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Borough Manager Position
BOROUGH MANAGER position available
The West Chester Borough Council announces that it is currently seeking an experienced professional for the vacant position of Borough Manager.

The Borough Council would like to fill the position as soon as possible, but will proceed with a widespread recruiting effort and a deliberate process to find a range of knowledgeable and qualified candidates. Local Government Management Services, LLC of North Wales PA has been retained to assist the Borough in recruiting and selecting a new manager. Applications are currently being accepted and will continue to be accepted until May 23, 2014. Applicants are urged to submit their applications promptly.

The position requires a master’s degree in public or business administration, or related field and 10 years experience in local government administration with demonstrated supervisory experience. Extensive experience in the field of local government may be substituted for some educational requirements. The Manager will be selected on the basis of managerial and administrative qualifications. The candidate need not be a resident of the Borough or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the time of appointment, but residency in the Borough is required by the Home Rule Charter and highly preferred by the Borough Council, although this provision can be waived.

Ideal candidate will be a dynamic and skilled leader that is well-versed in local government operations with experience in a community of this size delivering exceptional municipal services. Maintaining and expanding staff effectiveness will be an important trait. The desired candidate will have a full grasp of a wide range of functional areas of government, be able to carry out key policy initiatives with competence, and have success in facilitation of strategic planning efforts.

The new Borough Manager will be expected to build on the relationships that have been established with partners whose actions have the potential to impact the quality of life in West Chester Borough.

In addition, the ideal candidate will:
• Be innovative, forward-looking, and technologically savvy.
• Be committed to the delivery of high quality service and best practices in the delivery of those services.
• Have excellent financial skills to help tackle some tough budget challenges.
• Have demonstrated the ability to work toward building consensus and cooperation among those whose actions that will impact the community.
• Have demonstrated an ability to work with a broad range of stakeholders, within the organization, the community and the region at large to leverage resources for the community’s benefit and foster sustainable partnerships.
• Have demonstrated an ability to get the right things done, with a sense of urgency and a high level of energy and integrity.

West Chester Borough is a vibrant community with a 2010 population of 18,461, located in the center of scenic Chester County, Pennsylvania, approximately 25 miles west of the City of Philadelphia. It is a beautiful, historic community with a highly rated downtown and is the home of West Chester University. It is well known for its excellent school system and exceptional quality of life. The Borough has a high degree of citizen engagement that is both expected and desired. West Chester is a diverse, well-educated, progressive community with a commitment to volunteerism and quality of life issues.

The Borough has a $20.2 million general fund budget, $5.4 million sewer fund budget, $4.3 million parking budget with $33.5 million in all funds combined. There are currently 138 full-time employees, including 44 police officers.

The Manager is the chief administrative officer of the Borough and is responsible to the 7 member Borough Council for the execution of all established policies and for the administration of all affairs of the Borough. West Chester is a council-manager community that has been operating under a Home Rule Charter since 1994.

Salary: Will depend directly on qualifications and experience, but will be commensurate with the importance of this position in this highly regarded Borough. Expected range $125,000 to $140,000. Excellent benefits.

See “Community Profile for the Borough Manager Candidates” on the Borough’s website for more information about the Borough.

Interested candidates should send a separate cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to the Borough website address at: managersearch@west-chester.com

The Borough of West Chester is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, age, religion, ancestry, disability, Vietnam Veteran status or gender.

Community Profile for Borough Manager Listing
COMMUNITY PROFILE FOR WEST CHESTER BOROUGH
CHESTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
APRIL 2014
PREPARED FOR INTERESTED BOROUGH MANAGER CANDIDATES
Introduction
Local Government Management Services, LLC. has been retained by West Chester Borough, Pennsylvania to assist in recruiting a new Borough Manager. This Community Profile and Position Information resource document is based on information obtained from the borough and in discussions with the Borough Council. It describes the many facets of the organization and the community, as well as the professional and personal characteristics the ideal Borough Manager should possess. Interested candidates are invited to learn more about this dynamic community from the Borough’s website: http://www.west-chester.com/.

