City of Haines City
  • City Manager
  • Haines City, FL, USA
  • Salary is commensurate with experience
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

***Position open until filled***


Under the administrative direction of the City Manager, plans, organizes, manages, and directs a variety of City services and programs. Through familiarity with modern techniques, principles and practices of leadership and municipal government functions, identifies goals and direction for the City and assigned department operations and staff. Works closely with subordinates and peers to implement objectives. Directs, supervises and routinely reviews program and staff activities through written reports and personal observation; ensures all program, activity and relevant records and reports are thoroughly and accurately prepared and maintained.


  1. Directs the development, administration and review of assigned department budgets; prepares budgets, evaluates the need for and recommends the addition of new personnel, material and equipment; exercises control over expenditures. Prepares City Commission agenda items, and approves agenda items in the absence of the City Manager.
  2. Performs research and analytical studies; reviews internal operations, and recommends and initiates methods to improve operational efficiency, effectiveness, and service quality. Develops policy and administrative rules and regulations governing personnel, standards of performance, operating procedures and other activities; reviews and ensures adherence to policies established.
  3. Monitors the status of implementing City Commission goal and objectives; assists the City Manager in directing strategic goals; works closely with the City Manager to communicate a unified commitment to achieving the declared mission. Facilitates policy making and team building activities, and advises senior management on policy and routine operational matters.
  4. Acts as a spokesperson for the City Manager; has contact with citizens, personnel of all departments and divisions, the business community, neighborhood organizations and City Commission members. Contacts are varied in type and intensity, frequently involving highly sensitive interactions requiring skill in gaining the trust and confidence of others.
  5. On an ongoing or ad hoc basis, serves as staff liaison to City boards, commissions, and other public agencies. Represents the City at various public meetings, conferences and events held during the day, evening, week, or weekends. Makes Written and oral presentations. Maintains an open door policy on citizen complaints, comments and requests; efficiently, effectively, and professionally interacts with department staff, City officials, other governmental agencies, and business and community members on matters of mutual interest, to ensure the appropriateness of services provided and resolve issues and concerns. At the direction of the City Manager, serves as Acting City Manager.
  6. Performs additional duties as assigned.


  • Required knowledge and experience is normally obtained through the completion of an advanced education from an accredited educational institution of higher learning resulting in a Bachelor's Degree in public administration or related field. Five (5) to Ten (10) years of progressively responsible City management experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience that is determined to be directly related to the foregoing specific requirements may be substituted.
  • Must have vast knowledge of all facets of modern public administration, personnel administration, modern management principles and practices to include budget development; be a skilled leader, team player, effective negotiator, sound judgment and decision maker, change/progress agent, and possess the ability and willingness to interact in an open, positive, participatory manner incorporating the interests of all, while remaining visible and active in the community.
  • Knowledge of the community profile, including special area needs, and the community geography and demographics. Knowledge of customer service techniques, research techniques and information sources. Knowledge of agenda and budget preparation and development; City departments; City code of ordinances; Florida statutes and City policies, and the ability to make decisions in accordance with laws and regulations.
  • Ability to plan, organize, direct and evaluate complex programs and operational activities. Ability to react calmly and quickly in emergency situations. Ability to analyze complex managerial and administrative problems, formulate and mediate solutions, and take independent unilateral action when warranted. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow staff, City officials, residents and business and various community groups. Ability to facilitate small and large group discussions and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to attend evening and weekend meetings and events.


  • Must possess a valid Florida Class E driver license.
  • Must pass applicable pre-employment testing and background checks.


This position may be required to report for work when a declaration of emergency has been declared in Polk County.

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