Deputy City Manager

City of Prescott, AZ

City Manager’s Office

Hiring Range: $179,962 to $221,492 DOE

FLSA Status: Exempt
Pay Grade: Open Range
Deadline to Apply: Open until filled, first review of applications will be on 7/31. Recruitment activity will be evaluated after 7/31.

Major Benefits for Full-Time Regular Employees:
• Paid time off up to 20 days in first year of employment
• 10 paid holidays and 1 floating holiday per year
• Free employee only coverage for medical, dental, vision, short-term disability, and life insurance
• Free family coverage for select medical and dental plans
• Pension and long-term disability through Arizona State Retirement System, click here for more details
• Supplemental benefits such as deferred compensation plans and additional life insurance

The City of Prescott, located in the mountains of north central Arizona, invites your interest in the position of Deputy City Manager. As a historically rich community with a population of 47,000, Prescott is recognized for its lively center plaza which was named as one of the Top Ten Public Spaces in the United States by the American Planning Association. The hometown/small-town atmosphere is the essence of Prescott’s charm, setting it apart from other Arizona cities of comparable size.

Prescott has breathtaking lakes and landscapes turn hiking, biking, horseback riding, paddle boarding, kayaking, and more into everyday excursions, not just weekend getaways. Lively arts, unique culture, rich heritage, and compelling charm are found at every turn along our downtown streets. And when the sun finally sets, a thriving modern nightlife awaits on the historic Whiskey Row. Prescott is truly home to people who do what they love, in a place they love doing it. Prescott is home to natural beauty which is reflected in a number of lakes; Watson, Willow, Lynx, Granite Basin and Goldwater.
We are nestled at an elevation of 5,200′ feet above sea level amongst the largest stand of ponderosa pine forests in the U.S. Prescott’s perfect weather provides an average temperature of 70 degrees, with four beautiful and distinct seasons, and breathtaking landscapes complete with granite mountains, lakes, streams, and rolling meadows filled with wildlife. Prescott is located half-way between Phoenix and Flagstaff. At a mile high in elevation, Prescott remains about 10 to 15 degrees cooler than Phoenix and 10 to 15 degrees warmer than Flagstaff. It’s the perfect mild, four-season community.

Position Summary:
The Deputy City Manager performs leadership and managerial work involved in planning and directing activities that may include assigned departments, governmental relations, high level special projects, and/or other City initiatives as assigned by the City Manager. Responsibilities include oversight of projects, programs or City initiatives involving a variety of complex and sensitive assessments of City operations and management, briefing elected officials, City Manager, Mayor/City Council, and the Executive Team on complex municipal and community issues; and researching and developing recommendations on Citywide issues, pending legislation and other administrative issues.

This position has leadership responsibilities and is the 2nd in command working in partnership with the City Manager. Provides operational and visionary leadership in the management of major functional areas of the city. Exercises considerable independence in working with executives and managers of other City departments and agencies on problems relating to City activities. This job class is expected to be innovative, proactive, and exercise sound, emotional intelligence, and independent judgment in the disposition of daily activities within general policy guidelines. This position may serve as the City’s designated public lobbyist who sends quarterly reports to the Secretary of State. Work is performed under the general direction of the City Manager and is reviewed through the evaluation of conferences, meetings, reports, and results achieved. This class serves as Acting City Manager in the absence of the City Manager. This class is FLSA exempt.