The Community

Location: West Chester Borough is a vibrant community with a 2010 population of 18,461, located in the center of scenic Chester County, Pennsylvania, approximately 25 miles west of the City of Philadelphia, and around 16 miles north of Wilmington, Delaware, 20 miles south of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and 38 miles east of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Although primarily developed, some rural farmland still exists in the surrounding townships.

It is a beautiful, historic community with a highly rated downtown and home to West Chester University. It is also the County seat of Chester County. It is well known for its excellent school system and exceptional quality of life. The Borough has a high degree of citizen engagement that is both expected and desired. West Chester is a diverse, well-educated, progressive community with a commitment to volunteerism and promoting the quality of life.
Attributes: West Chester has the small town character and charm like other County seats in Pennsylvania. It has a distinctive downtown and central business district, from which stable residential neighborhoods can be reached within a 5 to 15 minute walk. It has been designated as an Urban Landscape type in the 1996 Chester County Comprehensive Plan “Landscapes”. The Urban designation reinforces West Chester Borough’s role in the immediate region as a central place when compared to the more suburban landscapes found in adjoining West Goshen, East Bradford and Westtown Townships.

The Borough of West Chester has many important attributes that make it a desirable place to live, work, and enjoy leisure pursuits, such as:

• It has a relatively small land mass of 1.8 square miles (1,087 acres), within which there are a number of compact, mixed use, walkable neighborhoods.
• It has a discernible Town Center which has the highest intensity of land use and buildings. From the Downtown, the character of West Chester transitions to higher intensity residential neighborhoods, and then to lower intensity residential neighborhoods at the edges.
• It has an interconnected network of streets, alleys, and sidewalks which promote its accessibility and walkability.
• It hosts three parades each year-- at Halloween, during the Old Fashioned Christmas celebration, and for Veterans Day, where Borough residents and businesspersons are joined by visitors from other areas, to celebrate civic life in Downtown West Chester.
• It has three (3) major parks – Everhart Park, Hoopes Park, and Marshall Square Park, and eight (8) smaller neighborhood parks. These parks are dispersed throughout the Borough. They offer a variety of opportunities for active and passive recreation, and help to enhance the quality of life in the immediate neighborhoods that they serve.
• It has a Business Improvement District (BID) that manages and assists with activities, events, and the enhancement of the Downtown.
• New restaurants and specialty shops are located in the Downtown area.
• The Borough operates five (5) parking garages.
• Local events are held throughout the year in the Borough:
o A Grower’s Market at Chestnut and Church Streets during spring and summer months.
o Gallery Walks in June and September on Friday evenings when street life abounds, and many of the shops, stores, and restaurants are overflowing.
o A Restaurant Festival in September primarily along Gay Street from Matlack to Darlington in September.
o The Turks Head Music Festival in July at Everhart Park.
o The May Day Festival at Everhart Park.
o Super Sunday in June.
o Swinging Summer Thursdays (May to August).
History: Visitors and residents alike sense that the West Chester Historic District is a unique place. Densely grouped three-story buildings laid out in a rectangular pattern of streets form the singular character of this 200 year-old settlement. The architectural character of buildings in the Historic District is remarkably consistent, built in a row-form building pattern with the front facade on the sidewalk line, predominantly constructed of brick, with a first-floor storefront and storefront cornice, topped by two residential or office floors, and capped by a building cornice This consistent building formula and urban form repeats block after block within the Historic District, creating a cohesive and unified streetscape in which individual building design is secondary to the overall quality of the district. This cohesive environment is punctuated by a small group of monumental buildings along High Street – the 1846 Chester County Courthouse and the temple-form bank buildings which face the Courthouse across the street.
To preserve and protect the borough’s historical and architectural resources, West Chester Borough Council created the West Chester Historic District through the 1988 enactment of a Historic District Zoning Ordinance, pursuant to state enabling legislation, the Historic District Act (1961). Consistent with the Historic District Act, the Ordinance contains provisions for regulating alterations, additions, new construction, and the demolition of buildings within the District. The Historic District is an overlay to various underlying districts shown on the zoning map. The Ordinance establishes a Historical and Architectural Review Board (“HARB”) which reviews applications for exterior alterations, new construction, demolition, and sign permits within the Historic District, and makes recommendations to Borough Council for the issuance of a Certificate of Appropriateness for each application.
It has a Downtown Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places, where an awesome assemblage of buildings from the 1800’s are clustered. Borough-wide, there are over 3,000 buildings that were built prior to 1935. (Approximately 75% of the Borough has been listed as a National Register District.)
Downtown West Chester is one of the oldest commercial districts in the country, dating from the mid-1800’s. Most of the buildings in the downtown date from before 1900.
The Organization

