Holland City Manager Position
The Mayor and City Council seek to recruit a new City Manager for the City of Holland. This individual must have the skills and experience to lead Holland by combining leadership, community engagement, and operational excellence.
The City of Holland is a Pure Michigan delight, located near Lake Michigan on Lake Macatawa and features small-town charm and big-city amenities. It is famous for the activities, community and lifestyle that makes Holland a favorite Michigan destination to live, work, play and learn. Holland features an award-winning downtown, white sandy beaches, and rich cultural festivals.
The population of Holland is approximately 33,000 and is in the thriving West Michigan region that includes Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids. Holland is home to Hope College and a wide range of industries including tourism, furniture production, automotive, food processing, agriculture, healthcare and education. Top regional employers include Haworth, Gentex, Adient, Herman Miller, Howard Miller Clock Company, Tiara Yachts, Kraft Heinz and Hope College.
The community is known for strong civic and community engagement. Holland was founded by Dutch immigrants in 1847, and currently boasts a very diverse population. Please refer to the master plan for complete demographic information. Boasting the widely recognized Tulip Time Festival in May each year, the local scene is enriched by the traditional Cinco De Mayo celebration that usually overlaps with a portion of the Dutch celebration. Notably, the City has been recognized by a number of national observers with such awards as: All America City, Great American Main Street, Top 10 Happiest City, Top City for Retirees just to name a few.
This position will oversee a staff of 180 full-time employees in addition to permanent part-time and seasonal staff. The City Manager will manage the broad spectrum of City Departments and functions as illustrated in the City’s Organizational Chart (see below for the link). A link to the budget, fiscal detail, and such additional information as Organizational Vision and Mission, current (FY-18) Council Goals, and Departmental Mission Statements and Action Goals can be found at: https://www.cityofholland.com/citycouncil/budget-and-fiscal-information-fiscal-year-2018.
To learn more about the City and community, please review the following:
City of Holland organization chart: https://www.amycelltalent.com/employer-headhunting-services/custom-programs-and-events/city-of-holland/
City of Holland website: https://www.cityofholland.com
City of Holland Master Plan: https://www.cityofholland.com/planningzoningandhistoricpreservation/adopted-city-master-plan
City of Holland Community Energy Plan: https://www.cityofholland.com/sustainability/holland-community-energy-plan
Lakeshore Advantage, the regional economic development organization: http://www.lakeshoreadvantage.com
Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce: www.westcoastchamber.org
Holland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau: www.holland.org
Macatawa Area Coordinating Council: www.the-macc.org
Digital Holland: http://digitalholland.org
This role has many facets, and the successful candidate will be an excellent people developer, project manager, strategic thinker, and community engager. Previous public experience is essential but not required for the role, however, all candidates must demonstrate a sense of passion for public service and empathy for a wide range of perspectives and needs.
The City Manager will need to engage in the following opportunities that are facing the City, including:
Experience with the following areas of subject matter is helpful:
They must have demonstrated expertise of leading and supporting initiatives in a highly complex environment. Above all, the next City Manager must be able to build trust with Council, staff and the community.
Interested candidates should send an email with a current resume and cover letter to: Info@AmyCellTalent.com. Candidates seeking confidentiality under Michigan law should clearly state their intentions.