City Manager

City of Arvada, CO

Come join our Top Workplace! Our ideal candidate is a visionary leader with a demonstrated track record of success in a public administration leadership role. They will have a solid understanding of long range financial planning and budget management and be fiscally responsible with a strong ability to communicate and interact effectively with the City Council, residents, city partners, and city team members. The City Council, along with our leadership team are seeking a forward thinking City Manager who has proven experience and a dedication to honor the past, but advance the city forward with the leadership of council.

Under a council-manager form of government, the City Manager acts as the chief executive and administrative officer of the City of Arvada and is responsible for ensuring implementation of the City Council’s priorities, and leading the city’s strategic planning, policy development, and overall operations in accordance with duties listed in Chapter VI of the Arvada City Charter. Provides leadership and management for the City Manager’s Office and for the overall organization.


In accordance with City Council directives, leads strategic planning and policy development for the City and is responsible for the development and implementation of the City Council strategic plan.

Oversees the administration of all City departments and provides direction on organization initiatives and operations.

Researches, or directs research of City Council requests, communicates and presents information, and participates in discussions with the City Council and a variety of interests, including but not limited to: government and quasi-government representatives, city employees, residents and others as needed.

Directs the City’s Leadership Team and assembles necessary resources to effectively identify, implement and monitor optimal solutions to a broad range of challenges in the delivery of local government services.

Leads the City’s customer-focused, results-oriented, data-driven performance management framework.

Directs the development, management and ongoing monitoring of the City’s budget in accordance with City Council directives.

Negotiates and/or approves contracts and solutions for a variety of special projects and budgets.

Collaborates with City Council, City Attorney and the city team to interpret and render decisions regarding the city’s position on new legislation which may impact the city; communicates the city’s position to appropriate individuals and committees for the state and federal government.

Directs the development and implementation of new or revised city code and policies.

Continuously evaluates effectiveness of the city’s organizational structure, workforce, service levels and administrative systems; provides leadership and guidance regarding the organization’s overall direction.

Promotes an organizational work environment where business practices, decisions, and work assignments are aligned with the City’s vision, mission, values and core competencies.

Communicates effectively with city team members regarding City Council, management policies, budget issues, work plans, activities of departments, and other items of interest to the organization.

Participates in team meetings to assess organizational climate and employee attitudes and directs the development and implementation of solutions.

Motivates the City team to maximize their efforts and productivity; provides coaching, counseling or assistance to the team as needed.

Responds to resident and customer inquiries and resolves difficult and sensitive complaints; assigns departments to resolve complaints and concerns in a timely manner.

Delegates to managers the authority, responsibility, and accountability for attaining objectives and implementing approved policies.

Serves as liaison between the City of Arvada and other cities, elected officials and outside agencies; explains and justifies city programs, policies, and activities; negotiates and resolves significant and controversial issues, addresses the media when necessary.

Oversees the management of large scale organizational projects.

Leads innovations and approves the development of appropriate changes to programs, policies and procedures that affect day-to-day operations of the City internally as well as externally.

Attends City Council and other meetings on evenings and weekends, often for extended periods of time.

Establishes and enforces city personnel rules and policies.

Maintains the highest ethical standards according to the requirements of his/her professional association and standards

adopted by the City of Arvada.

Demonstrates a respectful attitude towards customers and coworkers that promotes teamwork, open communication, and effective customer service.

Acts with the customer in mind, responds to requests promptly and provides effective services or solutions for customers.

Exercises appropriate level of initiative and judgment to make decisions within the scope of assigned authority.


Expert knowledge in all areas of public administration practices and procedures, planning, and administration.

Strong knowledge of long-range financial planning and forecasting in accordance with the City Council Strategic Plan.

Strong project leadership skills and experience in leading large-scale projects.

Experienced in analyzing complex issues and developing recommendations that affect the organization and community.

Exercises sound judgment and decision making within the scope of assigned authority

Ability to effectively communicate information, both verbally and in writing, to support organizational objectives and interact with all levels of personnel within the city and the community of Arvada in a positive and cooperative manner.

Ability to assess the potential short-term and long-term impact of decisions.

Expert ability to plan, coordinate, and supervise the work of management, professional, technical, and administrative personnel.


Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, or closely related field and ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in municipal management with five (5) years in upper level municipal management and supervision of staff. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. Must be able to be bonded and possess a valid Colorado Driver License. Must be or become an Arvada city resident within 6 months of appointment to the position.

How to Apply

Application Deadline
All applicants need to apply through website and include cover letter, resume and salary preference.

Job Details

Job Function
Chief Administrator (City, County, Town Manager)
Position Type
Full Time

City of Arvada


8101 Ralston Rd
Arvada, CO 80002-2439
United States

Form of Government