All official business of the Council is conducted at public meetings which are held throughout the month. Typically Committee meetings are held on the second Tuesday and Wednesday and Work Sessions are held on the 3rd Tuesday. Regular meeting are on the 3rd Wednesday.
Staff: There are 138 full time employees in the Borough, including 44 police officers.
The Manager is the chief administrative officer of the Borough and is responsible to the 7 member Borough Council for the execution of all established policies and for the administration of all affairs of the Borough. West Chester is a council-manager community that has been operating under a Home Rule Charter since 1994. The manager also functions as the Council Secretary.
Budget and taxes: The Borough has a $20.2 million general fund budget, $5.4 million sewer fund budget, $4.3 million parking budget with $33.5 million in all funds combined.
The Borough Manager is also responsible for preparing the recommended annual operating and capital budgets and providing staff to the committees and commissions that support the Borough Council.



Borough Government: The Borough is organized and operates under the 1994 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Home Rule Charter. West Chester is governed by a seven-member Borough Council, elected by wards for four-year, overlapping terms. In January of even-numbered years, Council conducts a re-organization meeting when it elects a President and Vice President of Council. Council directs Borough activities through the appointed Borough Manager in all departments except the Police Department.

In addition to Council, voters elect a Mayor every four years. The Mayor directs the activities of the Police Department through the Chief of Police. While Borough Council controls Police Department hiring and finances, all operational control is vested in the Office of Mayor. The Mayor, under the Home Rule Charter, may participate in Borough Council meetings but may only vote in tie-breaking situations. Finally, the Mayor has the authority to veto acts of Council that are legislative in nature. Council may override the veto with a two-thirds vote.
The Borough also supports a recreation program and provides police protection, fire protection, building, zoning and code enforcement, public parking facilities, a public library, and other services typical of a municipal government. In addition, the Borough maintains inter-municipal agreements for police protection, sanitary sewer capacity, and fire protection.
Borough-owned Facilities:
• Borough owned buildings and properties include:
• Borough Hall
• 5 Public Parking Garages (including two on University property)
• Public Works Department, 401 Lacey Street.
• West Chester Library, 415 North Church Street
• Goose Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant is one-quarter mile southeast of the Borough at 351 Snyder Avenue in West Goshen Township.
• Taylor Run plant is a half-mile northeast of the Borough at 795 Downingtown Pike.
Public Safety
Police Protection: The West Chester Police Department provides for public safety to the Borough and to East Bradford Township under a renewable contract. The facility includes administrative offices, briefing rooms, locker rooms, storage, an evidence room, a processing area, interview rooms, a photo-developing area and a holding cell facility.

The Police Department employs fifty-one (53) people, including a police chief, two lieutenants, one juvenile officer, one detective sergeant, one detective corporal, four (4) detectives, five (5) sergeants, five (5) corporals, twenty-two (24) patrolmen, and nine (9) non-sworn personnel.
The Community Oriented Policing Unit develops and coordinates projects that positively impact the community. These activities provide for community contact as well as education. A foot patrol and a bicycle unit with ten (10) fully equipped bicycles supplement the existing patrol activity. Bicycle and foot patrols are used to provide accessibility, to maintain a presence and to provide support for police efforts.
Nearly 60% of housing units in the Borough are renter occupied, which creates some special concerns for police. The Housing Partnership was established to have regular interaction between police officers and property owners of these units. The Partnership facilitates communication between property owners and checks the backgrounds of prospective tenants, assists in quality of life issues, and provides a landlord training program.
The D.A.R.E. program includes education and training for the West Chester School District, which consists of (5) D.A.R.E. officers.
Fire Service: West Chester Borough is served by three volunteer fire companies, which make up the West Chester Fire Department. West Chester Fire Department has a thirty-six (36) square mile service area from the southern West Whiteland Township border to the Delaware state line. It is a multi-stationed district, which incorporates First West Chester, Good Will and Fame Fire companies. First West Chester Fire Company is located on South Bradford Avenue in East Bradford Township, Good Will Fire Company is located on Bolmar Street in West Chester, and Fame Fire Company is at 200 East Rosedale Avenue, West Goshen Township. Each is privately held and owns its facilities; the Borough owns all equipment and apparatus. Each fire company has a primary district. Through the Countywide 911 central emergency communication/dispatch system, each fire company responds to fires in its primary district. The computer aided dispatch center allocates the appropriate fire protection according to the type of call and location.

