Inside the City of Hillsboro
Hillsboro is one of Oregon’s most diverse and dynamic cities, with a steadily growing population of just over 100,000. During the workday, more than 50,000 employees commute to Hillsboro by car, bicycle, bus, or Light Rail train to work at companies such as Intel, Nike, and Genentech. Hillsboro is the largest city in Washington County and serves as the county seat.
Known as a forward-thinking and visionary organization, the City of Hillsboro enjoys a reputation of excellence in its long-term strategic and fiscal planning. The City welcomes and values each resident, business, and guest by providing exceptional and equitable public services.
The City Manager serves as the top executive officer of the City and reports to the Mayor and Council. The new City Manager provides comprehensive management and leadership to ensure all City services and infrastructure are delivered in a creative, collaborative, equitable, sustainable, and effective manner.
The City Manager actively engages with the Council and senior leadership team to review and evaluate organizational initiatives and to facilitate strategies to proactively address issues, resolve problems, and promote organizational effectiveness. The City Manager leads and supports a diverse staff of passionate and talented employees in further developing an outstanding organizational culture that supports excellence, innovation, fun, and a high degree of professional and personal satisfaction. Promoting a culture of teamwork and communication, the City Manager works in collaboration and treats employees with respect and dignity, and maintains an open mind to diverse voices, constructive feedback and ideas.
The City Manager develops short- and long-term goals, plans, and measurements to implement the priorities and directives of the City Council. This position directs and oversees the strategic planning, development, and implementation of programs and services within financial constraints and in accordance with City Council priorities, policies, and regulations. Providing fiscally sound decision making, the City Manager prepares and submits annual budget recommendations and financial analysis for Budget Committee and Council approval, and ultimately ensures fiscal compliance.
Providing community and public relations, the City Manager represents the City by providing presentations, information, and organizational updates to the City Council, governmental agencies, public organizations, community partners, businesses, media, and the general public. The City Manager continues the City’s tradition of exceptional stewardship and accountability, and will operate with transparency and openness in all interactions.
The new City Manager understands tomorrow’s success isn’t about a single investment or new development. A forward-thinking visionary, the successful candidate sees a future where people, the community, the land, and the economy prosper hand-in-hand. A true champion of diversity, equity, and inclusion, the City Manager is a strategic leader and thoughtful manager with the right amount of passion, strategic mindset, patience, and heart to move the organization forward.
With empathy and compassion, the City Manager sets the tone for the organization and brings a sense of calm and stability, while continuing to steadily drive towards innovation. The successful candidate brings proven expertise in change management, drives sound business operations, and ensures exceptional financial management. Considered a calculated risk-taker, the ideal candidate exercises sound judgement, conducts due diligence, monitors best practices, and seeks input to drive efficiency and inform decision-making. This person values public service and believes in advancing equitable programs and initiatives. In addition, the City Manager recognizes the importance of developing strong partnerships and relationships with social justice and social service providers.
The City Manager leads and empowers staff, promoting a culture that embraces change for the better, and genuinely encourages and supports collaboration. The successful candidate is an active listener who values honesty and integrity, and believes in fostering mutual respect at all levels. An approachable leader, the City Manager nurtures an open and welcoming working environment that continues to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The City seeks a City Manager who is creative, innovative, and brings a fresh, yet experienced and measured, voice and perspective to Hillsboro. With strong emotional intelligence, the successful candidate values diversity of thought and serves as a catalyst for broad, citywide discussions. A natural convener and collaborator, the City Manager recognizes the importance of relationships and partnerships at all levels. Hearing, balancing, and respecting a variety of views during the decision-making process, while moving forward, will be key. The successful candidate is an effective communicator and actively keeps others well informed. They also appreciate and have a good sense of humor.
City Council Spotlight: Mayor Steve Callaway
What should Hillsboro residents know about how you serve the community as a Council member?
"It is an honor and privilege to serve our City in this capacity. Addressing quality of life issues will continue to be a priority: Community safety and sidewalks, strong schools and opportunities for our youth, parks and libraries, transportation and jobs, and the Hillsboro 2035 Community Plan. Hillsboro is a great city. I will continue to focus on making our future just as great as our past. Link to full article.
City Council Spotlight: Councilor Olivia Alcaire
City Council Spotlight: Councilor Anthony Martin
City Council Spotlight: Councilor Rick Van Beveren
“I intend to listen, to make informed decisions that are in the best interests of all of our citizens. I value collaboration, transparency, and fiscal responsibility, and I am committed to making Hillsboro an even better place to live, work, study, play, start a business, and raise a family.” Link to full article.
City Council Spotlight: Councilor Kyle Allen
“I love Hillsboro! After time spent volunteering in our community for programs like SMART and Family Promise, as well as the Hillsboro Budget Committee, the opportunity arose to serve our community as a City Councilor. I was excited to contribute and help make Hillsboro an even better place to live. Through this process, and having thousands of conversations, I have acquired a greater sense of our community’s values and the direction we should head.” Link to full article.
City Council Spotlight: Councilor Fred Nachtigal
What should Hillsboro residents know about how you serve the community?
“I attempt to keep myself well-informed and prepared for meetings with an eye towards what is best for the community as a whole. I have contributed my time for meetings in which I hope I have made informed decisions. I continue to be enthusiastic about the community.” Link to full article.
City Council Spotlight: Councilor Beach Pace
"I have many issues I want to work on but, foremost, I am very concerned about the housing situation here in Hillsboro. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Council to see if we can augment other initiatives to bring more housing and more affordable housing to Hillsboro." Link to full article.
Hiring unique individuals who reflect and enhance the diverse community Hillsboro serves is essential to delivering exceptional City services and programs. The City of Hillsboro is committed to creating and supporting an inclusive and welcoming environment for all employees to thrive. The City values, respects, and empowers employees’ authentic voices and innovative ideas.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, and no later than June 30, 2019.
Cover letters expressing your interest in the City of Hillsboro — and how you would succeed in the role — should be addressed to Heather Gantz. Please submit your resume and cover letter via Waldron’s Candidate Web Portal.
The search for the City of Hillsboro’s City Manager is being assisted by a team from Waldron:
Heather Gantz, Search Director
Council Conversation: Your Priorities Are Our City's Priorities
What matters most to you, to your family, and to our 101,900+ neighbors? It's a question the City Council works to answer each year as they focus the City's efforts.
Hillsboro City Council Wants Your Input in City Manager Recruitment
City Councilors want to know what qualities you think the Council should look for in Hillsboro’s next City Manager.
Hillsboro City Council Selects 2019 Priorities and Guiding Principles
The Council unanimously adopted priorities that include advancing safe transportation; supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion; and support for the Hillsboro 2035 Community Plan.