Santa Fe, Texas is an inclusive community, where small town values are still prevalent. Santa Fe is home to approximately 13,624 residents, and is located in the heart of Galveston County, just 35 miles southwest of Houston. For those who enjoy the sandy beaches and warm waters, a trip to Galveston Island is only 20 minutes away.
Under the direction and appointment of Mayor and City Council, the City Manager is responsible to the City Council for hands-on and strategic administration of the city’s affairs with the highest level of integrity, transparency, and respect for diversity.
The City Manager is the chief executive for the city and leads city staff with approximately 61 employees and oversees an annual budget of $11.6M. With Council approval, the City Manager appoints the administrative directors of the city departments to include Administration, Finance, Police, Fire Marshal, Community Services, Library, Municipal Court, and Streets.
The city is looking for 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 collaborative, respectful, transparent, and engaging leader, with exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills to make financially and ethically sound decisions ensuring the City’s funding, stability, and sustainability for existing and long-term services, facilities, and infrastructure needs.
This fiscally savvy, business-minded individual must be dedicated to the improvement of City services across all sectors of the community and have experience working in an array of municipal services while also embracing innovative strategies to continue providing these services while also dealing with the realities of municipal budget constraints. The new City Manager must possess the emotional intelligence, patience, and perseverance to foster a vision to guide the direction of the city and effectively manage growth. Exceptional listening, interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, as well as presentation skills are essential for this role.
A bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business, or related field required, and MPA, CPM or equivalent are preferred. A minimum of 5 or more years of managerial experience in municipal government as a City Manager, Assistant City Manager, or senior government administrator is required. The final selected candidate must establish and maintain a place of residence within the city limits of Santa Fe, Texas for the duration of employment by the city and must also be able to be bonded.