West Chester Fire Department provides 100% of fire protection to Thornbury Township, 49% to West Goshen Township, 83% to East Bradford Township, 45% to Westtown Township and 50% to Birmingham Township under a five-year contract. It has a 120-person volunteer force and does not expect to need paid personnel in the future. It also has a fire school consisting of a 2.5 story burn building and a 5-story tower at 300 Snyder Avenue. The three fire stations have fifteen (15) pieces of equipment: five (5) engines, a ladder truck, one heavy rescue truck, one tanker, one field piece, one mini-pumper, three squads, and one air-light unit. Operating and capital expenses are projected for a five-year period. Major pieces of fire apparatus are have a 20-year replacement schedule.
Good Will Fire Company is dispatched to the eastern side of the Borough, and First West Chester Fire Company responds to the west. Fame Fire Company responds to both east and west. Some fires require the response of all three companies.
Ambulance Service: Good Fellowship Ambulance Club, 600 Montgomery Avenue, West Goshen, is an independent emergency medical service staffed by four full-time ambulance service employees during the day and by a 170 member reserve volunteer pool at night. It maintains six ambulances, one training vehicle and one supervisor vehicle.

Great Valley Health EMS provides advanced life support and medical assistance. The response unit is located at the Chester County Hospital. It has two advanced life support units, six basic life support ambulances and fifty (50) paid personnel.

Emergency Management Operations Plan: The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Services Code (35 Pa. C.S. 7101 et seq.) mandates that West Chester Borough prepare and maintain an emergency operations plan public protection and the minimization of injury and damage caused by a major disaster. The Borough has prepared an emergency operations plan to provide prompt and effective emergency response procedures in the event of an emergency or disaster to protect the health, safety and welfare of the Borough residents.

Hazardous Materials Team (HAZMAT): HAZMAT is assigned to deal with hazardous materials emergencies in Chester County. The team is dispatched through the 911 dispatch center. The team responds along with the appropriate fire company personnel in West Chester. The team is equipped with a wide range of special materials to deal with hazardous chemicals. However, HAZMAT does not clean up spills, rather, spills are contained and immediate dangers or hazards are controlled so that clean up by a Federal, State or private contractor can be performed. West Chester Fire Company also dispatches experts to the site.

Infrastructure: The Public Works Department is responsible for the maintenance and repair of Borough facilities, public infrastructure and equipment, with the exception of public water service, which is maintained by Aqua Pennsylvania. Services include sanitation, recycling and bulk collection, maintenance of streets and alleys, parking lots, garages and parking meters, Borough buildings, parks and recreation facilities, storm sewers and stormwater management, sanitary sewers; equipment maintenance and the Urban Forestry Program.

Sanitary Sewer and Wastewater Services: West Chester Borough owns and operates all sanitary sewage collection and conveyance facilities in the Borough. The entire Borough has public sanitary sewer service. The system consists of 40 miles of sanitary sewer mains, 4,050 connections and four pump stations.

