Deputy City Manager

  • The Novak Consulting Group
  • Fort Collins, Colorado
Full Time Executive Government Management

Job Description

The Opportunity

The City of Fort Collins, Colorado is seeking a new Deputy City Manager to join its Executive Leadership Team. The Deputy City Manager has a wide array of responsibilities spanning the full operations of the City with oversight of a rotating portfolio in collaboration with their peer Deputy City Manager. The Deputy City Manager works with the City Manager and City Council on external matters and collaborates with the Executive Leadership Team to implement the City’s strategic plan and manage internal operational matters.

The Deputy City Manager is appointed by and reports directly to the City Manager and will share responsibility in serving as Acting City Manager in the absence of the City Manager. As the Deputy City Manager acts as an extension of the City Manager’s leadership, it is paramount that the working relationship with the City Manager be one of deep trust. Each will share their individual candid insights, advice, and analysis while representing the City’s leadership model and values.

The Deputy City Manager will be deeply committed to the City, exemplify servant leadership, embrace our commitment to equity and inclusion, and support our triple-bottom-line approach by assessing economic, environmental, and social factors to drive business decisions. The Deputy City Manager brings their own set of diverse experiences that add value and perspective, while complementing and supporting a highly effective and engaged Executive Leadership Team.

Total Compensation

The City of Fort Collins offers a competitive comprehensive benefits package, which includes market competitive salary, commensurate with education and experience. Other benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, and short- and long-term disability insurance. Additionally, the City of Fort Collins offers other benefits, including 401(a) and a 457 deferred compensation plan with an employer contribution, optional Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Accounts, and relocation assistance for the successful out of area finalist.


High-level municipal government management experience including at least ten years of leadership responsibility. A bachelor’s degree in public administration, political science, business administration, or a closely related field with a master’s degree preferred. An equivalent combination of experience and education that enable success as the Deputy City Manager will be considered.


The Deputy City Manager is required to reside within the Fort Collins Growth Management Area during their tenure in office.

How to Apply

The City of Fort Collins is deeply committed to high-quality public service and cultivating an outstanding culture for its employees. As a high-performing government, Fort Collins attracts and employs diverse and competitive talent, retains its workforce through development and growth opportunities, and promotes intelligent risk-taking to address increasingly complex challenges.

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with first review of applications on September 8, 2020.

The City of Fort Collins is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce. Applicants selected as finalists for this position will be subject to a criminal history/credit/ driver’s license check prior to the interview. Under the Colorado Open Records Act, information from your application or resume may be subject to public disclosure.

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree