Assistant Township Manager – Lower Merion Township

Deadline: Monday, May 1, 2023

SALARY: $156,000.00 – $162,000.00 Annually
DEPARTMENT: Township Manager’s Office
HOURS: 40 per week
SALARY SCHEDULE AND RANGE: Management (Exempt) Position • Salary Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications
SELECTION CRITERIA: Based on education, work experience, merit, training, employee record, testing and interview.

Position Summary

This is highly responsible Township management work involving the general oversight of operating and administrative departments and providing direct support for the Township Manager.

Work involves the responsibility for assisting in policy development and the day-to-day supervision of assigned projects and operations.  Duties include representing the Township Manager, assuring that the Township Manager and others are kept informed, interpreting and recommending policy, and coordinating operations with and between departments.  This position also has the responsibility for making day-to-day administrative decisions for the Township Manager and responding to constituent service requests submitted to the Township Managers Office, by Commissioners and residents.  This work requires that the employee have thorough knowledge, skills and ability in all phases of the administration of a full-service municipal government.

Works under the general direction of the Township Manager.


Provides general oversight to Township departments through meetings, conferences and the review of records and reports.  Keeps the Township Manager informed of the current operational issues and the conduct of Township operations.

Assures that assignments, directions and projects are completed in a timely and professional manner.

Represents the Township at meetings with various boards, committees, and at community meetings, including interacting with other local, state and federal agencies.

Troubleshoots operational problems and assists departments in solving problems, especially where two or more departments are involved or in emergency situations.

Acts as Township Manager, as assigned, in the Manager’s absence.

Conducts research into policy and operational options and makes recommendations on policy, procedures and programs.

Reviews and approves financial transactions such as purchases, payments and budget transfers.

Attends, and may chair, the Township Manager’s staff meetings.  Follows up on the implementation of decisions and directives of the Township Manager.

Prepares the annual Township Manager’s Office budget and participates in the development and review of the proposed Capital Improvement Plan budget.

Attends Board of Commissioner meetings and board committee meetings.

Assists in the hiring process with department heads and other management personnel as needed.  Conducts interviews of job applicants and recommends appointments to the Township Manager.

Coordinates with utility providers regulated by the Public Utility Commission (PUC) to address local utility related service requests. 

Participates in contract negotiations as a member of a negotiating team.

Reviews personnel actions such as salary increases, promotions and job classifications.

Makes recommendations on disciplinary matters.

Serves as Acting Department Head (upon vacancy of a Department Head position) on an interim basis as assigned by the Township Manager.

Attends evening meetings as required. Performs related work as required.


A Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration or a related field, preferably supplemented by a Master’s degree, and seven years of progressively responsible experience in local government administration, or related comparable experience.

Thorough knowledge of public administration principles and practices.

Considerable knowledge of municipal government operations, programs, services and procedures.

Considerable knowledge of government staff operations, including finance, budgeting, human resources and labor relations.

Strong verbal, analytical, communication and presentation skills.

Strong attention to detail and standards.

Thorough ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Township Manager, Board of Commissioners, Township officials, department heads, outside agencies, Township employees, business and residents.

Considerable ability to plan, organize and coordinate municipal operations.

Considerable ability to research, develop, recommend and implement municipal policy.

Considerable ability to monitor departmental performance and provide assistance and direction when needed.

Considerable ability and desire to collaborate with and motivate others.

Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint software programs for word processing, spreadsheet, electronic mail and presentation functions.

Ability to attend meetings prior to and/or after normal work hours. Valid Class C driver’s license.

Physical Requirements

Ability to sit for a minimum of 4 up to 8 hours and move about the department, building or Township for 2 to 4 hours a day.

Ability to bend, stoop, reach above shoulder level, lift, push and pull up to 10% of the day for filing and other office procedures.

Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 10 up to 20 pounds of materials up to 10% of the day in performing office procedures.

Ability to use both hands for firm grasping, repetitive actions and fine manipulation including writing and typing. Ability to drive an automobile.

How to Apply


75 E. Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA 19003