Two drainage areas divide the Borough roughly in half, from the southwest corner to the northeast corner of the Borough. Wastewater is conveyed to two treatment plants. Wastewater on the southeastern side of the Borough is conveyed to Goose Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in West Goshen Township. Wastewater on the western side of the Borough is conveyed to Taylor Run Wastewater Treatment Plant in East Bradford Township. The Borough of West Chester has an agreement with East Bradford Township to accept residential, light commercial and industrial waste.
Solid Waste Disposal and Recycling: In 1999, West Chester reinstated public trash collection. Municipal waste is collected one day per week and bulk trash collection is collected during the first full week of each month on the regular trash collection day. Solid waste is transported to the Lanchester Landfill. until the year 2008.

The Public Works Department’s seasonal leaf collection system is provided weekly, generally November through late December. All residents and businesses in West Chester are required to recycle leaves. They are collected curbside by the Public Works Department with leaf vacuum machines and street sweepers.
The Borough's recycling program involves the curbside collection of mixed glass, aluminum cans, steel/bi-metal cans, plastic jugs and bottles, and mixed paper. Residents utilize Borough-issued plastic containers, and service is provided once per week with regular trash collection. Additionally, scheduled collections are provided for tree limbs, leaves and tires.
Stormwater Management: Act 167, the Pennsylvania Stormwater Management Act of 1978, governs stormwater management practices. The Act requires adoption of ordinances and other measures to regulate development in municipalities in a manner consistent with watershed management provisions.

Numerous stormwater management studies have been prepared since West Chester’s Growth Management Plan in 1986. In 1989, BCM Engineers prepared the Stormwater Management Planning Study. The study’s objectives were to research and make recommendations regarding the extent of flooding and stream bank erosion in several Borough locations. The Borough is in the process of implementing alternative solutions.
The Borough of West Chester lies along the ridge forming the divide between Chester Creek and East Branch of Brandywine Creek watersheds. The Borough has three tributary drainages. Taylor Run has two tributaries, Marshall Manor and Hannum Avenue tributaries that are located in the East Branch Brandywine Creek watershed. Goose Creek is a tributary to the East Branch of Chester Creek in Chester Creek watershed. The urbanized drainage areas of Marshall Manor, Goose Creek, and Hannum Avenue tributaries are characterized by extensive residential, commercial, and industrial land uses. They are described in detail below.
Marshall Manor Tributary
Marshall Manor Tributary drains approximately 143 acres (0.22 square mile) at the Borough limits including areas in the Borough and adjacent West Goshen Township. The headwaters of Marshall Manor Tributary originate in the northeastern portion of the Borough north of East Marshall Street. The stream generally flows northeasterly through residential neighborhoods with stream crossings at Hillside Drive South, Marshall Drive, and Goshen Road at the Borough boundary.
Goose Creek Tributary
Goose Creek drains approximately 642 acres (1.0 square mile) at the Borough boundary including approximately 345 acres of West Goshen Township. Goose Creek originates in West Goshen Township west of U.S. Route 322 and flows in a southwesterly direction to the Borough limits at East Gay Street. The Creek flows through heavily developed commercial and industrial sections in east-central West Chester and continues southeasterly through residential sections at the southeastern-most Borough boundary.
Hannum Avenue Tributary
Hannum Avenue Tributary drains approximately 265 acres (0.41 square miles) at the Borough limits including areas in the Borough and East Bradford Township. The headwaters of Hannum Avenue Tributary originate at the storm sewer outfall located east of North Everhart Street with Borough stream crossings at North Everhart Street, Hannum Avenue, Old Downingtown Pike, and Downingtown Pike/Hannum Avenue at the western Borough limits.
Road Maintenance: The Public Works Department is responsible for 44.01 miles of roadways in the Borough, including 27.63 miles of Borough-owned roads, 5.98 miles of state-owned, and 10.69 miles of alleys.

A street and alley resurfacing program provides basic repairs in deteriorated areas that require paving and restoration. Yearly street line-painting is performed on all crosswalks, arrows, stop bars, lane dividing lines and curb painting.
The Public Works Department is responsible for clearing snow and ice from Borough streets, alleys, Borough owned buildings, municipal parking lots, sidewalks, park facilities, and by contract, state highways. The Borough owns six plow trucks and salt spreaders. Two trucks are utilized on state highways and emergency routes, and the other four are each responsible for a quadrant of the Borough. Alleys are a third priority. Public Works also provides street sweeping. The Central Business District is swept nightly, and the outlying areas are swept in the morning hours on a rotating basis.
Road equipment needs are anticipated and projected for a five-year budget period.


