Assistant City Manager

Employer Name City of Ames   Address 515 Clark Ave
Job Type Full-time, Permanent   Address 2
Experience 5 - 7 Years   City Ames
Education Masters Degree   State Iowa
  Zip Code 50010

Apply for this Job

Job Description

The City of Ames is currently conducting a recruitment for an Assistant City Manager. In this role and under the direction of the City Manager, the Assistant City Manager promotes Excellence Through People throughout the City organization; coordinates activities of departments; supervises department heads; develops and administers policies, programs, and projects; serves as the City Manager's chief assistant and as City Manager in his/her absence; performs related work as required.

Centrally located in the heart of Iowa, Ames is a vibrant, progressive community with more than 60,000 residents providing an excellent quality of life. Home to Iowa State University, Ames offers year-round recreation opportunities, diverse cultural offerings, a stable economy, safe neighborhoods, and a high-achieving school district.

To learn more about this great opportunity, please visit

Supports and models the City's Excellence Through People culture by personal example and by encouraging other employees to reflect these principles in their actions. Coordinates the activities of assigned departments, including administrative direction and oversight of personnel, budget, operations, and special projects. Works with department directors to develop programs and operational efficiencies. Analyzes current or potential municipal operations and recommends courses of action to the City Manager. Assists the City Manager with strategic planning, including determining long and short-term needs of the City and recommending programs and solutions. Assists in development of annual City budget and Capital Improvements Plan. Assists City Manager in development and administration of City policies dealing with human resources, finances, etc. Provides follow-up on and coordinates City Council referrals and special projects. Assists in development, review and presentation of written and oral staff reports to City Council. Provides both leadership and support during disasters or other emergencies following the Incident Command system. Staffs assigned City boards and/or commissions. Represents the City Manager in interactions with elected and appointed state and local government officials, business owners and managers, neighborhood groups, employees, and other citizens and customers. Responds to written and verbal citizen complaints, inquiries, and requests for service. Appears before groups and organizations as a City representative to explain activities, programs, and policies. Serves on management team during collective bargaining; may act as chief spokesperson. Supervises and evaluates heads of assigned departments and City Manager's staff. Assists City Manager in selection of department heads. Attends all City Council meetings. Performs other duties as required.

Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring the City's shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include continuous improvement, creativity and innovation, customer driven, data-driven decisions, employee involvement, excellence, fiscal stewardship, honesty and integrity, leadership, positive attitude, respect, safety and wellness, and teamwork. For leaders such as this position, ETP also includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. For all employees, ETP includes maintaining a Total City Perspective. The two goals of ETP are to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.

Required Skills

Education and Experience: Master's degree in Public Administration, Business Administration or a related field and five years of progressively responsible experience in local government, or; Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Political Science, Finance, Accounting, or a related field and 7-10 years of progressively responsible experience in local government.

*Supervisory experience and at least two years of experience in a city manager's office is preferred.

*Residency within the corporate city limits of Ames, Iowa is required.

*Ability to obtain a valid Iowa Drivers License.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills: Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration; extensive knowledge of municipal organization and functions, and of the relationships within the municipal government and with other levels of government; considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of municipal finance and budgeting; working knowledge of laws pertaining to municipal government; good knowledge of organizational theory and human resource management; working knowledge of systems analysis and theory and methods of process improvement; considerable knowledge of politics and protocols of local government; good knowledge of research methods and techniques, and methods of report presentation.

Skill in short-term and strategic planning. Skill in analyzing and interpreting data and information to reach conclusions and make decisions. Skill in oral and written communications through various modalities, including writing and editing reports and through public speaking; skill in leading and directing subordinates, with particular emphasis on supervising senior-level managers and professionals; human relations skills including customer service, conflict management, and promotion of teamwork.

Ability to make effective recommendations and decisions including ability to prioritize and make decisions in the face of ambiguity and under pressure; cognitive ability to understand, interpret, synthesize and communicate complex information; ability to communicate concisely and effectively with diverse individuals and groups in a wide variety of situations, including public speaking ability for presenting complex or controversial information to groups, as well as ability to effectively present information to the media and via government access television and social media; ability to establish effective relationships with elected and appointed government officials, City staff at all levels, University staff and students, the business community, and other citizens and customers; ability to work effectively under pressure and to handle multiple tasks.

Other Characteristics: Commitment to ethics of the city management profession; complete dedication to the City's Mission, Vision and Values as reflected in Excellence Through People.

Required Physical Activities: Talking, hearing, grasping, and finger dexterity.

Physical Characteristics of Work: Sedentary work requiring routine lifting of objects under 10 pounds.

Vision Requirements: The minimum for those whose work is involved primarily with extensive reading, and preparing and analyzing text and/or data, and the use of a computer terminal.

Environmental Conditions: The employee ordinarily works in an office environment and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

Examples of Equipment Used on the Job: Computer including keyboard, monitor, and mouse; general office equipment such as calculator, copy machine, writing utensils, and files; communication equipment including telephone, e-mail, and fax machine. A wide variety of printed material such as correspondence, reports, reference material, budget printouts, etc.

Selection Process: The selection process will consist of an evaluation of education and experience, evaluation of supplemental questions that are required with the application, remote interview, plus an on-site visit which will include a writing assessment, an oral board interview, a public presentation, interaction with the Executive Leadership Team, and individual time with the City Manager, and the other Assistant City Manager. A Predictive Index assessment will be completed and required prior to the on-site interview process. Depending on the number of qualified candidates, the City may forego the remote interview.

The selection process will also include completion of a criminal background check, which includes a sex offender registry check, a credit report and a physical exam.

E-Verify Process: The City of Ames participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All candidates who are offered a position with the City of Ames must complete Section 1 of Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity prior to starting employment. Please be prepared to provide required documents as soon as possible after the job offer has been made. For additional information regarding acceptable documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 515-239-5199 or go to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at:

NOTE: Persons with disabilities must submit requests for ADA testing accommodations to the Human Resources Department prior to the application deadline.

The City of Ames is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, ancestry, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Human Resources Department at 515-239-5199.

Description of Benefits: Salary / Commissions / Bonuses / Other

See our detailed job posting which includes salary information at