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(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 residents. Spread throughout 318 square miles, Kansas City derives a number of benefits from its large geographic size but is also challenged in providing services to a variety of areas within its boundaries that range from higher density urban development to areas that are more rural and agricultural. 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. Kansas City’s areas of economic strength include transportation and distribution, engineering and design, eCommerce and information technology, financial services, communications, animal and human health sciences, and entrepreneurship. 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. The City provides a full range of services to a diverse group of residents and property owners, and has benefitted from and continues to place a priority on strategic initiatives such as: supporting and encouraging investment into traditionally underserved and struggling residential neighborhoods and commercial areas; embracing and promoting policies of social equity; encouraging support for the arts and a healthy community; and promoting reinvestment into infrastructure throughout the community. The City has a history of working closely with neighborhoods, elementary and secondary school districts, colleges and universities, hospitals, charitable foundations, nonprofit service providers, organized labor, the faith community, the business community and other governmental agencies to problem solve, proactively address challenges and plan for the future.

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. 

As the City’s chief administrative officer, the City Manager is responsible for overseeing an organization with nearly 4,700 FTEs supported by a total operating budget of approximately $836 million, including $198.9 million for capital improvements and $48.2 million in GO Bond authority for FY 2020-21. 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 14 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. 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.

Qualified candidates please submit resume and cover letter at using  the “Apply for this job” link. First time applicants will need to create an account. This position is open until filled. First review deadline is Monday, April 27, 2020 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 verification 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). 



The evaluation of applications is based only on the information submitted by the application deadline. To have your application properly considered, you should include all relevant dates, i.e., attendance at educational institutions, date degree(s) conferred, etc. Further, you should provide detailed descriptions of relevant work experience/dates, including months/years of employment. Failure to submit a completed application may eliminate you from the selection process. Resumes may be filed to determine eligibility, but an official City application must be completed prior to appointment. For positions requiring college education as part of the minimum requirement and/or an equivalency, the minimum education requirement is high school graduation. The requirement of “high school graduation” also includes the state-issued GED certificate. For positions that require an accredited degree, qualifying professional, responsible experience must be obtained AFTER receipt of the accredited degree. Unless otherwise stated, the requirement of “an accredited” degree includes only those degrees obtained from colleges or universities listed with the U. S. Department of Education and recognized by the U. S. Secretary of Education. Applications submitted in person or by USPS mail must be received by the published Application Deadline, 5 p.m., CT. Applications submitted by FAX or online must be received by the published Application Deadline, midnight, CT. All positions require successful completion of a pre-employment criminal history/background check. Non-residents, if appointed, must establish residency within the city limits of Kansas City, Mo., within nine months. The City of Kansas City, Mo., is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. EOE POLICY OF NONDISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF DISABILITY:The City of Kansas City, Mo., does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. Any applicant requiring an accommodation should contact the Recruitment and Selections Division at 816-513-1945.