Get to Know Hillsboro, Oregon
Hillsboro is one of Oregon’s most diverse and dynamic cities, with a steadily growing population of just over 100,000. During the workday, more than 50,000 employees commute to Hillsboro by car, bicycle, bus, or Light Rail train to work at companies such as Intel, Nike, and Genentech. Hillsboro is the largest city in Washington County and serves as the county seat.
The City of Hillsboro is ideally located in the Pacific Northwest — 10 miles west of Portland — just an hour’s drive from the beautiful Cascade Mountains and Columbia River Gorge to the east, and the sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean to the west.
Known as the “high-tech hub of Oregon” or the “tallest tree in the silicon forest,” Hillsboro has some of the best land, power, and water resources in the country. With its thriving economy, Hillsboro is the home of Oregon’s fourth-largest school district, two higher-education campuses, and 30 parks with more than 1,500 acres of designated green spaces, including Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve and the Orenco Woods Nature Park. The Hillsboro community proudly supports creative expression and the arts, and Downtown Hillsboro is the home of the Walters Cultural Arts Center and the highly regarded Bag&Baggage professional theatre company.
Throughout summer, Hillsboro residents can shop for fresh berries, cherries, and produce at five different weekly farmers’ markets. Annual community events include the Oregon International Air Show, the Hillsboro Latino Cultural Festival, and one of the largest 4th of July parades in the Northwest. The Hillsboro Hops, the only professional baseball team in the Portland metro area, entertain fans during home games at the City’s baseball stadium, Ron Tonkin Field.
Hillsboro’s Mission Statement
The City of Hillsboro is dedicated to providing visionary leadership, delivering responsive municipal services, and fostering collaborative partnerships that enhance Hillsboro’s hometown livability.
Structure of Local Government
While greatly respecting tradition, Hillsboro is unlike a traditional City government. It is a financially conservative, yet innovative and forward-thinking, full-service City. Hillsboro takes pride in being open, entrepreneurial, and cooperative in serving residents, community members, businesses, and community partners. Success to Hillsboro means working together to provide excellent municipal services and plan for a bright future for the community.
Hillsboro operates as a Council-Manager form of government. Voters elect the seven-member City Council, including the Mayor and six other City Councilors, to serve a four-year term, with a charter-imposed limit of serving no more than two consecutive terms. The City Council appoints a City Manager to conduct the business of the City. Policy decisions are the responsibility of the Council, while administrative functions are carried out by the City Manager and manager-selected staff.
Culture of Innovation
Bold and optimistic, Hillsboro is growing rapidly and with a purpose — to be the best City government in the universe. The City strives to be the public employer of choice, and employees continually look for opportunities to create the best working environment. Hillsboro is more than a
city government. It is a set of values and personality traits that reflect the spirit of the community.
The City provides many opportunities for employees’ personal and professional growth, and promotes a culture that embraces change for the better. Hillsboro purposefully creates experiences for employees to contribute in different ways that benefit not only the organization and coworkers, but also directly support City Council priorities. Employees have a greater impact, are connected to the mission, and understand how their role at the City is helping to achieve the Hillsboro 2035 Community Plan, which details the community’s shared vision for the future.
Employees are proud to be part of the City of Hillsboro and want to foster positive relationships, deepen their connections, and enhance their skills. An important thing you need to know about Hillsboro: they have fun. Seriously. Whether hosting art or theatre presentations during City Council meetings or elaborate comedy routines at the annual State of the City event, creativity abounds in Hillsboro.
Employees are also expected to promote a positive, respectful work environment and to be effective and collaborative team members while providing responsive municipal services to Hillsboro community members.
Internal Leadership Priorities
Make the necessary time and effort to form and maintain excellent working relationships throughout the City, both internally and externally. Be a vocal advocate for all City staff, establish trust, and encourage collaboration to prioritize and execute identified goals.
- Emphasize organizational effectiveness and develop a “one team” and “rise together” mentality. Encourage and set the tone for greater collaboration amongst the Senior Leadership Team, identify opportunities for cross-departmental collaboration, and leverage the knowledge and power of the group to bring greater impact to City initiatives.
Be thoughtful in determining why, how and when to drive organizational change. Maintain employee morale, retain a great workforce, continue to build strong teams, and look for opportunities that make our organization stronger.
