University at Albany

Q & A with Jason Molino, MPA '04

If you had to condense your job description into an elevator pitch, how would it read?

Jason: As city manager, I am the chief executive officer of the city of Batavia. It is my responsibility to manage day-to-day operations, ensure that the staff has the resources they need to provide the best services possible, and provide leadership in achieving the organization's mission. I provide recommendations to the City Council as to what policy decisions would achieve their policy priorities, and provide guidance and support to the staff that are tasked with carrying out the Council's priorities. I work hand-in-hand with elected officials and community members to ensure residents are receiving the best, most efficient services they desire. Lastly, it is my job is ensure the City Council and the public are fully aware of short and long-term goals, objectives and concerns facing the city and recommend the best possible options for implementation.

What about your job inspires/excites you every day?

Jason: Every day is a new day. No day is the same. Issues can range from immediate emergency management needs, such as natural disasters, to long-term planning and financial analysis on how to improve the city's bond rating. My favorite part of the job is working with an incredibly talented staff tackling complex and ever-changing challenges.

How did Rockefeller College prepare you for your career?

Jason: Rockefeller College prepared me most for my career by giving me exposure to the right blend of professors — academics and practitioners. Being able to have the best of both worlds -- learning from professors who have dedicated a life to academics and active or retired professionals from the field of public administration — provided me with a great understanding of how things are supposed to work and how things actually do work.

What is one piece of advice you would share with a current Rockefeller student wishing to pursue a similar path?

Jason: For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism. Being a local government leader is an extremely challenging, and at times, unforgiving, career path. However, whether it is leading a community through financial challenges or building a new public facility that the community will enjoy for decades to come, being able to see the results of your work can make it the most rewarding job you could ever have.

When you're not on the job, where can you be found?

Jason: Most of my time out of work is spent with my family — my wonderful wife and four beautiful children. On the rare chance I'm not with my family, I'm still trying to live my dream of playing professional hockey, but unfortunately am still waiting to be drafted. In the meantime, I play in a men's league during the winter months. I also enjoy reading, hunting and gardening.