Chief Administrative Officer – Kent, WA

The sixth-largest city in the State of Washington and the third largest in King County, the City of Kent is a community where people choose to live, and businesses change the world. Kent lies in the heart of the Seattle-Tacoma metroplex, just a few miles from SeaTac International Airport. The city of 34 square miles and close to 138,000 residents is at the center of a burgeoning tech and new space industry anchored by companies including Blue Origin, Boeing, Hexcel, and Exotic Metals.

The City of Kent operates under a Strong Mayor form of government in which the Mayor works full-time as the leader of the organization. In addition to the Mayor, Kent residents elect seven City Council members. The City’s Administration Department — the Mayor’s Office — includes 21 employees, four of whom report directly to the Chief Administrative Officer. Under the Mayor’s direction, the Chief Administrative Officer is responsible for the efficient administration of City government through effective management of its human, financial, and material resources. This includes working with the Mayor and City Council to develop short- and long-range goals and objectives; strategizing with the Mayor on legislative priorities at the state and national levels; and directing the City’s biennial budget under the Mayor’s guidance to ensure financial soundness to meet core service needs and objectives.

The City of Kent is seeking a skilled and strategic leader with experience managing growth and development within a large, increasingly diverse urban community to serve as its new Chief Administrative Officer. This position requires a bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, or a closely related field with a master’s degree strongly preferred. Candidates should also have at least seven years of executive management experience, including five years of managerial experience in a position equivalent to deputy chief administrative officer in a similar-sized organization. Experience working in a large metro area with the ability to think on a regional basis, and experience in a Strong Mayor form of government, are desirable. The successful candidate will also need to pass a background check and obtain a valid Washington State driver’s license.

The City of Kent is offering a starting salary range of $157,212 – $226,236 for this position based on experience and qualifications.

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For more information on this position, contact:
Kurt Hodgen, Senior Vice President

Closing Date: July 3, 2022