Deputy City Manager

Title:                Deputy City Manager

Department:    General Government

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Reports to:      City Manager

Salary Grade:  22


Minimum Qualifications

A.        Education and Experience:

Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or a related field supplemented by course work in public sector management.  A Master’s Degree in Public Administration is preferred.  At least five (5) years’ experience in a responsible senior administrative position in a municipal government. Project Management, economic development and strategic planning experience preferred.  ICMA credentialed manager desired.  A comparable amount of training, education, or experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications. 


B.        Certifications:

Valid South Carolina Driver’s License required.


C.        Knowledge, Ability, and Skills:

Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of public administration; thorough knowledge of municipal organizational and departmental functions, staffing and operating procedures. Thorough knowledge of ordinances and state laws governing economic development, growth management and the administration of City government; Knowledge of governmental budget procedures.  Ability to plan, assign, delegate and direct the work of administrative and supervisory personnel.  Ability to conduct special studies, analyze and interpret findings and prepare and effectively present factual reports.  Ability to develop long-term plans and programs and to evaluate work accomplishments.  Ability to work effectively with elected officials, department heads, representatives of other public agencies, city employees, economic development professionals, developers, corporate officers, and the general public.  Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills.  Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required.


General Description

This is executive and administrative work coordinating assigned departments and assisting the City Manager.


Essential Functions

  • Oversees administrative activities and functions of assigned City departments.
  • Coordinates the City’s economic development, retail and commercial recruitment, redevelopment, and strategic planning processes by working and assisting developers and property owners to successfully meet the City’s overall development goals.
  • Serves as liaison to internal and external organizations and represents City Manager as required; may be required to attend meetings outside regular business hours.
  • Establishes and reviews research projects and procedural and administrative studies in operational departments. Evaluates results and recommends changes.
  • Works closely with City Council and department heads on projects as assigned by the City Manager.
  • Supervises and participates in preparation of speeches, correspondence and news release drafts for the City Manager. Speaks to civic and community groups to promote and explain municipal policies and programs.
  • Meets with civic leaders and community groups to explain policies and programs. Serves on civic, educational, community relations and other committees as a representative of City government.
  • Reviews and evaluates proposals for new programs and services. Confers with department heads, public officials and members of the public. Recommends changes in administrative policies, organization, programs, methods and procedures.
  • Assists the City Manager by coordinating process for ordinances and Council agenda items related to the assigned departments.
  • Directs preparation and review of assigned department budget estimates.
  • Recommends selection, promotion, discharge and other appropriate personnel actions.
  • Is acting City Manager in the absence of the City Manager.
  • Acts as a project manager for special projects at the request of the City Manager.
  • Keeps up-to-date on information and technology affecting functional areas to increase innovation and ensure compliance.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Essential Physical Skills

Acceptable eyesight, hearing (with/without correction), ability to communicate (orally and in writing), moderate lifting and carrying (up to 25 lbs.), reaching, pulling, pushing, sitting, walking, standing, kneeling, and bending.  Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.


Environmental Conditions

Works inside in an office environment.


Key Competencies:  Integrity, Business acumen, Professional knowledge, Analysis, Interpersonal skills, Communication (oral and written)

Application and resume including cover letter and references should be sent to Lori Pomarico, City Clerk, P.O. Box 609, Hardeeville, SC  29927, email lpomarico@hardeevillesc.gov.  Position open until filled.  All applicants considered for employment must submit to a background check and urinalysis screening for illegal drug use prior to offer of employment.  The City of Hardeeville is an EOE and E-Verify user.