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City of Harbor Springs — City Manager

The City of Harbor Springs (pop. 1,200) is hiring a City Manager. Harbor Springs is a resort community on the Little Traverse Bay, nestled along the deepest natural harbor in the Great Lakes 40 miles south of the Mackinac Bridge. The city has an airport, municipal marina, museums, library, numerous parks and electric, water and sewer municipal utilities. An active Downtown Development Authority supports local businesses and is working to increase year-round tourism.

A challenge for this position is managing a seasonal community: balancing the needs of the year-round residents with the demands of the seasonal population. As the full-time city executive, the Council will rely on the City Manager to maintain and improve city infrastructure and to continually look for ways to improve the city's image and performance.


  • Oversees the administrative tasks necessary for city operations of this waterfront community
  • Supervises city departments, maintains the city budget and represents the city publicly
  • Researches issues important to the city
  • Advises the City Council on the best course of action in a proactive manner


  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field and a minimum of five years of experience in a city or governmental management are required (master's degree and/or ICMA credentialed manager or similar certification preferred)
  • Understanding of the City Manager role and responsibility
  • Dynamic leader who brings proven collaborative leadership skills and professionalism
  • Ability to work with the council on strategic initiatives, foster a culture of inclusiveness and teamwork and stay ahead of governmental trends
  • Project management skills, the ability to delegate, excellent communication skills and grant writing experience are also required
  • Financial acumen is required to prepare and manage the budget for this $11 million entity
  • Great public presence is essential, as the City Manager is the public image of the city

See the full job description.

How to apply:

Candidates should send a cover letter, salary expectations, resume and list of six professional references to:
The City of Harbor Springs
C/O Cheryl Ronk
420 Northlawn Ave.
East Lansing, MI 48823
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This position is with a public body and is subject to the OMA and FOIA. While we will make every effort to keep information confidential, the public body can make no promises in accordance with Michigan law.

Deadline: Feb. 18, 2019

Posted: Jan. 22, 2019


Oakland Charter Township — Township Manager

The Charter Township of Oakland (19,132 residents) in the northeastern Oakland County is seeking a Township Manager.

Oakland Township is less densely populated than neighboring municipalities in Southeast Michigan and retains many elements of a rural, wooded residential bedroom community. Local ordinances and zoning laws are aimed at limiting commercial and industrial development while maintaining a cap on population density by way of a master plan.

The Township is governed by a seven-member Board. The Board hires the positions of Manager/Superintendent, Deputy Treasurer and Deputy Clerk to facilitate the day-to-day business of the Township. The Township is financially stable and seeks an experienced municipal manager to oversee a total general fund budget of $8.6 million and enterprise budgets of $4.4 million. The Township has 25 full-time, 14 part-time, 4 seasonal and 26 paid-on-call (fire/EMS) employees. The Township has one union (fire department staff).


Charter Township of Oakland Ordinance no. 97 ("Township Superintendent Ordinance") provides the powers and duties of the Township Manager position, including:

  • Manage departments and personnel and enforcement of laws
  • Prepare and administer the Township budget
  • Act as the township's purchasing agent


  • Bachelor's degree in public administration, business administration or closely related field (master's degree in public administration or related discipline is preferred)
  • Seven or more years of progressively more responsible municipal management experience, preferably as a manager and/or director; or other professional experience comparable to this requirement
  • Proven track record in budget/finance, fire department management, water distribution and local zoning
  • Ability to communicate with elected officials, staff and public in a trustworthy and ethical manner

Salary: $90,000 to $105,000, DOQE

How to apply:

Apply online at with resume, cover letter, contact information and three (3) professional references to the attention of Jaymes Vettraino, Vice President, GovHR USA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 630 Dundee Road, Suite 130, Northbrook, IL 60062.

Oakland Township is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Deadline: Feb. 15, 2019

Posted: Jan. 14, 2019


Clinton County — Accounting and Benefits Technician

Clinton County (pop. 78,443) in mid-Michigan is seeking an Accounting and Benefits Technician.


