Assistant to the City Manager

$65,894 - $92,581 yearly
  • City of Aspen
  • Aspen, CO, USA
  • Jul 21, 2021
Full time Administration/Management

Job Description

The City of Aspen is Hiring an Assistant to the City Manager

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Title: Assistant to the City Manager

FSLA Status: Exempt

Salary Range: $65,894.40 – $92,580.80 - Salary Offer Dependent on Qualifications

Position Overview:

The Assistant to the City Manager performs professional level duties and responsibilities in support of the City Manager’s Office, such as problem-solving analysis, research, writing, and project administration. This role works closely with all City departments and citizens to carry out specific programs and special projects. Further, this position models the organization’s core values and mission in all interactions with internal and external stakeholders.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Executes leadership and supervision responsibilities. Originates and develops complex ideas in new and undefined areas that impact a major segment of the organization and community. Participates in strategic planning for the City Manager’s office and organization. Participates in the City’s Agency Director Team. Assists in the preparation of budgets and grants. Monitors, verifies, and reconciles expenditures of budgeted funds as appropriate.
  • Actively seeks out and maintains in-depth knowledge of organization, programs, and policies of City government. Develops strategies and plans on public policy issues. Recommends policy or actions to the City Manager and Deputy City Manager. Assists and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for citywide government and the City Manager's Office.
  • Prepares and develops plans for high level complex projects and programs requiring coordination and collaboration with internal and external contacts, including City Council, City management, City staff, boards, commissions, and other organizations and agencies. Develops and manages various contracts to implement city projects and programs. Conducts high level policy analysis on a variety of topics.
  • Pursues and maintains partnerships with other entities to meet community needs. Advocates City issues on behalf of the City Manager’s Office. Serves as liaison between community, staff, and City Council. Represents the city on multi-jurisdictional committees, task forces, and boards. Negotiates agreements with other entities including memorandums of understanding, contracts, and leases.


  • Service: Provides service with excellence, humility, integrity, and respect in daily work, builds trust by listening, treats people with respect, acknowledges opportunities for improvement, and follows through with commitments.
  • Partnership: Actively creates strong, supportive internal and external relationships to attain a common goal and achieve greater impact together.
  • Stewardship: Balances social, environmental, and financial responsibilities, evaluating the impact of decision making on a thriving future for all. 
  • Innovation: Develops technical expertise to pursue new ideas and creative outcomes, grounded in Aspen’s unique culture, opportunities, and challenges. 
  • Communication: Knowledge of effective and appropriate communication.  Ability to use knowledge effectively in various contexts which may require oral, written, visual and non-verbal communication.
  • Interpersonal: Works to develop strength in interpersonal skills.  Has the ability to work well with diverse groups of people, both inside and outside the organization. 
  • Technology: Demonstrates technology skills sufficient for the nature and level of position. Demonstrates a willingness to learn new technologies and transition job duties accordingly to support technological advances and innovation.
  • Public Administration: Knowledge of principles and practices of public administration and governmental budget preparation.
  • Emotional Intelligence: Knowledge of the appropriate response to the various needs, considerations, and capabilities of people found in the workplace and the community.
  • Problem Solving: Ability to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


  • Three years of progressively responsible professional experience in local government, non-profit organizations, or other related public sector activities.
  • Bachelor’s degree with major course work in government, political science, business, or related field. *
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and have a basic understanding of computers and online computer-based technology applications, which includes accessing web-based platforms.
  • The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, or a related field.

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* Please note that any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required abilities, knowledge, and skills as determined by the City of Aspen may be substituted for the requirements above.

Enjoy Industry Leading Benefits:

  • Health and Wellness Benefits, including Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance.
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Cafeteria Benefit
  • Wellbeing Program and Incentives
  • Homeowner’s Down Payment Assistance
  • Competitive 401(a) Employer Retirement Contributions
  • Flexible Schedule
  • Discounted Ski Passes
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Time Off
  • Extended Sick Leave

Application Process:

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Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.  

The application must be filled out completely; stating "see resume" anywhere in the application, is not an acceptable substitute for a completed application.

Direct any additional questions or inquiries to our Senior Human Resources Business Partner by emailing

The City of Aspen is an Equal Opportunity Employer