City Manager

September 8, 2023
Talent, OR
Job Type


City Manager

City of Talent, Oregon

ANNUAL SALARY: $116,499 - $135,663 DOE/DOQ

The City of Talent is seeking a City Manager who is an empowering and respectful leader, who seeks creative and sustainable solutions, cares deeply about the community and people, and embraces what makes the City of Talent unique. The ideal candidate will also have experience serving a municipal organization. They will demonstrate an understanding of municipal budgeting and core services, including public works, human resources, economic development, public safety, community development, housing, risk management, information technology, emergency management, etc. The City Manager will support the City's committed staff and engaged community and guide its steps on the road ahead, while embodying values of integrity, teamwork, accountability, commitment, and excellence. If you are ready to make a lasting impact on an evolving city, apply to shape the future of Talent!

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As the administrator of the City's growth, the City Manager will be entrusted with responsibilities including strategic planning, fiscal stewardship, and community engagement. This visionary and progressive leader will advance exciting projects that improve infrastructure, foster economic development, increase affordable housing, secure diverse sources of funding, implement the Capital Improvement Plan, and continue the rebuilding efforts from the Almeda fire. The City Manager works to create an atmosphere informed by cultural competency, implementing practices and policies with an eye toward inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. The City Manager seeks innovative solutions that support environmental initiatives and family-focused urban planning. They will translate the Council's values and goals into tangible outcomes, while managing a staff of 23 full-time employees and a current annual budget of approximately $20 million. The City Manager provides accurate and timely communication between City Council and City staff. They will lead a dedicated team and ensure the City continues to flourish and evolve. The City Manager will oversee the financial success of Talent and its varying departments including planning, public works, administration and finance, and public safety. Additionally, the City is served by several special districts, the Rogue Valley Council of Governments, and other professional contracts that the City Manager will oversee providing human resources, planning, fire, water, and legal services. This position will also oversee operations and budgeting activities, improve efficiencies and processes, and possess a strong understanding of local, state, and federal regulatory requirements. They will develop others and be an important public-facing leader, while nurturing vital relationships with community groups, public agencies, local businesses, and other levels of government.

This Manager could be a department head who is ready for the next step in their professional career or an experienced City Manager. Both will enjoy working for a progressive and forward-thinking culture and a City with adequate resources and exciting projects to lead and accomplish. The ideal candidate will have experience serving a municipal organization and demonstrate an understanding of municipal finance and budgeting and other core services, such as human resources, planning and community development, economic development, public safety, housing, risk management, information technology, public works/utilities, and emergency management. They will lead with humility, heart, and grit, be a bridge builder, and align behind a collective vision for the future of the community . The ideal candidate will demonstrate administrative experience executing environmental policies/practices, strategizing for community well-being and safety, and public and employee relations. They will be a collaborative team-oriented leader adept at recognizing the strengths of others and contribute to the positive culture of Talent by fostering an environment of mutual respect, open communication, and empowerment. They will encourage creativity and fresh perspectives, valuing the input of every member of the organization. The City Manager will be politically astute, emotionally intelligent, and an apolitical leader, not having a personal agenda, or support one person's view, but support the collective direction of the Council.

Background and Education:

  • Bachelor's degree with major coursework in public administration, business administration, finance, or a related field.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in local government, with at least two (2) years of public sector administrative/management experience.
  • Possession of, or the ability to obtain and retain, an Oregon driver's license by the time of appointment, or otherwise have immediate point to point transportation available.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in public administration, business administration, finance, or a closely related field.
  • ICMA City or County Management Certification.
  • Management experience in any Oregon municipal government that is similar in size to, or larger than, the City of Talent.
  • Experience implementing and ensuring compliance with federal funding; economic development; and a genuine interest in the understanding of environmental issues, relevant legislation, and renewable energy sources.


  • Any satisfactory equivalent combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the job proficiently may substitute for the above requirements.


The annual salary range is $116,499 - $135,663 DOE/DOQ, plus a generous benefits package


For first consideration, apply by October 4th by completing an application and attaching a cover letter and resume at

Save the Dates:

Round one interviews will be virtual and take place on October 24th. Finalists will move forward to round two interviews that will be in person and take place on November 1st. Selected candidates must be available for these dates.

Please contact the Talent Human Resources and Administrative Services Director, Adrian Modjeski, with any questions:

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