Coventry is known for its natural beauty and historic charm. Coventry boasts a 400-acre lake, multiple parks including sports fields, and nature reserves offering hiking trails and scenic views, including the Nathan Hale State Forest.. The Coventry Public Schools are nationally and locally recognized for quality. Coventry is located near the University of Connecticut and Eastern Connecticut State University. Overall, Coventry offers a quiet, peaceful lifestyle with easy access to both natural and cultural amenities, commuting distance of 20 minutes to Hartford and it is within 1 hour to Long Island Shore or Providence, about 2 hours to Boston and New York City, and easy access to the mountains and to other New England states.
Form of Government
Coventry operates under the “Council-Manager” form of government. The Town Manager is appointed by and reports to a seven-member Town Council—the legislative body; with a Town Council Chair. The current Town Manager is retiring after serving the community for approximately 35 years. The Town Charter includes a referendum process for the approval of the annual budget after approved by the Town Council.
About the Town Manager Position
The Town Manager is responsible to the Town Council for the proper administration of all Town affairs as outlined in the Town Charter. The Town Manager is the Chief Executive Officer who oversees and manages all municipal service functions and day-to-day operations of the Town. The Town Manager performs personnel management, collective bargaining, labor relations; and appoints all department heads and employees. The Manager works closely with the Town Council, department heads, and the Board of Education to develop strategic priorities and annual budgets.
- Bachelor’s Degree required with 5+ years experience in municipal government or related experiences. A Master’s degree and International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Credentialed Manager preferred; or an equivalent of experience, knowledge and education.
- Knowledge, skills and abilities should include: good communications skills, supervisory skills, labor relations knowledge, human resources experience, ability to find, secure, and implement grants, excellent project management skills, budgeting experience and the creativity in maintaining the current budget and mill rate when possible.
- Live within approximately 20 mile radius to Coventry within a year of appointment.
Compensation and Application Process
The Town of Coventry offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The Town provides a generous benefits package which includes health, dental, life insurance and paid vacation and sick leave. Additionally, the Town provides a Hybrid Pension plan plus a defined contributions retirement plan (ICMA-RC/MissionSquare), and car allowance. Relocation assistance is negotiable.
Coventry is an AA/EOE Employer
If you are interested in this position or have questions about the position, or salary and benefits please contact Ms. Frank at the address below before applying.
To apply now for this great opportunity please submit your cover letter and resume to Ms. Frank. Position will remain open until filled; first screening date is May 12, 2023. Top candidates will be asked to complete a questionnaire so early resumes will be reviewed first.
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