Town Administrator Screening Committee

  1. The Board of Selectmen (the “Board”), hereby appoints a Screening Committee to assist in the Screening of candidates for Town Administrator.
  2. The Screening Committee shall work collaboratively with the staff of the Collins Center for Public Management at UMASS Boston (the “Collins Center”) along the lines described in the Collins Center Scope of Services dated September 6th, 2018, which is incorporated by
  3. The Screening Committee, with the assistance of the Collins Center, shall recommend three to five candidates to the Board as finalists for the position of Town Administrator. The recommendations shall be unranked, and the finalists should be fully vetted before the Screening Committee makes its recommendation.
  4. In carrying out its work the Screening Committee will utilize the Profile approved by the Board to guide its work as well as the professional advice of the Collins Center staff.
  5. To the extent permitted by law, the Screening Committee shall maintain the names and any information about candidates in strict confidence until it votes its
  6. It is the intention of the Board for the Screening Committee to function as a governmental body as that term is defined in the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law. Citizens designated to be members of the Committee will be sworn in by the Town Clerk at the initial organizational meeting.

 

The Board has provided for consideration a Candidate Profile* – based on the Board’s expectation of the challenges and opportunities the new administrator would may encounter:

  1. Management – plan, organize, resource, track, adapt and report:
    1. Set goals, develop key performance metrics, management reporting, results oriented.
    2. Staff management, development and training; feedback and formal performance assessments
    3. Span of control, communication and coordination responsibilities
  1. Personal Attributes and Characteristics
    1. Collaborative Leadership – to perform at a high level and collaborate with and influence those not under her/his direct control.
    2. Strong communicator
    3. Forward looking, adaptable, brings out the best in people
    4. Work/life experiences demonstrate ability to excel in Dover’s environment
  1. Skills and Experience – given the broad role and responsibilities
    1. Work History – demonstrates ability to achieve results and reasonable stability
    2. Municipal Law – working understanding of the regulatory and compliance framework likely to be encountered in the day to day work
    3. Financial acumen
    4. Technological literacy
    5. Professional Credentials
    6. Professional Network
  1. Other
    1. References
    2. Reputation

 

  • Please consider the administrator’s various roles a) legalistic: knows town by laws, state laws and regulations, procurement procedures, warrant articles construction, town meeting procedures, advisory; b) management: financial; budgets, municipal accounting, treasurer’s office, c) technology d) resident services and communication; e) coordination and collaboration across town entities.

A final profile shall be presented to the Board for approval.

 

Members

Position Name Email Expires
Chair Felicia Hoffman fhoffman@doverma.org at conclusion of search
Member Mary Carrigan mcarrigan@doverma.org at conclusion of search
Member Dawn Fattore dafattore@comcast.com at conclusion of search
Member Robyn Hunter rhunter@doverma.org at conclusion of search
Member Michael Jaffe  michaelbjaffe@gmail.com at conclusion of search
Member Carol Lisbon clisbon@doverma.org at conclusion of search
Member Dickson Smith  smith@dicksonsmith.com at conclusion of search

 

Meetings

Check the Town Calendar for meeting dates and times. Meeting minutes will be posted on this page.