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Township Manager - Lower Swatara Township, PA

Lower Swatara Township
Middletown, PA
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

Lower Swatara Township, located in Dauphin County, South Central Pennsylvania, six miles outside of Harrisburg City, is seeking a Township Manager to serve as the chief administrative officer, working collaboratively with the Township Board of Commissioners and Township Department Managers toward the achievement of its vision and goals. The Township Manager will manage and direct operations to ensure effective delivery of programs and services, facilitate and direct planning for use of capital resources, recommend policy and procedures to ensure compliance with laws, regulations, and Township Commissioners’ objectives.

This position reports to the Township Board of Commissioners and is a great opportunity for a self-starter with the right combination of project management, supervisory experience, and leadership skills.


  • Supervise and be responsible for the activities of all municipal departments, Township Solicitor, and provide leadership and direction to senior management, including Accounting Manager, Chief of Police, Director of Public Works, Director of Codes and Planning, Director of Administration and the Municipal Sewer Authority and provide feedback and direction concerning goals, priorities, and objectives; facilitate coordination of cross-departmental opportunities and problem resolution
  • Provide administrative oversight to ensure effective delivery of programs and services and adherence to proper ethical standards and guidelines
  • Administer contracts for professional services and ensure provisions of all franchises, leases, permits, and privileges granted by the Township are observed
  • Work with the Board of Commissioners, and when necessary, terminate employees, administer pay and benefits plans, develop and enforce employment policy and procedures to ensure compliance with laws, regulations, and Township objectives; assist labor counsel with the negotiation of labor contracts
  • Work with the Finance department to develop and communicate budget objectives, direct use of funds, ensure financial accountability and transparency, and review recommendations for financing strategies; provide periodic reports and a complete report at year-end to Township Board of Commissioners on the condition of Township finances
  • Serve as primary liaison to Township Board of Commissioners and understand goals of the Commissioners, attend all Township meetings and committees or designate an alternate; plan for presentation of recommendations and reports, participate in discussions concerning projects and policies; develop agenda for Supervisor meetings, provide advice and information on operational matters; serve as a liaison between Township Board of Commissioners and related, committees, staff, and the public at large
  • Facilitate planning for Township programs and services and develop recommendations for major projects which impact public health, safety and quality of life, economic development, and Township operations
  • Engage in public relations activities and serve as media contact; resolve questions and complaints from citizens, investigate or direct to appropriate staff, and report to Township Board of Commissioners; develop plans to communicate issues to the public
  • Understand revenue sources and actively seek funding and local, state and federal grants for projects
  • Be responsible for purchases for all supplies and equipment for departments and offices where mandated


  • 4-year degree is preferred; a Master’s degree in Public Administration or a related field is a plus; a combination of education and demonstrated experience in local government will also be considered
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in project management and leadership; municipal government experience is a plus
  • Experience in capital project management and funding is required; grant writing is preferred
  • Experience in employee management with proven ability to lead and motivate a dedicated team of employees
  • Knowledge of PA municipal law, regulations and local government principles is preferred
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office suite and comfort with technology is required
  • Demonstrated knowledge of government budgeting, accounting, finance, and procurement practices
  • Organized team player who is considerate and able to work well with others, including residents, co-workers, employees, vendors, consultants, and contractors
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with an active governing board and to maintain effective working relationships with the Township Board of Commissioners and other municipal officials
  • Excellent interpersonal skills - written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and decision-making skills with the ability to resolve issues
  • Strong work ethic with high personal standards for quality of work
  • Self-motivated and ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Strong time management skills and ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines and able to respond to changes in priorities as well as effectively coordinate and delegate projects as needed
  • A valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License is required
  • Lower Swatara Township residency is preferred but not required

Please do not call the office or send hard copy resumes. We carefully consider every application, but we can only accept applications made through this site.


Company Description
Lower Swatara Township is located in Dauphin County, South Central Pennsylvania, six miles outside of Harrisburg City, along the Susquehanna river. Lower Swatara is comprised of residential, commercial, industrial, educational,
agricultural and government properties.

The Township is 14.6 square miles surrounded by Middletown Borough, Derry Township, Swatara Township, Highspire Borough, Londonderry Township, Steelton Borough and Cumberland County.

Lower Swatara Township


1499 Spring Garden Drive

Middletown, PA

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