Deputy City Manager/Chief Finance and Development Officer

Dublin, Ohio, USA is a progressive, well-educated and innovative city surrounding the Scioto River in the northwest area of metropolitan Columbus.

Approximately 25 square miles and home to 43,000 people, the City annually hosts Jack Nicklaus’ PGA Tour Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club and one of the nation’s largest Irish cultural events – the Dublin Irish Festival. In 2014 and 2012, Dublin was recognized as the Most Outstanding Global Festival and Event City in the World by the International Festivals and Events Association.

Dublin also is known as a leader in municipal innovations, including tax increment financing, underground fiber optics, Wi-Fi deployment and green initiatives.

Dublin has long been recognized as a premier community, not only locally, but also internationally. Home to Ohio’s largest corporation, Cardinal Health – 21 on the Fortune 500 list, Dublin also is the headquarters of the Wendy’s Company and OCLC..

Dublin’s diverse and sound economic base provides the foundation for the present and future stability of the City. The City’s continued economic vitality is the result of quality development, strategic planning and aggressive efforts to attract and retain high-quality commercial development.

Dublin’s largest source of funding is income tax revenues, which are allocated 75 percent to the General Fund and 25 percent to the Capital Improvements Program (CIP). Dublin’s healthy tax base provides the resources necessary to keep pace with the city’s growth and underwrite the high quality of life enjoyed by Dublin’s corporate and residential citizens.

The CIP establishes a fiscally sound plan for Dublin’s future investment in capital infrastructure and provides financial guidelines that identify available revenue sources, debt capacity and policy for projecting revenues and designating reserves to be maintained.

Dublin’s fiscally sound stewardship has earned the City the highest available bond ratings – AAA from Moody’s Investors Service and AAA from Fitch Ratings – a distinction carried by approximately three percent of rated cities nationwide.

These ratings reflect the cooperative efforts of private citizens, civic leaders, government officials and business representatives. Such widespread commitment to the community ensures that Dublin will remain one of the most desirable suburbs in Central Ohio and the Midwest.


To plan, direct, manage and review the activities and operations of multiple City departments under general guidance of the City Manager; to coordinate City services and activities among City departments and with outside agencies; and to provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager and assume duties of the City Manager in their absence. As the leader of this newly combined department, the successful candidate will drive the City’s ongoing economic vitality and fiscal health and accountability.

The projects, goals, objectives and initiatives of the Deputy City Manager/Chief Finance and Development Officer include:
  • Assist the City Manager with the formulation and execution of Council policies.
  • Formulate and execute strategic plans for areas of responsibility and as directed by the City Manager.
  • Interact with and support Council, Council Committees, Boards, Commissions, Committees, Task Forces, and Advisory Committees, as directed by the City Manager.
  • Provide liaison to external agencies and/or partners as directed by the City Manager or as otherwise required in the course of business.
  • Lead and administer the areas of Finance and Development.
  • Execute all operating and capital budgets for assigned areas with efficiency and accountability.
  • Provide best in class services.
  • Assist the City Manager in the formulation of the 5 Year Capital Improvement Program and Annual Operating Budget.
  • Seek and/or maintain accredited status by and for all applicable operating areas where such accreditation is available.
  • Determine and achieve performance metrics to win.
  • Continuously innovate and leverage technology to improve operations and processes.
  • Continuously grow and learn.
  • When designated, serve as “Acting City Manager“.

The Ideal Candidate

The City is seeking an innovative and skilled leader that promotes a culture that is inspiring, flexible and responsive, as well as a positive attitude, showing pride and passion for public service every day.

Qualified candidates must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Public Works Administration, Finance or related field from an accredited college or university (Master’s Degree preferred); Assistant City Manager, City Manager, Assistant County Administrator, and/or County Administrator with finance/budget, economic development, and development process experience preferred, 10 years of extensive progressively responsible experience in management and administration, preferably in an organization of comparable size and complexity at the municipal government level; experience navigating a complex organization required, extensive experience managing public sector services; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Considerable knowledge of team-oriented, collaborative, participatory leadership concepts, principles, practices, and methods.
  • Exceptional teamwork and collaboration skills.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Exceptional organizational skills.
  • Exceptional problem solving skills.
  • Exceptional presentation skills.
  • Exceptional skill in the use of Microsoft Office software.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and to make effective presentations to professional and lay groups, and to City Council, boards, and commissions.
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor, coach, and teach employees within the profession.
  • Ability and desire to continually learn and grow and require the same of others.


