The City of Lynchburg, Virginia is seeking a dynamic, visionary City Manager!
The City of Lynchburg is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Founded in 1786, the City is named for John Lynch whose family established the Lynch Ferry across the James River around 1745. In 1786 Lynch successfully petitioned for and was granted by the General Assembly a charter to establish a town, now the City of Lynchburg, on the bluffs above the ferry on land Lynch had inherited from an older brother. During his lifetime, Lynch freed his slaves and consistently supported the anti-slavery movement.
Today the city has a population of over 81,000 residents and is managed under the Council-Manager form of government. Known as the City of Seven Hills, Lynchburg lies at the center of a wider metropolitan area close to the geographic center of Virginia resulting in the 5th largest Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in the state. Positive growth indicators estimate a population that will increase to 85,999 by 2025; 93,202 by 2035 and 100,102 by 2045. With excellent bond ratings reaffirmed as Aa2(Moodys), AA+(Standard and Poor's) and AA+ (Finch) Lynchburg enjoys strong financial management and strong operating results.
IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE
An exceptional leader with executive level experience, possessing a Master’s degree in business management, public administration, government or a related field. Experience equivalent to a Master’s Degree may be considered.
Eight to 10 years of experience as a high-level municipal executive or equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the
High personal integrity, ethical behavior and business acumen with a proven record of leadership, fiscal stewardship and accomplishment in a public sector
Able to live within the environment and challenge it to “move the needle” at the same Able to balance the desire and need for broad change with an understanding of how much change Lynchburg is capable of handling and at what pace, while creating realistic goals and implementation plans that are achievable and successful.
Experienced in developing solutions related to the challenges facing urban communities including poverty, education and workforce
Skilled in the areas of transportation planning, economic and community development with an emphasis on rebuilding or replacing aging
A collaborative problem solver with a history of utilizing entrepreneurial and creative
Possesses a high level of cultural competency and able to serve as a catalyst for cultural competency for the community. Must be able to get younger people and people of color enthusiastic about and engaged in the
Possesses the ability and emotional intelligence to enhance tourism and business opportunities by building upon Lynchburg’s history and heritage while actively demonstrating empathy for and engagement with historically disenfranchised portions of the
Visionary, energetic, and passionate about cultivating an identity for the City and strengthening the morale of the City
Able to utilize data, research, and best practices to inform a vision for the City and to provide leadership to City Council and City
Able to articulate how local government can enhance the common good while cultivating cross-functional internal and external
Able to manage divergent and sometimes polarizing
ICMA credentialed or the ability to become credentialed within a short
Able to establish residency within the City of
About City of Lynchburg, Virginia
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