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City Administrator

City of Winder

Listing Summary

This position reports to the Mayor or through the chain of command to the City Council. 
Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job. Please submit cover letter and resume with your application. 

Plans, directs, manages, and oversees the administration of municipal operations, under supervisions of the Mayor. Coordinates assigned activities with other City departments and outside agencies. Administers policies established by the Mayor and City Council for efficient operation of the municipality and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Mayor and City Council in legislative, policy, fiscal, and other technical matters. 

Essential Job Duties and Functions: 

Essential responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Confers with department heads concerning operating problems, plans, and policy questions. Assists department heads in the management, development, and implementation of department goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for City Departments. Provides leadership and direction for effective City service. Serves as facilitator/communicator between departments to coordinate efficient provision of municipal services. Reviews progress and advises or directs administrative and operating officials in the conduct of functional programs.
  • Develops proposals for the Mayor and City Council on citywide policies and coordinates the application of these policies in city procedures according to City Code. Provides leadership and direction in the development of short and long-term plans. Gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports, and recommendations. Attends all City Council meetings. Makes such reports as required by the Mayor and the City Council. Serves as liaison for the City on major projects as directed by the Mayor. Responds to complaints to maintain positive community relations for the City. Represents the City Council in public meetings and before the State Legislature and other elected bodies and boards when requested.
  • Staffs the budget framework process and presents recommendations to the Mayor. Maintains sound fiscal position for the City through preparation of annual budget, financial reporting, treasury and cash management, debt administration, accounting, utility billing, special assessments administration, risk management, pensions, business and occupational licensing, permits, and record management. Provides policy guidance for the development and review of budget requests and program proposals through coordination with City Department Heads and the Finance Director. Assesses governmental operations to ensure effectiveness, efficiency, and public convenience.
  • Represents the City, as directed by the Mayor, on various committees involving other public entities or private organizations. Provides professional advice to the Mayor, City Council, and to Department Heads. Makes presentations to councils, boards, commissions, civic groups, and the general public. Receives visitors. Reviews, investigates, and resolves all inquiries and requests from citizens in conjunction with the appropriate Department Head. Disseminates public information and media information regarding City activities.
  • Performs other related duties of a comparable level as required by the Mayor.

Knowledge, Skills, and Ability: 

  • Knowledge of laws, ordinances, regulations, operations, services, and activities of governing municipal governments. 
  • Thorough knowledge of public administration, functions, structures, and operating routes of municipal governments and modern office management and information systems.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of municipal budget preparation, program development, and administrations. 
  • Knowledge of principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluations. 
  • Knowledgeable in pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations. 
  • Skilled in communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. 
  • Skilled in establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with City employees, public officials, and the public. 
  • Ability to maintain physical conditional appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities. 
  • Able to maintain a mental capacity, which allows the capability of making sound decisions and demonstrating intellectual abilities. 
  • Ability to plan, organize, and supervise the work of others. 
  • Ability to delegate authority and responsibility. 
  • Ability to lead and direct the operation, services, and activities of City Departments. 
  • Ability to identify and respond to community, business, economic development, and City Council issues, concerns, and needs. 
  • Ability to develop and administer departmental goals, objectives, and procedures. 
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports. 
  • Ability to prepare and administer large and complex goals.
  • Ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals. 
  • Ability to prepare short and long-range plans, establish goals and objectives, and develop applicable action plans. 
  • Ability to research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques. 
  • Ability to interpret and apply Federal, State, and local policies, laws, and regulations. 

Licenses and Certifications Required: 

  • Possession of a valid Georgia Driver's license. 


  • Bachelor's degree in public administration, business finance, or a related field; master's degree in public administration or related field preferred. 
  • Five (5) years of actual experience in a governmental management role. 
  • Possess strong financial aptitude and demonstrated budget and financial management skills. 
  • Working knowledge of municipal finance, budgeting, and strategic planning preferred. 
  • Firm understanding of the complexities of municipal utilities. 
  • Strong communication skills, both orally and in writing. 
  • Knowledge of organizational management principles and ability to apply to public sector organizations. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people/groups, such as City Council members, directors, consultants, other government entities, and the public. 
  • Ability to communicate with the public, present proposals, discuss problems, and respond to complaints. 
  • Never been convicted of a felony. 
  • A citizen of the United States or has obtained legal work status. 
  • Must meet department's psychological and background requirements. 
  • Work evenings, weekends, and/or holidays as required. 
  • Must be able to pass a credit check. 

Full-time regular employees are eligible for the City's benefit package. 

City Health Insurance Benefits Include:

  • Health Insurance- Cigna H.S.A.
  • Dental-CIGNA
  • Dental – 100% paid by the City for Single Employee
  • Vision-CIGNA
  • Short Term Disability-AFLAC-100% City Paid
  • Long Term Disability-AFLAC-100% City Paid
  • Basic Life- AFLAC- 2.5 Times Base Annual Income City Paid
  • Dependent Life- AFLAC- $5,000 for eligible spouse and $2,500 for each eligible child City Paid
  • Voluntary Life-AFLAC
  • Group Accident-AFLAC
  • Group Cancer-AFLAC
  • Group Critical Illness-AFLAC
  • Wellness Rewards Program-Medical Participant

City Benefits:

  • Donating Sick Leave
  • Education Assistance Program
  • EAP Program. 6 counseling sessions per year
  • Pay In Lieu of Vacation
  • Paid Funeral Time Off. A total of 6 days of funeral leave per fiscal year.


  • 401 (a) Retirement Plan: City 3% Contribution at 90 days of service.
  • 457(b) Retirement Plan: City Matching at 90 days of service up to 3% if employee enrolls and contributes at least 3%.

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