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City Manager - Portland, Maine

Located in the scenic Northern New England, the City of Portland is the population, financial, and cultural center of the State of Maine. Historic architecture blends with new; a working waterfront borders the cobblestone streets of Old Port and vibrant Arts District, which is pebbled with five-star gourmet restaurants. Portland is a city of neighborhoods rich in diversity of character and design and offering a broad spectrum of housing choices for residents from dense urban neighborhoods to island communities. While it is the largest city in Maine with a metro population of 230,000, Portland still maintains its small-town feel with a strong sense of community and neighborhood support.

The City of Portland operates under a Council-Manager form of government with a nine-member City Council. The city is widely recognized as a well-managed, full-service municipality providing valued services to its residents. In fiscal year 2022-23, the City Council approved a General Fund Budget of $212 million.

The City Manager oversees the day-to-day operations of the city. They are the Chief Administrative Officer of the city and responsible to the City Council for the administration of all departments. The City Manager prepares the annual budget and presents it to the City Council for approval. In addition, the City Manager’s office directly oversees the City’s economic development, waterfront policy, island and community outreach, and regional communications operations in the Portland area, which includes the City, South Portland, and the Town of Cape Elizabeth. The City Manager executes the policy direction set by the Mayor and City Council and directs the day-to-day operations of the City through the management of 13 city departments and over 1,200 employees.

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in public administration, business administration, or a closely related field, and considerable experience in a responsible managerial position, preferably in local government is required. Experience in municipal management, financial management, accounting procedures, budgeting, and investments is preferred. The ideal candidate should have working knowledge of principles of personnel administration and labor relations. Experience in a union environment is desired. A master’s degree is preferred. The ideal candidate should possess or have the ability to obtain a valid Maine driver’s license.

The annual salary range for this position is $190,000 - $225,000 depending on skills and experience plus an annual bonus, along with excellent qualifying employee benefits including either Maine Public Employees Retirement System Consolidated plan in the City's regular plan, or in the City's qualified 401a defined contribution plan, 100% medical employee only coverage subject to completion of wellness activities, automobile allowance, vacation and sick leave accruals and 13.5 paid holidays. Potential for remote / flexible work capability as appropriate.

We invite qualified professionals to submit a cover letter and resume by visiting our website at: This position is open until filled; however, a first review of resumes will occur on Thursday, February 16, 2023. Following this date, applications will be screened against criteria outlined in this brochure. For more information, please contact Anne Lewis at or 703-923-8214.

The City of Portland is strongly committed to diversity in its workforce. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.