City manager qualifications released

May 13, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Portsmouth City Council has announced the requirements; the key competencies; the position summary and job responsibilities. The city manager of Portsmouth will serve as the chief executive officer of the city and the duties are established in the Ohio Revised Code (ORC 705.59)

When Portsmouth changes over from the present Mayor form of government to the Counci/City Manager form in January of 2014, the person hired for the job will be required to have a Bachelor’s Degree in public administration or related field required. However, it is preferred that person have a Masters Degree in public administration, planning or related field. It will be further preferred they have an ICMA credentialed manager certification.

Experience would include a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience, with five years of progressively more responsible government/city management experience; demonstrated experience in finance and budget operations; demonstrated experience in human resources management, employee and labor union relations, and contract negotiation management and staff resource allocation, and have demonstrated experience in economic development targeted in business recruitment, business retention and job creation.

Among the interpersonal skills, they must possess are strong demonstrated interpersonal and public relations skills necessary to provide leadership, to maintain positive internal and external relationships and to work cooperatively and effectively with members of the City Council and department representatives.

The city manager must frequently utilize standard office equipment, telephome and computer and occasionally must drive a vehicle.

There will also be essential physical and mental requirements. Among the physical requirements are “sedentary to light,” occasionally may carry up to 15 pounds; stands or walks one to four hours; sits three to five hours and drives up to three hours per day when traveling between department locations. Mental requirements are that the person holding the position must deal regularly with the public, making concise decisions that have an impact on the community and must be able to contend frequently with constituents, deadlines, irregular activity, changing schedules, working without the assistance of personnel; emergency and crisis management and concentration to detail.

Job responsibilities include being responsible for the oversight and management of the day-to-day operations of the city, ensure that all laws and ordinances are execute, attend all meetings of City Council where city manager attendance is required, appoint all officers and employees in the classified service of the city, and keeping Council fully advised of the financial condition of the city and its future needs. The responsibilities go on to say the city manager will be responsible for human resource management processes and employee/labor relations as well as prepare and submit to Council such reports as are required by Council.

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