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City of Crystal Lake, Assistant to the City Manager

The Assistant to the City Manager is an integral part of the City’s leadership team and supports various aspects of City operations including, the City’s communication plan and strategy, managing and coordinating the staff and budget at the Three Oak Recreation Area, staffing the City’s Sustainability (environmental) Committee and newly formed Youth Commission.  The Assistant to the City Manager also manages and coordinates activities including risk management and safety programs, budgeting, and policy development/analysis.  The position will work with each department on special projects, performs a variety of tasks, including social media platforms and the City’s website, and assist in the implementation of special programs and projects.  These responsibilities are performed under the direction of the City Manager and Deputy City Manager.  Work requires the exercise of considerable judgment, initiative, and discretion.

Responsibilities include performing a wide variety of professional-level analytical and administrative duties in support of assigned functions, operations, department, and/or division special projects, and research studies; preparing various reports to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations; coordinating assigned activities with other departments, divisions, outside agencies, and the general public; providing information and assistance to the public regarding assigned programs and services.

The successful candidate must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.  The candidate must have proven skills in using various social media tools and have proven technical skills in various software applications including Microsoft Office Suite and website content editing and management.   The candidate must also have outstanding organizational and time management skills, and be detail oriented with multi-tasking capabilities in a fast-paced environment.  Excellent customer service skills, including the ability to deal tactfully with the public and a high level of integrity in dealing with confidential and sensitive information is essential.

Qualifications for this position include a Bachelor’s Degree in Public or Business Administration, or a closely related field, supplemented by a Master’s Degree in Public or Business Administration which is strongly preferred, a minimum of three to five years relevant experience in municipal government, public body or related field or any equivalent combination of training and experience, which provides the required knowledge, abilities, and skills.  Candidates must have solid analytical and administrative skills.  Starting salary range for this position is $89,549 – $100,000, depending on qualifications, with excellent benefit package.

Offers of employment are subject to successful completion of background check and drug screen.   Qualified individuals interested in being considered for the position should submit an employment application, available at and attach a letter of interest with resume.

This position will remain open until filled.  Applications will be considered as received.

The City of Crystal Lake is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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