City Manager

$295,615 - $358,216 yearly
  • San Jose, CA
  • Jul 06, 2021
Full time Administration/Management

Job Description

The City Manager, nominated by the Mayor for approval by the City Council, is the administrative leader of the City of San José. The City Manager is responsible for the operations of all City departments.  Under policy direction from the Mayor and City Council, the City Manager directs the overall operations of the City functions within the purview of the City Manager’s Office. The City Manager is responsible for executing all policies and programs as directed by the City Council and for making recommendations to the City Council to further the City’s goals and objectives. 

In accordance with Section 701 of the City Charter, the City Manager has the following powers and duties: 

  1. Appoint all officers and employees of the City;
  2. Direct and supervise the administration of all dependents, offices, and agencies of the City;
  3. Attend all meetings of the Council;
  4. Be responsible for the faithful execution of all laws, provisions of the City Charter, and acts of Council subject to enforcement by the City Manager;
  5. Prepare and submit an annual budget to Council;
  6. Submit a complete report on the finances and administrative activities of the City at the end of a fiscal year;
  7. Make reports to Council concerning the operations of City departments, offices, and agencies subject to the City Manager’s direction;
  8. Keep the Council advised as to the financial condition and future needs of the City;
  9. Make recommendations to Council concerning affairs of the City;
  10. And exercise other powers and perform other duties as specified in the City Charter or authorized or required by City Council. 


The City of San José is looking for a candidate who has a commitment to innovation, equity, and diversity. 

The ideal candidates: 

  • Are proven leaders who enjoy working in a fast-paced, high profile and progressive environment, which is supported by collaboration, transparency, and ethics of the highest level.
  • Have integrity and courage and will be a collaborative and confident leader and team builder.
  • Must be able to motivate staff to meet the high expectations of the organization and community.
  • Demonstrate a positive record of achievement through working with both internal and external stakeholders to achieve City goals.
  • Can provide leadership, appreciation, and advocacy for innovation and technology to enhance organizational effectiveness to ensure the City is serving the community to its best ability.
  • Is politically astute and capable of mediating professional staff concerns and political interests, and comfortable with significant and regular interaction with the Mayor and City Council members.
  • Is proactive in bringing recommendations to City Council and keeping City Council informed in a timely manner.
  • Address the imperative of racial equity in the City’s service delivery system, prioritizing the needs of our community’s most vulnerable residents.