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Township Administrator – Prairie Township, OH


The Position

Prairie Township’s next Township Administrator will lead a team of dedicated and knowledgeable staff in a limited home-rule township with strong finances and excellent services. Residents enjoy a large recreation center and the Township will open a sports complex for youth sports in 2019. Sharing a border with the fast-growing City of Columbus, Prairie Township offers both small-town charm and access to Ohio’s thriving state capital. There are no cities within the Township and it works collaboratively with Columbus and adjacent townships.

The Township Administrator is appointed by the Board of Trustees and provides the Board with technical advice and recommendations. As the Township’s chief administrative officer, the Administrator is responsible for the implementation of the policies and resolutions of the Board and for the daily operations of the Township, which includes overseeing all personnel and finances. Working collaboratively with Prairie Township’s Fiscal Officer, the Township Administrator is also charged with the responsibility of developing and managing the Township’s annual budget.

The Township Administrator currently has five direct reports, including the Operations Coordinator, Fire Chief, Service Director, Building/Zoning Director, and Recreation Director.

Prairie Township’s proposed FY 2019 all funds budget is $18M and the Township employs 49 full-time and 129 part-time staff members. The Township provides services that include fire and EMS, human resources, finance, roads, parks, cemeteries, recreation, and zoning and building regulations. The Township operates a large community center that has an indoor track and swimming pool. In addition, the Township is building a 111-acre sports complex that will include a track, six baseball fields, and 11 football/soccer fields, the first phase of which will open in 2019. The Township partners with the City of Grove City on emergency dispatch. Police services are contracted with the Franklin County Sheriff.

The Organization

Prairie Township has limited home rule and its legislative body is the Board of Trustees, which consists of three members who are directly elected to serve staggered four-year terms. The Board of Trustees makes policy decisions and sets priorities regarding Prairie Township. Voters also elect the Fiscal Officer, who operates independently but works collaboratively with the Trustees to establish policies and goals for the community. In addition, the Fiscal Officer records the proceedings of Board meetings and provides oversight of the Township’s fiscal matters. The Township Administrator is appointed by the Board of Trustees and is responsible for implementing Board policy decisions and managing the daily operations of the Township.


The minimum requirements for this position are a bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, or a related field and at least five (5) years of local government experience, with budget and supervision/management.

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree, experience in land use and economic development, project management, budget/financial management, and experience working intergovernmentally and with private sector partners to accomplish goals for the community.

Applicants must also possess a valid driver’s license and maintain insurability as prescribed by the current carrier of the Township insurance. Residency is not required.

Ideal Candidate

Prairie Township’s next Township Administrator is a dedicated local government professional with municipal finance experience and the ability to establish working relationships with the public, elected officials, and intergovernmental partners. The ideal candidate can analyze multifaceted issues and conduct complex research, provide prudent recommendations to the Board of Trustees, and ensure the provision of services within budget. This candidate is well-versed in local government management and human resources.

The ideal candidate has demonstrated experience in budget development, purchasing, and drafting performance plans to accomplish goals and complete projects. He or she is also an excellent communicator and will foster positive relationships with local media sources in order to promote Township programs and projects. He or she is fully invested in overseeing the community’s continued success and understands the importance of providing exceptional customer service on behalf of the Township. Prairie Township’s next Township Administrator has the ability to hold staff accountable through goals and performance appraisals, improve recruitment efforts and the retention of skilled staff, and give presentations to key stakeholders and elected officials both inside and outside of the community. The next Township Administrator will be a strong leader, able to work with all types of personalities effectively, develop a long-term vision for the Township in collaboration with Trustees, and develop short and long-term goals for the organization to implement the strategic direction.

Prairie Township’s next Township Administrator exemplifies the following traits:

  • Customer-focused
  • Skilled communicator
  • Strategic thinker
  • Politically astute
  • Analytical
  • Self-motivated
  • Creative problem-solver
  • Technologically savvy
  • Ability to manage multiple projects

The Community

Located in the heart of central Ohio, Prairie Township is the largest township in Franklin County and has something to offer people from every walk of life. The region is home to several professional and semi-professional sports teams, including the NHL Blue Jackets and Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew, and a lively entertainment and arts scene. The world-famous Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Columbus Museum of Art, the Center of Science and Industry museum, an impressive Brewery District, and captivating natural amenities can all be found within the Columbus, Ohio Metropolitan Area.

Frequently cited as one of the best regions in the Midwest to live and work, central Ohio is home to an impressive amount of colleges and universities. The Ohio State University, known for its academic excellence and athletic prowess, is one of the many higher education institutions within the region and is the third largest public university in the country. Ohio Dominican University, Franklin University, Capital University, DeVry University, and the Columbus College of Art and Design are also located in the region.

Established in 1819 by settlers from Virginia, Prairie Township currently includes the unincorporated communities of Galloway and New Rome and the census-designated communities of Lake Darby and Lincoln Village.

The Township holds many community events, including a Farmer’s Market. During the last weekend of June, the Township organizes both the Firefighter’s Association Annual Fish Fry and the Annual Firefighter’s Cruise-In, a remarkable car show open to vehicles of all years, makes, and models. Live music from local talent, raffles, craft activities, amusement rides, and of course, an abundance of food, are offered all day Friday and Saturday during the festivities.

According to the United States Census Bureau, approximately 53% of Prairie Township’s residents identify as female and 47% identify as male. The racial and ethnic demographics of the community are 82.3% White, 8.6% Hispanic or Latino, 5.4% Black, 1% Asian, 0.2% Native American, and 2.4% Two or More Races.

Quick Facts

  • Population: 17,039
  • Median Household Income: $54,207
  • Median Home Value: $109,900
  • Median Age: 37.7 years
  • Total Area: 18.9 square miles


The expected hiring range for this position is $110,000 – $125,000, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package.

How to Apply

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Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at Applicants first complete a brief online form and then are prompted to provide one document (Word or PDF) that contains a cover letter and resume with salary history. Open until filled with first review of applications taking place on October 12, 2018. All applications are subject to Ohio Public Records laws.


Please direct questions to Catherine Tuck Parrish at 513-221-0500 or

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