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City Manager

College Park

Listing Summary

The City of College Park, Georgia (pop. 15,053) seeks qualified local government professionals for the position of City Manager. The City desires candidates with demonstrated expertise in financial management, intergovernmental affairs, and regional collaboration. Additionally, candidates should demonstrate a level of emotional intelligence, political savvy, and empathy sufficient to work cooperatively with Mayor and Council while cultivating a positive organizational climate and high morale within the workforce. In addition to the typical municipal functions, the City owns and operates the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC), an electric utility (College Park Power), a municipal golf course, and a department of Airport Affairs that administers the City’s aviation concerns. Therefore, the next City Manager must be adept at managing complexity and leading a team of subject-matter experts.

As the home to 8,000 hotel rooms, the second-largest convention center in Georgia, a brand-new sports arena, the largest private school in the continental United States (Woodward Academy), a thriving Main Street corridor, and a large portion of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, College Park is a small town with the budget, amenities, and complexities of a much larger city.

  • The City has a FY2022 budget of $132.6M, which includes a $32.5M General Fund budget and nearly $100M in enterprise and special revenue funds. There are 521 full-time equivalent positions, 45% of which are devoted to public safety and courts, and another 25% of which support economic development and recreation activities.
  • The next City Manager will be expected to help College Park regain its financial footing after the COVID-19 pandemic severely curtailed the hospitality and tourism revenues on which the City relies. Additionally, the Manager will need to appoint a permanent Police Chief and prioritize engaging the City’s workforce, diversifying the local economy, and addressing long-standing disparities between wealthier and more impoverished sections of the community. Mayor and Council have funded an Assistant City Manager position which the new Manager will have the opportunity to fill in order to assist with these priorities.
  • The successful candidate will possess experience managing effectively in a racially and economically diverse urban community. They will be proactive, demonstrate a high level of personal integrity, and have the ability to establish positive relationships with government, business, and community partners and stakeholders. Well-developed communication and negotiation skills are paramount, and experience working in a community with a major airport is a plus. The Mayor and Council look forward to selecting a City Manager who will confidently guide and support them in their visioning and policymaking role while running the city in a competent and effective manner.

Qualifications: A Master’s degree in Public Administration or related field and at least twelve (12) years of progressively responsible experience in local government, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Strong organizational and communication skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

Salary range is $150,000-$204,628 DOQ.  Apply online at by November 16, 2021 with resume, cover letter and contact information for five work-related references, to the attention of Dele Lowman Smith, Senior Vice President, 630 Dundee Road, #225, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel:  847-380-3240 x141.

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