The Deputy City Manager is one of four members of the City Manager’s Office that actively support the ongoing development of a high-performing organization, a model branded in Bellevue as One City. The Deputy City Manager serves as an integral member of the executive leadership team. This position provides general oversight and leadership to an internal services portfolio that includes the City Clerk’s Office, Finance and Asset Management, Human Resources, and Information Technology. The Deputy City Manager focuses on developing an organizational culture of quality, collaboration, transparency, innovation, and engagement in policy and initiative implementation not only among assigned departments but across organizational leadership. This position ensures effective performance management metrics and techniques are utilized in day-to-day operations and that employees at all levels are engaged, responsive to customers, continuously improving, and aligned in the ongoing development of a high-performing organization.
The Deputy City Manager works closely with the City Manager, peer Deputy City Managers, and the Chief of External Affairs on citywide strategic planning, cross-departmental project and issues management, and oversight of staff with a primary role in supporting the City Manager and City Council through the policy development and approval process. The Deputy City Manager reports directly to the City Manager.
The Deputy City Manager partners with the City Manager and peer Deputy City Managers to set the tone for the organization. The successful candidate brings a personal set of diverse experiences that adds value and perspective while complementing and supporting a highly effective and engaged Executive Leadership Team. The Deputy City Manager routinely demonstrates the City of Bellevue’s executive core competencies of managing ambiguity, maintaining a global perspective, making good and timely decisions, building effective networks, gaining the support and commitment of others, and driving vision and purpose.
As a forward-thinking leader, the Deputy City Manager easily sees the big picture and long-term vision for the City and uses the information to anticipate political and operational issues. Considered a thought partner, the preferred candidate strategizes with colleagues and successfully navigates conflicting goals and direction to ensure solutions and outcomes positively move the organization forward. A natural convener and collaborator, the Deputy City Manager recognizes the importance of relationships and partnerships at all levels. The preferred candidate is diplomatic in all interactions and brings strong executive leadership skills necessary for managing a complex, changing environment.
Compensation and Benefits
The full salary range for the Deputy City Manager is $152,762 – $244,021 and will depend on the qualifications of the successful candidate. The City of Bellevue provides a generous benefits package. Learn more about the options and employee-based benefits here.
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 June 5, 2023.
Seven or more years of progressively responsible experience in government management, including at least five years of experience supervising professional-level staff, is required. Knowledge of internal services, including Finance, Human Resources, and Information Technology is ideal. Experience in a position of comparable size and scope as the City of Bellevue is preferred, as is working knowledge of the council/manager form of government and its operations.
A bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, planning, or related field is required, with a master’s degree in business, public administration, planning, or related discipline strongly preferred. An equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that enable success as the Deputy City Manager will be considered.
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