Essential Duties:
• Serves as a member of the City’s Executive Team.
• Advises the City Manager on operational matters through oral and written reports.
• Communicates with management consultants, other City employees, Department Directors, City management, City Council, the Mayor, and other public officials.
• Plans, organizes, and directs the functions of assigned areas. Develops and implements policies and procedures applicable to administrative functions. Directs the work of management and professional-level personnel. Provides policy guidance to assigned areas. Reviews the general operations of assigned areas to determine their efficiency and provide direction on major projects or problem areas. Serves as a policy advisor to the City Manager’s Office, Mayor and Council, and Department Directors. Oversees the preparation of the strategic plan, and reviews and approves the assigned area budgets.
• Discusses City programs and projects; presents reports, conducts research, and provides information and recommendations. Makes effective oral presentations to all levels of employees, elected officials, City management, government organizations, and the public on government issues and related areas. Reviews and approves City Council communications prepared by areas of responsibility.
• Discusses policies and procedures and presents recommendations to the City Council. Prepares correspondence, reports, agreements, data analysis, policies, and procedures, etc. Communicates policies and procedures, staff expectations, and management perspective to the appropriate parties.
• Assists in managing and directing the development, implementation, and evaluation of plans, policies, systems, and procedures to achieve annual goals, objectives, and work standards.
• Plans, prioritizes, and directs activities related to City administration and operation.
• Plans, organizes, directs, and evaluates the performance of assigned staff; establishes performance requirements and personal development targets; regularly monitors performance; and provides coaching for performance improvement and development.
• Provides effective leadership and works with Department leadership to develop and retain highly competent, customer service-oriented staff through selection, compensation, training, and day-to-day management practices which support the City's mission and values.
• Receives and responds to citizen inquiries and complaints by taking appropriate action.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and/or Experience:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, or a related field. A minimum of 3 years of progressively responsible managerial, supervisory, and administrative experience.
Licensing, Certification, and Other Requirements:
MPA preferred and CM designation through ICMA a plus.

Employee Core Beliefs
City of Prescott employees should seek to uphold the City’s core beliefs throughout their day-to-day business and with every customer they come in contact with, both internal and external. Our core beliefs are: Act with Integrity, Work as a Team, Have Personal Commitment and Loyalty, Solve Problems, Take Pride In Excellent Results, High Level of Productivity and Being Nice.

Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:
• Knowledge of the City of Prescott’s governmental organization, policies, and procedures.
• Knowledge of federal, state, and City rules, regulations, policies, procedures, codes, and ordinances related to public works.
• Knowledge of administrative procedures, practices, and principles.
• Knowledge of budget preparation, monitoring, and administration.
• Knowledge of management and supervision.
• Knowledge of the organization and functions of an elected Council.
• Knowledge of strategic planning.
• Skill in exercising sound, expert independent judgment within general policy guidelines.
• Skill in evaluating management practices and adopting effective courses of action.
• Skill in evaluating, training, and motivating employees.
• Skill in planning, prioritizing, directing, and managing a diverse number of public works projects and activities.
• Skill in preparing, advocating, and administering budgets.
• Skill in preparing, negotiating, and administering contracts.
• Skill in communicating, both verbally and in writing, to both individuals and groups.
• Skill in utilizing public relations techniques in responding to inquiries and complaints.
• Ability to effectively direct several functional areas.
• Ability to resolve complex problems within the area of assignments.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with state/federal/local officials, elected officials, assigned staff, and City residents.
• Ability to evaluate alternative solutions and develop sound conclusions, recommendations, and courses of action.
• Ability to present proposals and recommendations, clearly and logically, in public meetings.

Physical Demands And Working Conditions:
• Work is performed in a normal City office environment.
• Safely operates a variety of standard office equipment including a computer, telephone, calculator, copier, and fax machines requiring continuous and repetitive arm, hand, and eye movement.
• Lifts and carries materials weighing up to 30 pounds.
• Work is performed regularly where decisions are made that could lead to major community or organizational consequences if there is a failure to make the appropriate decision at the time.

Successful candidate will receive a post-offer, pre-employment background screening to include:
• Drug screening
• Motor vehicle records check
• Criminal background screening
City of Prescott Contact Information
201 N. Montezuma Street, Suite 207
Prescott, AZ 86301
Phone: 928-777-1410 / Fax: 928-832-1222

In accordance with A.R.S. 23 - 493, this position has been identified as "Safety Sensitive". The City of Prescott is an EEO/ADA reasonable accommodation employer.

How to Apply

Application Deadline
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Job Details

Job Function
Assistant/Deputy Chief Administrator
Position Type
Full Time

City of Prescott


201 N Montezuma St
Prescott, AZ 86301-3007
United States

Form of Government


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