Town Manager, Ashland, VA

Town Manager, Ashland, VA

The Town

The Town Manager of Ashland, Virginia will be at the “Center of the Universe,” as its residents affectionately call the historic town. Ashland enjoys the presence of a college, distinct neighborhoods, robust trail connections, unique businesses, excellent schools, and a generous fund balance. The Town has a history of strong and effective council-manager government, stability in leadership, a healthy mix of residential and commercial properties, engaged citizenry, and exceptional services.

The Town Council appoints the Town Manager to implement their policies and oversee the daily operations of the Town. The Manager also hires and provides leadership to Town staff, and presents the Council with a proposed budget, capital plan, and long-term financial plan.

There are five service areas within the organization: general government, police, public works, parks and recreation, and community development. The Deputy Town Manager/Finance Director, Director of Public Works, Police Chief, Director of Planning and Community Development, Assistant to the Town Manager/Human Resources Coordinator, and Management Analyst/Clerk of Council all report directly to the Town Manager.

Ashland has approximately 65 full-time employees and a FY 2016 general fund budget of $9,057,314.

The Job

ashland-logoMinimum requirements for this position are a bachelor’s degree and five years of local government experience with at least three years of management/supervision experience. Preferred qualifications include: master’s degree in public administration or related field, ICMA-Credentialed Manager, and experience in strategic plan implementation, economic development and business retention, regional cooperation and intergovernmental partnerships, and strong fiscal management. Candidates with experience working in small, historic communities and/or college towns are also desirable. Residency within the Town limits is currently required by Town Code.

The expected hiring range is $120,000 – $140,000 depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefit package, including the Virginia Retirement System (VRS).

To Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at and will be kept confidential. Applicants first complete a brief online form and then are prompted to provide one document (Word or PDF) that has a cover letter, resume with salary history, and a list of 3-5 professional references. Open until filled with first review of applications December 1, 2016.

Questions should be directed to or 513-221-0500.