Friday, December 23, 2016

The search is on: Open Cabinet positions under Baltimore Mayor Pugh

From the announcement for Director of Transportation
Baltimore's new Mayor Catherine Pugh has opened a nationwide job search for three cabinet level positions: Housing and Community Development, Parks and Recreation and Transportation.

The Mayor has indicated that the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCDC) will be split and two department heads would be hired. This intent is also expressed in the advertisement but the job description and ideal candidate description is included in the same document under the same set of qualifications even though running the department of housing would probably require a different set of skills than community development.
The ideal candidate will be a confident, collaborative, and decisive leader with good judgment, strong professional presence, and an inspiring demeanor who can develop and sustain a highly functional department. This includes:
• Knowledge of, and commitment to, community development strategies and governmental practices that promote healthy,
economically, equitable neighborhoods of high opportunity;
• Demonstrated commitment to actively supporting the role of community leaders from all communities in shaping policy and
undertaking neighborhood-based community planning activities;
• Extensive knowledge of management in a large, complex urban
• Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with public officials, public/private/nonprofit
agencies, and the general public;
• A commitment to diversity, equity, and excellence;
• The ability to empower, develop, mentor, and motivate agency staff;
• Experience in government finance and operations;
• Excellent communication skills;
• Political savvy and sensitivity to the interests of a wide-range
of stakeholder groups, strategic partners, elected officials, and
administrative colleagues.
All positions require a bachelors degree, city residency at the time of the appointment and all positions offer a range from $132,000 to $175,000 as the starting salary. Applications are not directed through the City HR portal but to the e-mail address

Klaus Philipsen, FAIA

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