October 20, 2016

General Manager, posted 10/20/2016

General Manager

Community of Sudden Valley, WA


Posted:  October 1, 2016                                                     Job Location:

Deadline:  Open until filled                                                      4 Clubhouse Drive

Salary:  DOE                                                                          Bellingham (Sudden Valley), WA 98229

Job Function:  Chief Administrator/Chief Operating Officer    Population:  7,000

Time:  Full Time                                                                  Type:  Homeowners Association

Website:  www.suddenvalley.com                                         Form of Government:  Board of Directors

If the community of Sudden Valley, WA, were incorporated as a municipality, it would be the fourth-largest city in Whatcom County.  It occupies a spectacularly beautiful setting of about 3 square miles on the southwest shore of Lake Whatcom (itself the source of drinking water for half of Whatcom County) and the eastern slopes of Lookout Mountain.  It is one of the most liveable communities in extreme northwest Washington State, with safe neighborhoods, affordable housing, family-oriented community celebrations, excellent schools including Western Washington University and the Bellingham public school system.  Its proximity to the North Cascades National Park, the Chuckanut Mountains, Bellingham Bay, and Lake Whatcom itself afford exciting recreational opportunities—skiing, mountain biking, sailing, kayaking, hiking and rock-climbing.  Sudden Valley lies 8 miles southeast of Bellingham, WA, 63 miles from Mount Baker’s Artist Point, and 25 miles from the Canadian border.

The Homeowners Association is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors.  The General Manager serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the association, reporting to the President of the Board.  Under the Board’s direction and authority, he or she performs professional administrative work encompassing the operation and general supervision of all the Association’s departments.  Key duties and responsibilities include:


  • Preparation of an annual $3.8M budget (capital & operations) for Board and member ratification. Oversight of all SVCA financial processes.
  • Oversight of a 3-square mile community of over 7000 residents.
  • Oversight of community common space of several hundred acres.
  • Oversight of an 18-hole lakefront golf course of 150 acres.
  • Oversight of numerous community facilities—a Martina, a Clubhouse/Administration building, a Dance Barn, a fitness center with swimming pool, including maintenance of these assets, several of which are nearing the end of their life cycle and are scheduled for demolition and/or replacement.
  • Oversight of Sudden Valley’s 40 miles of private roads.
  • Preparation of contracts including lease agreements with tenants (YMCA, South Whatcom County Library, El Agave restaurant, Sudden Valley’s security company.
  • Supervision of staff (approximately 30 employees).
  • Communication/interface with local and state governmental entities including Whatcom County, Lake Whatcom Water District, Washington State Department of Ecology, and others.
  • Implementing watershed restrictions. Lake Whatcom is the source of drinking water for half of Whatcom County.  Its watershed protections limit building, construction, road maintenance, and more.

The successful applicant will have had five (5) years experience managing a community, city or homeowners association, or other relevant management experience, including preparation of legal and budget documents, enforcement of codes and regulations, and community building.

Required:  A four-year degree in Business, Public Management, or related field.  A combination of education and equivalent experience will be considered.  Master’s degree preferred.

For further information and to apply for this position, please go to www.SuddenValley.com.