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Village Manager - Village of Dundee - Dundee, MI

The Village of Dundee seeks a community builder and local government professional to be their next Village Manager.

About the Village of Dundee

Located in Monroe County, Dundee offers a safe, charming and family-friendly environment. Its residents are very proud of their community, where they enjoy the natural beauty, historic downtown and open spaces with the convenience of being located near Ann Arbor, Detroit and Toledo, Ohio.

Please refer to the community profile to learn more about this wonderful community.

About the Role of Village Manager

The village manager is the chief administrative officer for the Village of Dundee and is appointed by the Village Council. It is his/her responsibility to carry out the policies established by the council. The manager is also charged with the administrative direction of all village departments. The manager oversees and coordinates departmental functions and acts as a liaison between supervisory personnel and the council.

Managerial duties also include preparing the annual budget, overseeing the collective bargaining process, addressing residents’ concerns, and developing possible solutions to the problems that arise in the course of day-to-day operations.

The village manager undertakes special projects, handles citizens’ inquiries, requests for service, and communicates with residents, businesses, the media, other municipal governments, and state and federal agencies. The village manager approves key purchases and is responsible for all personnel actions.

Key tasks and activities include

  • Manage and supervise all public improvements, works, utilities and undertakings of the village.
  • Be responsible for the preservation of property, tools, equipment and fixed assets of the village; conduct the sale of village personal property as directed by the council.
  • Attend all meetings of the village council and take part in discussions but without a vote.
  • Participate as a nonvoting member on all village committees and commissions, except the downtown development authority, the local development finance authority, and such other authorities and commissions in which the manager may have a vote as determined by the council and authorized by law.
  • Assume the duties and responsibilities as personnel director of the village or delegate such duties to some other officer or employee of the village; and as such shall be a member of the negotiating team appointed by the council to negotiate the labor agreements which shall be approved by the council.
  • Compile and prepare, with input and assistance of the various department heads and the finance director, the annual budget as provided by the policies of the council and the Uniform Budgeting and Accounting Act, Act No. 2 of the Public Acts of Michigan of 1968 (MCL 141.421 et seq.), as amended and present the annual budget to council.
  • Keep the village council informed at all times as to the financial conditions and future needs of the village and make such recommendations that may seem advisable.
  • Act as purchasing agent for all village offices and departments, and may delegate some or all of the duties as purchasing agent to another officer or employee, provided that such delegation shall not relieve the manager of the responsibility for the proper conduct of those duties; and the village manager may promulgate rules governing the purchase of products or services.
  • Make recommendations to the village council for the adoption of such measures as may be deemed necessary or expedient for the improvement or betterment of the village.

Relevant Experience

This role has many facets, and the successful candidate will be visible in the community, responsive and have excellent financial acumen. Candidates should demonstrate an ability to engage diverse opinions, an appreciation for small towns/villages, and be excited for the opportunity to help a strong community that has many assets continue to grow in an intentional manner.

Experience with the following areas of subject matter is helpful

  • Principles of finance, budgets and procurement
  • Contract negotiations and vendor management
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Working with a broad range of individuals with various viewpoints
  • Grant writing
  • Labor relations and human resources

Key upcoming challenges and opportunities in the Village of Dundee

  • Continuing to foster controlled growth that complements Dundee’s character and charm and effectively managing the issues that occur because of growth.
  • Exploring additional opportunities for recreation and activities for residents - especially those for young families.
  • Developing a plan to maintain and address infrastructure needs (streets, parks, etc.).
  • Ensuring sound short and long term fiscal management.

A bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration/operations or planning is preferred.

Key Competencies

In terms of the performance and competencies required for the position, we would highlight the following:

  • Engaged in the community; naturally connects with and builds strong relationships with others; approachable and demonstrates strong emotional intelligence.
  • An ability to communicate clearly and transparently.
  • The ability to build and support the team, delegate effectively, address staff concerns, and exemplify strong leadership skills.
  • Has exceptional financial acumen, follow up and project management skills and can organize and oversee a wide range of initiatives and keep them moving forward by delegating and following up as needed.
  • Someone who takes the history and the small town appeal of Dundee into consideration when it comes to making decisions for its future.

Salary range: The compensation for this position will be determined based upon experiences and qualifications. The expected range is $95,000-$130,000.

To Apply

  • Interested applicants may send an email with a current resume and cover letter to
  • Applications are requested by October 9.
  • Candidates seeking confidentiality under Michigan law should clearly state their intentions.

How To Apply

Please submit your resume via our online job portal here:
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  • Company: Village of Dundee
  • Post Date:September 8, 2022
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  • Position Type: Full-Time
  • Experience: Executive Level
  • Location: 350 W Monroe Street
    Dundee, MI 48131
  • Please submit your resume via our online job portal:
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