Under the supervision of the Accounting Supervisor:

  • Administers biweekly payroll for more than 200 employees included monthly reporting of defined benefit pension program and cooperative reimbursement reports for Friend of Court and Prosecutor offices Processing of claims for voluntary insurance programs (life & disability)
  • Preparation of monthly payroll summary and payroll bank account reconciliation
  • Prepares employment technician report for Capital Area Michigan Works
  • Conducts regular checks of the state unemployment office website for unemployment claims, employer responses, fact finding and fraudulent claims
  • Prepares quarterly invoice (reimbursement request) for circuit court and drain office. Prepares Department of Labor unemployment report and Federal 941 summary and balance
  • Prepares salary and benefit projections for inclusion in the annual budgeting process. Responsible for maintenance of the position allocation list and proper designation of classified employees
  • Primary responsibility for reports needed for annual worker's compensation audit. Assists with the preparation of county financial reports and with the annual audit
  • Performs annual and year-end duties including judicial FICA reconciliation, special pays (holiday, longevity, etc.) Affordable Health Care act reports, F65 reports
  • Serves as a liaison to other departments to coordinate payroll and benefit transactions and procedures and provide support to users of the financial software system
  • Prepares documentation of essential procedures to enhance internal control and provide for continuity of financial operations
  • Develops custom financial reports and queries to meet special reporting requirements
  • Serves as back-up to the accounts payable position as well as the Accounting Technician
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Associate degree in accounting (bachelor's degree preferred) or related field and one year of responsible experience in accounting, preferably with payroll and benefit administration experience (The county, at its discretion, may consider an alternative combination of formal education and work experience)
  • Michigan Vehicle Operator's License
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of governmental accounting, generally accepted accounting principles, general ledger entries, and bookkeeping
  • Considerable knowledge of general ledger and bookkeeping activities, the maintenance and processing of financial information, performing reconciliations, balancing accounts, researching financial discrepancies, preparing financial reports and documents and maintaining detailed and accurate records
  • Considerable knowledge of researching financial discrepancies, preparing financial reports and documents, analyzing and interpreting financial information, maintaining detailed and accurate records, and receipting payments
  • Skill in assembling and analyzing data and preparing comprehensive and accurate reports
  • Skill in effectively communicating ideas and concepts orally and in writing
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships and use good judgment, initiative and resourcefulness when dealing with county employees, contractors to the county, representatives of other governmental units, professional contacts, elected officials, and the public
  • Ability to acquire a working knowledge of sophisticated financial/accounting software
  • Skill in the use of office equipment and technology, including Microsoft Suite and financial applications, and database entry and maintenance

Salary: $45,315 to 54,382 (DOQE); membership in Municipal Employees Retirement System defined contribution (401a); holiday pay; health, life and disability insurance (after 90 days); sick, vacation and pro-rated personal hours (after 120 days)

How to apply:

Applicants must complete the County Employment Application electronically, along with submitting a resume and cover letter at

Questions concerning this opportunity may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Only qualified applicants selected for interview will be contacted.

Deadline: Open until filled

Posted: Jan. 14, 2019

Gladwin County — Emergency Management Services Manager

The Gladwin County Board of Commissioners are accepting applications for an Emergency Service Manager (ESM).


The primary responsibilities for the ESM are:

  • Homeland Security
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Emergency Response Planning
  • Statutory functions as required by state regulations

For a full list of essential functions of the position and job duties, contact:

Gayle L. Reid, Executive Secretary  
Gladwin County District Board of Commissioners
401 W. Cedar Ave.
Gladwin, MI 48624
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  • Skill/education/training/experience/or equivalent to emergency management or related field
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in emergency communications and response management
  • Working knowledge of state, federal, local statutes governing emergency preparedness.
  • Valid and unrestricted driver’s license
  • Possession and maintenance of a state Professional Emergency Manager Certification (Candidates that do not have a PEM will have 24 months to complete and obtain the certification)

Salary: $33,000-$38,000 DOQE, includes benefits package

How to apply:

Send a resume and cover letter to:

Gayle L. Reid
Gladwin County Board of Commissioners
401 W. Cedar Ave.
Gladwin, MI 48624
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Deadline: 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 30, 2019

Posted: Jan. 7, 2019

Village of Lake Odessa — Village Manager

The Village of Lake Odessa (pop. 2,018) in mid-Michigan is seeking a Village Manager.

Lake Odessa is a progressive, full-service community in southern Ionia County, with 8 full-time employees and an annual budget of approximately $4.2 million. The Village Manager reports to a seven-member Village Council.


The successful candidate will have:

  • A background in administering municipal operations, particularly financial/personnel management, planning/zoning, economic development, grant writing/administration, policy development and project management
  • Minimum of five years' executive-level managerial experience in public/local government
  • Bachelor's degree in public administration, business administration or related field (master's degree or law degree is desirable, but not required
  • Being a member of ICMA/MME/MLGMA is desirable, and credentialed Manager is an additional plus, however, neither is a requirement.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; an approachable, welcoming style with the community and staff; and a proven record in effective service delivery and creative problem-solving
  • Strong written and oral presentation skills, and a collaborative, team-oriented management style

Salary: DOQE

How to apply:

Apply online with résumé, cover letter, salary history, consent form and five professional references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Deadline: Jan. 21, 2019

Posted: Jan. 7, 2019

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