Bellaire, Texas is located seven miles southwest of downtown Houston with a population of approximately 17,202 residents and spans 3.5 square miles. Bellaire is one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in the area with its spacious lots, streets lined with oak trees, and beautiful parks, as well as easy access to one of the finest health care facilities in the world, the Texas Medical Center. Residents are minutes away from the Uptown Houston/Galleria area, one of the most popular retail and tourist destinations. The median household income in Bellaire is $206,734, with 79.6% of residents holding a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Bellaire is a Home Rule city and operates under a Council-Manager form of government with the City Council composed of a mayor and six councilmembers, all of whom are elected at large. The Mayor and Council are looking for a new City Manager to serve as the chief executive for the city and lead a city staff with approximately 180 employees and oversee an annual general fund budget of $23M, and an enterprise fund budget of $10.4M for water, wastewater and solid waste, and a variety of capital projects. The City of Bellaire is comprised of the following departments: City Clerk, City Manager’s Office, Development Services, Finance, Fire, Human Resources, Library, Municipal Court, Parks, Recreation & Facilities, Police, Public Works, and Utility Billing.
The new City Manager shall have the political aptitude and intelligence to make financially and ethically sound decisions ensuring the City’s financial transparency, accountability, and sustainability. This strategic-minded individual will be dedicated to the successful delivery of City services across all sectors of the population with an emphasis on customer service excellence and improving organizational efficiencies, service levels, and public engagement. This highly collaborative leader shall have exceptional interpersonal and analytical skills to bring credibility to the role and have the ability to quickly establish mutual respect and trust with Mayor and Council. This “community steward” must be deeply committed to the mission of public service to celebrate, respect, and encourage diversity with the Bellaire employees, partners, and the community as a whole. Candidates should have broad experience in local government. Knowledge of finance (municipal preferred), as well process and project management is preferred. Representative experience should include the areas of engineering, zoning and land use planning/policies, capital projects, code enforcement, construction permitting and inspections, licensing, and development application review services for the development community.
Candidates must possess at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Exceptional and extensive work or military experience may substitute for a college degree. Possession of a master’s or doctorate degree in a related field is a plus, or as an alternative, a history of continued growth in management and leadership responsibilities, such as but not limited to City Manager, Assistant City Manager, or Department Director, and a record of and continued desire for personal and professional growth opportunities. Candidates shall currently be, or become upon hire, an active member of the Texas City Management Association (TCMA) and International City Management Association (ICMA).