City Manager for Kansas City, Missouri

  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Mar 18, 2020
Full Time Administration and Management Community and Economic Development Planning and Development Political or Public Affairs Executive, Management
  • Salary: 250,000 - 325,000 DOQ/E USD Annually
  • Negotiable/DOQ: Yes
  • Phone: 816.868.7042
  • Apply By: Jun 02, 2020




(Starting salary range will be $250,000 - $325,000 DOQ/E; + Excellent Benefits)

Kansas City, MO is a growing, world class community of nearly 500,000 residents that serves as the central hub for a thriving bi-state, 18-county metropolitan area of 2.5 million.  A diverse and culturally rich community located at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers, Kansas City is known for its long traditions as the home of spectacular BBQ, jazz, beautiful boulevards, fountains and parks. The City is also widely recognized as a center for outstanding cultural, performing and visual arts, an exciting array of professional sports teams and major league venues, and for its superb restaurants and entertainment. The City’s history of planning and developing quality neighborhoods gives the community a gracious and welcoming atmosphere that transcends its large city status.  A new $1.5 billion single terminal and parking structure is currently under construction at Kansas City International (KCI) Airport and scheduled for completion in March 2023.  KC has also benefitted from a downtown renaissance and rebirth over the last 20 years at a level of success that has been experienced by very few other major metropolitan areas. Kansas City is the largest city in the state of Missouri and continues to expand an already strong business base as a significant economic engine in the Midwest and nationally. KC and the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area are both widely recognized for a low cost of living, an entrepreneurial and tech savvy spirit, a strong and expanding business environment, a vibrant and active network of nonprofit services, and an extraordinary quality of life. 

Job Description

Kansas City, Missouri is governed by a 13-member City Council that includes the Mayor and is the City’s legislative and policy-making body.  All members are elected at the same time to four-year terms and they may serve two consecutive terms. The City is divided into six council districts; the Mayor and six City Council members are elected at large, and the other six members are elected from within the districts they serve. The Mayor possesses all the powers and duties of a City Council member, appoints most members of council committees and the City’s advisory boards and commissions, and is an ex-officio member of the Board of Police Commissioners. As the City’s chief elected official, the Mayor presides over the Council and is responsible for appointing the City Manager, which must be confirmed by the majority of the City Council.

Job Requirements

As the City’s chief administrative officer, the City Manager is responsible for directly overseeing an organization with 4,706 FTEs, supported by a total operating and capital budget exceeding $1 billion. There are three collective bargaining units that are part of the City Manager’s oversight responsibility: IAFF 42 (Fire); IAFF 3808 (Fire Management); and, the AFSCME 500 (Labor). The City is comprised of 16 departments – with 14 of them reporting directly through the City Manager.  The departments include Aviation, City Planning and Development, Convention and Entertainment Facilities, Finance, Fire, General Services, Health, Human Relations, Human Resources, Law, Municipal Court, Neighborhoods and Housing Services, Public Works, and Water Services.  The City Manager reports directly to the Mayor and City Council and oversees all aspects of the City’s operations, excluding the Departments of Parks and Recreation and Police that are governed by separate appointed Boards.  The Kansas City Police Department, with 2,019 FTEs and a $273 million annual budget, is governed by a separate Board of Police Commissioners appointed by the Governor. The Parks and Recreation Department is supported by 383 FTEs and a $70.4 million budget and operates under the policy direction of a Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners appointed by the Mayor. The annual budgets for both Police and Parks are annually approved by the City Council resulting this year in a total combined funds budget of $1.7 billion and 7,108 FTEs.    


Candidates must have a Bachelors’ degree plus 7–10 years of increasingly responsible executive level experience in either a public or private sector organization. A Masters’ degree in public administration, business administration plus additional advanced executive-level training is preferred. Experience leading and developing an executive level leadership team, including supervisory experience of professional staff, is required. Working for similar sized municipal organizations, or an organization of similar complexity is desired and will be an advantage. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. The starting salary will be commensurate with the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience and will range from $250,000 to $325,000. Other benefits such as vehicle allowance, relocation assistance, etc., will be determined on a case-by-case basis.  


The City Council is seeking a highly experienced and collaborative strategic leader with outstanding communication skills to serve as its next City Manager. To be selected, candidates must be proficient and highly skilled at leading and managing a complex, multi-faceted organization. To be competitive, candidates should be knowledgeable or familiar with a variety of local government operations including municipal finance and budgeting, human resources and labor negotiations, growth management, public works, water and wastewater utilities, public safety, and economic development. Candidates should possess a record of effectively working with employees and labor groups, be focused on customer service and responsiveness, and demonstrate the ability to create a leadership team that is adept at problem solving and pursuing continuous improvement and innovation throughout the organization. KC is seeking candidates with an appreciation for transparency, stakeholder inclusiveness, and an active citizenry. A record of visibility in the community, and an ability to think strategically and remain focused on the City’s long-term goals is important. The new City Manager must possess a record of demonstrating high integrity and ethical behavior and believe in and ensure there is organizational and individual accountability throughout the organization. The ideal candidate will possess outstanding interpersonal skills and the self-confidence and wisdom to listen to other points of view without being offended. This position requires patience, good instincts, excellent judgement, and the ability to say “no” when necessary.  The new City Manager must have respect for community and organizational traditions and values, while at the same time, move the organization forward in a positive direction. The ideal candidate must be receptive to and embrace new technologies and promote innovation throughout the organization. The ability to remain neutral even in politically charged situations is essential.

Special Instructions

Interested applicants should complete a confidential online application and submit a cover letter and professional resume at This position is open until filled; however, the City has slightly extended this recruitment process establishing a new first review deadline of Tuesday, June 2, 2020 to provide applicants more time to address any challenges currently being faced because of the COVID - 19 pandemic.  Applications will be screened in relation to criteria provided in the recruitment brochure.  The City will consider offering interviews to those candidates named as Finalists, with reference checks, background checks, and academic verifications conducted after receiving candidates’ permission. Finalists names may be released to the public prior to on-site interviews being held. For more information, please contact Art Davis at, 816.868.7042, or Edward Williams at, or 214.608.6363. For more information about Kansas City, please visit


The City of Kansas City, Missouri is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

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