Parks, Recreation and Environmental Programs
West Chester Tree Program: The Borough of West Chester is recognized nationally by the Arbor Day Foundation and is regularly named a Tree City USA. The program is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. To qualify as a Tree City USA, a municipality must demonstrate tree-care responsibility. Also, a community must meet four standards: having a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance. The Borough has had a tree care ordinance since 1906. The current tree care ordinance was prepared in the mid 1980s, and has been updated to clarify tree removal responsibility.

The Public Works Department’s Urban Forestry Program is responsible for planning, preventive maintenance and removal of unhealthy or hazardous trees. The Urban Forester is responsible for the maintenance of all street trees, trees on Borough properties, and the administration of the Tree Planting Program. When a tree is recommended for removal, the homeowner pays for removal. The Borough tree program pays the costs to plant trees and the homeowner pays the wholesale cost of the tree.
Parks and Recreation: The responsibility for providing recreational opportunities is generally shared by the private and public sectors. The Borough’s many public and private recreation areas, parks and environmental programs contribute to making it a desirable place in which to live, work, and visit. The location of parklands has a significant effect on the character of the Borough. The West Chester Recreation Department and the Recreation Commission sponsor a variety of programs and events throughout the year. Parks and open space are shown on Map 2, Community Facilities and Services and include a variety of public and private lands, parks, clubs, and school facilities.
Borough-owned parks include:
Bayard Rustin Park Everhart Park
Fugett Park
Green Field John O. Green Park Hoopes Park
Horace Pippin Park
Marshall Square Park Veterans Memorial Park Mosteller Park
Kathy McBratnie Park
Private Recreational Facilities include:
Educational Facilities
West Chester Area School District: The West Chester Area School District administers the public school system. Planning for programs and facilities of the School District is the responsibility of the institution itself. In the 2013-2014 school year, approximately 11,800 children attended the WC public schools.
Private Schools: Three private schools in the Borough supplement public schools: Saint Agnes, West Chester Friends School and the Collegium Charter School.
West Chester Public Library: The West Chester Library, located on North Church Street, is a part of the Chester County Library system. Fifty to sixty percent of library users reside in East Bradford, Birmingham, East and West Goshen, Westtown and Thornbury Townships. The library offers children's programs and has a popular materials library.
Partial funding for the library is through the State, which is based upon proportional municipal matching funds. Matching funds are provided through the Borough, Chester County, other municipalities, trusts, fees and activities.
West Chester University: West Chester University was founded in 1871 as West Chester Normal School to train teachers for the Commonwealth's newly established public schools. West Chester Normal School was privately owned until 1913, when it was the first normal school to be purchased by the Commonwealth.
In 1927, Pennsylvania initiated a four-year bachelor's degree program for teacher education, and the normal school became West Chester State Teacher’s College. In 1960, its name was changed to West Chester State College when the Commonwealth inaugurated liberal arts programs and graduate degrees. In 1983, West Chester State College became one of the fourteen (14) institutions in the State System of Higher Education, and the college acquired a new system of governance and the opportunity to expand its degree programs.

Facilities: West Chester University occupies 388 acres in and near the Borough of West Chester. The 97-acre North Campus, lying mainly in the Borough, contains most of the University's classrooms, the library, residence halls, student services, and administrative offices. The West Chester University Quadrangle Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places. Buildings included in this District are Phillips Memorial Hall, Ruby Jones Hall, Recitation Hall, and Old Library. Except for Phillips, the buildings are constructed of native Chester County serpentine stone and date to the turn of the century or earlier.

