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Deputy City Manager - City of Fort Collins, CO

Title Deputy City Manager
Type City/County Manager and Administrators
Date Posted 2022-07-11
City / Organization City of Fort Collins, CO
Website Click here for more information or to apply
Email Contact apply@raftelis.com

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 two peer Assistant City Managers. We are looking for a compassionate, humble and confident servant leader to 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 and who understands the importance of building community engagement and partners with others to ensure trusting relationships that lead to sharing power, co-creation and exceptional service.

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 embody the core values and adapt with the dynamic evolution of Fort Collins. They 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. With strong business acumen and an entrepreneurial approach to city government, the Deputy City Manager is a strategic thinker with a successful track record of producing results-oriented outcomes.

As cultural awareness and the ability to foster an inclusive work environment are critical requirements for leadership, the City seeks someone who is effective at both conveying respect for different perspectives, backgrounds, customs, and abilities as well as ensuring all employees are respected and involved by leveraging their capabilities, insights, and ideas. A strong supporter of high-performing organizations, the Deputy City Manager values diversity of thought and encourages cross-departmental collaboration in support of broader organizational alignment.

Considered a trusted partner, the Deputy City Manager serves as a liaison between the organization, community, and City Council. The Deputy City Manager is a responsive and transparent communicator and enjoys representing the City at all times.

Total Compensation

The City of Fort Collins offers a competitive comprehensive benefits package, including a market salary commensurate with education and experience. Annual salary range is: $142,960 – $238,267 and the anticipated annual hiring salary range is $185,000 – $200,000; salaries are paid biweekly. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, and short- and long-term disability insurance. Additionally, the City of Fort Collins offers additional benefits, including 401(a) and a 457 deferred compensation plan with an employer contribution, optional Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Accounts, a significant Wellness program 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.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they can perform every job description task. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may come from a less traditional background. The City may consider an equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications.


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

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at raftelis.hire.trakstar.com. 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 August 8, 2022.

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.

Job Post Expiration Date   2022-09-09

  All jobs are considered open until filled, unless otherwise posted.