Job post

City Manager

Salary Range: 
$109,521- $136,779

Ferndale, MI (pop. 20,428) – The City of Ferndale is located in southeast Oakland County, Michigan, offering an outstanding, unique and dynamic urban experience with easy access to major metropolitan areas and an international airport. Known for its award-winning downtown; community events; excellent housing options; and welcoming culture, the City of Ferndale is proud of the high quality of life it offers its residents. Ferndale is governed under a Council-Manager style of government. City Council consists of five council members who oversee the City Manager. Over the past several years, the City Council and Manager have had a unified and very forward-looking vision for the community. The City employs a stellar management team that works cross-departmentally to implement community goals and objectives. Ferndale has approximately 150 full-time employees. The City provides comprehensive municipal services, including police and fire protection; community and economic development; road maintenance; parks and recreation; water, sewer, and solid waste; and a district court. The City’s budget is approximately $48 million, which includes the $22 million General Fund. The City is financially stable, with a nearly-fully-funded pension system. The City’s credit rating was recently upgraded to AA- by Standard & Poor’s. Ferndale is most interested in individuals who prioritize a strong and positive working culture, are innovative and will be focused on the City’s long-term community development goals.

The successful candidate will have exceptional communication skills and will intentionally engage with the diverse constituencies of the City. The City Manager will need to be adept at developing positive relationships and embrace the collaborative and inclusive culture of the community and the metro-Detroit region. Ideal candidates will have a track record of effectively working with staff, electeds and community partners, with the highest level of transparency and trust. Individuals who have the ability to think strategically, while offering team-oriented leadership and high energy passion for local government, are encouraged to apply.

Candidates are required to have:

• Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration or closely related field; Master’s Degree in Public Administration or related discipline is preferred.

• Five or more years of progressively more responsible municipal management experience, preferably as a City Manager and/or Assistant Manager; or other professional experience comparable to this requirement.

Salary is $109,521-$136,779, dependent on qualification and experience (DOQE). The City is proud of the comprehensive benefit package it offers its employees.

Apply on line at with resume, cover letter, contact information and three (3) professional references by March 29, 2019, to the attention of Jaymes Vettraino, Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, Suite 130, Northbrook, IL 60062, Tel: 847-380-3240, Cell: 248-379-8923.