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Minerva Ohio Village Administrator

Management Associates of Southwest Ohio, LLC

Minerva Ohio Village Administrator
Position Announcement


The Village of Minerva, Ohio is seeking a local government professional with a strong work ethic and an absolute passion for public service as its next Village Administrator. Minerva offers a unique management opportunity as a smaller, Ohio municipal government that independently provides a full array of services. This Village of approximately 3700 residents, is located within northeast Ohio along the historic Lincoln Highway, U.S. Route 30, and is a short drive east from Canton, Ohio. Minerva has a proud heritage dating back to its establishment in 1833. The historic area fronting its red brick, downtown Market Street, is home to quaint shops, a restored community theater, an area historical museum, and a bustling new craft brewery. The Village also proudly boasts an industrial base that many communities much larger in size would envy.


The Administrator oversees the day-to-day operations of the Village and is responsible for the development and implementation of the annual budget which exceeds $9 million dollars. The Administrator reports to a five-member council with members elected for four-year staggered terms. The Mayor serves as the ceremonial head of the Village, presides over council meetings and Mayor’s Court, and is afforded the same voting rights as other members of council.


The Village employs approximately 30 full time, 15 part-time, and seasonal personnel and operates with a General Fund approaching $3 million. The community is fiscally sound and maintains significant fund balances.  The Administrator oversees Personnel, Finance, Police, Service, Utilities, Parks/Recreation and Cemetery operations.


The Village of Minerva operates under a Council-Administrator, home-rule, charter form of government   that was voter approved in 1978. The Mayor and Councilmembers are elected at large on a nonpartisan basis and the Administrator serves at the pleasure of the entire council. Only four Administrators have served the Village in the past 40 plus years. The most recent Administrator left in good standing for a similar position with a larger community. The Village Council additionally appoints the Director of Law and must affirm the Mayor’s appointment of the Clerk of Council. All other municipal employees are appointed by the Village Administrator. Minerva operates a fully staffed Police Department, a 12-day certified detention facility, and provides 24-hour dispatch services for its residents as well as serving neighboring townships. The Village boasts an expansive parks & recreation system highlighted with a recently constructed community pool.  The community also operates its own water & wastewater treatment facilities, service department and municipal cemeteries, staffed by its own personnel.



Minerva is seeking an Administrator who will maintain and build upon the Village’s service delivery excellence and the community outreach successes it has achieved. The next Village Administrator will need to be an engaging/effective communicator, an energetic leader, a thoughtful planner, and an individual that collaboratively establishes clear objectives and expectations and holds subordinates accountable. He or she will be firm but fair, be a strategic thinker, and be able to proactively establish short-term and long-term capital improvement plans and be highly knowledgeable about grant funding and economic development tools that are available. The incoming Administrator will embrace and utilize technology and social media and develop a multifaceted, transparent approach to establishing and promoting the future vision and goals of the Village. The ideal Village Administrator candidate will be:

·        An individual of utmost integrity

·        Passionate about local government

·        An energetic leader

·        An outstanding communicator

·        Accessible and approachable both internally and externally

·        Progressive with capital improvement planning

·        Fiscally pragmatic

·        Skilled at grantsmanship and economic development

·        Deeply appreciative and supportive of community arts and cultural programming

·        Detail oriented

·        Technologically progressive



The selected candidate will hold a Bachelors degree from an accredited institution and have achieved successful local government experience in a management capacity that will serve and complement the administrative/management responsibilities outlined in this position announcement. A Master’s degree is preferred and residency within the school district within six months is anticipated.



Minerva is uniquely situated within three counties, Stark, Carroll, and Columbiana. The community is home to numerous businesses and organizations that are truly unique for a community its size. The Village hosts several festivals and street fairs throughout the year, as well as a popular summer concert series. Its community swimming pool and expansive park areas further complement the many nearby lakes, watersport activities, golf courses, regional bikeways and other outdoor amenities that exist.

The community’s historic downtown is seeing strong signs of reinvestment and its industrial base is home to several significant employers involving the fields of aerospace, machining, cold forging, paper production and dairy production. Minerva is truly a busy daytime place with many commuters working within the community in addition to the retail and service traffic it attracts via its U.S. Route 30 location. Minerva is also home to the headquarters of one of the region’s largest community banks, and hosts its own historical museum, senior center, public library, YMCA and is the hub for the newly established Sandy Creek Joint Fire District.

Housing in Minerva is varied in style, age and price range and is very affordable. In addition to having its own public-school system located within the Village limits, several state universities, private colleges and technical schools are situated within a reasonable commute.



The Minerva Village Administrator position provides a unique opportunity for the management of a smaller, independent community that offers a comprehensive approach to municipal service delivery. Applicants who are enthusiastic about making a difference in their chosen field of local government management are urged to apply.

This position offers a comprehensive benefit package that is extremely competitive. All medical and dental insurance coverages, whether individual or family plan, are fully paid by the employer. Minerva is additionally a member of the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, and both the traditional employer and employee portions of the pension contribution are fully funded by the Village. Moving and/or relocation expenses are negotiable as well. The starting annual compensation for this position is anticipated to be $75,000 to $85,000 and is dependent upon qualifications.



Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and need to be submitted electronically to:

Management Associates of Southwest Ohio, LLC (Attention: Gregory B. Horn, Managing Partner) at


A cover letter, resume and three professional references should be included along with recent salary history. To receive the utmost consideration, resumes are encouraged to be filed by February 24th, 2023.


Questions or clarifications should be directed to Mr. Horn by calling his direct line (937) 478-6385 or emailing


Under Ohio law confidentiality of submittals cannot be assured.

The Village of Minerva, Ohio, is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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