By Anna Lothson
An 11-page document has been publicly released in hopes of finding the right fit for the next Oak Park village manager.
Starting with a photograph of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certified public works building, the community and candidate profile document describes a robust village that is an ideal place to live and work.
A list of 13 detailed personal attributes and 9 professional attributes were named as "vital" for the next village manager, according to the profile document.
These included, among others, balancing the direction of the board of trustees and building "effective working relationships. … Ability to "recognize the need for diversity. …Be a strategic thinker with an eye for detail with a strong orientation toward customer service. …Willing to play a highly visible role in the community. … have extensive experience in staff development and team leadership. … able to promote green and sustainable initiatives. …[and] an accessible team leader and colleague who is comfortable with delegation and accountability."
Trustee Ray Johnson said in a recent interview he was pleased about the finalized version from Slavin Management Consultants, the firm conducting the search.
"In my view it is comprehensive and gives a great view of the village," Johnson said. "It was a very strong document."
Among the professional requirements were a minimum of a bachelor's degree in public administration or related field and time served as either the chief administrative officer or full assistant to a manager in local government. A master's in public administration is preferred.
Professional attributes named were items like "A professionally stable administrator with a record of tenure and consistent career growth. …An active regional leader. …proved track record of staff development. …demonstrated background in guiding and participating in the redevelopment of cities and metropolitan areas. …[and] a person of strong and professional values and ethics; politically neutral [who] must listen and be 'whole village' centered and not myopic."
On the sixth page the description dips into the village board's goals and vision, which is broken down into the following 12 sections: retail strategy and commercial district viability, fiscal responsibility, sustainability, a user-friendly village hall, intergovernmental cooperation, public safety, housing and diversity, infrastructure and public works, tourism and the arts, community building and civic engagement, governmental transparency and communications, and legislative goals.
Within those categories items include providing direction for key downtown parcels, decreasing retail vacancies/increasing retail and commercial tax revenue, implementing a five-year budgeting approach, reviewing technology, improving communication, and considering a plan for a dedicated public art investment program were listed among roughly 30 bulleted points.
Compensation for the position was noted as "highly competitive," but it will be determined based on the selected individual's qualifications, according to the document. Tom Barwin, the former village manager, resigned with a base salary of $165,411. Interim Village Manager Cara Pavlicek is currently receiving $125,000 in the position until a replacement has been hired.
To view the full recruitment document, visit OakPark.com.
Applicants have until Friday, August 17, to apply. Trustees have said they're confident Oak Park's next village manager will be chosen sometime in September.
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