Located on the beautiful Dickinson Bayou, a pathway to Galveston Bay, Dickinson is a prime geographic location, situated halfway between Houston and Galveston. With a total land area of 10.3 square miles, comprised of 70 percent residential and about 8 percent is commercial development, Dickinson can offer its residents and visitors an inviting lifestyle with a “small town feel”. With its close proximity to both the attractions of Downtown Houston and to the rich history of beautiful Galveston Island, Dickinson is uniquely positioned for increasing vitality and growth providing residents the best of both worlds: a relaxed approach to life in a small community setting with all of the attractions of a large city or island vibes at their fingertips. The City has a staff of approximately 120 employees, along with volunteer firefighters, and an annual operating budget for FY 20/21 of $16 million.
At the direction of City Council, the City Manager serves as the chief administrative and executive officer of the City, ensuring that City Council directives, goals and policies are implemented and executed by the organization. The next City Manager will be an exceptional leader with a heart for the community and the presence and the ability to respond to the City’s challenges both strategically and tactically.
The ideal candidate shall be a values-based professional that is deeply committed to transparency and the mission of public service and make decisions that are in the best interest of the City and the employees. The new City Manager must be financially and ethically sound to ensure the funding, stability and sustainability for existing and long-term services, facilities, and infrastructure needs. It is imperative that this new leader effectively implements projects, especially for streets and drainage issues that have extensively impacted the Dickinson residents.
This dynamic and innovative leader will be a “community steward” that is a collaborative, respectful, and engaging leader, with a strong commitment to the Dickinson community. The new City Manager shall bring credibility and the ability to inspire confidence and quickly establish mutual respect and trust with the Mayor and Council, staff, and community partners.
Candidates shall possess a bachelor’s degree in public or business administration or another professional or technical field related to a major function of local government, along with ten (10) years of relevant experience in municipal government operations, including six (6) years of management and administration experience at the director/department head level or above; corporate private-sector experience in combination with high-level public sector experience would be ideal. A Master's degree is preferred.