As the second largest city in Oregon, Eugene has an exceptional mix of education, community engagement, culture, recreation, and scenic beauty.
Eugene is committed to being a welcoming community for everyone who lives, works and plays here. Eugene is friendly and progressive, with residents who are active and interested in maintaining a high quality of life.
Located in the heart of wine country and within an hour drive from the Pacific Ocean and Cascade Mountains, Eugene is the county seat for Lane County.
Eugene is well-known as the home of the University of Oregon, which brings a cosmopolitan feel to the community, and whose collegiate teams have contributed excitement and pride on a national basis. With 20,000 students and over 6,000 employees, the University plays a major role in the community, as does Lane Community College and Northwest Christian University.
Eugene is a gigabit city and the employment base is becoming increasingly dominated by the creative class and knowledge-based industries, in addition to services, trade, and government.
The City boasts a plethora of city parks, hundreds of miles of bicycle trails, and numerous lakes, rivers and streams nearby. Many residents are health and fitness oriented, and Eugene will host the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in 2021.
Living in the City of Eugene offers all of this, along with the advantages of higher education, a strong public school system and a short commute to work.
Eugene has a council/manager form of government. In this form of government, the City Council develops legislation and policies to direct the City. The City Manager, hired by the City Council, provides administrative direction to the organization, oversees City of Eugene personnel and operations, and carries out the City Council’s direction.
The City has over 1,500 employees and a $808 million total budget. The City of Eugene is a service-oriented and innovative organization that provides services through six departments:
- Central Services
- Fire & Emergency Medical Services
- Library, Recreation & Cultural Services (LRCS)
- Planning and Development
- Public Works
Watch the 2019 City of Eugene year in review from the Mayor's State of the City Address.
The Ideal Candidate
As an organization, we value building trust and confidence and respectful and inclusive work environments. We are looking for a leader who will encourage and allow a creative work environment and place wellbeing of themselves and their team at the top of their priority list.
We encourage our leaders to be present in the now while also continually thinking and planning for the later. Specifically:
Equity and Inclusion
The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to, and experience in, advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. They will be a leader who shows commitment to equity in thought, word and action and will be able to provide ideas, systematic strategies and tools for advancing social equity through policy and CMO services and programming.
The ideal candidate will be visible, respected and engaged in the community, nurturing current organizational relationships and forging new ones. They will maintain and enhance collaborative working relationships with the Eugene City Council, community partners and stakeholders. They will have strong, culturally adaptive communication and listening skills and value the perspectives and contributions of all staff, partners, and community members. They will embrace collaboration, teamwork and abundance thinking.
The ideal candidate will recognize and build upon the strengths of current team members in all areas of the CMO and will have a proven track record of strong leadership, engagement and management. They will have a history of innovation and risk-taking and a willingness to take responsibility and learn from successes and failures. They will model and develop the competencies of all CMO staff and lead teams of professionals through significant events and day-to-day challenges with a balance of expertise and heart. They will be committed to the professional development of staff that encourages cross training and fosters a learning environment in which every person can grow and thrive.
The ideal candidate will be a leader who understands the changing nature of our communities and the critical role that policy, communications and city programs can play in building hopeful and resilient communities. They will convey a compelling future for the City of Eugene as a trusted and effective partner and will inspire staff and the community to work together toward the implementation of that future.
The City Manager’s Office Director has overall responsibility for leadership, policy development, program planning, fiscal management, administration and operation of the all City Manager's Office functions, programs and activities. They will oversee and provide complex support to the mayor, city councilors, city manager and assistant city manager.
In order to successfully complete these responsibilities, the following minimum qualifications are required:
- Experience: Six years of increasingly responsible experience in public administration, including three years of administrative and managerial responsibility involving responsibility for the planning, organization, implementation, and supervision of staff and varied work programs.
- Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, business administration, or a field related to human rights, sustainability or diversity.
- Additional Qualifications: Candidate must also possess or have the ability to obtain and maintain a valid Oregon driver’s license and be able to pass a Police background investigation.
A full description of the City Manager’s Office Director position and instructions for applying on-line are available on the City of Eugene website at:
(Click on this link and then select Current Job Openings and then select City Manager’s Office Director)
Salary: The salary for this position is $99,174.40 - $130,832.00 annually.
Closing Date: Friday, September 6, 2019
City of Eugene, Oregon, Human Resources | 940 Wilamette St., Suite 200 | Eugene, OR 97401 | 541-682-6027