The Village of Biscayne Park, a residential community with no commercial property, is located in the northeast section of Miami-Dade County. It serves an area of approximately .69 square miles accented by lush medians and a rich tree canopy. There are only a handful of undeveloped lots in this residential enclave, where the 2016 preliminary average assessed value is $185,383 according to the Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser’s Office. Architectural styles of houses are nearly as varied as the cultures represented in the Village’s 3,110 residents, all blended together in a quiet, peaceful and relaxed “park” setting.
The Village Commission is comprised of a Mayor and four Commissioners. Elections are held every two years where voters vote for three commissioners. The next municipal election is scheduled in November 2018. * The top two vote getters receive a four-year term and the third receives a two-year term. At the first commission meeting following an election, the commission selects a Mayor. The Commission-Manager form of government is based on the premise that the responsibility for policy rests with the Village Commission and the responsibility for daily administration and execution of policy rests with the Village Manager.
(*A special election takes place on March 28, 2017, to fill a vacancy.)
Under the Charter, the only two positions appointed by the Village Commission are the Village Manager and the Village Attorney. The Village Manager has the full power to hire and fire all other employees. Some are subject to the provisions of collective bargaining agreements (the Police Benevolent Association for the Police Department, and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades for the Public Works Department).
The Village’s assessed value is presently $160 million from last year’s value of $144 million. The budget for FY 2016-17 is approximately $3.3 million with a millage of 9.700.
The Village has 24 full-time employees and four part-time employees. For a small Village, it provides all the standard services that much larger cities provide with the exception of Fire Rescue (which is provided by Miami-Dade County). The Village provides public safety (police and code compliance), public works, parks & recreation and general government services such as building/permitting and finance. Residents expect and receive a high level of service that is provided as efficiently as possible.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The Village is seeking a motivated, experienced, and proactive individual with outstanding communication skills. The individual will be someone who keeps the elected officials well informed and presents them with recommendations and options, will focus on the day-to-day, and will also assist the Village in planning for a better tomorrow. She/he will be a skilled leader, consensus builder and mentor, and who will empower staff to continue to provide efficient and friendly municipal services to meet community expectations.
The preferred candidate will have at least five (5) years progressive senior level experience in a municipality. The individual is expected to have at least a bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, urban planning, engineering, law, finance, non-profit, or related field. Candidates selected for interviews will be required to provide copies of college transcripts. Individuals with other particularly strong credentials will also be considered. A successful candidate must be able to be bondable and provide a surety bond acceptable to the Village, at Village cost. Membership in the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the Florida City and County Management Association (FCCMA) is a plus, as is participation in local professional organizations and civic activities.
The Village Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Village in providing a full line of services to its residents under the provisions of the Village Charter and its Code of Ordinances. This is a full-time position; the hours are as necessary to fulfill the duties and include evening commission meetings. The duties outlined in the Village Charter are:
- Responsible for the hiring, supervision and removal of all Village employees.
- Direct and supervise the administration of all departments and offices, but not Village boards, agencies, committees or authorities, unless directed by the Commission from time to time.
- Attend all Commission meetings and have the right to take part in discussion but not the right to vote.
- Ensure that all laws, provisions of the Charter and acts of the Commission, subject to enforcement and/or administration by him/her or by officers subject to his/her direction and supervision, are faithfully executed.
- Prepare and submit to the Commission a proposed annual budget and capital program.
- Submit to the Commission and make available to the public an annual report on the finances and administrative activities of the Village as of the end of each fiscal year.
- Prepare such other reports as the Commission may require concerning the operations of the Village agencies, boards, committees, authorities or departments.
- Keep the Commission fully advised as to the financial condition and future needs of the Village and make such recommendations to the Commission concerning the affairs of the Village as she/he deems to be in the best interests of the Village.
- Execute contracts, deeds and other documents on behalf of the Village as authorized by the Commission.
- Appoint a Clerk. The Manager cannot appoint himself/herself as Clerk.
- Perform such other duties as are specified in the Charter or as may be required by the Commission.
Other attributes of the successful candidate for the Village Manager for the Village of Biscayne Park include:
- A confident, intelligent, accessible, forward-thinking, pro-active, entrepreneurial, transparent, consensus building leader who listens to residents and knows how to effectively empower staff and to work effectively with other units of local government in the area.
- Ability to “roll up your sleeves” and work alongside your department heads.
- Ability to formulate and implement strategies and make organizational and resource decisions consistent with the goals and objectives established by the Village Commission in an efficient service delivery system.
- Knowledge of financial and budget management and the principles and practices of public administration, leadership and supervision.
- An excellent communicator both verbally and in writing and a person who can deal effectively with conflict; a bridge builder.
- Skills in interpersonal relations, analytical problem solving; effective decision-making and negotiation, facilitation, and effective presentations.
- Ability to respond with a high customer service orientation to citizens of the community.
- Ability to work effectively with a multi-ethnic citizenry.
- Ability to make reasoned, well-thought-out decisions.
- Ability to set and follow priorities to manage multiple projects simultaneously and effectively.
- Ability to plan and implement complex projects and to successfully evaluate their outcomes.
- Able to gather, organize, examine and evaluate data and/or information objectively and to recommend action to the Village Commission and others on that analysis.
- Ability to prepare and review financial documents.
- A dedicated professional with a strong work ethic.
- A trustworthy team player who is open and honest and who is a visionary.
- Possesses unquestionable integrity and ethics.
- Willingness to participate and take part in community consensus building and events.
- Amenable to change.
Salary range: $80,000 – $85,000 and commensurate with experience and budget capacity. Benefits include health and life insurance, telephone and automobile allowance; contribution to the Florida Retirement System; budgeted professional association participation dues and subscriptions.
Residency within the Village’s boundaries is not required. Residency in Miami-Dade County or Broward County is preferred, and at the cost of the candidate. Residency in adjacent counties will be considered.
HOW TO APPLY
E-mail resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 31, 2017, at 5:00pm. Questions should be directed to Marlen Martell, Village Clerk/Human Resources Coordinator at the same e-mail, or by phone at (305) 899 8000 (Mon-Fri 9:00am – 5:00pm).