The authorized salary range for this position is $151,100 - $167,850. The salary offered to the successful candidate will be based on the candidate’s qualifications, competencies and experience. The City provides an excellent benefits program including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, deferred compensation and generous vacation, personal and sick leave. Retirement benefits are provided through the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System.

Given the nature of this classification's duties/responsibilities, it has been designated as Exempt under the governing Fair Labor Standards Act regulations and, therefore, is not entitled to formal overtime compensation and/or formal compensatory time.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Supervises Director of Finance, Director of Economic Development, Director of Planning, and Director of Building Standards.

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Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, complete the online application and include a cover letter, resume and three to five professional references by Sunday, March 8.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to move about the inside of an office space to access file cabinets and office equipment.
  • Constantly operate a computer and other office machinery, such as a copier, fax machine, mobile device, shredder, scanner, etc.
  • Must be able to remain in stationary position at workstation throughout scheduled workday.
  • Ability to exchange information with co-workers and citizens through use of email system, the telephone, and in-person interactions.
  • Ability to occasionally lift and move objects weighing up to 20 lbs.
  • Ability to move objects weighing over 20 lbs. with the help of equipment/devices, on an infrequent basis.
  • Ability to enter data into computer system in a sustained manner.

Special Requirements

  • Valid driver's license.

Other Requirements

  • Demonstration of the following established core values: Integrity, Respect, Communication, Teamwork, Accountability, Positive Attitude, and Dedication to Service.
  • Regular attendance, as governed by and in accordance with applicable rules, regulations, procedures and laws, is regarded as an essential requirement of this classification.
  • Compliance with training directives established by supervisory/managerial personnel.
  • Adherence to all applicable Federal and State safety laws, rules, regulations, and City safety policies/procedures.

Core Competencies

Decision Quality: Makes good decisions (without considering how much time it takes) based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; most of his/her solutions and suggestions turn out to be correct and accurate when judged over time; sought out by others for advice and solutions.

Dealing with Ambiguity: Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn't upset when things are up in the air; doesn't have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.

Strategic Agility: Sees ahead clearly; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; has broad knowledge and perspective; is future oriented; can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods; can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.

Priority Setting: Spends his/her time and the time of others on what's important; quickly zeros in on the critical few and puts the trivial many aside; can quickly sense what will help or hinder accomplishing a goal; eliminates roadblocks; creates focus.

Directing Others: Is good at establishing clear directions; sets stretching objectives; distributes the workload appropriately; lays out work in a well-planned and organized manner; maintains two-way dialogue with others on work and results; brings out the best in people; is a clear communicator.

Command Skills: Relishes leading; takes unpopular stands if necessary; encourages direct and tough debate but isn't afraid to end it and move on; is looked to for direction in a crisis; faces adversity head-on; energized by tough challenges.

Managerial Courage: Doesn't hold back anything that needs to be said; provides current, direct, complete, and "actionable" positive and corrective feedback to others; lets people know where they stand; faces up to people problems on any person or situation (not including direct reports) quickly and directly; is not afraid to take negative action when necessary.

Drive for Results: Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.

Political Savvy: Can maneuver through complex political situations effectively and quietly; is sensitive to how people and organizations function; anticipates where the obstacles are and plans his/her approach accordingly; views corporate politics as a necessary part of organizational life and works to adjust to that reality.

Organizational Agility: Knowledgeable about how organizations work; knows how to get things done both through formal channels and the informal network; understands the origin and reasoning behind key policies, practices, and procedures; understands the cultures of organizations.

Interpersonal Savvy: Relates well to all kinds of people – up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.

Functional/Technical Skills: Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.

Creativity: Comes up with many new and unique ideas; easily makes connections among previously unrelated notions; tends to be seen as original and value-added in brainstorming settings.

Motivating Others: Creates a climate in which people want to do their best; can motivate many kinds of direct reports and team or project members; can assess each person's hot button and use it to get the best out of him/her; pushes tasks and decisions down; empowers others; invites input from each person and shares ownership and visibility; makes each individual feel his/her work is important; is someone people like working for and with.

Composure: Is cool under pressure; does not become defensive or irritated when times are tough; is considered mature; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; doesn't show frustration when resisted or blocked; is a settling influence in a crisis.

Managing Vision and Purpose: Communicates a compelling and inspired vision or sense of core purpose; talks beyond today; talks about possibilities; is optimistic; creates mileposts and symbols to rally support behind the vision; makes the vision sharable by everyone; can inspire and motivate entire units or organizations.

Understanding Others: Understands why groups do what they do; picks up the sense of the group in terms of positions, intentions, and needs; what they value and how to motivate them; can predict what groups will do across different situations.