City Manager

City of Fairfax, VA

Job Details

  • Job Function: Chief Administrator (City/County Manager)
  • Credential: Preferred
  • Salary: $210,000 - $250,000. DOQ
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 22,565
  • Where: 10455 Armstrong Street, Fairfax, VA 22030
  • Form of Government: Council-Manager

Post Date: Jul 13 2018


Fairfax’s next City Manager will lead a workforce of talented professionals, work with elected officials who are committed to council-manager government and civility and love their community, and citizens who are smart, engaged, and provide great volunteerism. In addition to a historic downtown center, Fairfax offers the best things of a small town where people help their neighbors, exceptional events bring residents together, and a variety of small businesses provide part of the City’s unique character.

The City Manager oversees the workforce of 400 FTEs, develops and administers the budget, and carries out the City’s law and policies enacted by the Mayor and Council. The City’s FY 2019 budget is $171M in all funds, $142M of which is the General Fund. The City provides $56M for public education funding for grades K-12. The City provides comprehensive services that include Police, Fire and Rescue, Public Works, Human Services, Parks and Recreation, Planning and Development, Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, and Cultural Arts. Human services and education are primarily provided via contracts with Fairfax County and Fairfax County Public Schools, respectively. The City operates its own wastewater collection system and contracts with Fairfax County for wastewater treatment. The City obtains its water from Fairfax Water, a regional water utility authority, which operates the system. The City Manager currently has 12 direct reports, who include all department directors plus personnel, economic development, communications, and historic resources. In addition to the City’s paid fire and rescue employees, the City jointly provides fire and rescue services with the Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department (FVFD). This arrangement is governed by an MOU between the City and the FVFD.

Requirements for this position are a bachelor’s degree and at least ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in a local government, including supervision and executive level management (manager/administrator, assistant manager/administrator, or department director).

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree in public administration or a related field and experience in budget development and financial management, strategic planning and implementation, economic development and redevelopment, intergovernmental relations, business and community engagement, and providing exceptional customer service. An ICMA-CM is preferred but not required.

Residency within the city limits within a reasonable time after appointment is required by the City Charter.

The expected hiring range is $210,000 to $250,000, depending upon qualifications and experience with a generous benefits package.

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at and will be kept confidential. Applicants first complete a brief online form and then are prompted to provide one document (Word or PDF) that has a cover letter and resume with salary history. The position is open until filled with a first review of applications September 7, 2018.

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