Less than a mile away is South Campus, which contains the Health and Physical Education Center, a student apartment complex, playing fields, Farrel Stadium, and the Robert B. Gordon Natural Area for Environmental Studies.
Enrollment: Currently, 15,067 students attend the University; 12,948 are undergraduate students and 2,119 are graduate students. At least 2,500 students reside off-campus in the Borough of West Chester.
Cooperative Planning: The Borough and University Officials Group and the Community Campus Coalition organization includes Borough officials, University administrators, student leaders, and local residents that address issues regarding student residents and permanent resident’s relationships and other issues. The purpose of the group is to develop strategies to improve the quality of life both on and off campus and to enhance relationships between the Borough and the University.
Health and Human Services
Hospitals: Many hospitals provide medical and surgical services to Borough residents. They include the Chester County, Paoli, Brandywine and Phoenixville Hospitals and Southern Chester County Medical Center. Together these facilities provide approximately 900 beds.
Human Services: Comprehensive informational guides for human services, offered by the public and private sector are available at the County Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester. Services available to Borough residents are provided directly or through county employees or contracting agencies and are coordinated through the Office of Human Services, and delivered under the Department of Aging, Children and Youth Services, the Drug and Alcohol Commission and the Mental Health / Mental Retardation Board.
Housing: Several agencies in the Borough can assist residents in locating affordable housing. The YWCA of Greater West Chester, 123 North Church Street; the Housing Authority of Chester County, 30 West Barnard Street; the Housing Partnership of Chester County and the Domestic Violence Center in West Chester can assist individuals with housing needs. The Building Bridges Program specifically assists the homeless. Catholic Social Services, 320 North Church Street and the Community Service Council, 2 South Wayne Street can assist with housing costs.
Food: The Borough of West Chester has several food provider organizations. Bethel AME Church, 334 E. Miner Street assists shut-ins, the needy or elderly; Catholic Social Services also assist with food needs.
Older Adults: Two private facilities in West Chester provide for the housing for care of older adults. Barclay Friends, 700 North Franklin Street has 151 beds. Hickman House, 400 N. Walnut Street has 72 assisted living units. Brandywine Nursing Home, 800 West Miner Street is a 180 bed nursing facility just outside the Borough

Awards & Recognitions for West Chester
2013 - Movoto places West Chester among the 10 Best Cities in Pennsylvania
2013 - Money Magazine's Top Ten Best Places to Live
2013 - Philadelphia Magazine's Best of Philly!
2012 - Nationally Accredited by the National Main Street Center and the Pennsylvania Downtown Center
2012 - Selected as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 24th year
2011 - West Chester lauded as a great place to retire by Where to Retire magazine
2009 - 14 businesses selected as Best of the Main Line by Main Line Today magazine
2008 - Selected as one of the Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
2008 - Selected as one of the Main Streets of the Brandywine Valley by the Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau
2008 - Eleven businesses selected as Neighbors' Choice Award Winners by the Philadelphia Inquirer
2008 - Rated as Walkers' Paradise by WalkScore.com
2007 - Listed as one of the Top 40 Future Blockbusters in Philadelphia Magazine
2007 - Listed in the Top 100 Best Places to Live for Singles by CNN Money.com
2007 - Recognized as an Inclusive Community by the National League of Cities
2007 - Eleven downtown businesses listed on MyFoxPhilly HOT LIST
2006 - Selected as a Distinctive Destination by The National Trust for Historic Preservation
2006 - Designated as a Preserve America Community by the National Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
2006 - Given the Distinctive Leadership Award by West Chester Sunrise Rotary Club
2006 - Included in the Annual Best Places to Live by Main Line Today Magazine
2006 - Listed in Top 100 Best Places to Raise a Family and Top Ten for Best Small-town Downtowns by Frommers
2006 - Listed in Top Five Best Places to Live by Philadelphia Style Magazine
2006 - Listed as one of 25 Best Affordable Suburbs in Business Week Magazine.
2005 - Awarded Best Overall Design by Pennsylvania Downtown Center
2005 - Given the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Government Initiatives Award by Preservation Pennsylvania
2005 - Recognized as Best New Development for 121 North Walnut by Philadelphia Business Journal
2004 - Designated an Achiever Program by Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
2003 - Given Best Family Event of the Year for Swingin' Summer Thursdays by Pennsylvania Parks & Recreation Association
2003 - Best New Shopping District by Philadelphia Magazine
2003 - Honored for Excellence in Landscape Design by Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association
Outgoing Manager

The current Borough Manager has chosen to take a Township Manager position in a larger nearby community after serving the Borough for more than 27 years.
Challenges for the New Borough Manager:
The following challenges have been identified for the new Borough Manager:
1. West Chester Borough residents have come to expect the high level of service that their local government provides. The new Borough Manager will be expected to manage the day-to-day operations effectively, encouraging the use of best practices throughout the organization and providing the leadership necessary to achieve outstanding results in all areas of government.

