from the City Attorney, and participates in deliberations without the right to vote.
• Represents the City as directed by the Mayor and City Council. Participates in intergovernmental consortiums to establish mutual relationships and programs. Represents the interests of the City before federal, state, and county agencies and community organizations, and facilitates and participates in interagency, intergovernmental, and private enterprise programs on projects as needed.
• Develops State-of-the-City reports. Oversees the issuance of public statements to the press and responds to questions from the press related to City management, policies, procedures, administrative decisions, etc. Assumes responsibility for general public relations activities.
• Serves as arbitrator or adjudicator of complaints filed against or between City employees, departments, divisions, or services; negotiates to achieve mutually agreeable solutions; and oversees and decides on appropriate disciplinary actions when needed.
• Performs other duties as prescribed by state statute and the Mayor and City Council.
Typical Physical/Mental Demands/Working Conditions
Light physical effort in office environment. Intermittent sitting, standing, and walking. Frequent exposure to high-level stress as a result of human behavior.
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, organizational communication, finance, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
Experience: Ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in areas related to municipal budgeting, financial administration, management, or closely related area, of which five (5) years must have been in a supervisory and municipal administration background capacity.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Thorough knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques involved in the administration of a
municipal organization, including current public administration practices, budgeting, and public finance.
• Thorough knowledge of management theory, methods, and practices.
• Considerable knowledge of state and federal laws as they apply to city management practices and human resources management practices and procedures.
• Strong analytical, organization, and planning skills.
• Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
• Direct, motivate, and evaluate subordinates.
• Establish, maintain effective working relations, and deal tactfully with elected officials, department heads, subordinates, the public, and officials and employees of other jurisdictions.
• Work evenings and weekends as required to attend meetings and to meet deadlines.
• Cope with stress and fatigue caused by personal accountability for high impact decisions, balancing multiple conflicting priorities, and making decisions that are subject to criticism and social conflict.
Submit a completed City of St. George Employment Application online at careers.sgcity.org. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. This Position closes 12/05/2022 05:00 PM. Refer questions to Human Resources at 435-627-4670 or Mayor, Michele Randall at 435-627-4001. Pre-employment drug screening and criminal background screen are required. The City of St. George is an inclusive Equal Employment Opportunity employer that considers applicants without regard to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, age, disability or genetic information. We make reasonable efforts to provide reasonable accommodation to disabled candidates.