Serve as an ambassador and active champion for the City’s ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion work. Celebrate lived experiences and continue to purposely weave diversity, equity, and inclusion into everything we do. Ensure City staff fully understand and appreciate the value of an equity lens and then ensure we apply one on all communication, projects, and initiatives.
Continue to drive Hillsboro’s culture of innovation. Integrate process improvement and innovation into daily activities, and encourage exploratory work and pilot projects while being mindful of maintaining excellence in core functions, services, and daily responsibilities.
Champion employee development and support a culture of opportunity. Identify pathways for employees to grow and develop with a focus on employee engagement, mentoring, training, development, education, succession planning, and further collaboration at all staff levels.
Drive Hillsboro’s vision and strategy, empowering staff as subject matter experts to execute on projects and initiatives. Ensure a strong organization and better communication to carry out Council priorities and actionable items from the Hillsboro 2035 Community Plan.
Strike a balance between innovation and maintaining our foundation. Continue to provide strong City services and recognize that a solid foundation and internal infrastructure allow us to deliver excellence in our services today, while preparing for the services of tomorrow.
Encourage ongoing smart city initiatives and technology projects that build community, create opportunity, ensure equity, and serve the City, including the innovative broadband HiLight project.
Drive fiscal stability, build reserves, and support smart investments. Continue to emphasize fiscal responsibility with the Council, actively discuss priorities and initiatives, and align funding with City values.
Recognize and prioritize the importance of the employee experience and ensure we remain an employer of choice. Support the need for work-life balance and the importance of creating a sense of community internally and externally.
The Successful Candidate
The new City Manager understands tomorrow’s success isn’t about a single investment or new development. A forward-thinking visionary, the successful candidate sees a future where people, the community, the land, and the economy prosper hand-in-hand. A true champion of diversity, equity, and inclusion, the City Manager is a strategic leader and thoughtful manager with the right amount of passion, strategic mindset, patience, and heart to move the organization forward.
With empathy and compassion, the City Manager sets the tone for the organization and brings a sense of calm and stability, while continuing to steadily drive towards innovation. The successful candidate brings proven expertise in change management, drives sound business operations, and ensures exceptional financial management. Considered a calculated risk-taker, the ideal candidate exercises sound judgement, conducts due diligence, monitors best practices, and seeks input to drive efficiency and inform decision-making. This person values public service and believes in advancing equitable programs and initiatives. In addition, the City Manager recognizes the importance of developing strong partnerships and relationships with social justice and social service providers.
The City Manager leads and empowers staff, promoting a culture that embraces change for the better, and genuinely encourages and supports collaboration. The successful candidate is an active listener who values honesty and integrity, and believes in fostering mutual respect at all levels. An approachable leader, the City Manager nurtures an open and welcoming working environment that continues to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The City seeks a City Manager who is creative, innovative, and brings a fresh, yet experienced and measured, voice and perspective to Hillsboro. With strong emotional intelligence, the successful candidate values diversity of thought and serves as a catalyst for broad, citywide discussions. A natural convener and collaborator, the City Manager recognizes the importance of relationships and partnerships at all levels. Hearing, balancing, and respecting a variety of views during the decision-making process, while moving forward, will be key. The successful candidate is an effective communicator and actively keeps others well informed. They also appreciate and have a good sense of humor.
The Desired Qualifications
The City Manager understands and appreciates public service, providing quality of life services and, above all, values a sense of community. Demonstrated, high-level managerial experience and the ability to work closely with elected officials is essential. An exceptional ability to develop effective partnerships is required. An understanding of economic development, land use, and planning is ideal. Labor relations experience with a history of supporting public safety services is essential. An appreciation for technology, data and analytics, and smart city initiatives is valuable. Prior experience working in a growing, diverse community is highly valued. Bilingual abilities are beneficial.
The successful candidate has a combination of skills and education that enable success as Hillsboro’s City Manager, such as a master’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, or a closely related field, and 10 years related experience, including 5 years progressively responsible municipal management experience. The City Manager brings a broad and diverse background into public service, ideally a leadership role in a full- service City. The successful candidate embraces Hillsboro’s culture and adheres to and delivers on the values and mission of the City.
The City Manager contract is at the discretion of the City Council, with a salary range of $193,000 to $224,000. For a complete list of the City’s extensive benefits, please visit Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/Benefits.