2. West Chester Borough’s residents are highly educated and involved in their community. The Borough Council uses committees and commissions of
residents to assist them in addressing policy issues as well as to monitor special projects that will add value to the quality of life in the community.
Staff support is usually required to assist with the development and analysis of options available to the Borough about significant community issues. As the chief administrative officer, the Borough Manager is responsible for making sure that the proper support is made available to the committees, commissions, and the Council itself. The new Borough Manager will be expected to have a commitment and an ability to provide that support and to engage residents effectively in addressing issues critical to the community.

3. West Chester Borough is dependent on sound operating relationships with a broad range of partners, including Chester County government, the Business Improvement District Board of Directors, Central Business Alliance, West Chester University, the West Chester Area School District, SEPTA, state legislative leaders and neighboring municipalities. The new Borough Manager will be expected to build on the relationships that have been established with partners whose actions have the potential to impact the quality of life in West Chester Borough.

4. While a thriving and vibrant community, West Chester has a number of budget challenges including $14 million in unfunded pension liability and the need to advance some much-needed capital projects.
The Ideal Candidate:
The ideal candidate will be a dynamic and skilled leader that is well-versed in local government operations with experience in a community of this size delivering exceptional municipal services. Maintaining and expanding staff effectiveness will be an important sore function. The desired candidate will have a full grasp of a wide range of functional areas of government, be able to carry out key policy initiatives with competence, and have success in facilitation of strategic planning efforts.
In addition, the ideal candidate will:
• Be innovative, forward-looking, and technologically savvy.
• Be committed to the delivery of high quality service and best practices in the delivery of those services.
• Have excellent financial skills to help tackle some tough budget challenges.
• Have demonstrated the ability to work toward building consensus and cooperation among those whose actions that will impact the community.
• Have demonstrated an ability to work with a broad range of stakeholders, within the organization, the community and the region at large to leverage resources for the community’s benefit and foster sustainable partnerships.
• Have demonstrated an ability to get the right things done, with a sense of urgency and a high level of energy and integrity.
• Be committed to the delivery of high quality service and best practices in the delivery of those services.
• Be committed to professionalism in the work place as well as solid decision-making and implementation throughout the organization.
• Have demonstrated an ability to work with a broad range of stakeholders, within the organization, the community and the region at large to leverage resources for the community’s benefit.
Requirements:
The position requires a bachelor’s degree in public or business administration, or related field and 10 years experience in local government administration with demonstrated supervisory experience. A master’s degree in public administration or a related field is also required, but extensive experience in the field of local government may be substituted for some educational requirements. The Manager will be selected on the basis of managerial and administrative qualifications. The candidate need not be a resident of the Borough or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the time of appointment, but residency in the Borough is required by the Home Rule Charter and highly preferred by the Borough Council, although this provision can be waived.
Schedule and Salary:
The search began in April and will conclude when a highly qualified candidate is employed. All resumes must be received by May 23, 2014.
The compensation package includes a base salary and excellent fringe benefits. Since West Chester Borough is interested in hiring the best possible candidate for Borough Manager, the compensation package will ultimately depend on the qualifications of the candidate to whom an offer is extended. The expected range of salary will be $125,000 to $140,000. Excellent benefits.

How to Apply:
If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please submit a detailed resume with current salary to:
Managersearch@West-Chester.com

Resumes will be screened, and the most promising candidates will be sent a detailed employment application to complete and return. The top candidates will be invited to preliminary interviews with the Borough Council. Once a mutual interest in the position has been established, references will be contacted. A detailed background check will be conducted on the top candidate prior to a form

 
401 East Gay Street
West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: (610) 692-7574
Fax: (610) 436-0009
E-mail the Borough
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