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Town of Ponce Inlet, FL, Town Manager

Ponce Inlet , FL is seeking a strategic and innovative manager to lead this idyllic waterfront community. Ponce Inlet is located on the southern tip of a barrier island on Florida’s east coast, south of Daytona Beach. With both oceanfront and intracoastal waterway frontage, the town enjoys the best of Florida living. The resident population of 3,430 is supplemented by both intermittent and seasonal visitors.

Ponce Inlet is incorporated as a Council / Manager form of government. The Town Manager is appointed by and answers to a five member Town Council. Public services include police, fire, medical transport, public works, planning and development, and cultural services. In addition to service operations, the Town Manager oversees all supporting administrative functions for finance, information technology and human resources. Sixty full-time employees are supplemented by an active body of community volunteers.

The Town of Ponce Inlet staff shall be professional, caring, and fair in delivering community excellence while ensuring citizens obtain the greatest value for their tax dollar. The successful candidate must reflect this philosophy and be a leader who brings integrity, strategic focus, and vision to public service. The Town Manager serves as an advocate for local interests and represents the town in a wide range of forums. The provision and advancement of town services involves cooperative relationships with other governments and agencies. The Town Manager must possess excellent communication skills and have a record of success in developing and negotiating collaborative relationships. Experience with the development and implementation of performance standards for both staff and programs is a priority. Successful pursuit of grants and the ability to leverage resources is highly desirable.

The Town Manager’s routine duties are complex and varied, requiring the ability to anticipate interests, needs and issues. The Manager will develop and execute plans for the goals articulated by the Town Council. Effective communications with the Council members, staff, outside agencies and the public are essential. Ponce Inlet residents are highly involved in community life and have high standards for the town’s quality of life.  The town growth rate over that last 20 years reflects its desirability to both residents and visitors. Town government strives to balance the demands of growth with the community interests in retention of a small-town lifestyle. In addition, the physical environment is presenting new challenges to address coastal resiliency and the impacts of sea level rise.

Education and Experience

The successful candidate will have:

  • Extensive knowledge of municipal government administration to include experience with government budgeting, personnel management, service operations, program development and regulatory requirements.
  • Strong analytical and communication skills are required to interface effectively with elected officials, staff, collaborating partners and citizens.
  • Minimum of eight (8) years government experience in a managerial capacity with demonstrated success in administration of budgets and resources, staff development, process implementation, program evaluation, and policy development.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required. A Master’s Degree is preferred.

Compensation:  Current compensation for this position is $150k per year plus benefit package. Actual salary will be determined based on the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

The Town of Ponce Inlet is an equal opportunity employer and observes all applicable State of Florida Sunshine Laws.


Interested candidates should apply online at with a cover letter, resume, and contact information for five (5) professional references by February 3, 2023. Questions may be directed to James Dinneen, Vice President, and Executive Recruiter, GovHR USA at 847-380-3240 x136.




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